This is a review of a product called EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer, claimed by the manufacturer to moisturize and smoothen the skin’s texture while evening skin color and tone. But, can this hydrating product offer optimal anti-aging properties? This review shall examine the various product aspects, such as ingredients and customer support, to determine if this product is worthy of your purchase.
- Salix alba (willow) bark extract
- Niacinamide (vitamin B3)
- Piptadenia Colubrina peel extract
- Ascorbyl palmitate (vitamin C Ester)
- Sodium hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid)
Willow Bark extract is a natural source of salicylic acid which is an exfoliating and anti-aging keratolytic (peeling agent). Vitamin B3 is an anti-inflammatory known to decrease redness while moisturizing skin. Piptadenia Colubrina peel promotes moisture retention while caffeine and Hyaluronic Acid restores suppleness. Ascorbyl palmitate is an antioxidant known to reduce signs of aging. While these ingredients may prove beneficial in supporting an anti-aging moisturizer; the formula is lacking tested and clinically-proven patented ingredients such as Glucare S2% which revitalizes and repairs skin as well as and Argireline NP which decreases the appearance of present wrinkles while preventing the formation of new signs of aging. In saying so, the lack of these quality anti-aging ingredients may inhibit the effectiveness of this product when compared to other brands on the market. It’s positive to note that the formula is fragrance-free and is non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores). However, there is no mention if the product is organic, vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, or manufactured in a cGMP certified facility. This may suggest market standard quality nor ethical practices were used during production.
The manufacturer recommends applying a pearl-size dot of product to clean and moist skin every morning. Then, using circular motions, gently massage into the skin. It is pleasing to see that, over and above these instructions, the manufacturer also offers directions on how to activate the pump mechanism. As there is no information explaining the concentration of the key ingredients, we cannot say if the product formula will be effective in fulfilling its claims.
The manufacturer claims that this product is physician-dispensed only, however, the product is available for purchase on third-party sites such as Amazon. A 1.7oz bottle retails for $32.50, which is relatively pricey; especially considering that there are no bulk deals or discounts available.
It is concerning to note that, even after extensive research, we were unable to find the manufacturer guarantee at the time of writing this review. Customers will have to search on the sites of the third-party retailers to see if they offer any customer support. There are many negative customer reviews that claimed this product gave them blemishes, skin breakouts, and dried out their skin.
EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer Review – Conclusion
This product seems to have a variety of beneficial ingredients that may help the product fulfill certain claims made by the manufacturer. However, the lack of tested and clinically-proven patented ingredients is a concern as the product may not be as effective as competitor brands when it comes to providing anti-aging benefits. The manufacturer offers thorough directions for use, which is pleasing to see; although, the price per unit may become costly as there is no bulk offers available. The lack of manufacturer guarantee as well as the many customer reviews complaining of negative side effects are also a concern. In saying so, we do not recommend EltaMD AM Therapy Facial Moisturizer as the optimal anti-aging product available.