“Anti-Aging” Products Class Action Investigation

Warning: If you have purchased any anti-wrinkle or anti-aging skin cream, serum, or other product, you may have been been misled by false advertising. "Anti-Aging" skin cream

 

“Anti-aging” skin creams are prevalent in pharmacies, supermarkets, and department stores throughout Massachusetts and America.  Amazon, CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens, Macy’s, and even Whole Foods sell an ever-increasing array of “anti-aging” products. Currently, “anti-aging lotions and potions are now 13 percent of all cosmetic sales and growing.”  Cosmetics companies have been selling products like these since the 1940′s, with marketing slogans such as:“I never dreamed I’d look this young at my age.”

The seminal case on the subject of deceptive marketing and age-defying skin cream is Charles of the Ritz Distribution v. FTC, 143 F.2d 676 (1944),  in which the Commission found:

“…regardless of the condition of the skin or the age of the user, since external applications of cosmetics cannot overcome skin conditions which result from systemic causes or from physiological changes occurring with the passage of time and since there is no treatment known to medical science by which changes in the condition of the skin of an individual can be prevented or by which an aged skin can be rejuvenated or restored to a youthful condition.”advertising falsely represented that Rejuvenescence Cream will rejuvenate or restore youth or the appearance of youth to the skin,

Today, the “anti-aging” claims being made by skin cream companies may go far beyond anything that can be supported by real science.  Marketing campaigns include buzzwords such as “stem cells,” “gene science,” and “cell regeneration.”  The inventiveness of modern cosmetic companies’ marketing teams is impressive; one leading product line contains an array of over 25 different anti-aging skin creams, elixirs, peels, gadgets, and eye-lifting serums!

The issue of whether an adequate scientific basis exists for many of the claims affixed to modern “anti-aging” products is currently being tested by consumer protection lawyers through anti-wrinkle cream class actions – and by the FDA, through a series of recent warning letters.

Dermatologists interviewed for an article entitled “Do anti-aging skin creams work,”  said “your skin likely won’t be miraculously transformed.
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“ANTI-AGING” / “WRINKLE CREAM” LIST: DO ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS WORK AS ADVERTISED?

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(1) Popular in Massachusetts

Strivectin SD
CVS-brand Strivectin SD “knockoff”: Preventin-AT 2 in 1 Dark Circle & Wrinkle Eye Treatment
3 Lab: WW cream
Aveeno Shitake
Bliss Youth as We Know It
Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
L’Occitane en Provence
La Mer
Miracle Worker
Orogold Cosmetics
Pond’s Age Miracle Deep Action Night Cream
Revive
Nuance Salma Hayak
Sudden Change
Dermasilk
Kiehl’s: Facial Fuel “Heavy Lfiting” Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Facial Fuel Age Combat

(2) Global Sales Leaders

L’Oreal: Lancôme Génifique & Absolue line, Lancôme Absolue L’Extrait line.
Procter & GambleOlay Regenerist line, Olay Total Effects line, Olay Age Defying Series, Olay Pro-X line
Unilever: Ponds Age Miracle Cell Regen Facial Foam, Pond’s Age Miracle Intensive Cell Regen Super Serum, Pond’s Age Miracle Dual Action Eye Cream, Pond’s Age Miracle Cell Regen Day Cream Pond’s Age Miracle Deep Action Night Cream (Target, Amazon, Walmart, Walgreens, drugstore.com)
Estee Lauder: Advanced Night Repair, Perfectionist, Time Zone(based on extremity of claims, estimated recovery for class, wealth of company, and surmised likelihood of settling)
Shiseido: Benefience WrinkleResist24, Bio-Performance Super Corrective Serum, Bio-Performance Super Restoring Cream, Bio-Performance Super Revitalizing Cream, Bio-Performance Intensive Skin Corrective Program, Future Solution LX Ultimate Regenerating Serum Future Solution LX Eye and Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream

(3) Large Companies (more than three mass-market distributors)

