What You Should Know
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Caracol Cream is touted as the “one anti-aging secret that has already helped countless women eliminate even the most visible signs of aging once and for all.” It claims to do so by penetrating deep into the skin layers instead of simply working on the outermost levels of the skin, like most wrinkle creams and topical treatments do. This particular product has a “secret” ingredient that has been used by many spas, dermatologists and salons for years and is now available for home use in the form of Caracol Cream. We will discuss this “magic” ingredient in Caracol Cream further and determine whether it truly is as effective as the company claims.
The Caracol Cream Company does not provide much information about themselves on their website, which resembles an infomercial in design and content. The Caracol Cream manufacturers do offer a money back guarantee on their product and they also provide a free trial sample, although the samples are supposedly in short supply and only available until a certain date. The Caracol Cream website also includes before and after pictures, testimonials and clippings from numerous media publications and news features. We also have to question the authenticity of some of the photos, since it is clear that the subjects are wearing makeup in some of the after photos and squinting to emphasize crow’s feet in some of the before pictures.
The “secret” ingredient in Caracol Cream is Chilean Mountain snail extract, which has been used for years in some of the higher quality salons and spas. The Caracol Company states that this extract contains “the seven most effective synergy driven ingredients in the fight against aging”. These ingredients include natural allantoin, collagen and elastins; glycolic acid; anti-biotic peptides; vitamins A, C and E; and a natural solar filtrate.
While some of these ingredients in Caracol Cream, like natural collagen and elastins, are effective in improving the overall condition of the skin to help it look younger, most are not proven substances for a wrinkle cream. Antioxidants like vitamins A, C, and E will help protect the skin from the sun and other harmful free radicals in the environment, but will not do much to reduce the look of lines and wrinkles that are already there. Glycolic acid is a natural exfoliant that will make the skin look smoother and “more radiant”, but it will not diminish the look of lines and can be irritating to some skin types.
- The product contains natural collagen.
- Caracol Cream comes with a money back guarantee.
- The website is somewhat unprofessional and includes little information about the company or pricing.
- Caracol Cream does not contain anti-aging ingredients like matrixyl 3000 or argireline.
- The before and after pictures are less than compelling.
- Little information is offered on Caracol Cream’s “miracle” snail extract, which we would like to learn more about.
The Bottom Line
While there may be some promising ingredients Caracol Cream, the company website and the lack of important information contained on it certainly is cause for concern. While Caracol Cream makes dramatic claims regarding its proprietary snail extract, little information is offered regarding specifics of this ingredient. That added to the overall “sales pitch” vibe that is central to the Caracol Cream website makes us wonder if this is the most effective wrinkle fighting choice.