Is Vitacreme B12 the most overhyped product in Japan? Damn Straight It Is!
A famous Japanese actress made Vitacreme B12 one of the most hyped up skincare products I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. The claims of renewed skin cells, diminishing age lines and existing wrinkles, and just generally making skin look amazing are just a few of the urban legends that surround this moisturizer or at least in my experience they are urban legends.
I’ve been using the cream on and off for a few years and recently had an e-mail from a reader asking me if I had ever tried it.
Damn straight I have and no it doesn’t jump rope and chew gum at the same time.
Here’s the deal according to the Muse!
I’m not a chemist or a scientist, my thoughts and impressions are based on using the product for about…mm 3 or 4 years now. For some reason I’m a glutton for punishment and continue to buy it when I run out.
Supposedly Vitamin B12 has deep penetrating capabilities and not only will it moisturize your skin but also helps to regenerate it.
The product is made and was discovered in Sweden but became extremely popular in Asia particularly Japan after a Japanese Actress spoke about it in an interview. Yeah, we know how that goes. A celeb says it’s good and we jump on the bandwagon right away, been there, done that, got the t-shirt.
Vitacreme B12 itself proclaims that it will do all of the following amazing tricks:
- Stimulates renewal of skin cells
- Hydrates and softens skin tissues
- Rejuvenates and improves skin elasticity and firmness
- Revitalizes and diminishes age lines and existing wrinkles
- Helps to prevent premature wrinkles
- Repairs and rebalances the skin’s natural defense system
- Relieves and soothes chapped skin
- Smoothes or attenuates new or old scars
- Helps prevent peeling after a sunburn
I’m trying to think back how long ago it was that I actually purchased my first tube and I think it might have been my first visit and stay in Thailand that I was originally introduced to the cream. It cost me around $25-$30 and I remember being quite excited about how amazing it was going to make my skin.
The cream comes in a toothpaste style tube and actually kinda looks like toothpaste when you squeeze it out as it’s pink in color. It has a fragrance that’s been described as overpowering but I find it very pleasant. I think the scent is best described as fresh and floral but a little medicine-y as well if that makes sense.
It’s funny as to read the instructions the cream sounds like a really serious affair. They suggest using it only once a day only and proceeding to work up to twice a day (AM and PM). It almost sounds like it might be TOO strong to use twice daily that you have to gradually work into it. Bull. Sorry but personally I thought it was extremely gentle! It absorbs easily, hydrates my dry skin very nicely, and feels gentle enough to use twice daily without any issues. According to the instructions you should stop it if irritation occurs but I never experienced any issues and have been using it happily for years now with a hiccup. Of course, my skin is super dry sans any sensitives so if you’re sensitive to be aware should you try it.
So was it a miracle? Is your skin glowing now? Are you wrinkle free?
Honestly, aside from being a great day cream and a nice night cream my skin has never seen any other wow aspiring results and this is after using the product religiously for several months and now years later when I use it on and off again I still see no dramatic results or differences.
Results will vary I guess…
From ravings I heard most folks don’t have my skin type that have seen incredible results. They seem to have acne problems, acne scarring, etc…and have seen great results thanks to Vitacreme B12. I personally don’t have these issues. Mostly I was hopeful it would hydrate and ease dullness and perhaps be a great aid in the fight against aging skin. I can’t speak for the aging part but I will say it hydrates well but my dullness, well, it’s still sticking around.
Have I seen some incredible glow from Vitacreme B12?
Doubt I ever will.
Probably one of the most overhyped products I’ve tried in my makeup life.
Anyone ever try it?
What amazing results did you see?
Which not so amazing ones did you experience?
Do share some of your funniest experiments with overhyped beauty products!