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{"id":556229623881,"title":"Crépe Erase Review: Effective or Useless for Skin Aging?","created_at":"2022-02-18T11:17:21-05:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Crépe Erase Review: Effective or Useless for Skin Aging?\",\n \"keywords\": \"crepe erase, crepe erase review, crepe erase reviews, does crepe erase work, crepe erase ingredients\",\n \"description\": \"Our MD and research team reviews the ingredients in Crépe Erase’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for anti-aging, and explain why we find the company’s health claims to be misleading.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/crepe-erase-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Taylor Graber MD\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/taylor-graber\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/taylor-j-graber-md-81351642\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"Content Partner\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"medicine, health, anesthesiology, iv therapy, science, drugs, pharmaceutical, medical research, scientific research, medical journals, entrepreneurship, healthcare, orthopedic surgery, biomedical engineering\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"University of California San Diego\",\n \"Arizona University\",\n \"University of Arizona College of Medicine\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"contributor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. 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The brand claims their products are “clinically shown to work” because they developed a “breakthrough blend” of essential phytonutrients.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll review the ingredients in Crépe Erase’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for anti-aging, and explain why we find the company’s health claims to be misleading.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eMisleading Claims of Clinical Proof\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Crepe_Erase_Health_Claims1.png?v=1645208544\" alt=\"Crépe Erase health claims 1\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Crepe_Erase_Health_Claims_2.png?v=1645208566\" alt=\"Crépe Erase health claims 2\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs referenced in the intro, this brand claims their products are “clinically proven” to work. In the scientific community, this means a product or ingredient has been proven to work in published  scientific journals, which are typically peer-reviewed. It’s an extensive process with a very high standard, and the data is typically high-quality.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.nia.nih.gov\/health\/what-are-clinical-trials-and-studies\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eClinical trials\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e involve multiple phases of research and analysis prior to publication.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is why we see it as a huge red flag when skincare brands claim their products are “clinically proven” to work because they paid some research firm to test it on 40 people. This is not clinical research in any meaningful sense of the term and does not prove anything to a rational consumer. There is too much bias involved.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCrépe Erase doesn’t even publish the results of the research they claimed to conduct. Their claims of clinical efficacy just have an asterisk that states “Based upon an 8-week clinical study.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eRestorative Facial Treatment Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Crepe_Erase_Restorative_Facial_Treatment_Key_Ingredients.png?v=1645208752\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe face is one of the key areas for targeted anti-aging products because skin is thinner on the face than on most of the body.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of the first ingredients in Crépe Erase’s Restorative Facial Treatment is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eolive oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. The brand claims its antioxidants may “protect from premature aging.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis claim does appear to be true for topically-applied olive oil. A \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC5796020\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e of the dermatological benefits of different plant oil found that olive oil had an antioxidant effect, an anti-inflammatory effect, and a “possible effect” for anti-aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cream also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecocoa butter\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which is an effective non-toxic natural moisturizer that’s been shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC4145303\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to positively affect several parameters of skin elasticity and tone.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne strange thing about the facial treatment product page is Crépe Erase highlights that this product contains their “TruFirm Complex” which consists of dill, apple and sage extracts, but the full ingredient list doesn’t include sage.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe cream also contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecoconut oil\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e which was shown in the previously-linked study of plant oils to be optimal for not only skin moisturization but also anti-aging effect.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe only ingredient we take issue with in this formulation is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ephenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, a common preservative with \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/32387382\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003esome documented\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e negative effects on cells \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein vitro\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e. This isn’t an especially dangerous ingredient but we generally recommend avoiding cosmetics with preservatives.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall this is a relatively well-formulated and effective product for improving skin health. We don’t see much evidence for anti-aging effect, but several of the botanical ingredients included do appear to be beneficial for skin overall.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend the product due to the mislabeling issue and inclusion of the preservative, but it’s superior to many cosmetic product formulations we’ve reviewed previously.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eLift \u0026amp; Smooth Neck Firming Treatment Review\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne of Crépe Erase’s most popular products is their serum for skin on the neck.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe want to note that when cosmetics brands make different formulations for the face and neck it’s typically just for marketing purposes. While skin under and around the eyes can be extremely thin and sensitive, and may require targeted dermatological treatment, there isn’t any biological reason why certain ingredients would work on face skin but not neck skin, and vice versa.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLike the previous product, this one advertises the brand’s “TruFirm Complex” but doesn’t have sage (which is one one of three TruFirm ingredients) listed on the ingredients list. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOne effective ingredient in the neck firming cream is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecaffeine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which has been shown \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/23075568\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein medical research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to penetrate the skin barrier and prevent excessive accumulation of fat cells, making it an ideal ingredient for a firming topical treatment.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eDill extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e does appear to be an effective ingredient for skin products, as \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/20807260\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eresearch has shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e it to not only improve skin elasticity but also appearance of wrinkles. The linked study found that dill extract “significantly reduced mean wrinkle area and length” when applied topically at a 1% concentration.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother interesting ingredient in the Neck Firming Treatment is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eniacinamide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, which \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17147561\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ehas been proven\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to not only improve surface structure of skin in human patients but also provide photoprotection.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe dipeptide \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecarnosine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e appears \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30199874\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ein preliminary research\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to prevent skin damage, so this seems like another effective choice for the formulation. There are fewer human studies backing this ingredient than the ones mentioned previously, but it appears to be non-toxic so there should be no issue using it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCrépe Erase’s neck cream contains the same preservative their face cream did, but also contains another one called \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003esodium benzoate\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend avoiding preservatives in supplements and skincare out of an abundance of caution, but we don’t believe either of these preservatives are particularly likely to be harmful, and they are well-studied.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWhile we wouldn’t recommend this product due to the inclusion of preservatives, it may be a good option for consumers who are more focused on aesthetics as opposed to health. The cream definitely includes a wide range of effective ingredients for skin health and aging, and is one of the better cosmetic formulations we’ve reviewed to date.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s unfortunate that Crépe Erase makes questionable claims about their clinical research, because otherwise this does appear to be a brand that takes their formulations seriously.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBetter Alternatives\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we discussed at length in our review of \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/taut-skin\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003etaut skin\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and ingredients that help achieve it, we believe that lifestyle changes tend to be more effective for reducing signs of skin aging than topical products.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCollagen powder has been extensively studied and can improve various parameters of skin health like wrinkles, hydration and skin elasticity. Collagen is a functional food that provides other health benefits as well, and is safe and non-toxic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend 10 grams (g) daily of collagen powder to improve skin, as this appears to be the maximally efficacious dose based on an incredibly thorough \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emeta-study\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e on collagen and skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs far as collagen brands, we recommend any brand that sources from pastured animals and contains no filler ingredients. Collagen should be the only ingredient on the label. We’ve used Vital Proteins unflavored before and liked it.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAnother important note for further skin damage prevention is that avoidance of sun can have significant effects on slowing skin aging. Some \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/24101874\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eresearch\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e has shown that, at least in Caucasian patients, exposure to the sun’s rays may be responsible for upwards of 80% of visible skin damage. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis doesn’t mean to avoid the outdoors, but wearing a hat makes sense for patients concerned about the appearance of their facial skin.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eCrépe Erase makes well-formulated products but some rather strange health claims. Not only does the brand reference a trademarked “TruFirm Complex” that doesn’t appear to be in their most popular products, but they also make reference to clinical research unpublished in any medical journals, and without sharing any of the data, which we find to be an ethical red flag.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTheir face and neck creams contain many effective botanical ingredients for reducing visible signs of skin aging, and the brand may be a good option for consumers more focused on aesthetic appearance than health or ethics.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t recommend the brand due to the labeling issue and inclusion of preservatives, but their products definitely appear to be above average for the industry in regard to formulation efficacy. There’s no doubt this is a brand that takes their product research seriously.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOral collagen supplementation at 10 g daily, combined with avoidance of sun on facial skin, may be a cheaper and healthier option than expensive face creams for long-term skin benefit.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2022-02-19T15:47:01-05:00","updated_at":"2022-08-18T20:53:47-04:00","summary_html":"We review the ingredients in cosmetics brand Crépe Erase’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for anti-aging, and explain why we find the company’s health claims to be misleading.","template_suffix":"","handle":"crepe-erase-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging, _related:skincare"}

