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Jeunesse Review – Is this skincare MLM a scam?

Jeunesse is one of the biggest skincare MLMs in the game and they’ve crash-Jeunesse logolanded the anti-aging scene with their Instantly Ageless product that supposedly eliminates wrinkles and puffiness under the eyes almost immediately.

The products appear to be ahh-mayyy-zing and affiliates can earn decent money if you have a good warm market to sell to.

So have I been involved?

This video explains:

 

All good? Let’s continue…

FAQ

1.) What is Jeunesse? Jeunesse is an MLM skincare company. It was founded in 2009 by Randy Ray and Wendy Lewis.

2.) What does Jeunesse sell? Jeunesse primarily sells anti-aging skincare products. They also sell a variety of other health supplements full of antioxidants and vitamins meant to delay aging and prolong your youthful look.

3.) Who are the founders of Jeunesse? Randy Ray is CEO and co-founder of Jeunesse. He has degrees in both computer science and psychology. Prior to Jeunesse, Randy was CEO of other non-MLM companies. He is married to the other co-founder, Wendy Lewis. Wendy Lewis has run several businesses with her husband before founding Jeunesse.

4.) What are Jeunesse’s most popular products? Jeunesse’s most popular products are Luminesce (anti-aging skin cream), Instantly Ageless (also an anti-aging skin cream), and RESERVE (resveratrol-focused supplement).

5.) How do I become a Jeunesse associate? First, you need a referral code from a current Jeunesse distributor. You’ll then need to spend $29.95 to get you starter kit which includes your retail website as well as back-office functions for business management and reporting. There are pricier starter kits that provide more resources as well. You must pay a $19.95 renewal fee each year to maintain distributor status, but maintaining a certain amount of auto-ship sales waives your renewal fee.

6.) How do Jeunesse associates earn? Primarily through product sales and bonuses. When an associate advances to Distributor, they can being recruiting more associates for more earnings.

7.) Can I buy products at wholesale prices without being an associate? Yes, you can be a Wholesale Customer. If you stop choosing to sponsor or earn commissions for 90 days, you’ll be converted to a Wholesale Customer. You can then buy products at wholesale price for personal use.

 

8.) Is Jeunesse a scam? Jeunesse is not a scam. The products work well and the compensation plan is strong.

9.) What is Jeunesse’s BBB rating? A.

10.) Comparable companies: Mary Kay, Arbonne, Amway

11.) Recommended? Yes, they are a decent MLM to work with.

Jeunesse Review – Overview

Jeunesse’s business is based on a miracle anti-aging skincare cream.

So, has science caught up to miracle lotions, potions, and creams?

A couple of doctors and Jeunesse would like you to think so (and almost every cosmetic MLM for that matter).

“It causes instant, but temporary tightening and smoothing of the under-eye area that can last anywhere from two to eight hours,” said Dr. Doris Day in an interview with Inside Edition.

And with a product that works, business is good: experts estimate the anti-aging market will be worth $271 billion by 2024. With an aging population and long life expectancies, I can totally see why.

There’s already a widespread belief that human aging can be reversed, thanks to the many wonder drugs and supplements containing magical ingredients currently churned out by pharmaceutical and beauty companies like Jeunesse.

Indeed, anti-aging science has advanced to levels where amazing results can be seen.

Products

Jeunesse’s product lines are developed based on the latest scientific principles relating to the skin. They mainly sell skincare products, but they have nutritional supplements as well.

But does the science mean anything?  Are the products effective in the way Jeunesse says they are? Can you make money online selling Jeunesse or is it just another multi-level-marketing scam?

To answer these questions, we’ll look at the three main scientific breakthroughs that Jeunesse products employ in order to appeal to consumers:

  • Stem cell research
  • DNA repair
  • Antioxidants

Stem cells

Jeunesse is closely aligned with the future of Dr. Nathan Newman, a world-renowned dermatologist.  Hailing from Beverly Hills where he’s famous for his stem cell facelifts, Dr. Newman is well-versed in using adult stem cells to reverse signs of aging.

