Unlike many of the topical wrinkle treatments that we review on this site that claim to imitate the paralyzing effects of Botox, Youthful Essence claims to bring the skin-sloughing benefits of microdermabrasion to the user’s home. The treatment is endorsed by the soap opera icon Susan Lucci and is developed and manufactured by the pharmaceutical labs Guthy-Renker. Youthful Essence is a cream that is designed to be used on its own, but that can also be paired with the user’s favorite moisturizer or other beauty care products. In addition to the Youthful Essence Resurfacing Cream, users who buy the anti-wrinkle system also receive a Resurfacing Tool and an application sponge. This product was developed by Dean and Amber Rhoades, a couple who run a popular spa located in Beverly Hills.
So what kind of results can potential Youthful Essence users expect? First, use the massage tool as directed in order to scrub away dead skin cells. If you feel that your complexion has become “dull” with age, or that it is uneven, dead skin cells could be to blame. The full Youthful Essence application process seems to be 1) apply Resurfacing Cream to your face in a consistent layer, then 2) use the watertight Resurfacing Tool to “vigorously” scrub away the cream, which will take your dead skin cells with it. All of this can be done from the comfort and privacy of your own home.
Anyone who has gotten microdermabrasion from a professional knows that the entire process is not without its flaws. Even a spa treatment will frequently leave you with a red face prior to application. The same is probably true of Youthful Essence home treatments, so users wouldn’t want to schedule any big nights out for at least one evening following treatment. The Youthful Essence Resurfacing Tool itself seems to be a small battery powered vibrating wand with a gentle scrubber attached to it.
The full list of ingredients found in the Youthful Essence Resurfacing Cream are: Aluminum Oxide (Micronized Crystals), Purified Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Stearic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Propylene Glycol, Panthenol, Lecithin, Cetyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Bran Extract, Aminomethyl Propanediol, Beta Carotene, Methyl paraben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, FD&C Yellow No. 5, FD&C Yellow No. 6, Fragrance (Parfum).
- Product comes with a money back guarantee from official website.
- Free gift available with order.
- Product attempts to replicate an expensive spa treatment.
- As with real microdermabrasion, this process could irritate the skin of sensitive users.
- This product requires a complicated application procedure.
- Facial swelling and discoloration may occur directly following the application procedure.
- Product formula seems to include artificial fragrances and colors, which can be irritating.
The Bottom Line
There might be a reason that most people go to professionals for their microdermabrasion treatments. Youthful Essence does offer some intriguing ideas, but we think that the occasional trip to a day spa can be a pleasant experience, plus you’ll know that you’re getting professional attention. For treating wrinkles, we prefer one of the many cutting edge, topical creams on the market today.