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Jeunesse & wiping wrinkles away? Doctors have their say.

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

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…

Overview

Company is based off a miracle skin care cream.

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

A couple 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 $192 billion by 2019.

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 line of products are developed with the latest scientific principles behind them.

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 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’s not younger-looking skin anymore.

That, according to scientists, is due to damaged DNA, which happens 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 seem to be valid, this DNA repair bit isn’t yet substantiated by science.

Antioxidants

Jeunesse includes antioxidants in its skin care 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 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 skin care products to the nutrition line as well.

They seem to be hoping consumers will think: “they researched the heck out of their skin care 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
  • alphalinolenic 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.

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.

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13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. neneth soriano

    July 21, 2015 at 4:44 am

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

    • Mary

      May 21, 2017 at 11:03 pm

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

  2. Kim m

    July 23, 2015 at 2:04 am

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

    • Jeremy Page

      July 23, 2015 at 5:39 am

      Appreciate the clarification there.

  3. inx

    June 28, 2016 at 8:34 am

    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

      February 22, 2017 at 4:20 am

      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

      May 12, 2017 at 11:22 am

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

  4. Rob Karnuth L.M.T.N.C.

    July 10, 2016 at 5:36 am

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

    • Jeremy Page

      July 12, 2016 at 4:03 am

      YouTube

  5. maria

    September 5, 2016 at 6:37 pm

    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

      April 4, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      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.

      • Jeremy Page

        April 7, 2017 at 2:40 am

        Good to know

  6. MGC

    May 11, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    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…

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Zija review: Nutritional supplements from moringa

Zija is a nutritional products network marketing company capitalizing on the healthful properties of moringa.

In May 2017 they acquired Xango, making them a bigger force in the health MLM space.

Run by a pioneer inventor in the herbal supplement industry and propelled by a top Harvard scientist, Zija is setup to do big things.

Overview

We’ll take a look at exactly what Zija is celebrating. You’ll find out whether the science is there to support the claims made about moringa. You’ll also discover how well their International compensation plan stacks up in a sea that’s brimming with nutritional energy drinks (hint: Tru Vision, Isagenix, and Visi).

First let’s find out about moringa.

Moringa Oleifera is a tree found in the foothills of the Himalayas known for its drought-resistant properties (1). The seedpods are eaten in Africa and Asia. The leaves are the most nutritious part and are eaten in Southeast Asia. The flowers are said to taste like mushrooms.

There seems to be no question as to the high nutritional value of moringa. It’s a good source of protein as well as vitamins, amino acids, minerals, and phenolics (2).

But delve a little deeper and the clinical studies aren’t there yet for many of the claims made by Zija Interntional. More on that below.

Who is Zija International? The founder of Zija is Ken Brailsford. He is credited with inventing herbal encapsulation, and with helping to bring moringa to the supplement industry after watching a documentary about the health benefits of consuming parts of the moringa tree.

Mr.Brailsford is actually something of a “star” in the herbal supplement world. He started Nature’s Sunshine in the 1970s, to capitalize on his new herbal encapsulation methodology. He ran that until 1979 when he left to become a stockbroker because of a noncompete clause with Nature’s Sunshine (3). He later went back but fully retired in 1997 until he founded Zija years later.

The company is based in Lehi, Utah and boasts an executive team of “experienced MLM professionals.”  That would include CEO Rodney Larsen who was hired to promote the growth goals of Zija. Mr.Larsen has been with ZI since 2006 and his LinkedIn profile shows no other data before that year. Some Zija affiliate websites do mention that he worked for NEXX and a branch of NuSkin Entrprises before joining Zija.

President Brad Stewart’s profile mentions that he has managed his career “through vision and faith”. He has been involved in network marketing his whole life.

Executive Vice President Darrell Eyre started as an Amway distributor and has been in network marketing for 25 years.

COO Michael Hershberger has over 15 years experience in management and IT and an MBA.

The takeaway: apart from the Chief Operating Officer, Zija International is run by people who have pretty much always worked in network marketing. The founder is recognized as an important figure in herbal supplement history and founded one of the oldest and most successful herbal supplement companies in the world.

Zija International is a BBB accredited business with a rating of A+.

Products

The ZI products can be divided into three categories: moringa, ameo, and ripstix. Headed by  Harvard Medical School valedictorian Joshua Plant, the scientific wing of Zija International is actively engaged in formulating new products based on moringa and other botanicals.

Moringa is believed to support a wide range of health benefits, including anti-inflammatory support, improved digestion, improved mental clarity, increased energy, anti-aging, immune system support, and blood glucose level regulation. All of these benefits are listed on the Zija International website.

Scientific evidence and clinical trials, however, are hard to find.

There is one agricultural study  where mice and ruminants were given moringa tea. It was found that the white cell count in the mice who drank the tea was significantly higher. Mice also experienced reduced inflammatory responses.

In that same study, Moringa also improved cell viability in sheep and goats, and reduced oxidative stress from internal parasites. No effect on the gut health of pigs was observed, however (4). The results of this study have only been published informally to date.

The same Ag & Tech school that’s conducting that study is also looking into the use of moringa to promote animal health. Specifically, they’re researching moringa’s effects on the immune system (on B and T cells). In addition, they’re studying moringa’s effects on growth rate and performance of pigs. However, at this time it’s merely stated that more research is needed (5).

There is also a World Health Report citing the use of moringa in the use of water treatment in developing countries (6). But so far, not much has made it into the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed system.

The takeaway: moringa is incredibly nutritionally dense, but clinical studies are needed to support many of the health benefit claims made by Zija Interntaional.

Essential oils produced with clinical-grade standards and Zija’s exclusive patent-pending certification system.

Ripstix Hydration and Fitness Line – these are energy drinks in powdered form. Fitness supplements containing L-arginine (8) and electrolytes, they also contain fructose which some people try and stay away from.

Compensation Plan

There are tens of thousands of independent distributors working for Zija International. They have access to an extensive network of Zija training modules, including videos, an app, audio training, all of which is measured by a series of exams.

It’s the only MLM known to have a certification process for its distributors. Not only that, but every 90 days, distributors must re-certify. Passing exams means higher pay, too (7).

This is similar to how non-MLM companies handle their training. For example, public school teachers get pay raises when they pass graduate-level courses from accredited institutions of higher learning.

So what if Zija operates its own training, testing, and certification program in-house: it’s far above and beyond what you’ll see in other MLM companies.

Details:

1) IBOs profit by purchasing products at wholesale prices and selling them at retail (up to 25% profit).

2) Qualify to earn commission by being on autoship for at least 75 PV per month.

3) Get 10% of sales made by your personally enrolled recruits.

4) Team commissions and further bonuses as you advance in rank.

Recap

Zija appears to offer a good product. They have done a lot of things right and have a unique niche in the competitive nutritional supplement industry. But the income potential isn’t worth my time.

I’m not saying Zija International is a bad company – they’re not.

With any MLM, peddling products to your family members and friends at church might work for a couple months…maybe over a year if you’re lucky.

In the end, it’s still the sad story of selling hype and chasing the hot opportunity.

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