7 Nights with Nerium

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Last week I did a 7-night trial of Nerium Age-Defying Night Cream.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I do not believe you can “defy” aging simply because we cannot stop time. So I have never liked the term “age defying” but the beauty industry loves it and perhaps I am being too literal. The question at hand is whether Nerium night cream works to reduce wrinkles and signs of aging. NOTE: This is not a review the company or business model.

Here are my before and after shots. I see the difference. Can you?

The Skinny

Yes, it diminishes wrinkles by using a proprietary product called NAE-8 which is derived from the Nerium Oleander and aloe vera plants. The product causes inflammation in the skin which ultimately gives skin a more youthful look. If you have a ton of wrinkles and money you want to spend then it may be worth it to you. 

What I like

For those of us who are really busy and need efficiency in our lives, this product scores points because it is only one product. I’m a big fan of beauty regimens that make good use of my time and my shelf space.  I like the tightness when the product dries on my face. It lets me know the product is working. My skin can be sensitive but I had no issues with burning or discomfort. It took about 3 days for me to notice anything, but I definitely saw the results at the end of the week. For me they were not earth shattering but I see where someone with more wrinkles would love this product.

 

What I Don’t Like

Where the product gives me pause is that I have to think about it and I prefer “no brainer” beauty regimen. As a #TYCtribe member I enjoy beauty products but I spend most of my time and effort working on the inside of me. Therefore, external upkeep needs to be simple and convenient. For my lifestyle, Nerium is neither.  First,  Oleander is poisonous you have to be sure you don’t get it in your mouth. Now, that may sound like directions for a six year old but I have been so sleepy that I’ve put face wash on my toothbrush and Crest all over my forehead. Poisonous anything could turn out bad for me.  Additionally, I have a three-year-old Havanese that I absolutely adore. And like most 3-year-olds she gets into things. I don’t want any accidents.  Lastly, I don’t necessarily have time to plan out orders and set reminders for me to get my products. For me, I like to walk in Alta or Bloomingdales, hit the counter and be out with my purchases. Sometimes I need to send someone else to pick it up for me. In that case, my products have to be available in store. Hey! I stopped using Kiehl’s because it was hard to find in my travels.

What I Think

There are tons of before/after pictures out there for Nerium. So don’t judge the product by my cover. Check it out for yourself. If you have a lot of wrinkles and you want something that will absolutely work on them, this is it. But be ready to use it forever.  The NAE-8 does not clinically change the skin. If you stop using the product, the inflammation will cease and your wrinkles return.  I read a lot of reviews from people who claim to have developed a Nerium “tolerance”.

Because it is a direct marketing product, I have seen the product being sold anywhere from $55 (Amazon) to $185 (Ebay) dollars.  Although priced in the same market as other luxury skincare products, Nerium will not deliver the same long term change in your skin. Since my own results did not provide a drastic change in my appearance, I’m going to stick with my current regimen. However, there is a Nerium target client who would benefit from this product. I’ve read testimonials of people who say it they will use if for live. You’ll have to try it out and see if the results are worth it to you.

“Charm is deceptive and beauty does not last but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” –  Proverbs 31:30

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