Croatian Essentials Beloved Immortelle Anti-Aging Serum Reviews
Croatian Essentials Beloved Immortelle Anti-Aging Serum makes the bold claim that it can wipe away 18 years of aging in just 7 days.
The company claims the formula is doctor-approved, highly recommended, made using only certified organic materials, and created by someone who used to create formulas for Loreal.
Below we take a look at the listed ingredients for this serum and see if it's just hype or a real solution to more youthful skin.
Product and Ingredients
Helichrysum Oil - describes many plants in the sunflower family that also go by the name immortelle.
The extract of the plant has gone through some scientific testing and does show promise as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and wound healer, but more data is needed to conclusively prove these claims.
Jojoba Oil - comes from an evergreen desert shrub that is native to the southwestern United States. Jojoba is often used as a carrier for essential oils, which means it is meant to dilute the essential oil so that it is safe to apply to the skin.
It contains a fair amount of Vitamin E, which could benefit the skin. Jojoba has emollient properties, which means it will soften skin by trapping moisture.
Jojoba has been touted as a treatment for acne, wound healing, eczema, psoriasis, wrinkles, dandruff, and sunburns, but there is little clinical data to prove jojoba is an effective treatment for these skin issues.
Argan Oil - has been popular in skin and hair care products for a few years now. It comes from the kernels of the argan tree, which is found natively in Morocco.
It has been used for a variety of skin issues, from wrinkles, eczema, acne, psoriasis, infections, and burns – perhaps due to the high concentrations of antioxidants in the oil, but these claims have not been proven in laboratory tests.
Apricot Kernel Oil - The apricot kernel is the inside portion of the seed in apricots. It’s been used in skin care in different forms for years.
It was once believed that the apricot kernel could fight cancerous tumors, but this claim was proved false in laboratory studies.
Avocado Oil - is made from the pressed fruit of the avocado. It is used frequently as a moisturizer by itself. It does contain Vitamin E, which could be beneficial for your skin. Avocado oil, in combination with Vitamin B12, has shown promise as a treatment for psoriasis, causing less irritation than the traditional prescription cream.
Pomegranate Oil - comes from pressing pomegranate seeds. Pomegranate does have antioxidants like Vitamin C, which may repair some skin damage.
Laboratory testing suggests pomegranate oil may decrease age spots and wrinkles, but more data is needed to confirm this benefit.
Pomegranate may also have anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits, possibly being helpful for conditions like acne and eczema, but more clinical research is needed to confirm this.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil - has more benefits than simply being a culinary staple. It’s also used in soaps, moisturizers, and ointments.
It does have skin softening properties, and it may also have anti-inflammatory properties. It has been found to help symptoms of eczema and psoriasis in limited clinical trials.
Olive oil is also rich in vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and Vitamin E, which may provide benefits to the skin. Olive oil also has antioxidant properties, which may also help to counteract damage that’s been done to the skin.
Organic Beeswax - is the sticky, yellow substance that is secreted by honeybees and becomes the building material of the honeycomb.
Beeswax has a number of uses in the healthcare industry from coating tablets to use in ointments. Preliminary research does show that beeswax may help, in conjunction with other ingredients, in shortening the time needed to heal from burns.
There are a number of other uses for beeswax on the skin, including healing bruises and treating inflammation, but more data is needed to corroborate these findings.
Keep in mind, too, that when beeswax has been studied, it’s typically been mixed with other ingredients like olive oil, so it may not provide any benefit or even be harmful to use beeswax by itself directly on the skin.
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) - Vitamin C does have antioxidant properties, but it’s not been proven that this effect translates into using it topically.
Some clinical studies do suggest that Vitamin C, when applied to the skin, may diminish wrinkles and dryness, in addition to helping heal skin wounds faster, but more clinical study is needed to confirm this.
Hyaluronic Acid - is a substance found naturally in the human body, particularly in the eyes and joints. Hyaluronic acid has been used as a treatment for both osteoarthritis in the knees and for cataracts via injection.
It has also been used in injection form to treat aging skin, but it is not clear how effective this treatment is, or if it’s effective at all. Another use of hyaluronic acid is in the form of prescription eye drops for dry eye.
Skin Tightener ST™ Peptide Complex and Sederma Matrixyl - There was no information available on what, exactly, is in these compounds.
Potential Side Effects
Jojoba Oil may cause irritated skin.
Argon oil may cause contact dermatitis, a red rash that is typically itchy and appears at the site where the oil was applied.
Avocado Oil - If you have an allergy to avocado, you may also have an allergy to avocado oil – which may present on the skin as contact dermatitis. Those with birch pollen, peach, melon, and latex allergies are said to be more likely to have avocado allergies too.
How to Use
The product comes in a liquid form. You massage a couple of drops into your skin 2-3 times per day.
Cost and Price Plans
It’s $69.00 for a bottle, which is a one-month supply. A three-month supply is $117.00 and a six-month supply is $174.00.
Customer service can be reached at [email protected], where support will reply to emails within 24-48 hours.
Customers may also reach customer service at 1-844-930-1833 where they must leave a voicemail and can expect a return call will 24-48 hours.
Customer service hours were listed as Monday – Friday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM EST. The company offers a 180-day, money-back guarantee.
Online Customer Reviews/Complaints
On Amazon, the product has 3.9 out of 5 stars, taken from 21 reviews. On the company's own website they post blurbs of glowing reviews but they don’t show star ratings.
Overall we weren’t able to find many online customer reviews for this product. One reason for this is because of the many affiliate sites crowding the search results.
Where to Buy?
The product can be purchased on the company website and on Amazon.
Competitors and Alternatives
TruSkin Vitamin C Serum for Face, has similar ingredients and has 4.3 out of 5 stars, taken from an impressive 91,074 ratings. It’s also only $19.99.
Is it Legitimate or a Scam?
This may seem like common sense, but just so it’s clear: Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.
If you're allergic to eating any of the ingredients, such as avocados, you will also have an allergic reaction if you apply something with that allergen all over your face.
One common red flag is that the sales page includes a very long, tear-jerker of a story about how a women’s child said she looked older than her friend’s grandmother, preying on a woman’s insecurity about aging.
They also include pictures of babies, older women, and women who are clearly in their 20’s so you understand how old you are and how young you could be.
The website goes on to explain how this woman was given Dr. Sterling’s number and he never called her back.
The receptionist tells her that the doctor is so busy with his weight loss clinics that they sometimes see over 80,000 patients per month (shameless plug for their weight loss clinics), so the doctor is much too busy to speak with her.
So, if a group of clinics saw 80,000 patients per month, that would mean they saw something like 2666 patients per day, if they were open seven days a week, which we think is fairly unlikely.
They also let you know that they are running out of stock, which is a constant source of stress for the doctor and his team, and also makes this product sound like a possible scam.
The ingredients do seem like they would be beneficial – at the least for moisturizing, but unless the trademarked solutions – the ingredients of which are not listed – are made from something never before seen it is unlikely to take decades off your face in a matter of weeks.
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