{Tested} Cosmedix Cell ID

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Cosmedix Cell ID Intensive Defense Serum is loaded with antioxidants, amino acids, enzymes and “the ultimate mitochondria extract,” which “energizes skin cells,” and in turn, helps to “reduces visible wrinkle depth…fine lines and…age spots,” according to the Cosmedix website.

But all those promises don’t come cheap–Cosmedix Cell ID retails for $100 per half ounce. We wanted to know: Is this product really worth the hefty price tag, or is it just a bottle of bull? We sent it out to 5 beauty testers who reported back, below.

**Quick take: 2 out of 5 testers would recommend Cosmedix Cell ID Intensive Defense Serum to other FOFs.**

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Lynda Christian – Hazelwood, MO

Was this product easy to use?
Yes. The dispenser was a pump so you could measure it out more precisely.  However, toward the end [it became difficult to dispense so] I took the pump out and tried to shake out the remaining amount.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
It reduced the appearance of the age and sun spots I have on my face. I started to see noticeable fading.

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Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
My face felt well hydrated and smooth, but [it could have been because] I exfoliated a few times a week as part of my normal routine.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles? I wish I had seen a difference in the fine lines around my eyes and the deeper wrinkles in my forehead, but I did not.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
No. It costs $100 for a very small amount. I used a dime-size portion, twice a day (per the instructions) which only allows you about a month’s supply. Also, I thought the color was an ugly yellow–almost like phlegm when you have a cold.  I was also put off by the fragrance.  There were times when I felt almost nauseous to the point where I didn’t want to use it. I asked my husband to smell it and he said, ‘It’s not that bad.’

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I would not recommend it.

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Christine M. Quigley – Lakewood, CO

Was this product easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Minimal changes. The texture improved slightly.

Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
It felt a little drier, but smooth. It really dried out my skin when I applied a heavier layer–in fact, it produced dry flaky patches. I still have one above my upper lip.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines or age spots?
No–I did not notice a difference.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
No, I did not feel it was that effective, and the stem inside the bottle broke off after two weeks of use.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
No.

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Constance Simon — Winston Salem, NC

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Immediately! I noticed a slight tightening of my skin. [It was] not overbearing but certainly noticeable.

Did you notice a difference in how your skin felt?
YES! The appearance, not so much, but the feel–indeed. My skin is so incredibly soft. [When] my son kisses me on my cheek, [he] compliments me on how soft my skin is…like a baby’s! Even my fiance thinks so. I do appreciate that. My skin is a combination of oily and dry, but when I use Cell ID it is perfect–it’s not oily nor dry. I don’t even have to use a moisturizer with it.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
A small difference in the fine lines under and around my eyes. Others seemed to notice the difference more than I did. I don’t have any age spots, so I can’t comment on that. I don’t have many wrinkles except on my brow and I did notice my skin was slightly smoother, there.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
I will continue to use this product and will actually buy it again from time to time when I can afford it. I like having soft supple skin. I also felt like I got good UV protection from it as well.

Would you recommend it to other FOFs?
Yes. It does have a slight medicine smell, which dissipates quickly. It’s slightly expensive, but worth the results.

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Sydney Barrows–New York, N.Y.

Was this product easy to use?
Yes, but if you push the pump down the whole way, it dispenses too much. Be careful to not push it down all the way! The texture was lovely, it spread nicely, and you could do your entire face and the top part of your neck with 2/3 of a pump. One more pump will take care of the rest of the neck and the chest–perfect!

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
After about ten days, I noticed that the texture of my skin was smoother. It also looked healthier–there really was a noticeable difference.

Did you notice a difference in the way your skin felt?
It was definitely smoother, and my makeup went on more smoothly too. It acted like a primer, but it also improved your skin at the same time.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
Because the skin was smoother, the fine lines were a bit less noticeable, but it did nothing for wrinkles or age spots that I could discern.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
For $30 or under–definitely, yes.  If it was more than that and I was doing well–probably yes.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes, if you have fairly nice skin and mild wrinkles, it will definitely enhance the overall appearance of your skin, make it look smoother and healthier, and make the fine lines less noticeable. I’m not sure how effective it would be for someone who had badly damaged skin and/or bad wrinkles.

