Is Lifecell Skin Care a Scam?

Lifecell Skin CareI’ve been contacted by quite a few women wanting to know “Is LifeCell is a scam?” The main topics of concern seem to revolve around either the free trial offer, the auto billing they’ve read about from customers who have ordered Lifecell or the fact that their website looks a little over hyped.

I’ve done a ton of research on LifeCell and I say it’s not a scam, but there are quite a few details you should know about before you place your order. I’ve outlined the four main points below: their Trial Offer, The Hype of Hollywood Celebrity endorsers, their Auto ship program and of course does Lifecell work?.

Let’s look at some of the facts.

1 – Trial Offer

The 30 day trial marketing tactic is a bit deceiving and mis-leading to consumers. While your first 30 days are technically free, South Beach Skincare (The parent company of LifeCell wrinkle cream) does take your credit card number and information when you request your trial.

Know how Lifecell’s Trial Offer works before you order to avoid any surprise charges on your credit card statement at the end of the month.

You’re charged for shipping and handling on your trial order, but your credit card is not charged the full amount for your first tube of Lifecell cream for 30 days (hence the 30 day trial).

During those 30 days you can send back your tube of Lifecell by contacting their customer service department at 1-866-977-1412 or emailing them at and requesting a RMA number. You send the remaining unused portion of Lifecell back to the company and they don’t charge you another cent.

Now, here’s where some people may feel like Lifecell is a scam. If you do not return your tube in the first 30 days then you’ll be charged the full $189 purchase price to the credit card you used when originally requesting your 30 day trial.

As per the conditions of your purchase you are still entitled to another 90 days of “money back guarantee” time. So if you’re not satisfied with the product you can contact customer service anytime in the next 90 days, get your RMA number and send back your tube for a refund.

I know women do take advantage of the money back guarantee and LifeCell does honor their guarantee.

2 – Celebrity Endorsers and Hype

When you first visit the website you see a lot of Hollywood actresses and actors holding a tube of LifeCell. This is of course marketing, they get their product into the hands of people we recognize and we think “geese if it’s good enough for them it must be good enough for me”.

Celebrity Endorsers are meant impress us, but it doesn’t mean a product is good just because some celebrity is holding it

Try to look beyond the shiny sales page for LifeCell. The product does stand on its own just based on the quality ingredients contained in the product. While I understand they need to create some hype around their anti wrinkle cream as there are so many products to choose from they may have gone a little over board here. However South Beach Skincare did do an excellent job formulating a potent all-in-one anti aging cream, and as you’ll read in my section below on whether the product works or not the quality ingredeints they used don’t lie.

3 – Auto ship program

A lot of women who might be researching LifeCell as an option to rejuvenate their skin may not realize this, but when you purchase LifeCell you’re also enrolled in their V.I.P. Club, which is code word for auto ship program.

Lifecell’s Auto Ship VIP program is the best price you can get on Lifecell, but be aware of how it works, and adjust your frequency of shipments to what suits you best.

Every 60 days, unless you other wise tell them, you’ll receive a new tube of LifeCell for a discounted price of $149 plus $15.00 shipping. The good part about this is you’ll save $40 off the MSRP on each tube of LifeCell, the downside is that not every customer reads the fine print when they order their trial and then are upset when they’re charged for another tube thinking they’ve been scammed.

Now this isn’t something that so much makes Lifecell a scam (as it is stated in the fine print when ordering on the checkout page), but it is something most customers don’t realize when ordering. You have the option of opting out from their VIP program or you can change the frequency of your auto shipping to every 90 or even 120 days, but you must contact them via their customer service line at 1-866-977-1412 or email at to let them know.

4 – It Just Doesn’t Work

There are of course women out there that believe Lifecell is a scam because their product simply doesn’t work.

With all the hype and Hollywood stars Lifecell still has one of the most potent formulations of Anti Aging Ingredients available, making it a worth while anti aging cream to try.

First off, there is a chance that Lifecell wrinkle cream won’t work for you. That’s just the way cosmeceutical products are. Some active ingredients work for some women and they don’t for others.That’s why Lifecell and most other anti aging products offer their customers a money back guarantee. That way you can try their product and see if it works for you and are still be able to get your money back if you’re not satisfied.

Let’s take a look though at ingredients used in LifeCell and the proof that exists to support why Lifecell should work for the majority of women who try it.

Deanol: Deanol is another name for a well known and used anti aging ingredient also called DMAE. Products from Dr. Perricone, Janson Beckkett and more use DMAE as one of their primary anti aging ingredients to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the forehead, around the eyes and cheeks. There have been randomized clinical studies done on Deanol for both it’s effectiveness as a wrinkle reducer and to check for adverse side effects after consistent use. The results have shown each time that consistent application of DMAE results in an increase in skin cell size which effectively results in an appearance of fuller skin and reduce visible appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Ubiquinone: Also known as idebenone is a potent and effective antioxidant that has excellent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. In a clinical study done in 2005 consistent application of idebenone daily for six weeks results in a reduction in skin roughness and dryness, reduced photo aging damage and a reduction in the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Asorbyl Palmitate: This is one of the most powerful anti aging ingredients used. It’s a for of vitamin C which is applied topically to the skin and penetrates deep into the lower layers of your skin. Results span from reduce visible signs of wrinkles and fine lines to improve protection from UVA and UVB rays along with age spots and other signs of photo aging.

Acetyl Hexapeptide-3: This is the technical name for another potent anti aging ingredient used by several anti wrinkle creams including Revitol, Hydroxatone and others. Argireline is the tradename for this scientific ingredient and it’s been marketed as a topical alternative to Botox® injections. There have been multiple studies and trials done on Argireline since 2002 showing that in as little as 15 days of consistent application you can begin to see some visual results. The science behind Argireline is that it relaxes the muscle below the skin which frequently contract and cause wrinkles to appear more prevalent. Like Botox® injections which destroy a key protein used to keep muscles tense Argireline instead blocks the action of the protein rather then destroying.

Dithiolane-3-Pentanic Acid: D3PA is a close relative of another all-star anti aging ingredient, Alpha lipoic acid. It’s an excellent antioxidant that promotes healthier looking skin helping to bring back that healthy glow you had when you were younger.

The Facts Speak for Themselves

Lifecell isn’t a Scam, but there is a lot of fine print and details you should be aware of before you place your order for a 30 day trial.

The science behind this ingredient is pretty deep. The basis is that D3PA simulates nitric oxide production on the skins surface. This dilates capillaries and brings additional nutrients to the skins surface which equates to healthier looking skin. While Lifecell is one of the first anti aging products to contain D3PA there is a lot of buzz about the usefulness of this ingredient not just in cosmeceuticals but also other areas of medicine.

The facts about the active ingredients used to formulate Lifecell Skin Care support their claims that it can reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines, reduce age spots, moisturize and bring back a youthful glow to your appearance. Sure the results aren’t going to be the same for everyone who tries it, but I feel calling Lifecell a scam is a bit harsh.

South Beach Skin Care didn’t just put a bunch of moisturizers into a bucket, mix it up in a tube and sell it for a couple hundred bucks a tube. Instead some real research and planning went into the development of this product, and I feel it’s one of the better anti wrinkle creams on the market.

Sure it’s priced higher then some products but each tube is approximately 2 months worth, and trust me there are other creams and serums available that cost a heck of a lot more for a whole lot less product.

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