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Equinox Skin Care

Equinox Skin Care

Equinox Skin Care Day and Night Cream are designed to smooth creases and tighten skin to reveal “baby soft, smooth and glowing skin you always dreamt of having.”

“I’m 48 … going on 25!” reads another advertisement.

Additionally, the official website informs users Equinox Skin Care is scientifically formulated and tested.

I decided to look at the ingredients.

Equinox Skin Care

The Equinox Skin Care system comes with a daytime and nighttime cream. The official website only lists 5 ingredients that produce these anti-wrinkle, skin-ameliorating benefits:

Seaweed Extract
Evidence surrounding seaweed extract’s anti-wrinkle benefits are either lacking or not well publicized, making it difficult to determine its effectiveness.

It is difficult to tell how effective sea weed extract is in this anti-wrinkle formula. It purportedly tightens skin, but I was unable to find any clinical studies supporting this claim.

Other skin-related studies reveal seaweed’s ability to combat acne. While they yield positive results, the studies don’t mention any conclusive correlations. [1] [2]

In the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Karthik Krishnamurthy, a dermatologist at Montefiore Medical Center, says although sea weed is receiving a lot of media attention for its alleged benefits, many claims are unfounded at this time. [3]

Argireline
Argireline’s skin benefits are promising.

One study showed a skin topography analysis of an oil and water emulsion containing 10% Argireline. Argireline reduced wrinkle depth up to 30% after 30 days. Researchers say Argireline is a non-toxic, anti-wrinkle peptide considered a biosafe alternative to botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs). [4]

Red Tea Extract
Evidence surrounding red tea extract’s skin benefits is ongoing. Also known as rooibos tea, red tea was shown in an animal study to have anti-inflammatory effects. [5]

Its ability to protect against UV damage is also being studied. [6]

Multi-Peptides
Multi-Peptides is a patented formula. Though, which peptides are included in this formula is unclear. Collagen peptides contain amino acids which repair damage and replace skin cells and collagen tissue. Collagen peptides increase collagen in the skin and make it supple. [7]

Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid (HA) is found in the extracellular skin matrix as well as many other organs and tissues. Researchers explain, “HA demonstrates remarkable rheological, viscoelastic and hygroscopic properties which are relevant for dermal tissue function.” HA is used to treat actinic keratosis (premalignant condition of thick, scaly, or crusty patches of skin). [8]

Side Effects and Use

There are no reported side effects associated with Equinox Skin Care.

The official website doesn’t provide instructions on how to use the product. However, after a little digging, I was able to find a promotional site, EquinoxWrinkleReducer.com, that says users should apply the day cream and night cream after properly washing the face and patting it dry. How much to use is not mentioned.

Equinox Skin Care Trial Offer

Equinox offers a 14-day trial of Equinox Skin Care for $4.95. By opting for the 14-day trial, users enroll in an auto-ship program. If users do not cancel their 14-day trial period, they are shipped a 30-day supply of Equinox Day and Night Cream for full price every month.

This policy is stated at the bottom of the official website, EquinoxSkinCare.com

What Are Users Saying?

Most user reviews are complaints that stem from the auto-ship program.

However, there is one reviewer on Amazon.com that describes her experience with the actual product. “I did not order through amazon so did not have their protection. I was put on an automatic draft for more shipments without my permission. I cancelled my credit card as soon as I saw the charge from a company I didn’t recognize,” says LovesBooks. “It is too bad. My skin was looking great from the trial package I ordered at a reduced rate.”

Price and Availability

Equinox Skin Care is available for purchase on Amazon.com and EquinoxSkinCare.com. Prices range from $81.99 – 99.00.

In Conclusion

The ingredients in Equinox Skin Care are average. The peptide proprietary blend keeps users in the dark as to what peptides are included. Additionally, most hype surrounding sea weed extract is unproven. That being said, Equinox Skin Care is a pricy anti-wrinkle alternative.

Also, I was unable to find any information about the company, and it seemed expensive for an ordinary formula. That, mixed with negative user reviews, are enough to convince me Equinox Skin Care may not be worth it. However, if you already spend considerable amounts of money on anti-wrinkle products, you may have luck with Equinox Skin Care.

References

[1] Capitanio B et al. “Randomized controlled study of cosmetic treatment for mild acne.” Clin Exp Dermatol. 2012 Jun;37(4):346-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2230.2011.04317.x. Epub 2012 Feb 27. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22369176

[2] Ruxton CH, Jenkins G. “A novel topical ingredient derived from seaweed significantly reduces symptoms of acne vulgaris: a general literature review.” J Cosmet Sci. 2013 May-Jun;64(3):219-26. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23752036

[3] Karen Ravn. “Tide of seaweed promises can ebb and flow.” Los Angeles Times. Available from: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/24/health/la-he-seaweed-20120524

[4] Blanes-Mira C et al. “A synthetic hexapeptide (Argireline) with antiwrinkle activity.” Int J Cosmet Sci. 2002 Oct;24(5):303-10. Doi: 10.1046/j. 1467-2494.2002.00153.x. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18498523

[5] Haruna Baba et al. “Studies of anti-inflammatory effects of Rooibos tea in rats.” Volume 51, Issue 5, pages 700-704, October 2009. Available from: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1442-200X.2009.02835.x/abstract

[6] Petrova, Antoinette, “Modulation of ultraviolet light-induced skin carcinogenesis by extracts of rooibos and honeybush using a mouse model: elucidating possible protective mechanisms” (2009). CPUT Theses & Dissertations. Paper 91.

[7] “Collagen Peptide Clinical Studies.” Available from: http://humanclinicals.org/Collagen.html

[8] Weindl G et al. “Hyaluronic acid in the treatment and prevention of skin diseases: molecular biological, pharmaceutical and clinical aspects.” Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2004 Sep-Oct;17(5):207-13. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15452406

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