Aveeno: Positively Ageless with Shiitake Complex
Avon: Anew line
Bliss: The Youth As We Know It Moisture Cream (Sephora, ULTA, Nordstrom, Bloomingdale, QVC, Zappos, Drugstore.com, Amazon)
Chanel: Ultra Correction Lift, Sublimage
Clarins: Face Anti-Aging line, Shaping Facial Lift Serum
Clinique: De-Aging Solutions, Repairwear laser focus – Youth Surge Night Age Decelerating Night Moisturizer
DDF: Night Restoring Serum, etc – they have an extensive anti-aging line (Drugstore.com, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom) (this company is a P&G subsidiary)
Dior: One Essential – Capture Totale, Hydralife
Garnier: Ultra-Lift Daily Target Repair, Ultra-Lift Intensive Gravity Defying Cream (Walgreens, CVS)
Jason: C-Effects Lotion – C-Effects Crème – Age Renewal Vitamin E Crème – C-Effects Ultra-C Eye Lift – Anti-Aging Tea TimeCrème
Kiehl’s: (L’Oreal subsidiary) Rosa Artica line, Abyssine+ line (Kiehl’s stores, Nordstrom)
Lierac: Mesolift (CVS)
L’Occitane: Divine Cream, Immortelle (listed on HK stock exchange) (international sales)
Maybelline: Instant Age Rewind (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.)
Origins: Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Cream (Macy’s, Amazon, Origins stores)
ReVive: Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit
Roc: (Walgreens)
Strivectin: Strivectin SD, Strivectin Retinol X ($135.00, Macys, GNC, etc, Sephora, Soap.com, Nordstrom, Drugstore.com, Macy’s, Amazon, Costco, Overstock.com – 21 U.S. retailers + global distributors)

(4) Medium Companies (three or fewer mass-market distributors)

3 Lab: WW cream, Super Eye treatment, etc. ($425.00, Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Bliss, Beauty Bar)
Active Age Defense (Whole Foods)
Suki face: eye repair balm (Whole Foods) Biomed stem cell
Darphin Paris: Stimulskin Plus
Dermacil:
Dr. Brandt: Glow by Dr.Brandt Ruby Crytal Retinol Hydracreme ($65, Dr. Brandt Skincare)
Dr. Lewinn by Kinererase (Walgreens)
Dr. Sebagh: (Barney’s New York)
Fembody:
La Mere: The Essence, La Mer Moisturizing cream, etc. (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus)
Lab Series Skin Care for Men: Max LS Age-Less Face Cream (Neiman Marcus)
Laroche-Posay: (CVS)
Lierac Paris: Mesolift cocktail (CVS)
Lumene: Age-Defying & Reparing Serum, ExCELLent Future Deep Repairing Cream, Time Freeze Instant Lift Serum Magic Drops, Rejuvenating Eye Cream (CVS)
MaxalifeNeuCell Anti-Wrinkle with Sheep Placenta Extract:
Miracle Worker: miraculous anti-aging moisturizer, etc. Macy’s, Sephora, Drugstore.com, QVC, ULTA, Amazon)
Miraculum: genesis of youth
MyChelle Dermaceuticals: (Whole Foods)
NeriumNerium AD:
Nuance Salma Hayak: “100-product beauty, hair and skin care line called Nuance and sold at CVS stores nationwide.”
NUDE Replenish Daily Moisturizer: ($58, Sephora) Probiotic nutrients – like those in yogurt – stimulate the skin to promote its own anti-aging factory, boosting renewal of new skin and hydrating your face in the process.
Orogold Cosmetics: ($800.00 Self-distributor – national brick & mortar sales, many in CA + global high-end mall stores)
Physician’s Formula: (CVS)
Reviva:
ReVive: Peau Magnifique Youth Recruit ($1500.00, Neiman, Nordstrom’s)
Sjal Cela Intuitif: ($155, Ron Robinson)
Skinceuticals:
Skin Effects, by Dr. Jeffrey Dover: (CVS)
Sudden Change Under-Eye Firming Serum: (drugstore.com, infomercials)
Suki face eye repair balm: (Whole Foods)
Vbeauté Buying Time Everyday crème: ($135, Bergdorgf Goodman)
Vichy: (CVS)
Zelens: Z Recovery Intensive Repair Balm ($225, Space NK):

(5) Small Companies (Internet seller, print ads only, no brick & mortar national retail distributors)

Caracol: Superior Age Defying Cream
Dermapeutics: Plant Stem Cell Replenishing & Regenerating Day Cream
Dermasil:
eb5:
M. Steves Power-Packed RHSO Multibenefit Moisturizer: $46

(6) Most Expensive (per ounce)

