Crépe Erase Review: Is "Ultra Ageless Skin" Possible?

Crépe Erase Review: Is "Ultra Ageless Skin" Possible?


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Crépe Erase is an anti-aging skincare brand marketed to women, that's manufactured by a company called The Body Firm, LLC. The company claims their products are “clinically shown to work” because they developed a “breakthrough blend” of essential phytonutrients. The brand describes itself as "the science of ultra ageless skin."

But does Crépe Erase really contain ingredients shown in clinical studies to reduce signs of skin aging, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? Has Crépe Erase been tested? And how do real customers rate and describe the aesthetic effects of Crépe Erase products?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we analyze the ingredients in two of Crépe Erase's most popular products based on existing clinical studies, to give our take on whether or not they're likely to be effective, and whether or not they're healthy.

The products we'll review are Advanced Body Repair Treatment (a body lotion) and Restorative Facial Treatment (an anti-aging facial serum).

We'll also feature unsponsored customer reviews, discuss our concerns about some of the clinical claims made by the brand, and share a video with two dermatologists discussing how to fix "crepey" skin.

Advanced Body Repair Review

Crépe Erase Advanced Body Repair Treatment ingredients

Advanced Body Repair Treatment is Crépe Erase's most popular product, and is a body lotion that's intended to make skin smoother and firmer.

Olive fruit oil was shown in a medical review published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences to have a negative effect on skin barrier function.

We consider this an ineffective ingredient for a body lotion.

Cocoa butter was shown in a 2020 clinical trial to have "long-lasting" benefits on skin hydration.

Grape seed oil can reduce skin irritation and reduce pore size, as we documented in our Maelys Cosmetics review.

Dill extract was shown to have powerful effects on skin in a 2013 medical review:

"After treatment with the Dill (Peucedanum graveolens) extract, skin elasticity was improved, the skin felt more elastic, wrinkles appeared smoothed, and face contours appeared remodelled."

While this body lotion contains some research-backed active ingredients, it also includes two inactive ingredients that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin are synthetic preservatives that were shown to have a synergistically toxic effect in a medical review published in the PLOS One journal.

Overall, we consider Crépe Erase Advanced Body Repair likely to improve skin hydration, but we don't currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of the synthetic preservatives discussed above.

A TikTok creator named Donna Moffitt claims that Crépe Erase is the only anti-aging skincare product that's ever worked for her in a video that appears to be unsponsored:

@donnamoffitt #crepeerase #beauty #skincare #women #moisturizer #AVrboForTogether #LaysGoldenDuet #fy #fyp #foryou #recommendation ♬ original sound - Donna Moffitt

BODYGLOW by CLEARSTEM is our top body oil pick. 

This product is formulated using argan oil and green tea.

The former of these ingredients is clinically shown to have an anti-aging effect on skin, and the latter was shown to have a “prolonged moisturizing effect” in a clinical trial published in the Dermatologic Therapy journal.

Restorative Facial Treatment Review

Crépe Erase Restorative Facial Treatment ingredients

The ingredients in Crépe Erase Restorative Facial Treatment are shown above.

Coconut oil is an effective anti-aging ingredient as discussed in the previous Ingredient Analysis section.

Shea butter and beeswax naturally increase skin hydration.

Beeswax improved skin barrier function and skin hydration in a clinical trial published in the AAPS PharmSciTech journal.

Apple fruit extract was shown in a 2019 clinical trial to improve skin elasticity and skin moisture content.

While this anti-aging cream clearly contains a number of research-backed active ingredients, it also contains several inactive ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy.

Phenoxyethanol and ethylhexylglycerin are synthetic preservatives with a documented negative synergistic effect that we discussed in the previous Ingredient Analysis section.

Chlorphenesin is a synthetic preservative that's toxic to human cells based on results from test tube (in vitro) studies, as we documented in our StriVectin reviews article.

BHT is another preservative ingredient, and one of its metabolites was described as a "tumor promotor" in animal studies.

Overall, we consider Crépe Erase Restorative Facial Treatment very likely to have an anti-aging effect, given its active ingredients. However, we don't currently recommend this product from a health perspective due to the preservatives discussed above. 

Questionable Clinical Claims

Crépe Erase questionable clinical claim 1

At the time of updating this article, the Crépe Erase website boldly claims that the product line is "clinically shown to work," and that the products are "clinically shown to instantly reduce the look of crepey skin on the body."

