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Dept of Daft: Lifecell, a cream fit for kings

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Sagging Skin
July 27, 2008 Reviewed by Marta 6 Comments
The other day Copley posted on the brand Nude and its association with supermodels such as Christie Turlington. There is a new phemonena of 90s supermodels making impressive comebacks in their 40s and becoming the new faces of high-tech anti-aging cosmetics. But what do you do if you want to launch a new cream and you don't have access to a supermodel? For the answer look no further than Lifecell and its (hilarious) three-step marketing plan.

Step One: Can't get a supermodel to endorse your product, settle for a supermodel's agent from one of those big modeling agencies. Darn it: can't get one of those either. Settle for someone who used to be a model's agent. In this case, Colleen Graham, aged 41 and a former director at the Ford agency. Don't get me wrong, I am sure she's a very pleasant woman who helps old ladies across streets. But the impressive public face of a skin cream? I think not.

Step Two: Rope in a royal. Now I willingly admit that I haven't kept up on my reading of Hello magazine and that may explain why I've never heard of Jennifer Hohenzollern. Baroness Hohenzollern, no less. According to the imaginative marketing people at Lifecell, she is a member of the European Royal Family. I hate to break this to them, but there is no such thing. Europe has not, despite coming together as an economic community, created a single, pan-European royal entity. Jennifer's father belongs to the "German Czar's nobility". We are helpfully informed that this is similar to the British Royal Family. I want some of whatever they are smoking. Guys, Germany has never had a Czar. Russia did, but that was many years and many Politbureaux ago.

Jennifer's pedigree goes on and on, but funnily enough - outside of references to Lifecell - she doesn't seem to exist. The only non-Lifecell reference I could find was on the very peculiar MySpace page of someone called Shana Carlsen.

Step Three: Call in the medics. Lifecell is also endorsed by a Columbia University-trained plastic surgeon called Dr Raj Bahyani. Can anyone else smell a whiff of StriVectin? And guess what an Internet search on him throws up? Nada (unless, of course, its in relation to Lifecell).

Lurking behind all this nonsense (and believe me, there is much, much more on the Lifecell website), there may actually be a decent piece of science to back up the active ingredient in Lifecell, which is nitric oxide.

In a discovery ten years ago that earned them a Nobel Prize, three scientists found that nitric oxide acts as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system. This uncovered an entirely new mechanism for how blood vessels relax and widen. Ultimately the discovery led to the development of Viagara.

The theory that extends the use of this molecule to skin care is that it stimulates blood flow to the skin. The same is supposed to be true for increasing circulation to hair follicles and encouraging them to grow. Potions with nitric oxide may. however, not be beneficial for rosacea sufferers. Indeed, some doctors speculate that those people with rosacea actually over-produce nitric oxide in their bodies.

Lifecell says there are "25,000 microlifters in every $189 bottle". Looking at the unremarkable (apart from the oxide), but serviceable set of ingredients, I still don't understand what that means.

Ingredients in Lifecell

Water, Capylic/capric Triglcerides, Ethoxydiglycol, Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dilsopropyl Dimer Dilinoleate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Peg-40 Stearate, Oxide reductases, Soy Peptides, Cyclomethicone, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Deanol, Dithiolane-3-Pentanoic Acid, Copper Gluconate, Magnesium Asparate, Zinc Gluconate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Idebenone, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Fumed Silica, Silicone Dioxide, Propylene Glycol, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance
  • April 12, 2016

    by Marta

    Hi Tracy, if it is working for you then that's fine. I would note that fractionated silicone is a major ingredient and this reflects light away from wrinkles giving the appearance that they are reduced but not actually reducing them. This could explain why you feel your skin looks worse when you stop using it. We are reviewing alternatives all the time. To start with you could take a look at our selection of Five Bests:

  • April 11, 2016

    by Tracy

    Hello Everyone,

    I just would like to know besides the marketing tricks that they use to get people to buy their product what is wrong with the Life Cell Cream? I have tried it and really like the results that I have seen. I just stopped using it to try other products and have gone back to it periodically to see if there is a difference in my skin, and there actually is!! I have to say that everyone these days is using whatever means of marketing tricks that they can to sell their products in this dog eat dog world, so I don't see much difference in their tricks along with many other companies tricks. There is a lot of deceit and manipulative tactics everyday! However, I am noticing that when I do not use Life Cell, my skin looks really bad really fast. Like I'm dehydrated and the skin is much more noticeably sagging. So, I worry that the cream is causing me to HAVE to use it to get rid of that problem. Not sure?! Is there anything in the ingredients that are causing this and or I should be worried about? If there is a better cream that has the amount of claims to perfecting our skin, which one is it!??! Give us alternatives please!



  • March 9, 2012

    by Bebeautysmart

    Hi Marta,

    I am doing now researches about this Lifecell anti aging cream and I actually found Raj Bhayani on Linkedin, but not on the Lifecell site anymore.

    Here is the link:

    Instead of him, there is Janet Allenby, a dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.

    If you go to the Lifecell site, you can see there is an old lady who is talking about the product. She is Olga Suarez, the 87 years old former ballet dancer.
    This is what I found: there is one Olga Suarez, who is actually a dancer, but she is 27 years old and not a former ballet dancer, but an argantinian tango dancer.
    87 year old Olga? Not enough famous to be on the internet I guess, cause I didn't find her, unless, its in relation to Lifecell.

    Since 2008 is there any news about Lifecell?
    Btw: as a certified, professional esthetican I highly doubt that any cream can make any good with the wrinkles.
    Retinoic Acid yes, but it takes about six months for the full effect to occur on the facial skin and there is so many side effects, besides it requires a prescription and strict adherence to instructions provided by a doctor.


  • April 26, 2009

    by john

    This information saved me untold damage to my credit card. Luckly I found this information before I gave my credit card to my wife.



  • July 28, 2008

    by Mike626

    <p>Idebenone and Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 (Argireline) are ingredients 20 & 21 in a list of 30. Since the entire tube is only 2.5 oz.(~75g), that far down on the list, you are probably a gram to half a gram of those actives. $200 seems like a lot to pay for a couple of grams of Q10 and relaxant that anyone could purchase for $10.</p>

    <p>If you are going to attempt to bilk the public out of money, you should at least give them *something* in exchange.</p>

  • July 28, 2008

    by David

    <p>For the record, though there was no German "czar" there was a German "kaiser." Both the words czar and kaiser are derived from Caesar, which is Latin for "King." Also, the active ingredients in LifeCell are Idebenone and Acetyl Hexapeptide-3.</p>

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