Revive: ($600/oz. Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom, Barney’s New York, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdales, Bergdorf Goodman)
Sisley-Paris: Sisleya Elixir ($590/oz. Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus)
Kanebo Sensai: Ex La Creme ($500/oz. Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue)
Cle de Peau: Beaute La Creme ($475/oz.)
Dermagenetics: DNA Test & Custom Anti-Wrinkle Night Cream ($400/oz. spas)
Orogold Cosmetics: ($400/oz.)
Natura Bisse Inhibit-Dermafill ($385/oz.)
Dermalab Swissline Cell Shock 50% Pure Cellular Extract ($331/oz.)
Darphin Relpenishing Anti-Winkle Serum ($310/oz. Bergdorf Goodman)
Valmont L’Elixir des Glaciers ($490/oz.)
N.V. Perricone M.D. Neuropteptide Facial Conformer ($285/oz.)
Orlane Hypnotherapy ($277/oz. Neiman Marcus)
AmorePacific Time Response Skin Renewal Creme ($235/oz. Bergdorf Goodman)
Guerlain Serenissima ($210/oz. Bergdorf, select Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue)
Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Lifting Eye Creme ($100/oz.)

(7) Most Expensive (by retail unit)

Orogold24K Cryogenic Set ($3,000.00)
Re VivePeau Magnifique Duo For Face and Eyes ($1,950.00 (32 ml) $1950.00/0z.)
La Mer Moisturizing Cream ($1,900.00 (16oz.) $118/oz. Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus)
La Mer The Essence ($700.00 Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s)

(8) Male-Specific Anti-Aging products

Loreal Men’s Expert (CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc.)
Lab Series Skin Care for Men, Max LS Age-Less Face Cream (Neiman Marcus)
Kiehl’s: Facial Fuel “Heavy Lfiting” Anti-Aging Moisturizer, Facial Fuel Age Combat

(9) Anti-Aging Electronics

NuFace Kit

(10) Anti-Aging Pills

Marine D

(11) Anti – Skin Tag

Dermisil For Skin Tags

(12) Anti Cellulite/Fat (unsorted list)

Anushka
Apivita Aromatherapy Metamorphosis Anticellulite Massage Oil
Avotone Body Sculpting Lotion
Bliss Fat Girl SlimQusome-Encapsulated Caffeine
Bliss Love Handler
Body Sculpture
Body Solution
Cellulean
Cellutherm
Cellutone
Clarins Body Lift
Cullugone
DDF Refining Body Treatment
Derma Ab SolutionEstee Lauder Body Performance
Estee Lauder Body Performance Slim Shape +Anti Cellulite Advanced Serum; ($52.50 for 6.7 oz.)
FatgirlSlim
Hydramar fat reduction cream
Hydroderm Body Shape
HydroShape
Jergens Skin Firming
L’oreal Sublime Anti-Cellulite Gels
L’oreal Sublime Slim Patches
Liz Earle Energising Hip & Thigh Gel
Neutrogena Anti-Cellulite Treatment
Nivea Good-Bye Cellulite (settled, modified claims)
Nivea My Silhouette (Currently off the market due to FTC Order).
Oligo DX
Peter Thomas Roth Ultimate Body Sculpting Slimming Gel; ($100 for 7.5 oz.)
Phyto Sculpt
Procellix
Revive Cellulite Erasure
Sisley Paris Celluli-Pro/Anti-Cellulite Body Care
Sovage Tummy Flattening Gel; ($119.00 for 6 oz.)
Vichy Laboratories Celludestock; ($180.00 for 7 oz.)

(13) Anti-Scar

derma e Scar Gel
XIV. Anti-Stretch Mark
(suspected that not a single one of them works, further research needed to develop a list).

(14) Anti-Uneven Skin Tone/Dark Spot

Procter & Gamble Olay Simply Ageless Tone Rehab
Darphin Paris: Melaperfect
(there are many, further research is needed to develop a list).

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7 responses to ““Anti-Aging” Products Class Action Investigation

  1. Brad

    [redacted] I would never spend money on this garbage. It is all sleazy marketing. My grandmother said [redacted]

  2. Ashlan Grant

    I used to be on some crazy skin care regimen, I had to wake up early to even have time to get the thing done before work. Looking back I basically paid them all my money for wet perfume for my face. At least I smelled good? I love this blog. 🙂 I looked younger only because I was twenty and my skin hadnt caught up with all the mess I put it through not because of some cream…but at any age you just have to believe

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