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Rhonda Grant–Yorktown, Indiana

Was this product easy to use?
Extremely easy. It was slightly tacky when first applied, but the sticky feel rapidly dissipates to a pleasant smoothness. There was a mild medicinal odor, although it was not at all offensive and disappeared once application was complete.

Did you notice any changes with your skin?
Yes, some. My skin seemed to retain moisture better. It felt extremely soft, and the usual oiliness seemed to lessen.

Did you notice a difference in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles or age spots?
I did not see a large difference in fine lines, wrinkles or age spots.  Actually, the pores on my between-the-eye area and on my nose were more noticeable while using the product.

Would you continue using this product?  Why or why not?
Probably not.  The [minimal] changes were not worth the price.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I do not believe I could, with good conscience, recommend this product to others.

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{Tested} Glytone Anti-Aging Trio


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Glytone’s new anti-aging set–a serum, daytime moisturizing cream and an eye cream–will “significantly reduce the visible signs of aging,” according to Glytone’s marketing materials. The products all contain a patented glycolic acid system, formulated to be as effective as the glycolic exfoliating treatments you’d find in a doctor’s office. The products are also packed with Vitamins C and E and boast some unconventional antioxidants like Red Tea Flavonoids and Licorice Extract, said to “offset everyday environmental damage from sun exposure, pollution and stress.”

Six FOFs put the $258-value set to the test. Was it three cheers for this trio?
**Quick take: 6 / 6 testers would recommend Glytone’s Anti-Aging Trio**

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Eoan Russell – Jersey City, NJ

Was this product easy to use?
Extremely easy. After cleansing with the mild gel cleanser, the anti-aging serum, cream and eye cream were light and easy to apply.

Did you notice any changes in your skin?
My skin appeared softer and smoother. The fine lines on my nose appeared to decrease in size. I have very sensitive skin and most products make me break out, but not with these products.

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What changes did you notice?
I noticed that after application, my enlarged pores appeared smaller. My skin became smoother and the fine lines around my nose seemed less pronounced.

Did you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines wrinkles, and uneven skin tones and textures?
The product did not eliminate uneven skin tones or fine lines, but made the unevenness appear less uneven and my enlarged pores seem smaller.

Would you continue using these products – why or why not?
Yes.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes. I saw so much change over the short period of time that I used this product, that I’ve stopped using my previous anti-aging products.

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Ruta Fox – Greenville, SC

Were these products easy to use?
Yes. The instructions were clear. Nothing unusual.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Yes, I thought my skin improved a lot with visible changes.

What changes did you notice?
My skin was clearer, tighter, refreshed and more renewed. I seemed to get less pimples too.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
Yes, my skin looked smoother. It was more toned and had a better texture.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Yes, they definitely work. My only concern was that for the price, it wasn’t really a “luxurious” experience. There was no fragrance in the products and the serum was a little “watery.” Additionally, the caps on the two bottles of serum and moisturizer were interchangeable. I put the wrong one on the serum and could not get it off, so the glass dropper on the serum broke.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, it’s a good line for people who don’t want any fragrance in their products.

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Lelani Rogers – Fayetteville, GA

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Yes.

What changes did you notice?
After 3 weeks, my skin started to look different–more clear and clean.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
I can’t say that it eliminated any wrinkles, maybe fine baby wrinkles. It did not get rid of age spots, but overall it definitely improved the texture, tone, look and feel of my face.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I will definitely finish what I have left. The cost is high. I probably would not spend that kind of money for 6-8 weeks of skincare, but maybe, because I definitely see improvement.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes. You have to be disciplined–wash and apply 3 products in the morning. In the evening wash your face again and apply the eye cream.

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Cynthia Knisley – Sparta, MI

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
My skin felt smoother to the touch. I believe the glycolic acid removed the dead dry skin cells and helped my other products to penetrate better.

What changes did you notice?
Improved appearance of existing wrinkles and a brighter, clearer, younger appearance.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
I think it helped prevent further aging.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
Most certainly.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, as long as they don’t have sensitive skin. Glycolic acid can be harsh on sensitive skin.