Crépe Erase Review: Effective or Useless for Skin Aging?

Crépe Erase Review: Effective or Useless for Skin Aging?


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Crépe Erase makes anti-aging skincare products targeted to women. The brand claims their products are “clinically shown to work” because they developed a “breakthrough blend” of essential phytonutrients.

In this article we’ll review the ingredients in Crépe Erase’s most popular products based on medical research to determine if they’re likely to be effective for anti-aging, and explain why we find the company’s health claims to be misleading.

Misleading Claims of Clinical Proof

Crépe Erase health claims 1

Crépe Erase health claims 2

As referenced in the intro, this brand claims their products are “clinically proven” to work. In the scientific community, this means a product or ingredient has been proven to work in published  scientific journals, which are typically peer-reviewed. It’s an extensive process with a very high standard, and the data is typically high-quality.

Clinical trials involve multiple phases of research and analysis prior to publication.

This is why we see it as a huge red flag when skincare brands claim their products are “clinically proven” to work because they paid some research firm to test it on 40 people. This is not clinical research in any meaningful sense of the term and does not prove anything to a rational consumer. There is too much bias involved.

Crépe Erase doesn’t even publish the results of the research they claimed to conduct. Their claims of clinical efficacy just have an asterisk that states “Based upon an 8-week clinical study.”

Restorative Facial Treatment Review

The face is one of the key areas for targeted anti-aging products because skin is thinner on the face than on most of the body.

One of the first ingredients in Crépe Erase’s Restorative Facial Treatment is olive oil. The brand claims its antioxidants may “protect from premature aging.”

This claim does appear to be true for topically-applied olive oil. A medical review of the dermatological benefits of different plant oil found that olive oil had an antioxidant effect, an anti-inflammatory effect, and a “possible effect” for anti-aging.

