As a beauty journalist who is obsessed with skincare, I can’t even begin to tell you all the various brands of creams, serums, and oils I’ve used over the years! From all-natural formulas to high-tech solutions, expensive luxury brands to small-batch independent labels, you name it, I’ve tried it! Of course, when I was younger, most of the products I used did a good job – after all, keeping youthful, wrinkle-free skin looking great isn’t hard, right? It was only when I hit my mid-thirties that I noticed they just weren’t working as well, and despite all the promises of amazing results, my skin was growing increasingly wrinkled – and I was growing increasingly frustrated! As someone who writes about these products for a living, I made it my mission to find an anti-wrinkle cream that works as well as it claims, so we could all stop wasting so much time and money!
After having gone through at least 25 different products without much success and becoming more disillusioned with the skincare industry by the day, I came across Stemuderm, an anti-wrinkle cream made by a company called Solvaderm. While I was immediately impressed by the sleek and stylish bottle with its super-cool pump dispenser, nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to experience – in short, my search for the ultimate wrinkle eraser was finally over!
It’s no exaggeration to say that I knew from the first time I used Stemuderm that this was unlike any product I’d ever tried before – and remember, I’ve been through a lot over the years! Rich and creamy, with a light, natural scent, the Stemuderm formula strikes the perfect balance of leaving my skin soft and dewy without any greasiness, and for someone like me with combination skin, I felt like I’d hit the jackpot! It hydrated all the dry, rough areas, such as my cheeks and around my eyes, but I didn’t have to worry about it clogging my pores or adding excess oil on my forehead, nose, or chin.
And the effect it had on my wrinkles? Don’t worry, I’m getting to that!
After just three weeks of using Stemuderm morning and night, the ‘eleven’ lines between my brows were way less prominent and the laugh lines around my mouth were barely visible – and that was in less than a month!
In my research about Stemuderm, I’d read that in addition to reducing existing signs of aging, it also prevents further damage by inhibiting facial contractions that lead to the development of lines and wrinkles, which is exactly how Cosmetic Injections work. Now, this really piqued my interest – could a skincare cream really produce the same muscle-relaxing effects without the pain, downtime, and cost of cosmetic injections? For the answers, I went straight to the source and contacted Dr. Irwin Grams, the man responsible for developing the remarkable Stemuderm formula (and officially my new hero!). Dr. Grams has over 40 years of experience with the
Open, honest, and friendly, Dr. Grams was more than happy to chat about Stemuderm, and explain to me what it is that makes this incredible treatment so superior to all the other products I’d tried.
It’s such a pleasure to talk with you today, Dr. Grams. Before we get down to business, can you let my readers know a little about your role at Solvaderm?
Absolutely – and thank you for inviting me to this Q&A! I am the Chief Scientific Officer in the Research and Development department at Miami based world renowned cosmetic laboratory – Cosmetic Solutions and I’m fortunate enough to have been working with Solvaderm for approximately 10 years now. In this time, I’ve seen some very exciting developments in the skincare industry, especially in the area of anti-aging.
With your background and experience, you understand the types of problems we have as our skin ages. Is that what made you want to get into the field of R&D?
Yes, that’s right. I know that aging skin affects an individual not just physically, but emotionally too. While we may all think we’ll be happy growing old ‘gracefully’, the reality is that it can be extremely distressing when you start seeing these lines and wrinkles appearing!
I hear you! That’s why I was so excited to discover Stemuderm, a product that does exactly what it claims to do! How were you able to create such an effective formula, when so many other skincare companies fail?
Well, it certainly wasn’t created overnight! We spent many, many years testing and perfecting our cream to ensure that it was good enough to put the Solvaderm name on. I’ve heard way too many stories about skincare creams that either only treated one or two signs of aging or didn’t work at all and I was determined that our formula would be different, which is why it makes me so happy when I hear customers like you telling me how much they love it!
