Established in 1992, University Medical's aim was to offer acne and anti-aging solutions with a cheaper price tag, and currently line the shelves of popular retail giants such as Target and Wal-Mart. Their biggest product is University Medical Wrinkle Free, an anti-wrinkle kit part of their popular Face Lift line. This product claims to be the alternative to Botox, and contains a Facial Line Relaxer and a Wrinkle Filling Serum, which supposedly "plump" away wrinkles through the use of Hyaluronic Acid. By supplying skin cells with this ingredient, University Medical believes it will naturally help fill the gaps within cells that cause wrinkles to form.
University Medical offers a 30 money-back guarantee for unsatisfied customers, and also have the option of picking up the kit at a local store or ordering it safely online. The price is nearly a fraction of Botox, also -- expect to pay $29.95 at the most -- and they offer alternative ways to contact their company if consumers have any questions. This type of approach to serving the customer is definitely refreshing, but there have been few formulas approved by the FDA as a viable, cheaper alternative to Botox, and University Medical may not fall under this category.
University Medical places emphasis on Hyaluronic Acid as a "filler" for wrinkles, followed by GABA, which they claim relaxes wrinkles. Hyaluronic Acid is actually an approved anti-aging supplement -- most consumers recognize it by its common name, Restylane. The FDA recently approved this drug in 2003 as an alternative to Botox, and claims to fill wrinkle tissue when injected. Its effects when simply applied are not known. Hyaluronic Acid is also an important component when repairing skin tissue due to sun-related damage, but it must be emphasized its effects when applied topically are simply not confirmed to be beneficial.
GABA also holds similar question. The shorter name for the amino acid Gama-aminobutyric Acid, an ingredient that is believed to increase "calming" feelings in the body. Advocates of this amino acid suggest GABA helps relax wrinkles by promoting this type of effect, but there are currently no studies linking its topical use to any anti-wrinkle benefits. This is simply too new to wield any true results from any studies; consumers will need to wait to fully see how GABA affects the skin.
- Widely available on the internet and through popular stores such as Wal-Mart.
- Offers widely sought out ingredients (such as Hyaluronic Acid) for a moderately cheap price.
- Hyaluronic Acid currently only wields results when injected, not applied.
- GABA does not have any proven anti-wrinkle benefits.
- Does not include any ingredient which helps with skin moisturization or other skin-related benefits.
The Bottom Line
University Medical may be a staple of retail store shelves, but the biggest concern is how their products are applied -- not what ingredients are used. Hyaluronic Acid is an approved FDA alternative to Botox, but it must be injected, not topically applied, to wield these results. It is not necessarily ineffective when used topically, but current studies have not linked any benefits with its epidermal use. Not many products used these ingredients for such a low price, however, and if you can't afford the price of more expensive anti-wrinkle creams, this may be another option to look into.