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Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D. Pharmacist & Creator of BioRenew Skincare

Exposed! A REAL Nu Skin ageLOC Product Review

by RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D.

Nu Skin ageLOC

Scam or breakthrough science?

Is Nu Skin a scam? Finally, you can read a non-biased, scientific review of the Nu Skin ageLOC™ secret.

I’m sure you’ve seen it before. You think you are reading an objective third party review of NuSkin ageLOC™ products. After a few paragraphs, you find that this “product review” is nothing more than a sales pitch from a Nu Skin agent.

I’ll cut through all the slogans and tell you the ingredient behind ageLOC™ science.

As a pharmacist, I was fascinated with the claims of ageLOC™ science that targets the “Youth Gene Clusters” and returns youthful skin and collagen growth. For all the claims about advanced science, I was really frustrated at how elusive some common facts were on their website.

  • What is the name of the ageLOC™ ingredient?
  • What does it actually do for the skin?
  • When and how was it discovered?

But finally, I found it! Hidden in the bowels of the website was a reference to a scientific presentation about the ingredient behind the slogan.

What I found behind the hype will probably shock you.

The ageLOC™ technology that supposedly targets “youth gene clusters” is nothing more than a well known aspirin-like compound called Salicin. It is an extract from willow bark that has been around for ages. It was used by physicians and apothecaries for centuries to alleviate anything from headaches, lower back pain, and menstrual cramps.

“So are you saying that the proprietary ageLOC™ technology is just an old apothecary extract called Salicin?” Yep! Although other ingredients are present in ageLOC™ products, Salicin is the main ingredient cited in their clinical trials.

So we need to ask ourselves, does the following ageLOC description from their website seem to be an accurate portrayal of the ingredient or an overstatement?

“ageLOC™—proprietary Nu Skin® technology that targets arSuperMarkers, the ultimate sources of aging.”

I’ll show you how to avoid getting scammed.

Although many companies claim to have the secret to the fountain of youth, most of it is what I call MARKETING.

Forget about trademarked slogans!

Here are three easy questions to ask to ensure that you are getting the best product:

  1. What is the name of the active anti-aging compound?
  2. What concentration is in the formulation?
  3. What scientific studies support that ingredient?

For more information on choosing the right products, download my free guide “How to Spot Effective Skin Care in 60 Seconds or Less”.

Will Nu Skin ageLOC technology work?

It seems likely that Salicin is similar to many other botanical ingredients that improve the quality of your skin. In all honesty, it probably does benefit the appearance of your skin to some degree. But more than likely, other ingredients in the formulation provide the most rejuvenation benefits.

You may also be interested in BioRenew Skincare products


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Activated Firming Plasma

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Feel free to comment or email me with questions.

About the Author: Rick Rhoads, Pharm.D. is a compounding pharmacist and creator of BioRenew Skincare. To get a free sample of advanced anti aging skin care, send us a request here!

{ 341 comments… read them below or add one }

Nina July 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm

I’m from Indonesia and I was interested by your review regarding Nu SKin because just yesterday I was demonstrated anti aging products by one of the Nu Skin’s agent. I cannot be convince easily and I prefer to make my own research. So can you tell me further about the quality of their anti aging products or lead me to some links.
By the way did you have network in Indonesia


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. July 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hi Nina,

Thanks for the question. I understand your concern with Nu Skin. I don’t have any links to other reviews, however I have spoken to people who use the products. I think that most of their products are actually decent. It seems that their marketing hype overly embellishes what the science actually does. One of our pharmacists uses some of the products and he has seen some good results. Personally, I think they are really over-priced but the products aren’t bad…I’ve seen worse. I’m not sure I would pay several hundred dollars a month for them.

We don’t currently have a network in Indonesia for our BioRenew products. If you know someone who is interested in importing them, let us know.

Have a great day!



DAVID CLARK June 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

A study of analyst recommendations at the major brokerages shows that NU Skin Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: NUS) is the #9 broker analyst pick among those stocks screened by The Online Investor for strong stock buyback activity. To make that list, a stock must have repurchased at least 5% of its outstanding shares over the trailing twelve month period. In forming the rank, the analyst opinions from the major brokerage houses were tallied, and averaged; then, the list of stocks with strong buyback activity was ranked according to those averages.


Amy November 14, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Nina, it’s better if you check the science of NuSkin. I had the chance visiting their laboratory and was amazed at the 30 year research this company invested in discovering why and how we age. Search Youth Gene Cluster science to bring you to their website. I had Fibromyalgia after my accident 5 years ago. Lifepak Nano and Vitality of NuSkin helped me after trying all medicines such as Lyrica, Savella, Amitriptilin, etc. It’s been a year since I was taking these NuSkin products. I am managing my pain and fatigue. And I look younger too.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 14, 2012 at 3:28 pm

I would agree with your suggestion to do your own research. I am just suggesting that you look at other sources besides Nu Skin sponsored sites. Be very careful of websites that claim to be third party but only site talking points. This doesn’t further your knowledge and understanding of the product when they are saying the same thing as the website.

Personal testimonies are very powerful though. Thank you for sharing your experience, Amy.


Libby February 21, 2013 at 9:41 am

I agree with Amy. Just as you’re cautioning people to check other sources…you should pitch yours with equal caution given you’re promoting/selling competitive products.
I think getting first hand knowledge -like Amy – is the most accurate and then judge for yourself


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 21, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Yes, first hand experience is important. You also have to look at the marketing claims. They seem to say more than “these products make you look younger”. Any hint of genetic modification or expression should be scrutinized.

