Relaxaderm: Does Relaxaderm Work?


Editor Review by : Kathy Charles : 3.5/5.0Relaxaderm
  • 3.50 / 5

Relaxaderm Overview

Relaxaderm is an anti-aging cream that claims to not only smooth existing fine lines and wrinkles in mature skin, but also to delay the onset of aging for younger skin. It works by using Argireline, a peptide complex that “relaxes” the skin’s complexion.

The cream is manufactured by Skin Doctors, an Australia-based company, which has a UK site (with more info than the Australian one) but no US site. Across the two sites, the product information is essentially the same, but with a before/after photo on the UK one. This photo shows a dramatic improvement in skin texture and smoothness (absolutely no wrinkles or crow’s feet), but it’s not stated how soon after use these results were observed. Given that the site’s copy state the cream is their “tried and tested injection-free facial relaxer”, it could be safely assumed that the results are probably instantaneous.

The AU site offers some brief info on clinical trials, stating that after 30 days wrinkles and fine lines are reduced by up to 50%, with an average level of 30%. Aside from this, there are no real scientific facts on offer and most of the AU site’s (very long) sales blurb just mentions basic info on skincare and what to do if you’ve used too much/too little/used it for too long (essentially telling you to do nothing).

Relaxaderm – Product Description

Relaxaderm

The cream’s main active ingredient is Argireline, the common name for Acetyl Hexapeptide-3, a series of amino acids that inhibit facial muscle movements in the same way as surgical cosmetic injections. This reduces the depth of wrinkles by smoothing them out, and helps to temporarily prevent the appearance of new fine lines. The site states that after 30 days of use, fine lines are reduced on average by 30% (up to 50%), but clinical trials from the laboratory Advancell stated that wrinkles were reduced by 16% after 4 weeks, and 27% after 30 days.

There is a complete list of ingredients on the AU site, listing a series of peptides, dimethicone (a skin-smoothing silicone) and a lot of parabens, which are an unfashionable use of preservatives given recent research linking them to cancer.

A single 50ml jar costs approximately $65, but there appears to be no US-based sites selling it. You can buy from international sites, though, but for an increased shipping cost.

Relaxaderm Advantage

  • Cheaper alternative to Botox
  • Instant results
  • Moderate cost
  • Positive reviews

Relaxaderm – Drawbacks

  • Not available in the US
  • Conflicting clinical trial results
  • Little to no hard scientific facts to back up product claims
  • Excessive use of parabens

Relaxaderm – The Bottomline

While Relaxaderm appears to be a cheaper, safer alternative to anti-aging facial injections, its biggest problem is that it’s not yet available worldwide, let alone in the US. As such, it’s impossible to buy and/or try/return the cream without being stuck with losing $99 if it doesn’t work. Yes, the cream does have mostly positive reviews, but there are only a handful of independent online reviews to begin with. The only selling point of Relaxaderm is that it is one of a small amount of creams that offer a surgical alternative using the same technology, but it’s not enough to go out of your way to buy internationally when there are still some domestic alternatives available.

The cosmetic industry currently offers a variety of wrinkle creams from a number of brands. To make the process of selecting a wrinkle cream as simple as possible, we've evaluated each cream on its ability to fulfill our requirements for a quality wrinkle cream. To be specific, we believe that a wrinkle cream should include ingredients that offer antioxidant protection for skin, in order to delay the onset of noticeable aging. At the same time, wrinkle creams should be able to renew skin, typically by containing compounds with collagen-stimulating properties. Additionally, such a cream should improve both the texture and appearance of skin by offering both long term anti-wrinkle benefits and hydrating agents to create smooth, firm skin. Listed below are the top wrinkle creams, according to these important characteristics.

Top 10 Wrinkle Creams

  • Dermology Aanti Aging Solution

    Dermology Aanti Aging Solution
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • Olay Regenerist

    Olay Regenerist
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • Dermagist

    Dermagist
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • Boots No.7

    Boots No.7
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • LifeCell

    LifeCell
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • Prevera

    Prevera
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • Nightskin

    Nightskin
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • DDF Wrinkle Relax

    DDF Wrinkle Relax
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score
  • DermaLastyl

    DermaLastyl
    • Long Term Effectiveness for Wrinkle Reduction
    • Antioxidant Protective Properties Delaying Skin Cell Aging
    • Skin Renewal and Collagen Stimulating Properties
    • Skin Smoothing and Firming Properties
    Overall Raw Score

Dermatologist Recommendations for Maintaining Younger, Healthier, Vibrant Looking Skin:

  • Be certain to consistently apply the product(s) you choose in accordance with its directions for use;
  • Pay special attention to your neck and hands while applying the product(s) you choose, as these areas reflect your age;
  • Always use sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15;
  • Drink at least eight glasses of water a day to stay well hydrated;
  • Avoid excessive intake of caffeinated and alcoholic beverages, as they may contribute to dehydration and exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; and
  • Be sure to get adequate rest every day.

**This is a subjective assessment based on the strength of the available information and our estimation of efficacy.

Kathy Charles

Kathy Charles is a Health Care journalist from New Jersey who has written about disease management for many publications. She has also done an Introductory Biology laboratory Course from Florida State University. She also writes about women's lifestyle issues. She contributes regularly for TheBeautyInsiders.

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