In his practice, he harvests the stem cells from a patient’s fat cells and injects them into the target areas on the face.  For Jeunesse, he’s using his expertise to devise an at-home topical treatment to achieve the same effect as his in-office cosmetic procedures.  The topical treatment uses stem cells, too, but can be used at home.  The product is called “Luminesce”.

Does it really work?  Other scientists have weighed in on the stem cell facelifts on which Luminesce is based.  Dr. J. Peter Rubin, an associate professor of plastic surgery and co-director of the Adipose Stem Cell Center at the University of Pittsburgh, says it’s entirely possible that it could work (1).

He also concedes that it’s possible that stem cells really do generate new collagen and blood vessels (the key to younger-looking skin).

However, we’re still in the early phases and there are still lots of unanswered questions (see more MLMs that feature stem cell technology: Stemtech and Phytoscience).

DNA repair

Jeunesse’s anti-aging line is also based on the science of DNA repair. Cells are continually replicating, but as we age that replication process becomes rusty and although we get new skin, it won’t ever look as young as it used to.

That, according to scientists, is due to damaged DNA, which happens naturally as we age.

DNA becomes damaged when the “end caps” on our genes start to wear away. These end caps are called short telomeres, so the key to Jeunesse’s anti-aging is repairing these telomeres. Is there anything to this “science”?  The scientists who work at the Genetics Department at the University of Utah think so.

The Genetic Science Learning Center explains it in detail, but the gist of it is: telomeres get shorter every time they divide, but an enzyme called Telomerase can counteract this.

But here’s the rub: geneticist Richard Cawthorn and his colleagues at the University of Utah State (2) that yes, short telomeres are associated with shorter lives.

However, they also state that lengthening these shortened telomeres doesn’t necessarily mean the aging process is slowed down or reversed.

They’re not even sure yet whether telomeres contribute to aging or they’re just a side effect of aging.   Correlation does not mean causation.

Hence, while the stem cell science of Jeunesse products seems to be valid, this DNA repair bit isn’t yet substantiated by science.

Antioxidants

Jeunesse includes antioxidants in its skincare line, but there’s one product that features a super antioxidant, and that’s their RESERVE. The super antioxidant is resveratrol, which is derived from red grapes.

Scientific studies have shown that resveratrol can promote longer cell life.  This happens because it stimulates the activity of mitochondria, the energy-producing parts of the cells.  Even the National Institutes of Health admit that Resveratrol “may fight aging” (3).

But can it work its supposed magic when applied topically?

Most of the reports tell us to drink red wine.  Also, the bioavailability of resveratrol is very low- that means it doesn’t stick around in the body long enough to do much of anything.  Scientists say (4) it gets absorbed quite well in the intestines, but through the bloodstream, it just passes through very quickly.

So topically-applied resveratrol? Probably doesn’t hurt, but hard to say how much it actually works.

All backed by science?

Developers at Jeunesse have put considerable effort into creating a vast structure of scientific “evidence” to support their products.

Yes, it’s based on some real science as we’ve seen.

But you’ll notice they also sell nutrition products, hoping the consumer will attribute the rich scientific support of their skincare products to the nutrition line as well.

They seem to be hoping consumers will think: “they researched the heck out of their skincare line…probably their nutrition line is just as good”.

Maybe so, but not so fast…

A short glance at the product page for AM & PM Essentials reveals a glaring absence of “science”.  It’s mentioned that the product “supports natural cellular DNA repair” but nothing is named specifically.

Just a convenient grouping of oregano, basil, and garlic powder.

I mean they’re definitely stuffing their nutrition products with good stuff, but where’s the cell growth?

