Nerium – I’m sure you’ve all heard bout it, I know I certainly have.
First off, I’m NOT a Nerium representative, nor do I plan on becoming one. I have been asked my opinion several times on this product and was even given a 30 day trial at one point. Therefore, I felt it would be a good topic of discussion.
I first heard of Nerium AD last year when I received a phone call from a friend of mine asking my opinion on the product (s). At this time I had yet to hear about Nerium (boy, was I out of the loop). I then went on a google search to see what I could find. As an esthetician I’m an ingredient girl first and foremost. First ingredient, NAE-8 Proprietary Blend – Aloe barbadensis leaf and nerium oleander leaf extracts
First to explain just what a proprietary blend is. Proprietary blends are bundled ingredients in which the amounts of all ingredients in the blend are stated as one combined number. Simply put, the blend lists ingredients without the amounts.
So, What ARE the Ingredients?
The ingredients in Nerium AD as taken from their website, and their function as published in numerous ingredient databases:
NAE-8 Proprietary Blend – Aloe barbadensis (commonly known as aloe vera) and nerium oleander leaf extracts.
Aloe Vera -The aloe vera plant has been well known for centuries for its healing properties. Containing 99 percent water, it can prevent dehydration when in an emergency situation. The remaining 1 percent of components pack a powerful portion of vitamins, minerals, plant sterols, salcylic acid, amino acids, enzymes, sugar, lignins and more. The vitamins in aloe consist of antioxidants A, C and E, as well as thiamine, riboflavin and B12, choline and folic acid.
Oleander Leaf – Oleander is a poisonous evergreen shrub or small tree identified by its fragrant white, red, pink, or purple flowers and long slender, leathery leaves. Historical use of the Nerium oleander plant for medicinal applications has been reported in ancient texts and folklore for more than 1500 years. The oleander plant has been used traditionally as folk remedies for a wide variety of maladies and conditions, including dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, sores, abscesses, warts, corns, skin cancer, ringworm, scabies, epilepsy, abortifacients, asthma, malaria dysmenorrheal, emetics, diuretics and heart tonics. Oleander extracts are in the early phases of testing to find out whether they are effective in treating cancer.
Proprietary Protein – Collagen and Elastin (two components of dermal matrix that are excellent water binding agents not shown to have an effect on producing or building collagen or elastin within skin when applied topically. It’s been around for years. Nothing very proprietary either, and it’s cheap.
Glycosaminoglycans – Mucopolysaccharides are known components of skin tissue, that are unable to penetrate the stratum corneum when topically applied. Chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid are also part of this ingredient group.
Glycerin – a hygroscopic humectant that absorbs water into the skin surface
Oryza Sativa Bran Oil – fancy name for rice oil, an emollient
Stearic Acid – an emollient similar to other nonfragrant plant oils
Glyceryl Stearate – widely used emulsifying ingredient
Ricinus Communis Seed Oil – fancy name for castor oil, an emollient
C14-22 Alcohols – long chain alcohol emollients
C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside
Cetearyl Glucoside – emulsifier
Cetearyl Alcohol – emulsifier and emollient
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil – an oil that is solid at room temperature
Dicaprylyl Ether – emollient
Sodium Borate – pH adjuster
Chondras Crispus Powder – fancy name for carrageen seaweed gum
Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein – film forming agent
Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate – emulsifier
Dimethicone – silicone
Sodium PCA – water binding agent
Caprylyl Glycol – skin conditioning agent
Glycerin – humectant
Glyceryl Caprylate – moisturizing agent
Phenylpropanol – solvent
Parfum – fragrance
Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate – preservative
Tocopherol – Vitamin E (far down the list)
Taking a look at the ingredients; some improve skin moisturization and others literally “fill” in the nooks and crannies to give the appearance of smoother skin. So basically nothing special here. But hold up! it’s all about the NAE-8 blend of aloe leaf and nerium oleander leaf extract, correct? It is said that this is where the true magic happens. Unfortunately, as of yet (other than from the company itself, Nerium Biotechnology) I was unable to find any scientific evidence that the oleander extract works as a wrinkle repair ingredient or any other form of anti-aging for the skin. Therefore, the real proof is in the pudding or in this case, on the face. – And the proof I’m referring to is not the many unrealistic photos plastered all over the Internet. Which btw, as a professional really upsets me. It is unprofessional, unethical and takes advantage of people’s trust. (shame)
So do I recommend Nerium AD? No. Some undoubtedly will see results, especially those that haven’t been following a good, daily skin care regimen prior. Remember? – Nerium has ingredients that moisturize and act as fillers. BUT will a those see an improvement that have been following a good skin care regimen consistently? – such as myself?
A friend of mine gave me Nerium to try. Within my 30 day trial, I did not notice any skin improvements. In fact, after my first week of using Nerium the skin around my eye area started to look dry, irritated and crepey. I couldn’t resist adding my usual eye cream into the mix. However, I will admit I did notice less redness to my skin tone.
As for my friend that is (was) a rep, In all honesty I did see an improvement in her skin. That said, she has dry skin, such as myself, but had not been following a regimen prior to Nerium.
She has since discontinued using Nerium. This decision was made on lack of results and negative feedback routinely received from customers.
For those of you that have tried Nerium, I’d love for you to share your results and opinions too. Please do not comment if you are a representative.
*Update – Since writing this review I have come in contact with several people that have used Nerium, many over quite a long period of time. Some have been customers, some reps. Each of the individuals I spoke with stated Nerium did not deliver desirable results.
I’ve also come across several pending lawsuits against the company. The suits stem from customer’s whom experienced allergic reactions of sorts, rash or feelings of becoming physically ill (My friend’s mother also experienced this). Ray Liotta is also suing Nerium International. Nerium used his name and likeness – before and after pictures of him as a portion of the firm’s campaign for an age-defying cream. The company did so without his consent, nor has Ray Liotta ever even used the product.
If you are using Nerium and experiencing positive results…Well, you’re among the lucky ones, but I’d still advise switching to another product not including so many superficial ingredients. Opt for one including ingredients clinically proven and widely recognized by skin care industry to deliver results. And given the cost of Nerium, making a switch shouldn’t be an issue.
So there ya have it. – my opinion anyway (along with countless other professionals within the field). There are much better/safer options on the market which include extensively proven anti-aging ingredients. Unfortunately, this is one of those times, if it sounds (in this case looks) to good to be true, it probably is. – Kudos to Nerium’s marketing team. They’ve done a fabulous job!