Jeunesse Instantly Ageless.
With such a catchy trademark alone you might think that everyone and their mother would want to run out and buy some of this stuff. So what is Instantly Ageless? It is a premium-priced, stingy-portioned sachet of “micro-cream” that is scientifically proven to damage your skin. It promises to rid you of bags under your eyes and of at least 10 years. But all the YouTube videos promoted by (surprise!) Jeunesse Global sales representatives that show those “drastic results” happen in front of the lens are worrisome. What are those “drastic results” created by application of Jeunesse Instantly Ageless? Why, that would be tightness and puffing of the skin. You know, like a bee sting or a similar venom related reaction. YouTube also has videos showing people describing the “instant” results of tightening and puffing not as a good thing, but as a worrisome burning effect (watch here and here). The claim that Jeunesse Instantly Ageless works “quickly and effectively to diminish the visible signs of aging” is reason enough to be suspicious, but clearly there is much more to consider.
Before I go on, full disclosure: I’ve been really enjoying taking apart Jeunesse Instantly Ageless for what it is, which is snake oil that will make a mess of your skin.
There is very little room for argument about whether Jeunesse Instantly Ageless is a product that can be good for your skin. Unless we actually believe that Instantly Ageless is the real-life version of the potion sold to aging beauties in the 1992 movie Death Becomes Her (starring the fabulous Isabella Rossellini and amazing Meryl Streep), its claim of “dramatic results in seconds” is the result of a nasty truth that only ends up in unhealthy skin.
But I want to put the outrageous product claims aside just for a moment because even the directions for use are hard to take seriously. After applying the product, we’re advised to “remain expressionless for 2-3 minutes while product dries to achieve dramatic results”. Perhaps, this is the key to diminishing “the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles” – don’t ever show expressions, don’t ever smile. Well, actually when you realize what this will do to your skin, you probably won’t be doing much smiling about this, ever.
But what poison can you possibly be putting on your skin that does what they show in their Instantly Ageless time lapsed videos (here’s one from their twitter feed)? A quick look at the Instantly Ageless label tells me that Jeunesse Instantly Ageless contains elements of the synthetic ingredient Botulinum Toxin, more commonly referred to as Botox. Another listed ingredient, “Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline)”, is understood to suppress the body’s ability to release neurotransmitters – the chemicals that allow the cells in your body to communicate with each other.
So what happens when you put this on your face? Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) allows muscles to remain relaxed for extended periods of time, which will reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines. That last part sounds tempting, I do want less wrinkles and expression lines, so what’s the problem?
Not only does Jeunesse not make it clear that the “meticulously developed” Instantly Ageless formula contains a substrate of Botox, but the dangers of regularly using ingredients they have in their products, like Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), are relatively unknown. Using Jeunesse Instantly ageless is essentially paying for the privilege of playing a guinea pig and applying some pretty hard core and somewhat untested chemicals on your face.
To be clear, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) is supposed to be safe. It’s hard to avoid the fears that if it is applied liberally to the face, all of your facial muscles could become so relaxed that a worse problem might develop: your whole face could sag. That’s a far cry from the “visibly toned, lifted skin” touted by Jeunesse Global.
The cocktail that is Jeunesse Instantly Ageless is not limited to that though and it appears that this is countered with something else that works alongside the muscle relaxing. The cream also creates puffing, or inflammation, and tightening. Again, this is kind of like when an insect stings or bites you. Enjoy the face cream!
Some of the Jeunesse Instantly Ageless marketing materials state that the cream will
“revive the skin and minimize the appearance of pores… for a flawless finish”.
Ah, that flawless finish. It must be the Sodium Silicate sealant ingredient. That would be how they “minimize the appearance of pores”. It’s simple. Sodium Silicate just blocks your pores completely! What is Sodium silicate and why use it in Jeunesse products? Sodium silicates…
So it is widely used for commercial and industrial applications. No thanks, Jeunesse, you can keep your Instantly Ageless and its passive fire protection features.
One of the Jeunesse Global mantras is, “a perfect day starts with perfect skin”. True, looking good can go a long way toward feeling good. But the Jeunesse people heap the weird on with the strange things they say, things like calling our bodies a “skin costume”. That is super freaky and reminds of “Under the Skin” with Scarlett Johansson, which is not at all a good thing. And I wish it stopped there.
On the Jeunesse Global website, they say that the use of Instantly Ageless will “..restore skin to optimum appearance…” But the truth is that any honest, professional dermatologist asked a very simple question about Instantly Ageless by Jeunesse would not agree.
Companies are meant to make money. That’s just fine, better than fine, actually. Jeunesse product sales are “limited to 10 per person per 30 days”. There are good reasons for them to do that, primarily because if they can create a demand for the product and limit it, they will encourage more sales people to be recruited. But of course they don’t explain that. Another thing they don’t explain is the ludicrous application instructions on the package and why they have no guidelines for how frequently you can use it. The problem is not that Jeunesse is making money hand over fist, the problem is that they do it without giving us real value or even a good product. Worse, they offer us a bad product. Jeunesse Global simply cares too much about the money to warn about the dangers that lurk in their products.
It’s plain silly that for all the risk of using this “powerful” product at the “forefront of anti-aging technology”, we still see Instantly Ageless bearing the caution: “results are not permanent”. In fact, many users report only a couple of hours of seeing any difference post-application. Ok, so the cream won’t make your situation better for longer than 120 minutes or so. But will Instantly Ageless make your skin worse? Yes. Ask a dermatologist, any dermatologist, and they will tell you the same thing. As I mentioned, I did exactly that and you can read my interview with Dr. Zamani here.
I decided to approach a dermatologist after I played around testing various skincare products for pH level, and foud out that Instantly Ageless pH level is astronomical – 11.95 to be exact. For reference, household bleach is 12. You can see the experiment I recorded on video here, and read more about pH level and its importance for your skin here.