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Sue Roberts – Polk City, FL

Were these products easy to use?
Yes, very easy.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
The overall quality of my skin has improved.

What changes did you notice?
Fine lines are less noticeable, deep wrinkles have improved and the area around my eyes appears to be brighter. The biggest difference is in the evenness of the tone. My acne scars, sun damage and age spots seem to have improved the most.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I would love to continue to use these products, and have made an appointment with the dermatologist to try and do just that. Based on the improvement in my skin, I believe it would be worth the investment.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
I would highly recommend them to anyone willing to put in the time. You will not have drastic or immediate results, but you will get results. We took before and after pictures and there is a definite difference.

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Sharron Ledrick – Richland Hills, TX

Were these products easy to use?
Yes.

Did you notice any changes in your skin? (Tone, feel, quality, moisture, wrinkles, etc.)
Very few.

What changes did you notice?
None significant enough to point out.

Do you think these products helped to eliminate fine lines, wrinkles and uneven skin tone and texture?
Not really. I liked the eye cream the best–it seemed to glide on. I noticed some slight peeling from the other two products.

Would you continue using these products? Why or why not?
I would continue using the eye cream. The other two products, I am not so sure.

Would you recommend them to other FOF members?
Yes, I would. My skin is very dry, and this might be the reason I couldn’t see a big difference. One complaint–the red paint on the anti-aging serum bottle was peeling off and got on my face.

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{Tested} Eminence Strawberry Rhubarb Masque


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Eminence Organics skin products are about as “green” as you can get. Their average “ingredients” label reads more like a Whole Foods shopping list, with items such as blueberry oil, pumpkin seeds, pomegranate, cloves and rosemary–all sourced from organic, sustainable farms powered with wind and solar energy. Every Eminence product is free of common irritants such as parabens, animal by-products, propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulphates, harmful colorants and fragrances and petroleum.

Eminence say that its Strawberry Rhubarb Masque (retail value: $52) will “hydrate, plump and replenish skin with juicy strawberries, calming rhubarb and restoring hyaluronic acid.” So what did our FOF testers think?

Quick take: 4/4 testers would recommend this product to other FOFs.

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WENDY VANHATTEN

Did this product work for you?
Yes, the product worked for me. My skin was softer, less dry, smoother, and in general better feeling. It appeared to look better as well, although it is hard to tell after only two uses. I would be better qualified to talk about this after a couple of weeks.

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What did you think of the fragrance?
Pleasant and not overwhelming.

Would you use it again?
Definitely. Since I like my skin to feel and look great, I believe this is a product that could help. I am in the sun quite a bit in the spring and summer and do use sunscreen. It will be interesting to see how it works then.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes.

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ALEXIS MARNEL

Did this product work for you?
My skin was softer, and I LOVED the fragrance, but I did not see much of a difference in my skin. Usually after a masque my skin looks very revitalized and refreshed, and although it felt that way, it didn’t do much for the appearance.

Would you use it again?
I do not think I would use it again.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
I would recommend this to FOF members whose skin problem is dry skin as that seems to be the target of this product, but if one is looking for some exfoliation or a better cleaning, I would not recommend it.

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JOYE LABRUYERE

Did this product work for you?
Yes, I really liked the product, it smelled really nice, but I felt it was a little bit drying.

Would you use it again?
I would try it again in the summertime.

Would you recommend it to other FOF members?
Yes

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RUTH JAMES

Did this product work for you?
I left this sitting on my kitchen counter for way too long because I was a bit hesitant about an organic product. Would it smell? Yes. Like strawberry ice cream. I washed my face, and just slathered it on–including around my eyes and on my lips. I have extremely sensitive skin, but this was of lovely creamy texture and did NOT burn! I left it on for about a half an hour while doing chores, and after I rinsed it off, my skin (and lips) felt sooo soft and smooth. There was no blotchiness or irritation–just soft smooth skin.

Would you use it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes! Two thumbs up, five stars. Where can I buy it?

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