We know that aging is a natural and inevitable process, but we also know that there are skincare products that can help us somewhat delay this process, or at the very least, not be so visible. Most of us concentrate all our anti-aging efforts on the face, but what about the rest of the body?
Crepe Erase is a brand that addresses anti-aging solutions for the body. It’s designed to deal with crepey skin, which is common when you age. However, Crepe Erase claims that its unique formulations can tighten skin and give it a youthful look.
So in this review, we aim to understand how the products work, if the products work, and whether they are a good option for you.
- Crepe Erase is a skincare brand that offers products for crepey skin, which is thin, loose, and often wrinkled skin.
- Its proprietary formula is called TruFirm®, which comprises three phytonutrients obtained from apples, dill, and sage.
- The company claims that their TruTruFirm® can fix crepey skin by increasing collagen and elastin. However, it’s only backed by small clinical trials.
- It offers two treatment systems (one for body and one for body+face) as well as many other products that all offer anti-crepey skin and hydration benefits.
- The prices are comparatively higher than many other anti-aging skincare products in the market.
- While you may or may not see quick skin firming benefits, Crepe Erase products are made from safe plant-based ingredients, so there’s little to no chance of side effects.
Crepe Erase Overview
Crepe Erase is a skincare company founded in 2014 by Bill Guthy and Greg Renker of Guthy-Renker, a direct marketing company from California. Its main focus is crepey skin by using natural ingredients that increase collagen and elastin production in the skin, making it firmer.
However, unlike many other anti-aging brands, Crepe Erase focuses on the entire body. Their products are for use on arms, legs, abdomen, and legs.
After launching, the company was even promoted by Jane Seymour. They have used infomercials, TV ads, and the power of social media for the promotion of the line. It’s still going pretty strong over the years, but Crepe Erase reviews are a bit polarizing online. The products largely have positive reviews, but the brand itself and its customer service have some bad reviews.
In terms of the formulation and ingredients, Crepe Erase does mention the ingredients but doesn’t tell the concentration of those actives. The Crepe Erase website does not even reveal where the company is based in.
It also has a subscription program where members receive monthly product supplies based on the skin treatment system they have opted for.
The products rely on a proprietary blend of three phytonutrients called TruFirm®. The three phytonutrients come from apple, dill, and sage.
All these are natural sources of phytonutrients that, according to the company, help prevent cell damage from free radicals. Dill, in particular, offers skin elasticity improving benefits, which is what TruFirm® is for.
Now, they have added some hydrating ingredients as well that include coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, beeswax, olive fruit extract, cotton thistle extract, and vitamin E.
What is Crepey Skin?
Before we talk about Crepe Erase and its products anymore, it’s important to understand what is crepey skin.
Crepey skin is thin and wrinkly, getting its name from crepe paper or fabric. It’s basically loose skin on the body, which is usually a result of aging. It’s more common in larger areas of the body but can also happen in smaller areas like under the eyes, where the skin is naturally very thin.
In addition to aging, crepey skin can also be caused by photodamage, excessive dryness, and even weight loss.
Crepe Erase Product Range
Crepe Erase basically offers two skin treatment systems. However, you can also buy the products in those systems separately. Also, over the years, they have added more products to their line that primarily focus on anti-aging benefits, particularly, skin firming.
The two body treatment systems are the Advanced 5-Piece Body + Face System and Advanced 2-Step Essentials System.
The former is a more elaborate treatment system with five distinct products for the face, neck, and body. On the other hand, the latter one is a more basic system designed to specifically deal with the crepey skin on the body. Both these systems are also available with membership.
The face products include Refining Facial Scrub, Restorative Facial Treatment, Flaw-Fix Eye Cream, and Overnight Facial Plumping Treatment.
The body products include Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment, Advanced Body Repair Treatment, Lift & Smooth Neck Firming Treatment, Toning & Tightening Body Serum, Anti-Aging Hand Repair Scrub, Anti-Aging Hand Repair Treatment, Renew & Smooth Hydrating Foot Mask, and Foot Peel.
Clearly, there are a lot of products in this skincare system, many of which target specific parts of the body. This does mean that to utilize the complete system, the cost can be quite high. However, the Advanced 2-Step Essentials System is a good place to start and see how these products fare for you before moving on to other products or the 5-Step regimen.
