The search for the fountain of youth has been on-going for centuries and it has spurred some pretty bizarre practices and products as a result.
Some of these products that are marketed as being able to reverse the effects of time and age and to bring back the once-youthful glowing skin of yester years have shown promise and produced results at least to a certain point.
However, whether or not the fountain of youth does exist and the reality of whether scientists have been able to tap into it and bottle it is still uncertain but the safety concerns surrounding a number of these products continue to grow.
A product that has recently been under scrutiny is Nerium anti aging which is produced by Nerium Biotechnology, based in Texas.
What Is Nerium?
As the company starts it's international expansion starting with the Nerium launch into Canada it's important we look at the companies history.
A brief look at the company shows that it has been in the limelight before this time with a product called Anvirzel, which was also made from nerium oleander extract and claimed to cure cancer.
In studies conducted, it showed that it slowed down the growth of cancerous cells in the human bladder.
However, it did not receive approval from the FDA in the end as it did nit demonstrate that it actually worked for patients with cancer who were carefully dosed and monitored.
This along with the fact that there are no published studies to prove or disprove the claims made makes people antsy about using the product and is causing a sort of furor in cosmetic circles with the discussion raging on.
Additionally, the key ingredient used in nerium anti aging cream is Nerium Oleander, a beautiful plant which is also quite deadly.
Its harmful effects are not limited to just humans but animals as well. The seriousness of this is showcased by the description of the American Cancer Society as poisonous and the FDA refused to approve a supplement in the 90s that had Nerium Oleander because of its adverse side effects.
All this raises questions on why this ingredient would be in a beauty product as it seems contradictory with its properties of killing cells which is what it does in its battle with cancer.
It does have its merits with the lipophilic nature and molecular weight of Nerium Oleander favoring skin penetration.
In skin application it does not produce systemic levels of Oleander which would be of concern as it is either not in sufficient amount to cause any reaction or it’s bound locally to the tissue.
The topical application does not cause the same reaction as ingestion of Nerium Oleander its efficacy is however still in question as a lot of the reviews out there on the product have not been very positive.
The main selling point for nerium anti aging cream is the MLM that provides an opportunity to earn through the network.
The full Nerium reviews will give you much background on the company and where it's going.
This part of the company has received good reviews with its distributors who have reached a certain level receiving different types of bonuses including a Lexus.
Some people who have sensitive skin have reported itching and burning sensations as well as redness and rashes.
Although it has been used in historical times dating back 1500 years, being used by traditional herbalists to treat different maladies including warts, corns, sores, scabies, herpes, abscesses, dermatitis and eczema, its use today is surrounded by shadows of doubt as the science behind it cannot be proven and there are not enough studies to show exactly what one should expect.
The question that a lot of people have is whether it can cause skin damage and Nerium Biotechnology has not made any responses to this.
The active ingredient in this product which has been used to create two completely different effects on skin and which is surrounded by such controversy it is best to take caution when using the product and basically before using any beauty product.
The science behind this may be sound and the economic empowerment that it carries could very well be worth a try but when shrouded with such mystery and the silence from its creators concerning issues that could affect their customer does not inspire confidence.
That said however there are people who report seeing changes and who are genuinely happy with its results showing that one size really does not fit all.