The cream also contains cocoa butter, which is an effective non-toxic natural moisturizer that’s been shown in a clinical study to positively affect several parameters of skin elasticity and tone.

One strange thing about the facial treatment product page is Crépe Erase highlights that this product contains their “TruFirm Complex” which consists of dill, apple and sage extracts, but the full ingredient list doesn’t include sage.

The cream also contains coconut oil which was shown in the previously-linked study of plant oils to be optimal for not only skin moisturization but also anti-aging effect.

The only ingredient we take issue with in this formulation is phenoxyethanol, a common preservative with some documented negative effects on cells in vitro. This isn’t an especially dangerous ingredient but we generally recommend avoiding cosmetics with preservatives.

Overall this is a relatively well-formulated and effective product for improving skin health. We don’t see much evidence for anti-aging effect, but several of the botanical ingredients included do appear to be beneficial for skin overall.

We don’t recommend the product due to the mislabeling issue and inclusion of the preservative, but it’s superior to many cosmetic product formulations we’ve reviewed previously.

Lift & Smooth Neck Firming Treatment Review

One of Crépe Erase’s most popular products is their serum for skin on the neck.

We want to note that when cosmetics brands make different formulations for the face and neck it’s typically just for marketing purposes. While skin under and around the eyes can be extremely thin and sensitive, and may require targeted dermatological treatment, there isn’t any biological reason why certain ingredients would work on face skin but not neck skin, and vice versa.

Like the previous product, this one advertises the brand’s “TruFirm Complex” but doesn’t have sage (which is one one of three TruFirm ingredients) listed on the ingredients list. 

One effective ingredient in the neck firming cream is caffeine, which has been shown in medical research to penetrate the skin barrier and prevent excessive accumulation of fat cells, making it an ideal ingredient for a firming topical treatment.

Dill extract does appear to be an effective ingredient for skin products, as research has shown it to not only improve skin elasticity but also appearance of wrinkles. The linked study found that dill extract “significantly reduced mean wrinkle area and length” when applied topically at a 1% concentration.

Another interesting ingredient in the Neck Firming Treatment is niacinamide, which has been proven to not only improve surface structure of skin in human patients but also provide photoprotection.

The dipeptide carnosine appears in preliminary research to prevent skin damage, so this seems like another effective choice for the formulation. There are fewer human studies backing this ingredient than the ones mentioned previously, but it appears to be non-toxic so there should be no issue using it.

Crépe Erase’s neck cream contains the same preservative their face cream did, but also contains another one called sodium benzoate.

We recommend avoiding preservatives in supplements and skincare out of an abundance of caution, but we don’t believe either of these preservatives are particularly likely to be harmful, and they are well-studied.

While we wouldn’t recommend this product due to the inclusion of preservatives, it may be a good option for consumers who are more focused on aesthetics as opposed to health. The cream definitely includes a wide range of effective ingredients for skin health and aging, and is one of the better cosmetic formulations we’ve reviewed to date.

It’s unfortunate that Crépe Erase makes questionable claims about their clinical research, because otherwise this does appear to be a brand that takes their formulations seriously.

Better Alternatives

As we discussed at length in our review of taut skin and ingredients that help achieve it, we believe that lifestyle changes tend to be more effective for reducing signs of skin aging than topical products.

Collagen powder has been extensively studied and can improve various parameters of skin health like wrinkles, hydration and skin elasticity. Collagen is a functional food that provides other health benefits as well, and is safe and non-toxic.

We recommend 10 grams (g) daily of collagen powder to improve skin, as this appears to be the maximally efficacious dose based on an incredibly thorough meta-study on collagen and skin.

As far as collagen brands, we recommend any brand that sources from pastured animals and contains no filler ingredients. Collagen should be the only ingredient on the label. We’ve used Vital Proteins unflavored before and liked it.

Another important note for further skin damage prevention is that avoidance of sun can have significant effects on slowing skin aging. Some research has shown that, at least in Caucasian patients, exposure to the sun’s rays may be responsible for upwards of 80% of visible skin damage. 

This doesn’t mean to avoid the outdoors, but wearing a hat makes sense for patients concerned about the appearance of their facial skin.

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Conclusion

Crépe Erase makes well-formulated products but some rather strange health claims. Not only does the brand reference a trademarked “TruFirm Complex” that doesn’t appear to be in their most popular products, but they also make reference to clinical research unpublished in any medical journals, and without sharing any of the data, which we find to be an ethical red flag.

Their face and neck creams contain many effective botanical ingredients for reducing visible signs of skin aging, and the brand may be a good option for consumers more focused on aesthetic appearance than health or ethics.

We don’t recommend the brand due to the labeling issue and inclusion of preservatives, but their products definitely appear to be above average for the industry in regard to formulation efficacy. There’s no doubt this is a brand that takes their product research seriously.

Oral collagen supplementation at 10 g daily, combined with avoidance of sun on facial skin, may be a cheaper and healthier option than expensive face creams for long-term skin benefit.





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