Wouldn't you love the secret to smoother, younger looking skin? What do women all around the world know that you need to know? These are two of the questions asked at the beginning of the Principal Secret Reclaim infomercial which you may have seen on TV. After watching the Reclaim wrinkle cream commercial I wanted to review it because of the “molecular complex” touted as “the secret to the wrinkle reduction power of Reclaim.” Let's take a look at Principal Secret Reclaim – and the commercial – and see what we can discover.
Principal Secret Reclaim Ingredients
- DPHP – reduces appearance of wrinkles
- Deliner complex – smoothes skin surface
- Glycolipids -increases cellular renewal
- ATP-GC – improves elasticity
- Argireline molecular complex
While I'm sure a dermatologist or esthetician could speak volumes about most of this stuff, it's hard for me to make sense of many of these ingredients because the majority of them – Deliner complex, ATP-GC etc. – seem vague and could mean almost anything. But that's ok, because we can learn about the main ingredient in Principal Secret Reclaim – Argireline.
What Is Argireline?
At the heart of the Principal Secret's Reclaim is an ingredient called Argireline. The scientific name for Argireline is acetyl Hexapeptide-8 although Wikipedia – and other websites call it Acetyl hexapeptide-3. Either way, hexapeptide is just a fancy way of saying that the molecule in this wrinkle cream is made up of 6 amino acids. No big deal.
On the Principal Secret commercial they say that Argireline is “the secret to the wrinkle reduction power of Reclaim.” I did locate two studies of Argireline. One Argireline study was on humans while the other was basically a test tube study.
The human study noted that 30 days of Argireline treatment (10% solution) reduced wrinkle depth by 30%. By wrinkle depth, I suppose they mean how deep the wrinkle looks.
One issue with this study – an issue for me anyway- was that I could not tell how many people were involved. The summary of the study I read only mentioned “volunteers.” How many volunteers? Was it 5, 10, 100? Generally, the more people in the study, the better the study. Also, I could not tell if this was double blinded, something I look for in a “good” study.
These two studies reveal that In essence, argireline is basically a topical Botox cream. In other words, it looks like Botulinum toxin but, on a molecular basis, it's a shorter version. Argireline products act similarly to Botulinum toxin by temporarily relaxing the collagen and elastic fibers of skin and temporarily paralyzing the muscles.
This Botox-like effect might result in a more smoother appearance to the skin. Even on the website of Lipotec, the company that makes Argireline, they say that “ARGIRELINE® is a safer and milder alternative to Botulinum Toxin.”
One small study published in 2013 titled Pilot study of topical acetyl hexapeptide-8 in the treatment for blepharospasm in patients receiving botulinum toxin therapy, noted that Argireline extended the time between Botox treatments with no side effects.
Argireline is also one of the main ingredients in the anti-wrinkle cream Hydroxatone so read that review when your finished here
One big difference between Argireline cream and Botox is that Argireline is about 4000 times less potent than Botox. Some researchers also say that Argireline can be used between Botox treatments and that it might reduce the frequency of Botox treatments – although I see no published proof of these benefits.
Argireline Side Effects?
Another difference between Botox and Argireline wrinkle cream is that while Botox is targeted – it's injected into a specific areas – Reclaim (Argireline) can be spread over a larger area of skin, since it's a cream. In theory might this mean that Argireline might relax more muscles than you want.
On some websites that discuss this ingredient, some warn that Argireline might cause skin sagging. I don't know if facial sagging is a real concern or not. For what its worth, in the 2013 study of Argireline and Botox, no side effects were observed. that said, I think this is an issue to discuss with a dermatologist or esthetician just to be safe -especially if you are older or have sun damaged skin. Also see the comments on Amazon as well.
The problem with Argireline research is that there seem to be just two studies, only one of which involved people.
Is Victoria Principal A Chemist?
In the Principal Secret infomercial they say that Victoria Principal is a “member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists.” I thought it was interesting they would mention this because as far as I know Victoria Principal has no formal scientific training.
I went to website of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists where I found that anybody can download a membership application. A basic membership costs $140. It looks like anybody can be a “member” if you pay $140 and provide a few references. I wanted to mention this since her affiliation with the Society of Cosmetic Chemists was brought up in the Reclaim commercial.
The Catherine Crier “Interview”
At 8 minutes into the Principal Secret Reclaim commercial there is a short segment with Catherine Crier that starts out this way: “And here to get to the facts and science behind Principal Secret Reclaim's astonishing results is television news journalist Catherine Crier.”
The segment starts out with Catherine Crier saying to Victoria Principal “Welcome” – as if Victoria Principal has shown up to the set of some TV interview show. But, since this is a commercial for Victoria Principal's product, it's actually Catherine Crier who is the “guest.” Victoria should be saying welcome to Catherine!
Don't fall for this trick. In this segment, Catherine Crier is probably being paid to play the role of the interviewer in this commercial.
I find it shameful when TV news personalities sell out their hard earned and coveted status to market products – any product – while cloaked under the veil of “investigative” news journalism. This confuses people.
Many infomercials look like “interview shows.” For example, you may remember seeing the commercial for the arthritis supplement called Supple which to me, looked almost like the set of the Larry King Show!
If Catherine Crier had appeared on the commercial and said “I love Principal Secret Reclaim. It's amazing!” I would have no problem. But, that's not what happened.
Does Reclaim (Argireline) Work?
Since Argireline is basically a weaker version of Botox, it does make some sense that women and men might notice a reduction in facial wrinkles. That said, I recommend people speak to a dermatologist or esthetician about Victoria Principal's Reclaim first. They are up to date on the research on Argireline and any side effects it might have. I also say this because I asked myself why they didn't mention the Argireline-Botox relationship in the Reclaim commercial?
Since Botox is so popular, I'd think this fact would be a selling point to people who can't afford Botox or don't like to get Botox injections. But, they never mentioned this connection in the Principal Secret Reclaim infomercial. Why? It just made me wonder. For those interested, here is Principal Secret Reclaim on Amazon.
What do you think?