I know the ground-breaking formula in Stemuderm includes several peptides and many of them have long complicated names! Can you tell us in simple terms exactly what they do?
We use a number of powerful peptides in our formula and were very careful in selecting those that worked specifically on different areas of the aging process, for example Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 and Acetyl Glutamyl Heptapeptide-1, which inhibit repetitive wrinkle-causing muscle contractions, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide for helping strengthen the skin and making it more resistant to damaging stressors, and Pentapeptide-3 & Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, collectively known as Matrixyl 3000, which are essential for stimulating the production of the skin-firming proteins collagen and elastin. It’s important to note too that while each one has potent properties on its own, they work synergistically, enhancing the overall benefits of the formula.
So, by preventing repetitive facial muscle contractions, Stemuderm really does work in a similar way to cosmetic injections?
Yes, when those contractions are inhibited, wrinkles won’t develop in all the highly expressive areas on the face such as across the forehead, between the eyebrows, and around the mouth. The difference is, with Stemuderm the face won’t appear unnaturally ‘frozen’ as it often does with neurotoxin injections, just beautifully relaxed, smooth, and refreshed.
I keep hearing about how plant-based growth enzymes have revolutionized the skincare industry and that Solvaderm was one of the first companies to start using them in their formulas, including Stemuderm. Tell me more!
It’s no exaggeration to say that plant-based growth enzymes, such as the Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture in Stemuderm, have indeed been a game-changer! As you may know, they were originally discovered in a rare Swiss apple which was observed to have remarkable self-preserving properties, and scientists found that when used in skincare formulations, they had an incredibly positive effect on the health and longevity of human skin cells. Numerous clinical studies have been performed on the Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture, including one where 100% of participants saw a significant decrease in wrinkle depth within just 28 days. With results like that, it was a no-brainer for us to start using them as soon as we could and I’m extremely proud that we were among the first companies to embrace this exciting new anti-aging ingredient!
Well, there’s no doubt that Stemuderm contains some highly impressive ingredients that reduce wrinkles and prevent further damage! But one thing that really impressed me was that Stemuderm almost immediately made my skin feel incredibly soft, and even worked on reducing areas of redness on my cheeks.
Yes, I’ve heard many people say the same thing – they love all the additional benefits Stemuderm has for their skin! As I mentioned, in developing the formula we wanted to make sure it addressed multiple issues, which is why we included what is deemed to be the most effective skin hydrating ingredient available, Hyaluronic Acid, plus several nourishing moisturizers such as Squalane, Jojoba Seed Oil, and Apricot Kernel Oil which, being a powerful anti-inflammatory, you have to thank for the reduction of redness.
Most skincare products that contain such an optimal amount of high-quality ingredients cost at least double the price of Stemuderm. How did you manage to keep it at the very reasonable cost?
It was really important to us that we not only made a treatment that produced visible results in minimal time but was also offered at a price that wouldn’t put it out of reach for the average consumer. Our goal as a company is to help our customers achieve healthy skin and that means making our products as affordable as possible, so they will be customers of ours for years to come.
That’s awesome! I’m sure many of the people reading this will really appreciate that. Before we finish, do you have any other words of advice on what we should be doing to protect our skin against signs of aging?
Well, in addition to using Stemuderm, I would suggest adding a good quality antioxidant-rich serum into your routine, that will reduce free radical damage and slow the skin aging process. Regular exfoliation is essential too and I’m always surprised by how many people skip this important step! Using one that contains gentle natural fruit acids, not only helps boost brightness by ridding the skin of dead cell buildup but will accelerate cellular turnover and help your other skincare formulas penetrate more easily. In turn, this allows them to work more effectively, which is something many people don’t realize.
That’s great advice! Thank you so much, Dr. Grams, for taking the time to talk to me and for providing such valuable information about Stemuderm – it’s truly worked wonders on my skin, and I have no doubt it will do the same for everyone who, after reading this, will try it for themselves!