When I was about 11 years old, my two sisters and I would ride our bikes down an old dirt road to an abandoned two story farm house a few miles away. The house was covered with vines and a tree was growing right up through the dilapidated front porch. Much of the home's roof had fallen in, as had all of the interior stairs, but if you were equal parts fearless and foolish, you could shimmy your way up the old stairwell to the second floor to search for abandoned treasures from years gone by. On one such treasure hunt, I found a tiny article of clothing in a broken down chest of drawers, and it contained three perfectly preserved solid silver buttons, which I still have to this day. When the wind rustled tree branches across the old clapboarded exterior and caused the remaining walls to sway, being in the creaky old farmhouse was more than a little bit spooky, and not for the faint of heart.
What does a spooky old farmhouse have to do with a product review for Lift SP? Both are just a little scary, so buyers will want to proceed with a bit of caution.
Just like the old farmhouse, Lift SP may hold amazing treasure , but I will not be trying the product myself. My decision to forego a trial of the product is not because of the ingredients themselves (which look quite promising) but because of the "club" business model that the company uses to extensively market the product. You, brave readers, may decide to ignore my "buyer beware" posting and find a treasure. If you have tried Lift SP and love it, be sure to let me know by posting a comment.
So in the interest of fairness, let's take a quick look at the product.
Lift SP falls into the topical temporary anti-aging category. You apply the product according to the directions, and (according to the company) you see an immediate reduction in wrinkles and a tightening of the skin, "both of which should last up to 8 hours". How a product can both relax and tighten at the same time is beyond me, but I have seen the same positive combination with the Juice Organics Brightening Serum (reviewed on January 02, 2009) and a SuperMax Multi-Peptide Serum I am currently testing, so conceptually it is indeed possible. That being said, their description of "an amazing instant face lift" has my mind conjuring up unfortunate images of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, and his face lift gone horribly wrong, for the rest of the day.
Despite my best efforts, I cannot locate an ingredients list which contains percentages of active ingredients, and I would be amazed if the published ingredients list below is truly complete. I can't imagine they have not added at minimum some type of neutral carrier (i.e water, fruit juice, etc) to the serum, as do all of the similar products . What we do know (according to manufacturers website) is Lift SP contains 6 premium Multi-Peptides, and their explanation of each ingredient benefit (not mine) is included:
(Hexapeptide-3) - reduces wrinkle depth and relaxes facial tension) Leuphasyl
- modulates muscle contraction, especially beneficial to wrinkles in the eye and forehead areas. Octapeptide
- extends and lengthens the muscle, under tension it reduces wrinkle depth) Matrixly 3000
- contains 2 lipopeptides which lead to synthesis of new collagen, stimulates Collagen I, III AND IV, is stronger than Vitamin C and works faster than retinol without the irritating effects, increases elastin while repairing the skin. Tripeptide
- even further helps smooths lines in the wrinkle prone areas. PLUS Sea Weed
Extract - lightens your skin for an amazing instant face lift look and feel.)
The business model is the part that scares me off. The company offers a "risk free 14 day free trial" and the fine print in the purchase agreement grants them permission to bill you $74.99 within two weeks and then monthly forever, unless you cancel. The fine print also points out that the 14 day "free trial" starts THE DAY YOU PLACE THE ORDER, (not the date you receive it) and the product must be back in the hands of the company within the 14 day period if you elect to return it and cancel your order. No consumer out there likes every product or company, but a quick google search turned up an eye opening number of complaints filed against the company over billing. Customer Service hours are Monday thru Friday 8AM-5:30PM and the number is 866-897-2464 and according to the site, if you would like to cancel your account through email you may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
So just like the old farmhouse, understand what you are getting into, and if you decide to "venture in", be sure to let the rest of know what you find.