Lumera is a serum for your face that promises it will remove dark circles from under the eyes, repair and renew your skin, and reduce wrinkles. They boast that it has been formulated with clinically proven ingredients, which include an infusion of diamonds, to prevent the visible signs of aging.
What’s So Special About Lumera?
Lumera claims to include two core ingredients: Lavendox and Pepha-Tight. Lavendox is essentially a fancy name for lavender oil; we found it used to market several other eye serums including Hydroderm and Dermakin (these products may be from the same company behind Lumera). On the Dermakin website, they claim Lavendox comes from “selected molecules of Spanish lavender oil.”
Lavender, as you may know, is a very fragrant plant that does indeed grow in the mountainous regions of Spain. It has been used as a medicine for thousands of years and according to the University of Maryland, some small studies show the smell of it helps relieve stress, insomnia, and post operative pain.
There is no evidence we could find that it has any anti-aging properties when applied to the skin; however, there have been a few studies that show it can prevent fungal infections, help wounds heal and sudden hair loss (alopecia areata). Aromatherapist Robert Tissarand points to anecdotal evidence that lavender oil can help with burns, and prevent damage from UV radiation. He mentions that while lavender contains camphor, a known skin irritant, it is less than 1%. He adds the amount of camphor in a lavender cream would be very small and unlikely to cause irritation. University of Maryland cautions that some people could develop nausea or headaches when applying lavender and pregnant or breastfeeding women should avoid it all together.
What is Pepha-Tight?
Pepha-Tight is a product made by Pentapharm said to contain extract from Nannochloropsis oculata, a saltwater algae said to have a high concentration of omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains pullalen, a gum produced from black yeast.
The Pepha-Tight pamphlet boasts that it forms a thin film on the skin, which exerts “an instant perceptible tightening effect.” They also point to a couple of studies that they conducted themselves that appear to show solutions of Pepha-Tight had a better tightening effect on skin than a placebo but these were conducted with 20 and 30 participants, respectively. (A study they did in a test tube showed Pepha-Tight stimulated the synthesis of collagen.)
According to “aspiring cosmetic scientician” Susan Barclay-Nichols who examined Pepha-Tight for her blog, says the algae and yeasts contain amino acids, vitamin C, and vitamin B-12 which she felt are a good idea for skin health. Another amateur researcher noted that pullalen is used as an ingredient in breath strips.
Diamond Powder – A Face’s Best Friend?
The other ingredient they highlight is diamond powder. And while these finely-ground diamonds add “sparkle” to a package and indeed can exfoliate the skin, this is mostly marketing hype. “There are other types of exfoliators that work just as well,” said cosmetic chemist Ron Robinson in an article about diamond powder in NY Magazine. “The manufacturers are spending more to put it in the product, and they’re then able to command a higher price for it.”
Lumera lists all the ingredients as:
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Diamond Powder, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol.
Note that water and alcohol are the first (primary) ingredients. Shea Butter is a product with a lot of hype but very little science to back up its claims. The one study we could find that showed wrinkle reduction was a self-assessment conducted on 30 people ages 29-82 years old. Shea Butter may also cause a reaction in people with nut allergies.
Conclusion: The main ingredients in Lumera provide at least a calming smell and a film on the skin that may give the immediate appearance of firmness. It may cause irritation to those allergic to lavender or nuts. Diamonds are fancy but likely no more effective on the skin than cheaper exfoliates and other benefits do not have solid evidence to back up their claims (learn more about how to read a clinical study here).
How Much Does Lumera Charge to Try It?
Lumera tempts consumers with a trial bottle offer for £2.95 shipping and handling, which they state you can use for 14 days with no commitments and can cancel at any time.
But if you look at the small print, 15 days from the date of order (not when it arrives in the mail) you will be billed £87.67 for the bottle they sent you. Then on day 30 and every 30 days after you will be automatically shipped and billed more Lumera until you call +44 2031290721 and cancel.
Looking at their lengthy terms and conditions, we note that the company says it’s not responsible for lost or stolen orders and that all products must be returned unopened within 30 days for a refund, minus shipping and handling. Opened bottles of Lumera are not refundable and only one refund per customer is allowed.
Bottom Line: Is Lumera a Good Anti-Aging Product?
As we discussed above, Lumera may smell nice and make your skin feel tighter. But you have to ask yourself: is it worth £87.67 a month and possible privacy intrusions? From what we’ve seen, there are no special ingredients in the product that you couldn’t find elsewhere at perhaps a cheaper price.
We couldn’t find any customer reviews of Lumera (they appear to have recently changed the name from Rejuvius). Generally speaking, consumers often complain about hidden subscription plans and the difficulty they have in cancelling them.
We looked for the fountain of youth, and, quite frankly we couldn’t find any product that lived up to its hype. There are plenty of ways to look younger and feel better that don’t involve buying expensive creams. Some basic ones are eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking, exercising, and avoiding prolonged sun exposure.
WebMD says that moisturizing creams found at your local drugstore work just as well if not better than fancy ones to hydrate skin. Be sure to wash your skin (not too much so you don’t irritate it) and, easiest of all – smile! Studies show people tend to appear younger when they flash their pearly whites.
And let us know your experience with Lumera below!
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