However, there is currently no link to the the clinical studies backing these claims on the page containing them, nor does Crépe Erase appear to have been studied in any clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals.

We strongly recommend that consumers disregard claims of clinical efficacy if the brand is unwilling to clearly publish the full study where they make the claim.

We think that this marketing practice is unfair to consumers.

If you're going to make a specific health claim, share the full data set to back it up, and don't force consumers to trust you.

In any case, the potential for bias is so much higher in company-funded, private clinical trials than clinical trials published in peer-reviewed journals that the conclusions are worthless in our opinion.

Dermatologists on Crepey Skin

One of the most popular YouTube reviews on the topic of crepey skin comes from a channel called "Doctorly" and features two dermatologists discussing what crepey skin is, what causes it, how to prevent it, and provide tips on treating it:

Real Customers Review Crépe Erase 

Amazon is a better resource for honest customer reviews than a brand's website in our opinion.

Advanced Body Repair Treatment is Crépe Erase's most-reviewed product on Amazon at the time of updating this article, with over 6,000 total reviews and an average review rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.

The top positive review from a verified purchaser is written by a user named "Linda" who gives the product a 5/5 star rating, and claims her skin feels more hydrated:

"This stuff is amazing. I have been using it for a couple of years now and I love it. I recommend it to all my friends. My dermatologist commented on how 'well hydrated' my skin is. I am 65 years old. It has especially helped my neck décolletage. Wrinkles are greatly reduced."

The top negative review from a verified purchaser comes from a user named "LG" who gives the product a 1/5 star rating, and claims it's ineffective:

"If you’re smart you won’t be vain like I was. I fell into this trap after seeing it on TV. I fell for the whole advertisement, hook line and sinker. I bought everything including the shower scrub. In fact I bought it twice hoping to give it the old college try and used it religiously. Absolutely nothing happened. You’re wasting your money."

Our Clean Skincare Picks

There are skincare products containing ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality.

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top anti-aging serum.

It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

HYDRAGLOW by CLEARSTEM is our top moisturizer pick.

It features bakuchiol as an active ingredient which was described in a 2014 clinical trial as "clinically proven to have anti-aging effects."

Momentous Collagen Powder is our top anti-aging skin supplement.

Collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to reduce visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

All of the products recommended in this section are entirely free of ingredients that we consider to be unhealthy.

Where to Get the Best Price

Crépe Erase products are sold at a variety of online retailers.

Here's a price breakdown for a one-time purchase of the two products reviewed, at the time of updating this article:

Advanced Body Repair Treatment

Walmart: $117.35 (free shipping, third-party seller, link)

Ulta: $84 (free shipping, link)

Amazon: $84 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Restorative Facial Treatment

Walmart: $62.24 (free shipping, third-party seller, link)

Amazon: $44 (free shipping, link to official Amazon listing)

Amazon currently has the best prices on one-time purchases of these two Crépe Erase products.

The brand's website requires a subscription, and doesn't currently allow for one-time purchases of these products.

Pros and Cons of Crépe Erase 

Here are the pros and cons of Crépe Erase in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Advanced Body Repair Treatment should hydrate skin
  • Restorative Facial Treatment should have anti-aging effect
  • Restorative Facial Treatment should hydrate skin
  • Both products reviewed are fragrance-free
  • Hydrating skin may be effective against crepey texture

Cons:

  • Both products reviewed contain ethylhexylglycerin and phenoxyethanol combination
  • Restorative Facial Treatment contains BHT
  • Restorative Facial Treatment contains chlorphenesin
  • Brand makes questionable clinical claims without clearly-published proof
  • Brand website only offers subscription purchase for these two products
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Conclusion

In this article we reviewed the formulation of two popular Crépe Erase products: a body cream and a face cream.

Advanced Body Repair contains active ingredients that should improve skin hydration, however this product also contains two synthetic preservatives that may be unhealthy when used in combination.

Restorative Facial Treatment contains active ingredients shown to have an anti-aging effect, but also contains four synthetic preservatives that may be unhealthy.

From a health perspective, we prefer the Advanced Body Repair formulation due to the reduced number of synthetic preservatives, although we don't currently recommend either product.

There are a number of clinical claims on the Crépe Erase website that we take issue with, because the brand fails to clearly publish the full clinical study from which the claims are derived. 

At the time of updating this article, Amazon has better prices on one-time orders of the two Crépe Erase products reviewed than any other third-party retailer.