I just wanted to write a quick message or rather a word of warning. As I was looking around for some of the newer anti-aging products I came across a few things. First some of the ways these "Trails" or "Free Trials"(meant to get your credit card info) and how they're set up with auto-ship. How they spin their ads to make it seem like you need more than 1 product. And, they don't even list the ingredients.
Two of the latest and greatest products I came across were, Puravol & Raviderm, that are now all the rage in anti-aging. Saying things like they are taking the place of harmful Botox injections. Now, that's a pretty big claim, don't you think? To be able to just apply a couple creams instead of getting painful injections?
I wanted to jump in and write a quick post about these products because of some information I found out about them. Well, not only about them but others that are promoted like them, too. Ads like these are all over the internet. And I wanted to caution you about them.
I'm glad I did a little research about these products before I went and bought them. First, they make it seem that you need to use both of these products to get results. The results they claim for Puravol say that they reduce under-eye dark circles and bags, without Botox. Raviderm claims to eliminate wrinkles, promote collagen and plump the skin.
Now these 2 products pertain to exactly what I'm looking for. So, I thought they would be perfect for me. And, they both had a "Free Trials"(which I'll tell you more about below). But, doing a little research showed these products weren't really all that different from other anti-aging products out there. A lot of reviews I came across for these products didn't seem to have many people ranting or raving about them. In fact, it was the opposite.
So I thought I'd try and find out what ingredients where in these products. Puravol just says that it includes vitamins, peptides and antioxidants. Raviderm doesn't disclose what ingredients are in their product(which makes me wonder even more about it). It just says it uses natural ingredients. I like to know what products/ingredients I'm putting on or in my body.
A little more digging around and I found out what some of the ingredients are in Puravol. The first ingredients are water & glycerin, followed by some peptides. Being that water is listed first, means its mostly water.. Raviderm, again all I could find was, it contained anti-oxidants and moisturizing agents. Which I found out was Matrixyl 3000, which is a good product. But Matrixyl 3000 is in many other anti-aging products. So its nothing new.
Quite a few of the Puravol ad pages, I'd click on links to find out more information, or the trial order form took me to a page to order a different product called Cellumis. Which, is another anti-aging product claiming great "Better than Botox" results. Ingredients of Cellumis contain Maytrixyl, Hyaluronic Acid and Argireline. Now these ingredients are pretty common in a lot of other anti-aging products.
The main thing I wanted to write(or warn you about from above) these *Free Trial" products are ... for one, they aren't really "Free". There is a small shipping charge of around $5. But, that's how they get you(or rather your credit card number/info.). In their "Terms" *(make sure you always read the terms and conditions because this is how they "get you"), you get a small trial size sent to you. By "get you" I mean they sign you up for an auto ship program. They will keep sending you product and will keep charging your credit card, until you cancel.
You only have 12-14 days, from the time you place your "Trial" order(when you hit the order button) to decide if you want to keep the product or not. That's barely enough time for shipping let alone time to try the product and see if you get any results. Then they charge your credit card around $100 and send out a 30 day supply to you. They will keep charging your card and will keep sending product every 30 days until you cancel.
I've heard that with some of these companies its hard to get a hold of them to cancel. If or when you get a hold of them, you need to get a Return Authorization(RA) number from them to be able to return the product. Then you have to pack up and ship/mail(paying for return shipping yourself) the product(along with the "Return Authorization(RA)" number back to them, for them to cancel your order or future orders. Most of them will wait until they have received the product & RA number back to cancel your order/account.
By the time you receive the product, try it, get a hold of them to get the RA(return authorization number), if you can even get a hold of them, pack the product up and ship it back. That seems like it would take more then 12-14 days. I think they do that so they can charge you for another shipment. Again, that's how they "get you" or more like trick you.
*A word of warning or caution, please be really careful with these latest & greatest products. Its not only the anti-aging products. I could be anything really(especially these stand alone, whole page ads) claiming "Free Trials". And even some infomercials too.
*Please be sure to do your research and make sure to read the terms & conditions. Look around to find out if these products really deliver on what they are claiming. Or check back here to see if I've written anything about it yet(or you can always ask me about it).
*And please be really careful about the "Terms and Conditions"(make sure you read them really well). Find out if there's an auto-ship and/or monthly charge you would automatically be put into. If so, find out how long you have to receive the product, try it & cancel(getting an RA) and shipping the product back, before you'll be charged for it or any more. And make sure you give yourself enough time to cancel(& send the product back). Listen to your gut feeling. As with anything, if it sounds to good to be true, it probably is.
Also, check what the ingredients are. They are usually listed in order of amount, with the most listed first. If it starts with something like water(then its mostly water) that's the main ingredient or has the most of that. And if the ingredient your looking for is listed last, then there probably isn't much of that ingredient in there.
You might be able to find other products, that contain the ingredients your looking for, for less, if you look around online. And it might even contain more of those ingredients. So, say for example, you find a product that the main ingredient is Matrixyl and the product costs $100. Look around online for other products that contain Matrixyl(listed somewhere near the beginning of the list) that contain it. You will most likely find something containing it that costs less. Possibly for even half(or more) of the price. And it may even contain other beneficial ingredients.
And, another note ... Just because its on Dr. Oz(tv show or website) or any other well known personality, that doesn't mean it really works or is worth it. Make sure to do your own research on it. Even if it means waiting a few weeks for reviews of others who have tried it. It will save you a lot of head aches, time and money.
*Update. I just wanted to add .... I just seen another anti-aging product being advertised with the same exact ad page for a product called ... Renue Beauty Vitamin C Serum. It says the ingredients are Vitamin C & Hyaluronic Acid. Which there are many products you can get with those ingredients, that cost less & with out being put into an auto-ship program. It claims a 55 year old looks 35 again(without Botox or surgery). Plus, this one they charge a restocking fee if you return the product.
It seems every week I get another email for another "latest & greatest" new anti-aging product. It claims to take away all your facial aging skin problems, same as the last one did. Its kind of funny because they all have the same exact ad page, just a new product inserted where the last one was.
Just please be careful out there. And don't fall for any of those "Free Trial" scams.
If you ever have any questions about any products, please don't hesitate to ask. Whether you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please enter them in the "Comments" section. And I will answer asap.
Thanks and have a great day!!!
*Below are sample pictures of the products I talked about it this post.