(Written by Linda Kelly)
Aging is a pain, really. The funny (and not so funny) thing about it is that it sneaks up on you (much like the years, frankly). Well, we all know that wrinkles are what come with aging, and the causes are numerous. Whether we’re talking excessive sun, smoking or bad eating, we’ve all seen the causes before. Basically, wrinkles come from a lack of elasticity in your skin, which is often why severe, and quite dangerous treatments like Botox are popular.
Botox basically kills cells because it’s a toxin. The list of side effects are so nightmarish that I’m pretty sure they couldn’t produce a commercial about it under 5 minutes! But, the reason why women even consider this nastiness is is that it does tighten the skin and increase elasticity. Sure, it’s addictive (results stop when you stop taking treatments), but how about that wrinkle reduction? How about that smooth skin>
Well, jumping on the Botox train seems like a bad, bad idea, as you’re probably going to derail your health in general. Inflammation of the cornea? Double vision? No thanks!
So it was with much interest that I decided to try AuraVie, which at the time was touting that it was: “Better Than Botox”. And while I’m sure you’ll agree that rubbing goat’s milk and cinnamon on your face is “Better than Botox”, AuraVie promised the results as well.
What interested me most about AuraVie was the fact that it contains Acetyl Hexapeptide 3 (a brief, mysterious Wikipedia link is here). What is key about this ingredient is that it is widely known to “relax mechanisms in the face, minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles”. Now, the bonus of AuraVie, of course, is that it’s “try before you buy”, which is quite fantastic. The trial basically comes to $4.95, which is basically nothing if you can find a wrinkle product that works (believe me, I’ve seen my share of fakes!).
I ordered the AuraVie 3-in-1 package, as they call it, and received it USPS in 3 days. Fast delivery, yes, but I wasn’t expecting fast results.
What I liked about AuraVie, mainly, was that it just felt like an extremely high end moisturizer, cleaner and toner set. On that level alone, it’s quite a fantastic product.
The three-pronged system was quite easy to use, and just becomes part of your daily regimen. After using other products that were just seriously high maintenance, I appreciated that. So I decided to give myself 14 days with it, which would at least give me an idea that it worked.
Within 5 days, however, I managed to see some real results, which I found to be very surprising, especially considering the promises of “30 days” and more. I was particularly excited about the fact that it seemed to minimize my crows feet, which you’ll see in the photo were quite obvious.
I actually felt like my face had “tightened” on its own (or rather with the AuraVie), and felt like the splotchiness I was dealing with before was basically disappearing right before my eyes.
I was obviously massively skeptical of these kinds of creams before I tried AuraVie, and had used quite a few in the past.
But, all it takes is one, I guess. And finding AuraVie ended up being quite a blessing.
The Downsides Of AuraVie
As with any “anti-aging formula” there are always promises that seem, uh, a little fishy. For me the fact that the company claims it “prevents new wrinkles from forming” is always interesting. There basically isn’t an anti aging cream on the market that DOESN’T claim this, so I always take this with a huge grain of salt.
On the other hand, the fact that it did seem to attack the wrinkles I DID have, and minimize their appearance markedly made AuraVie a extremely worthwhile buy. I’d rate it five stars, at least for effectiveness.
Where To Get It?
No Amazon, unfortunately. Like many aging creams, you must purchase it directly from the company (their website is here). But, no biggie. That’s the price you have to pay if you want real results, I guess.
**Have you had any experiences, good or bad, with AuraVie? Post them in the comments below!