(Note: There are some links in this post that haven't shown up in the same highlighted colour as some of the others. I can't work out why.)
A few weeks ago, a new Twitter follower of mine offered to send me some samples of a new skincare range from the US/Canada; I'd never heard of it before but always like to try new things and thought it'd be a great opportunity to share something new with you all. So I sent off my address and looked forward to receiving my samples. In the meantime, I made sure to read through the promotional material that had been emailed to me about the products. Ingredients, their effects, research that had been completed and the likes.
In all honesty, after reading about the products I wasn't entirely sure about even trying them. You see, like *so many* others, this range of skincare makes use of "progressive science" and have their own, patented "4Life Transfer Factor" (TF) which is used in the skincare system. This raised a few issues with me, which I will get too, but initially it was the way in which TF is 'harvested' that made me unsure.
" Through a patented filtration process, 4Life extracts transfer factors from cow colostrum and chicken egg yolks for the foundation of its Transferceutical™ products."
Should cow colostrum not be going into the mouths of calves rather than on my face? And where do they get the colostrum from? Is someone sat, waiting to jump into the pen as soon as the calf is born to then snatch it away from its mother, so none of this colostrum is suckled away? Where, and how, are they keeping all these cows? Are they healthy? So many questions. The same applies to the egg yolks to a degree.
After a bit of thought though, I decided I would try the products. Although I don't eat meat, I do drink milk which should really also be headed for the bodies of calves. Or not produced at all. This decision doesn't answer my questions though, which have been sent to the right people and will hopefully be answered. When I receive more info, I will definitely update this or do another specific post.
Anyway, on to the review because I feel I need to be fair and truthful about this.
I received a lovely envelope of sachets, 3 of each step in the skincare system; cleanser, toner, vitamin C serum, day moisturiser, night moisturiser and eye cream which I used in that order, obviously changing between the day/night creams as you would.
Overall, I did like them, especially the cleanser which left my skin feeling clean (but a bit tight and dry) and the day moisturiser. Although this was of a fairly runny consistency, it soaked into the skin quickly with no oiliness or annoying residue. I also enjoyed the Vitamin Serum, which although feeling a bit 'claggy', does have a lovely citrus scent and again, this soaked into the skin leaving it soft and similar to having just applied make up primer.
Over the few days I used the system, I did notice a slight change in the smoothness of my skin but I wouldn't really be confident enough to attribute this to just this system. My skin wasn't exactly in tiptop condition beforehand and does tend to respond quickly to the use of *any* new products.
Pricewise, I don't think it's too bad. $150 sounded like a lot initially but when you consider the amount of product you receive (and how much it'd cost to buy these type of products individually), it's actually fair enough. Assuming the products actually do what they promise to do of course.
Ok, so here (finally) is my major issue with this Enummi skincare system.
Whenever I see a beauty product being marketed as containing some 'progressive', 'new' or 'groundbreaking' scientific 'stuff', I'm wary and extremely cynical.
What exactly is this 'stuff' and what is it supposed to do?
Is it actually real, as in independently proven (more than once) to work?
Is it just some made up or renamed chemical, often discovered by 'scientists' working for the company behind said product?
Is it just bullshit, made up to pretty much bamboozle us into thinking that something is far more effective than it actually is, or ever could be?
In this case, the 'stuff' is 4Life Transfer Factor.
It rang a bell as soon as I read about it in the promotional bumf and after a bit of googling?
Yep, it's the same Transfer Factor utilised by Andrew Wakefield in his 'Alternative to MMR' vaccine. The one that he tried to patent after he *fraudulently* discredited the all in one MMR vaccine. You might notice that the company behind the research 'paper' in that link, is the same one that's selling these products.
It turns out that this 4Life Transfer Factor is also available as a dietary aid (in capsules) and within 'meal packs', for both humans and pets and is sold by the same umbrella company.
Which makes this quote (from this page) from Wikipedia, very interesting and important:
"The United States Food and Drug Administration regulates transfer factors as a dietary supplement and has issued a warning notice to a website selling transfer factors that they have not been proven to be effective or safe in the treatment of any condition, nor have there been any biological licenses or New Drug Applications produced for the substance."
"Even though claims can not be supported from the clinical trial standpoint, many of these individuals taking these supplements in their different strengths and formulations have provided a vast amount of anecdotal evidence substantiated by the person's individual lab tests and other medical evidence that because it has not been presented in an organized fashion the claims are not medically supported."
If you're using science to sell something, I think it's fair to for buyers to expect some proper evidence.
(Anecdotes mean nothing. Some people swear by homeopathy.)
So that pretty much says to me that this whole 'Transfer Factor' is a nonsense, if it doesn't work from the 'inside out' I can't see it working the other way around.
Which almost brings me back to the start of this whole blog post.
Yes, this skincare 'system' is nice but no nicer than loads of others I've tried which then undermines the price they're asking for it.
And if the inclusion of an ingredient, which isn't scientifically recognised as working, doesn't actually make any difference, then why include it? Other than to use it as a fancy scientific sounding gimmick with which to bamboozle us of course.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who doesn't like being made to feel like a mug.