Nerium International: The Company
Nerium is a relatively young company, having launched in August of 2011, in Texas. While it is certainly younger than many of its competitors, it has quickly risen in the ranks due to high-quality products and incredible results. The company was built on a single product, called Nerium Age-Defying Night Cream. The cream grew in popularity quickly, and Nerium was able to earn over $100 million in their first year. That, alone, speaks volumes about the product.
What Makes Nerium So Special?
Nerium uses an active ingredient extracted from oleander. This particular ingredient is unique, in that it is specific to Nerium’s product line, and targets skincare issues from three angles: signs/causes of aging, targeting damage through antioxidants, and boosting the cell renewal process. This compound is called NAE-8, and is derived from either oleanders or aloe plants. Nerium asserts that this compound (in conjunction with other skincare ingredients) is responsible for creating drastic anti-aging results.
Nerium’s Anti-Aging Line
Nerium’s anti-aging line has a handful of products, the three most popular being a day cream, night cream, and body cream. Each of these creams is designed to work against the advances of aging by tightening skin, smoothing lines, and preventing (and repairing) the damage caused by sun and age.
This line is a complete skincare routine, offering a lightweight cream for the day, as well as a heavier cream for night use. While these creams may be used on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands, they are not intended for use elsewhere on the body. Because of this, Nerium created a body-specific cream, intended to fight the same signs of aging, along with the addition of working to tone and tighten skin.
Nerium’s Night Cream
The Night Cream contains the ingredient mentioned above, NAE-8, and is both an anti-aging serum and a moisturizer. The cream works to fight against the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, large pores, and drooping skin. It can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, and even hands, and independent tests demonstrate an 80-90% success rate among users.
The night cream is unique, in that it must not only be applied to clean skin, but also to slightly damp skin. Nerium asserts that this increases absorption to the optimal level, and will yield greater results. Customers should not skimp on product, however, but should apply 4-5 pumps of product to the treatment area. This is the product that specifically targets cell regeneration, as it stands the least chance of being removed through activity, and can work all night without interruption. Users should note that this particular product sits on skin much like a mask, and is not intended for use as a lightweight moisturizer, but a heavier, sturdier moisturizing agent.
Frequently Asked Questions
As is common with products of this nature, there are several questions frequently asked by prospective customers, including:
- Are there Nerium products intended to treat acne? Nerium is primarily an anti-aging skincare line, and is intended to be used as a cream targeting the effects of aging. As such, it is not recommended for use as an acne cream or treatment. It should be noted, however, that the cream does work to eradicate discoloration and large pores, both common systems of chronic acne.
- Does Nerium work on stretch marks? While Nerium does have a body product line, this line targets sagging and looseness. Tightening and firming loose skin will have an alleviating effect on stretch marks, but will not rid customers of them altogether; stretch marks are scars embedded deep within skin, and are not adversely or positively affected by topical applications.
- Is NAE-8 safe? Although Oleander is toxic when ingested, numerous third-party tests have been administered to ensure that Nerium’s formula is safe to use, and, in some studies, is demonstrably “safe” even when ingested—though Nerium does not, of course, endorse ingesting the products. The extract is found in such low volumes that toxicity is not a concern.
- Do the products have to be used together? Although the products are not required to be used together, using them together will yield the greatest results.
What Do Professionals Think?
Professional opinions vary somewhat. However, there is a general consensus among professionals that the ingredients found in Nerium are safe and effective. Pharmacist Rick Rhoads wrote a blog post dedicated to the subject, declaring that, while it may contain some oleander extract, numerous tests have demonstrated the safety of the product itself, and numerous customers have attested to the product’s power and effectiveness in fighting the signs and symptoms of aging.
Dr. Warren B. Seiler urged potential customers to exercise caution before purchasing the product. While studies have been conducted, some by third-party investigators, he argues that true medical research requires far more information than the studies provided, and requires more in-depth testing. While he does not say that the product is necessarily a bad one, he encouraged the company itself to invest in stronger, more in-depth testing before releasing new products, as many new products seem harmless, but severe and harmful side effects manifest in later years.
Ultimately, the decision lies with the consumer: some scientists and medical professionals endorse and encourage the use of Nerium, while others turn a wary eye on the product. As with all new products, customers should exercise caution and place a small amount of the product on the wrist or forearm and leave it for 24 hours before extensive use to ensure no allergic reaction will occur.
Nerium AD: Yes or No?
According to product reviews and the company, Nerium AD is something of a miracle worker for reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, age spots, and large pores. The product has helped thousands of men and women reclaim youthful skin, and is widely regarded as an excellent product. On the flip side, however, there are many men and women who either did not see results at all, or saw results for a time before hitting an unending plateau. When deciding whether to purchase Nerium AD, consider this: the product is intended to fight aging. It will not erase existing age symptoms overnight—drastic results like this typically require surgery or other more invasive treatments.
Additionally, consider the company’s policy: new customers have thirty days to try the product, or receive their money back. If the rave reviews are not enough to convince you, do not be afraid to try the product yourself, risk free, for thirty days. If, at the end, it has not worked, no problem! If it has…welcome to a more youthful you.