Bellaplex

Christina Dodd 

 
Question: Growing up, I was a serial tanner and never used sun block or SPF to protect my skin. Now, I am starting to see the effects of years of sun exposure and a general lack of care of my skin. Besides crows feet and other fine lines around my eyes, I have started to notice deep-set wrinkles along my forehead and where I smile. I saw an advertisement for Bellaplex , a product that claims to be the best at reducing wrinkles but am wondering how effective it really is.

Bellaplex

Answer: Bellaplex is a product distributed by Urban Nutrition, LLC, a beauty label that has several different products under its brand. Bellaplex is marketed as a premier anti-wrinkle cream that is supposed to lessen the appearance of wrinkles and sagging caused by aging skin.

According to their website, Bellaplex contains four active ingredients that are designed to decrease wrinkles and make skin look more youthful. Two of the ingredients, Agireline and Matryxl 3000, are trademarked ingredients that have no outside scientific evidence confirming their effectiveness. The website claims that these ingredients are effective in wrinkle reduction by helping relax skin and boost the body’s natural collagen production. The other two active ingredients are hyaluronic acid (HA) and collagen. Although collagen is the bodies natural firming and toning ingredient, something we naturally produce during our youth, it is not proven that topical collagen affects the same results. HA, another naturally occurring substance, is produced by the body to help lubricate joints and regenerate cells. What scientist have found is that synthetic HA helps people heal faster and with less scarring after injury or surgery and, cosmetically, helps people turn over newer, younger looking skin. HA is the only ingredient listed that has independent scientific research behind it.

Although this product contains HA, there is no full list of ingredients or concentrations.There is also no mention of independent, clinical trials or links to websites with information backing their claims.

If you do shop for an anti-wrinkle product in a health store, pharmacy or on the Internet, you’ll often find hundreds of different brands containing a confusing array of ingredients. You may be tempted to experiment with different products until you find one that works. But this approach may be expensive. More importantly, not all products contain the quality and quantity of necessary ingredients to positively promote long-term improvements on the appearance of wrinkles and an overall healthy complexion. That’s why you’ll need to do a little bit of research to find the best, most potent brand for your needs.

Lee Mann, our respected health and beauty expert, did a fantastic review on wrinkle creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.

Lee Mann, our respected health and beauty expert, did a fantastic review on wrinkle creams and their actual effectiveness in a recent feature, the results are quite surprising.