  • soybean lecithin
  • alpha-Linolenic acid
  • oleic acid
  • borage seed oil
  • evening primrose oil
  • fish body oil
  • fenugreek
  • turmeric root extract
  • quercetin dehydrate
  • Astragalus root extract
  • cayenne pepper fruit
  • purslane extract
  • vanadium

The “stem cell maintenance complex” consists of various algae and seaweed.  One is Klamath blue-green algae, which, according to WebMD are used for many conditions, but so far there isn’t enough real science to say exactly what they do for us.

Now that we’ve talked science a little bit, let’s talk strictly products. They call their entire catalog the YES system (for Youth Enhancement System), but I’ll stick to covering the heavy hitters.

Luminesce

So yeah, Luminesce is essentially a cream meant to give you a facelift. It’s actually an entire product line consisting of

  • Cellular Rejuvenation Serum – uses antioxidants and vitamins to reduce the appearance of lines
  • Daily Moisturizing Complex – hydrates the skin for a smoother look, also protects from the sun’s rays with broad-spectrum SPF 30
  • Advanced Night Repair – meant to be applied before sleep, hydrates the skin with a variety of vitamins and antioxidants
  • Youth-Restoring Cleanser – exfoliates the skin and washes away dead skins cells and other impurities to prepare for a Luminesce skincare routine
  • Essential Body Renewal – used to hydrate and soften skin from head to toe, rather than just in specific areas like the face
  • Ultimate Lifting Masque – exfoliates, brightens, and tightens the facial skin for a smoother and more youthful-looking face
  • Flawless Skin Brightener – Evens out your skin tone and reduces the appearance of your pores for a bright skin glow
  • Hydrashield Mask – protects you against environmental particles that could age your skin, as well as free radicals

None of the Luminesce products have harsh chemicals, so these products should hopefully be good for sensitive skin.

Instantly Ageless

Instantly Ageless is a “microcream” that can rapidly diminish the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face. Each “dose” of Instantly Ageless comes in an individual vial with just the right a Jeunesse sells Instantly Ageless in boxes consisting of several vials of Instantly Ageless.

All you do is apply the cream to your areas of concern and your wrinkles and lines will greatly diminish, giving you a youthful look almost instantly.

Luminesce’s product line is meant to be part of a long-term skin care routine, whereas Instantly Ageless is more of an immediate bandaid solution. It takes effect in only minutes, but it only lasts for most of your waking hours.

It’s best saved for times when you’d like to temporarily look younger, like for an important event or if you’re going out for a night on the town.

RESERVE

RESERVE is a drinkable supplement supposedly packed with the polyphenol resveratrol, the same antioxidant red wine is known for. This resveratrol assists with repairing cellular free radical damage as well as protecting from future free radicals.

RESERVE has grape, acai, dark cherry, blueberry, and pomegranate in it, which sounds pretty delicious to me.

Unfortunately, like I said, resveratrol isn’t very bioavailable. In fact, you need to drink gallons of wine (more than any human can handle) to gain an appreciable amount of resveratrol. At least you won’t be wasted after drinking RESERVE.

AM & PM Essentials

AM & PM Essentials are supplements that help you get going in the morning and sleep restfully at night. They both have the exact same vitamin and mineral profile according to Jeunesse’s site, but the actual ingredients vary slightly. For example, PM has melatonin and valerian root, both of which help you relax and improve your sleep.

So from what it looks like, both supplements provide you the same benefits but the PM one helps you sleep. Kinda like how DayQuil and NyQuil both do the same thing for your cold symptoms, but NyQuil also knocks you out.

Overall, AM & PM can ensure you get your fill of vitamins and minerals.

You can buy the AM and the PM supplements individually or in a bundle. Each bottle comes with 60 caplets.

FINITI

FINITI is a supplement intended to extend lifespan via extending the telomeres, but like I said, science hasn’t shown that lengthening telomeres actually extends your lifespan so take this one with a grain of salt.

