Nerium AD Review 2018: Is It Another Pyramid Scheme?
There are loads of skin creams and eye serums out there. One company’s products that have caught my eye are those from Nerium International.
Nerium AD reviews seem to be everywhere, so I thought it was time that I looked at their products in depth.
So in this detailed review of Nerium eye cream, day cream and night cream, I’m going to take a look at the questions people are asking, including the big one: does it work?
So What Is Nerium AD
Nerium Oleander is a toxic plant mostly found in the Mediterranean and Asia. The leaves of the Oleander plant are highly poisonous to humans.
So it maybe some surprise to many people to find that it is included in a range of skincare products.
But the company state that unless consumed orally there is no risk from using the range of Nerium skincare products available.
The active ingredients in Nerium creams are:
- Aloe Barbadenis leaf liquid
- Nerium Oleander leaf
- Sodium Hydroxymethylglycenate (Say that after a few drinks!)
The products also contain various stabilizers, as well as vegetable oil, seed oil, and stearic acid (which is found naturally in many oils such as black seed oil which have a positive effect on skin nourishment).
Who Are They And What Do They Sell?
Nerium International has been around since 2011. It started in Texas under the name Nerium Biotechnology.
The company has grown rapidly, through marketing, and a strong embracing of the products and also through its marketing techniques.
They sell a range of products:
- Nerium night cream
- Nerium eye serum
- Nerium day cream
The Nerium eye cream, Nerium firm, and I serum are sold in a combo pack at a cheaper price, or they can be bought individually.
You can buy Nerium cream directly from their website, through what I’m known as “brand partners”, or a little-known secret is that you can actually also buy them direct that much lower price through sites like Amazon and eBay.
Does It Work?
Nerium AD cream claims to be able to:
- Reduce cellulite
- Smooth and firm up the skin
- Reduce fine lines and wrinkles
- Address hyperpigmentation
- Heal skin damage
- Restore a youthful look
Now that’s quite a list of claims for this product. And unfortunately there are some issues with the claims made.
For a start, there is little clinical evidence that Nerium Oleander has benefits in any of these areas. There is certainly very little in the way of scientific evidence or clinical trials to suggest it has many benefits on the skin.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t the case, and it does contain other nutrients in line with similar skin products that will obviously soften the skin temporarily.
And there are plenty of Nerium before and after photographs on the Internet as evidence of its success, but unfortunately they can’t be taken at face value because you just don’t know if those images are genuine. There is simply no information or official studies to verify them.
Nerium AD Customer Reviews
In terms of customer reviews, they are very mixed. If you are trying to build a picture of how effective it is from existing customers, unfortunately you will struggle because on top of the reviews being quite polarized, are also plenty of obviously fake reviews out there.
A typical negative review is:
“I used this product for almost a year to get a real sense of whether or not it worked and I promise you, it doesn’t. I typically buy my facial products from the dermatologist or plastic surgeon so I’m well aware of the difference in good skin care products and… this. Just check the ingredients, there is nothing potent or powerful in it whatsoever.”
But countering that, a typical positive review is this:
“I’ve been using for about five weeks and have noticed an improvement. People have been giving me complements saying I look really good and well rested.”
And in terms of obviously fake reviews, this is a typical example:
“I love and trust this cream for my skin. I used it 2 years ago and my skin looked its best ever. I since have tried using less expensive creams, and I have had acne and wrinkles together. Nerium takes care of both. I am allergic to ingredients in many products, but not nerium. I am thankful for Amazon sellers who sell in a nice price range. I am thinking that since this Night cream Is the miracle worker.”
Nerium Pyramid Scheme: Addressing Scam Concerns
One of the biggest concerns about finding the truth around Nerium products is accusations of it being a pyramid scheme.
Basically you can apply to be a partner and sell the product yourself, and can also recruit people below you. Unfortunately this means there are a lot of people with a vested interest in making sure this product has lots of positive reviews and is said to work.
There are lots incredible claims on the Internet around these products, but unfortunately a lot of this praise really cannot be backed up with any scientific evidence, or even visual evidence through before and after photos that have been verified.
So no, I don’t think Nerium AD is a scam, but I think in terms of buying their skin creams, proceed with caution is advised when evaluating the claims.
From my research I’m seeing the pros of Nerium creams as:
- And it’s easily absorbed into the skin
- It’s rich and softens the skin
- A lot of people genuinely report smooth the skin after use
But in terms of the cons around the products:
It’s incredibly high cost, on Amazon $68 for a small bottle of Nerium eye cream
There is no scientific evidence that Nerium Oleander benefits the skin.
On top of those cons, I’m also a little concerned that if there are no scientific studies into Oleander, then how can we know that rubbing it into your skin is truly safe? So in terms of possible side effects, the answer is who knows?