Does Crepe Erase Work?
Crepe Erase comes from a company that has mastered the art of marketing. So their campaigns for the promotion of this line from the very beginning have been pretty strong. And so have been the claims that this is a solution that ‘works.’
It also helps when you pick the perfect celebrity to endorse the product who so many of the target audience likes and aspires to be like. Yes, that’s Jane Seymour!
While we can definitely say that the tactics they have used for marketing the product work, the same cannot be said about the products because there is unreliable research.
The Crepe Erase claims are backed only by two studies, done with very small sample size. Also, these studies were arranged by Crepe Erase itself, so it’s not really an independent third-party study.
The first clinical trial involved 41 participants who used the Crepe Erase treatment system for 8 weeks. 100 percent of the participating women found their skin to be more youthful. That sounds a little too good to be true!
The other trial indicated 80 percent of women reported firmer skin at the end of the trial.
Most notably, the brand’s claims were challenged and investigated by the National Advertising Division (NAD). It presented many recommendations to the brand to make its advertisement and marketing more realistic and true to the product’s capabilities.
For instance, they asked them to use more realistic before and after photos. Similarly, they were asked by the NAD to stop saying that they are the ‘number one anti-aging system.’
All of those are some red flags, but that doesn’t mean that the products simply don’t work, as many customer reviews are quite positive about the product.
When it comes to skincare, it’s all about the ingredients anyways. So let’s take a closer look at the benefits Crepe Erase products claim to offer and whether the ingredients add up to deliver those benefits.
Crepe Erase says that its products smoothen and hydrate the skin, making it supple and soft. This is one claim that is more likely to be true because they use a lot of hydrating and moisturizing ingredients.
Some of the ingredients like olive oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter are well-known for their moisturizing benefits. Similarly, the main 2-Step Essentials Body Treatment System also contains rice bran wax which helps with exfoliation, which, in turn, softens the skin.
However, these ingredients can also be found in other, more economical products.
Collagen and Elastin Stimulation
Now, here’s the main claim of Crepe Erase that their Body Treatment Systems and the products in those systems boost collagen and elastin production. Collagen and elastin are proteins responsible for skin elasticity. The more of these proteins you have in the skin, the younger-looking skin you have.
Crepe Erase attributes TruFirm® to be the main source for this particular benefit. However, it doesn’t talk about exactly how it does that besides just talking about the phytonutrients obtained from three plant-based ingredients.
There isn’t much research about the anti-aging benefits, especially improvement in skin elasticity, of the three core ingredients of TruFirm® technology. However, this much is true that antioxidants are incredibly powerful when it comes to skin protection. They can fight free radicals that would otherwise result in skin cell damage.
Research has shown that antioxidants can prevent photodamage, that is, damage to the skin from UV. So as far as preventive measures are concerned, the TruFirm ingredients do fit the bill.
Other Aging Signs
Saggy skin is not the only aging problem we have to deal with. More than that, it’s the wrinkles that often appear early on. Most of the focus of their marketing efforts is on skin elasticity and that extends to wrinkles as well because firm skin leads to fewer wrinkles. It’s typically slacking collagen that results in these aging signs.
It’s hard to say that the products can reduce visible aging signs as quickly as they claim. There are not many well-researched and proven ingredients in the formula for this particular cause. For instance, retinol has been proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles with regular use.
The antioxidants can help prevent more of them from appearing by inhibiting the free radicals.
Crepe Erase Product Reviews
To better understand whether Crepe Erase works or not, let’s review the Crepe Erase products.
1. Crepe Erase 2-Step Essentials System
The Crepe Erase 2-Step Essentials System is a two-product combo that makes it easy to use their products in your skincare routine. You have a Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment and Advanced Body Repair Treatment.
These are made for use on the neck, hands, and legs to treat crepey skin on these body parts. The Pre-Treatment is designed to exfoliate the skin with AHA/BHA exfoliators. This helps prepare the skin for the main product.
The Advanced Body Repair Treatment comprises the TruFirm® complex and nine hydrating ingredients.
As far as the application goes, this treatment system is easy to incorporate into your skincare. It’s just two simple steps and takes the right approach of exfoliation followed by anti aging creams. The exfoliation does allow the skin to absorb the cream better. Plus, the many hydrating ingredients can help keep it well hydrated and moisturized.
