There is a horrible ad on the internet that is stalking me. It has taken up residence in one of my email accounts and whenever I check my mail, I am subjected to this animation of a withered old hag morphing into a young woman. Presumably a similar transformation awaits me if I press the big blue click here button and send off for my free trial of IQ Derma SkinTensive.

Of course, its not really free at all. You have to pay $9.95 for shipping. Since, we ship cosmetics to Truth In Aging readers all the time, I have a good idea of what it costs to mail potions and I have to believe IQ Derma has added a mark-up. Once the 'free' samples (SkinTensive and Life Without Wrinkles) arrive, you have 30 days to return them. If you keep them, you'll be signed up automatically for a program of replenished products every 60 days, at a charge of $95.70 each time.

It is similar to the way that Dermapril is sold and it does IQ Derma no favors. Rather, it opens the company up to accusations of 'scam' and 'rip off'. It is already posted on the website According to, the Better Business Bureaux said: "On September 24, 2007 we wrote to this company requesting they make modifications to their websites and pop-up ads to clearly and conspicuously disclose the terms and conditions of their free trial." To date, the BBB has received 42 complaints relating to IQ Derma, following which it agreed to make a full refund or "perform according to their contract."

All of which is a bit shame. You can actually just buy a bottle of SkinTensive for $120 from And the product isn't that bad. Naturally, I was prepared to dislike it intensely, but I have to admit it has pretty good ingredients. The best of which is probably the two peptides that make up matrixyl 3000. Then there is collagen (marine, I believe), emu oil, sodium hyaluronate, DMAE, and acetyl hexapeptide-3. Apart from the usual preservatives and propylene glycol, there isn't much to dislike.

Ingredients in IQ Derma SkinTensive

Water, Soluble Collagen, Alcohol, Emu Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Carbomer, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Amino Butyric Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Dimethylaminoethanol, Polysorbate 80, Triethanolamine.