Promaxyl is an anti-aging formula that purports to be a “safer, superior alternative to micro dermabrasion”. It works via a three-step system – the magnesium crystal polish, the anti-wrinkle treatment and the eye cream – to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
The company’s official site is of the type that focuses on being an entire sales pitch, with claims such as “the Botox alternative” and a summary of how the cream works on just the homepage. The site promises younger-looking skin in 2 weeks (“guaranteed”), with a very convincing before/after photo in which very heavy crow’s feet has disappeared (although neither photo shows any dark circles characteristic of this skin problem). A reduction of wrinkles by up to 44.9% is to be expected, and there is a separate testimonials section listing praise for each step of the system, some of which compares the products to other brands, or simply recommendations by aestheticians.
The site also features a page detailing how Promaxyl can troubleshoot situation-specific skin problems, such as weight-loss or pregnancy as well as anti-aging. There is also an additional guide on how to prevent wrinkles (do not smoke, use SPF etc). The company is Los Angeles-based and can be contacted by phone, mail or email.
Promaxyl – Product Description
The treatment comprises a three-step system. The magnesium crystal polish is the microdermabrasion alternative, using magnesium from the Dead Sea, and claims to be safer due to the lack of aluminum oxide particles. Aside from this, though the majority of the blurb related to the polish simply describes how popular microdermabrasion is and how much cheaper Promaxyl is.
The anti-wrinkle cream contains the Matrixyl Complex, a patented combination of proteins that stimulate cell growth and promote collagen production, which both regenerates and tautens the skin. Clinical trial info states that deep wrinkles were reduced by 68% (up to 90%), the density of the main “furrows” was reduced by 47% and the area of “moderate wrinkles” was reduced by 51%.
Lastly, the eye cream targets wrinkles, dark circles and loose skin around the eye area, and contains a complex of proteins that promote collagen production as well as a series of moisturizing agents. Like the anti-wrinkle cream is contains Matrixyl, but also Eyeliss and Haloxyl, which act as light-diffusers to brighten the skin’s complexion, and protect the skin’s elastin and collagen matrices from free radical damage, all resulting in a less puffy eye area. Clinical studies by the company have shown that deep wrinkles are reduced by up to 68%, and collagen and Hyaluronic Acid synthesis were promoted by 100-327% and 267% respectively.
Aside from the above info, the site does not feature a complete list of ingredients, but external sites have suggested The 3-step system is available separately, and can be bought online – the wrinkle cream is $49.95 and the eye cream $35.95, but is currently out of stock. For some reason, the magnesium crystals aren’t listed in the online store, but the site does offer a 90-day money-back guarantee.
- 3-step system
- Cheaper, more gentle surgical/microdermabrasion alternative
- Low price
- Some botanical extracts used
- Generous 90-day money-back guarantee
Promaxyl – Drawbacks
- Website feels like too much of a sales pitch
- Can only be bought online, with limited stock
- Difficult to find independent reviews online
Promaxyl – The Bottomline
Some of Promaxyl’s official site is dedicated to comparing it to surgical options, microdermabrasion procedures and even the more costly Strivectin-D (a similar anti-wrinkle treatment), while boasting of its higher concentration of active ingredients and far lower price. This may explain why neither the magnesium crystals nor the eye treatment are in stock, and since it’s difficult to find anywhere else, it might be an indication of how popular this treatment is as a low-cost alternative to surgery, but at $35-$50 per step of the system, this might just be a medium-quality range of products given the higher prices of more high-end brands.