CellCeuticals Skin Care was founded in 2007 by internationally renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Garth Fisher (any Extreme Makeover fans out there?) and beauty industry veteran Paul Scott Premo (i.e., he knows A LOT about dermatology and skin care). Their goal is to develop “technologically advanced, clinically validated, premium skin treatment products.” Though I’m all for all-natural, holistic skin care I’m a big fan of technology when it comes to fighting the signs of aging (according to Oil of Olay there are seven—whew!), and CellCeuticals uses the best of biomedical technology to fight those tell-tale signs. With two well-known experts behind the line, does it deliver?
I received CellCeuticals’ Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser, Extreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment and Regenerative Skin Treatment. The first thing I noticed before the products even arrived was the price tag. These products are right up there with lines like Shiseido, which means WAY out of my comfort zone even when I’m all about looking 25 at the age of almost 35. Would CellCeuticals do enough to my skin that one, I would notice the difference, and two, it would be worth the investment? I would soon find out.
The second thing I noticed was the super cool packaging. Each product comes in this sort of futuristic octagonal (or maybe it’s hexagonal—haven’t counted the sides) design. I love something that sparks my interest upon first sight! They looked super cool on my bathroom counter—almost pretty enough to leave out. But looks aren’t everything; in this case it’s what was inside that mattered most. CellCeuticals claims a noticeable difference in just two weeks. I used the products for just under two weeks; did I notice a difference? Here’s my CellCeuticals experience:
Extremely Gentle Skin Cleanser: “This gentle skin cleanser thoroughly removes facial and eye makeup without irritating eyes or skin. Leaves skin feeling clean, hydrated, supple.” Includes non-SLS mild surfectants, wheat amino acids and glycerin. $35 for 6.7 fl. oz.
I loved this cleanser! It removed eye makeup within seconds, even my stubborn mascara. It never irritated my eyes and after rinsing, my skin felt like it had already been moisturized. Washing with this CellCeuticals cleanser felt like I was washing with soft water. For those who have soft water, you know what I mean. It was divine! Worth every penny for sure.
Extreme Defense Anti-Cell Damage Skin Treatment: “A powerful antioxidant treatment that works during the day to help defend skin against age-promoting free radicals.” Includes Vitamins C, E and B5, green tea, aloe vera, natural almond, avocado and sunflower oils, beta glucan (skin soother and firmer). $65 for 1 fl. oz.
Though almost three times as much as my current daytime moisturizer, I would seriously consider buying it as part of the entire CellCeuticals system. The reason? I can’t tell which product it is that’s doing the most good for my skin but my skin has never looked or felt better! This moisturizer is lightweight yet extremely nourishing. I haven’t had one breakout since I started using CellCeuticals and it was during my peak hormonal time. My skin never felt greasy or shiny and it never felt dry, even around the sides of my nose where I tend to get dry skin. A little goes a long way so I imagine this lotion will last at least a couple months.
CellGenesis Regenerative Skin Treatment: “This revolutionary skin treatment encourages the regeneration of new surface cells for visibly younger skin. In just two weeks your skin looks and feels firmer and remarkably radiant, with visible lines and wrinkles dramatically diminished.” Includes patent-pending Growth Factor Peptide Cellular Complex (I may not know much but I do know peptides are GREAT for skin), which is a combination of retinol, antioxidants and lipopeptides. $80 for 1 fl. oz.
Perhaps this was the miracle worker among the three, but I have to say it delivered on everything it claimed it could do. It was a lightweight serum, and a little went a very long way. I did have an issue with the pump getting stuck on its way back up and now I can only do half a pump at a time, but that’s better for rationing this liquid gold. The funny thing was I caught myself doing a double take when looking in the mirror, thinking I had makeup on when in fact I didn’t!
My skin had an even tone, was noticeably firmer and what few wrinkles I had were about gone. To put it simply, my skin looked the healthiest it has been in very long time—and perhaps even better than it ever has! Would it be as effective on its own without the other two products? I couldn’t tell you, and I’m not willing to risk my fabulous new complexion to find out. I’ll stick with using all three for now. Will I replace the CellGenesis once I run out? At a price of $80, probably not. Yes, my skin has never looked better but $80 is a bit much for me to pay. Of course, when I’m 50 and ready to look 35, I’m sure I’ll be investing in the CellCeuticals regimen once again. It’s a lot less expensive than plastic surgery and I’m pretty sure—though I’m no expert—it gives you the exact same results!
I can honestly say CellCeuticals is by far my favorite skin care line and yes, definitely worth its weight in gold. But since I don’t have any gold bullion lying around, once I run out I’ll be switching back to my second favorite. I’m none too happy about it but what’s a girl without skin care allowance to do? Of course CellCeuticals does have a really great option for those interested in their skin care system and interested in saving 60% off the retail value. Just enroll in the CellCeuticals Skin Institute and you can get the CellCeuticals Skin Treatment Kit every 60 days for $39.95 a month. Though still a bit of an investment, believe me, you’re skin is worth it!—Emily