It’s supposed to work like this: a patented called TA-65 MD temporarily activates telomerase, the enzyme responsible for lengthening the telomeres. By taking this supplement regularly, you’d theoretically slow aging.

FINITI’s pricier than some of the other supplements. Since it’s not clear if it actually works, steer clear of it for now.

M1ND

M1ND is a nootropic that is meant to boost memory and assist with focus. CERA-Q (a protein hydrolysate derived from silk) is responsible for the improved memory, while the amino acid L-Theanine boosts focus and reduces distractions.

M1ND has decent reviews on Amazon, although some say it doesn’t help as much as Jeunesse makes it out to.

MONAVIE

MONAVIE is a drinkable supplement consisting of 19 different fruits, the main one being acai. This blend of fruits supports joint and muscle mobility and flexibility to keep you moving longer, and of course its also packed with antioxidants from the fruits. Jeunesse recommends drinking 2 ounces twice daily for the best results.

MONAVIE was actually the main product of now-defunct MLM MonaVie, which defaulted on a loan in 2015. Jeunesse acquired MonaVie after that, and now they have the MONAVIE supplement. MonaVie also had a brand of products called Mynt whose influence can be seen in other Jeunesse products.

Naara

Naara is a drinkable, powdered skincare supplement. Its main ingredient is 5,000 mg of collagen peptides per packet, although it’s got plenty of other vitamins inside. Collagens are the most abundant protein in the body, making up muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, and more. A steady dose of Naara promotes firm, hydrated skin and reduces signs of aging on the skin.

1 packet is 1 serving. Each box comes with 15 packets.

NEVO

NEVO is an energy drink that uses more natural ingredients than other energy drinks. Energy comes mainly from green tea, yerba mate, and guarana, the latter two being South American herbs with caffeine and other energy-boosting compounds. There’re a lot of vitamins in NEVO too.

NEVO comes in 4 flavors: Acai grape, lemon ginger, peach mango, and mixed berry.

NV

NV is a makeup line that nourishes the skin and creates a youthful look. NV’s product line consists of

  • NV BB Perfecting Mist Foundation
  • NV Primer
  • NV Bronzer
  • NV Shimmer

They also sell certain NV products in bundles.

RevitaBlu

RevitaBlu is a drinkable supplement for general wellness and anti-aging. It’s 3 main ingredients are blue-green algae, sea buckthorn berry, and aloe vera. Each one of these does a lot of good things for the body and immune system, and the algae are packed full of nutrition.

The drink comes in little stick packets for your convenience.

RVL

RVL is Jeunesse’s hair care line. It’s products are

  • RVL Ultra Refining Shampoo – Moisturizes hair, fights static/frizzy hair, adds volume, removes foreign particles, and more.
  • RVL Multi-Perfecting Leave-In Conditioner – A spray that builds on the shampoo’s effects while adding more vitamins for a thicker, healthier head of hair.
  • RVL Scalp Infusion Treatment – Invigorates and moisturizes scalp and hair for better hair health.

Jeunesse offers a bundle deal if you want all 3 and are looking to save money.

ZEN Bodi

ZEN Bodi is Jeunesse’s weight loss product line. It’s products include

  • ZEN Prime – Ingredients like milk thistle, grape see extract, and several plant enzymes aid in flushing out toxins.
  • ZEN Shape – Curbs cravings and boosts metabolism with ingredients like green tea leaf extract, African mango seed extract, and raspberry ketones.
  • ZEN Fuze – Protein shakes. They are a blend of TruCELLE (one of MonaVie’s “Mynt” brand casein protein) and whey proteins. Each serving contains 21 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and 5 strains of probiotics to keep you on track towards fitness goals. Flavors include “chocolate dream” and “vanilla bliss”.
  • ZEN Fit – Jeunesse’s amino acid blend. Assist with recovery and muscle growth. It comes in fruit punch and watermelon flavors.

Compensation Plan

Jeunesse associates (not distributors, as that’s the next rank up) earn through product sales and a variety of bonuses.