The TruFirm® complex is supposed to increase collagen and elastin in the skin, hence making it firmer. However, as mentioned, the ingredients don’t directly increase production as such, so the results may not be as fast as Crepe Erase claims.
2. Crepe Erase 5-Piece Body + Face System
The Crepe Erase 5-Piece Body + Face System is a comprehensive skincare routine designed to treat crepey skin on the body as well as the face. The five products in this routine include:
- Body Smoothing Pre-Treatment
- Advanced Body Repair Treatment
- Refining Facial Scrub
- Restorative Facial Treatment
- Flaw-Fix Eye Cream
Needless to say that this five-step skincare routine requires commitment. The first two products are the same as the 2-step treatment and are for your body.
The other three are for the face. The Refining Facial Scrub is a physical exfoliator that can help increase cell turnover by getting rid of dead skin cells. This one also includes the TruFirm® complex.
The Restorative Facial Treatment is the main product for the face that’s supposed to increase skin elasticity and help with other aging signs through utilizing the skin regeneration benefits of phytonutrients in TruFirm®.
It does contain hydrating and moisturizing ingredients cocoa butter, coconut oil, and vitamin E. These ingredients can also somewhat help prevent further rapid skin aging by keeping it moisturized.
Lastly, the Flaw-Fix Eye Cream is for the under-eye crepey skin, which is probably the main crepey skin area, as it’s thin and prone to the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its key ingredient is the TruFirm® complex.
3. Crepe Erase Intensive Body Repair Treatment
The Crepe Erase Intensive Body Repair Treatment is for increasing skin elasticity as well as hydrating it for up to 48 hours. Its ingredient list is quite impressive, with a lot of natural hydrators and the company’s proprietary TruFirm® formula.
The other ingredients include squalane, coconut oil, olive oil, grape seed oil, vitamin E, and glycerides. All of these ingredients have hydration and moisturization benefits that can be good for skin that is getting drier by aging.
There aren’t any potent ingredients, as such as all of these come from plant sources. So this may also be suitable for sensitive skin.
This is a separate product for crepey skin, apart from the new treatment systems. If you want to give Crepe Erase a try one product at a time, the Intensive Body Repair Treatment can be a good option.
4. Crepe Erase Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion
The Crepe Erase Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion is another anti-aging product for the body. It contains powerful moisturizing ingredients like cocoa butter, shea butter, cotton thistle extract, and olive fruit extract.
It’s suitable for all skin types and can be a good option to incorporate some anti-aging properties in your moisturization routine for arms, legs, and neck. The packaging says it’s dermatologically tested for the purpose it’s designed for.
While you may or may not see visible differences in terms of the impact on aging signs in your skin (crepey skin), it can help it keep it hydrated and, therefore, prevent the onset of more aging signs.
More importantly, it’s especially useful for wintertime when skin gets even drier.
How Long Does Crepe Erase Take to Work?
Crepe Erase clinical studies may show that their products can work in a matter of weeks. However, it’s important to understand that when it comes to anti-aging products, patience is key. No product would work overnight to give you youthful skin.
Crepe Erase says on its website that people may see results in as little as 30 days.
So even if Crepe Erase’s formulas work as they say they do, it will take time to show results. You may not see crepey skin becoming a little firmer for weeks or even a couple of months.
60-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Now, this is something that gives Crepe Erase claims some credibility as the company offers a 60-day money-back guarantee. That’s more than enough time to try out their products and see if they work for you.
They even accept empty bottles and will give you a refund, so that makes their products a bit of a safe purchase. Considering that the treatment systems and products are pricey, the refund guarantee makes it worth trying.
Crepe Erase reviews online may only add to your confusion because some are incredibly positive while others call the line useless outright. While there’s not much reliable research to back the big claims that the company makes, it’s clear that they do use safe, natural ingredients that do impart some of the benefits they claim.
That all said, the products are a bit pricey, so you may want to take them for a test drive first. The best product from Crepe Erase is their 2-Step Advanced Essentials System, as it includes the main products you’ll be needing to treat crepey skin on your body.
If those products work for you, you can proceed to other products, including the 5-Piece Advanced Body + Face System that also includes products for your face.