Why are so many antiaging face creams so expensive?


When Forbes magazine reviewed the world’s most expensive age-defying facial products, they found that the average price of the top ten products on their list cost $402 per ounce. That’s 7,500 percent more than the price of products sold at most drug and grocery stores. What makes these products so expensive? Other than hype and heavy marketing (that you pay for!), many include exotic (read: expensive) ingredients like caviar, crushed pearls, and extracts from rare plants from remote terrain. Antioxidants like grape-seed extract, chamomile oils, and alpha lipoic acid—all of which are touted to fight the free radicals that ravage skin tissue—also drive up the price. Add to that the customized cell messenger proteins, which allegedly stimulate cell growth and which I think are bogus, and you’ve got yourself a spendy package.

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Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD

Like most other aspects of beauty and fashion, price is subjective. Often it has more to do with marketing and pretty packaging than what's inside, even though advertising touts the ingredients as miracle workers. Manufacturers tell you that the price is high because the ingredients are exotic and precious (rare Japanese seaweed, shark cartilage, argan oil from Morocco, Arctic cranberries) or bioengineered synthetic copies of natural elements (amino acids harvested from human placenta, growth factors cultivated from the breast milk of cows or from fetal foreskin). There are some pretty bizarre ingredients (usually they are analogs, or man-made duplicates of the real thing) that push the price up, and the more outlandish the more expensive.

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