Like World Ventures, Jeunesse doesn’t allow their associates to earn through recruiting until they’ve advanced to a sufficiently high rank. Doing this puts emphasis on selling products at least for the lower-ranking reps, making them “prove themselves” before they can earn the right to make money building a team.

Now, you don’t earn money directly. Instead, you earn points that are used to calculate your commissions and bonuses.

Product Sales

Product sales are simple. Jeunesse sells its products to associates at wholesale prices, which associate can turn around and sell for full price. They take the difference (usually between 15 and 40%) in profits.

Associates can also offer a “Jeunesse Preferred” program to their customers. In exchange for product discounts, customers agree to receive an automatic shipment of their chosen products each month.

Bonuses

Retail Sales Bonus. You earn a bonus for each new retail customer and preferred customer, as well as for each distributor you personally enroll. This is Jeunesse’s main bonus.

Team Commissions.  Every time a team member reaches a certain amount of points, you earn a team commission. You must be at the “Executive” level to earn these.

As you move up the ranks, a whole world of bonuses opens up to you. Some of these are monetary/point bonuses. However, at the higher levels, they offer exclusive “lifestyle rewards” which are crosses between a vacation and a Jeunesse leadership conference.

Recap

Stem cell research is the scientific saving grace of Jeunesse.

This is the future, like it or not.

The promises of adult stem cells in the anti-aging products seem to be the only claim that comes with real, science-backed results.  The DNA repair and the antioxidants may have some science behind them, but that science doesn’t apply to the way these ingredients are delivered via Jeunesse’s nutritional products.

However, that doesn’t mean Jeunesse products won’t benefit the consumer in any way. They’re still a pioneer and should be considered by anyone looking to reverse or slow down their aging.

If you’re just doing it for the money, though, there are better ways out there to start a successful home-based business or online business without the selling parties, 3-way calls and prospecting friends on Facebook.

I’m 100% MLM-free and I make more money than most doctors and lawyers. Find out how here.

About the author: Jeremy Page created Multiple Streams for big thinkers and online business owners.

15 comments… add one
  • neneth soriano

    would like to buy it. where can i buy this product?

    • Mary

      Amazon.com has all their products which are cheaper than their company

  • Kim m

    The reserve is not from their skin care line – you drink it! I refrigerate mine – tastes great!

    • Jeremy Page

      Appreciate the clarification there.

  • inx

    About steem cells; how can they work in cosmetics, arent`t that dead steem cells (not like those in injections)? And have read somewhere that the molecule of those is too big to get thrue skin. Would like an explanation.

    • Kwan liu

      So true. Really want to see some explanation. And the reserve fruit drink is thinkened by cellulose and gum with preservatives. Other place sell the resveratrol capsule at one tenth of the price too.

    • christa c selby

      The product doesn’t contain stem cells but the growth factors of live stem cells.

    • vivian

      growth factors from the stem cell. no stem cell in skin products.

  • Rob Karnuth L.M.T.N.C.

    Where do I find out more about Jeunesse? Anti-wrinkle cream for guys?

  • maria

    I would like to buy and try this product – is any local distributors in So, Cal Marina del Rey, El Segundo, Manhattan Beach Area? – also weight maintenance products. I hope this works – thank you.

    • catherine

      You do not need a distributor to buy these products. U can become a member yourself and buy direct from Jeunesse. All you need is to login to their website and register. There is a fee to become a member. Also when you register you can type in the person who have introduced you. In this case you type Cgeorge1. I am a member. The products seems to be helping a lot of people.

  • MGC

    I have tried it for two days and it doesn’t work as good as a previous product I used before (Plex…)
    Will give it a few more tries to see if the usage is as good as they say…Miracle cream…

    • Lina

      You may need to give it a longer time to try the product to see if it works or not. I’ve been trying the skin care products for months and like them. AM/PM didn’t really work for me unfortunately.

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