Kristina March 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

Hi Amy,
I have a friend who suffers from fibromyalgia. Should I recommend the LifePak Nano & Vitality to her? Did only these help you specifically or are there other vitamins that might help as well? I currently don’t work for NuSkin or anything; NuSkin vitamins have literally saved my life & I would like to help my friend in any way I can. Thank you!


Thea August 5, 2013 at 12:34 pm

If your friend suffers from fibromyalgia please recommend the aie/10 to her. It is an amazing product and I can send you literature on it and how it has helped others suffering from the same illness. If you care for information you can email me.


Garfield March 6, 2014 at 8:18 am


I am a Nuskin Rep and I also suffer from Fibro – the other item that is helpful is reshimax from Nuskin. Please take a look at the site and you can review many products for yourself. Livinglifehappy.nsproducts.com


Ana April 14, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I’m sure their vitamins are great and all, but you really have to do a whole lifestyle change in order to get rid of your fibromyalgia, there is a lot of other natural supplements out there, that probably exceed Nu skin nano life pack, their juice or vitamins. Sometimes what you really need is a whole lifestyle change and that includes a detox diet, exercise, clean food along with supplementation.


Sumner Berg July 2, 2014 at 8:45 pm

If one has an auto-immune system problem as I had I would be looking into Low Dose Naltrexone. It is along story but I will make it short. I got sick a bout 5 years ago and was diagnosed as having rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia and was just put on anti-depressants and Oxycontin. As all my problems started by being sick I tried to get a doctor to put me on a therapeutic probe following the Marshall’s protocol (Google it). I culoldn’t get any doctor to help me and gave up. It would have been a hard procedure to follow anyway. THEN I came across Low Dose Naltrexone and found a doctor who had a patient on LDN who was doing quite well and he wrote me out a script to a compound pharmacy. I had to be off opiates for 10 days but now have been on LDN for about 4 months and I am a new person. I’ll just let you explore: http://www.lowdosenaltrexone.org and see what you think. I swear by it as what it has done for me.


Alice May 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

Every Nu Skin Distributor come along with his own story what proplems he/she has had in former, and how fabulous some special creation from Nu Skin has helped them and just Nu Skin and nothing else on the planet is so genious, so magnificient, so extraorinary. But I know it from inside-dear Nina!
And I tell you, that the most important incrediant in every Nu Skin Product is Hope. Hope, I will get rich, if I can find me quite a few to gull. Therefore I say anything they want me to say. Like in “The Emporor´s New Clothes” -if you know eventually this fairy-tail. The Emporor was naked, but everyone in the audience hailed towards him: My God what showy clothes his royal highness wears, Oh God -Oh God- he is shining! This went untill a little Girl in the Crowd finally shouted: Mom, why is this man naked?
And do you know, why nobody else in the crowd dared to say the thruth, even though they of course saw he was naked? They had been told, that this showy clothes can only see, who is intelligent. Read it Nina:-) and than compare the incrediants from Vitality and Life Pack , f.e. with Multi´s from Natures Plus and you will see that in Vitality are the same incrediants as in hundreds of other health supplements what just cost a fraction. But I´m sure you know that, but you are allready lurking for some uninformed to sell them your become-rich-business. If you are successful and rich you ought to go to a cosmetic surgeon and after you have your super ficial myofacial lifting done and you look younger than ever, you can display it again as the miracle what a Nu Skin Product caused. I recommend “Future Serum” from Nu Skin.


Glen May 20, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Alice, ‘The Emporers New Clothes’ it’s such a strange analogy to use when referring to your experience with NuSkin products. I suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for a long time and no matter what doctors prescribed or recommended, nothing seemed to work. 18 months ago I was asked by a friend to try NuSkin’s ‘Vitality’ and after doing my due diligence, I found out some very interesting information on the main ingredients.
You are grossly mistaken with your claims that Cordyceps Sinensis is in hundreds of other manufacturers’ products. It is in fact very, very rare and is limited to a handful of manufactures who have the science to utilise its’ benefits.
You may ask why am I advocating ‘Vitality’? Well, the answer is simple. ‘Vitality’ has eliminated my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, much to the amazement of several doctors who had been hellbent on prescribing a multitude of prescription drugs. I’ve even conducted my own clinical study and stopped taking it for a month. In the third week of going withou ‘Vitality’, all the symptoms of CFS were returning, yet when i took ‘Vitality’ again, they soon went.
I implore whoever reads this to look into thing as I did!


Nori July 29, 2013 at 6:29 pm

Hi Glen, I really would like to hear more about your experience with Vitality. Is there way to reach you directly?

Thomas August 4, 2014 at 7:26 pm

Girl, you’re just simply lack of basic vitamins and minerals which cause by your everyday eating habit. Stop being superstition and start looking at the fact. the fact that you’re just taking overpricing vitamins & minerals.

SADORMAXIME June 18, 2013 at 10:41 am

To attract and retain the next generation of talented individuals, companies must develop effective ways of living their values.

By Lynda Gratton

(TheMIX)– What is it that you most want to change about corporations? That’s the question I put to my elective program at London Business School, and here are three deep frustrations that the 50 students shared:

Corporations don’t do as they say. We’ve all had a friend start a new job and report back, “it’s nothing like I thought it would be.” This resonated strongly with my students, who felt that corporations go to great lengths to attract them with strong value propositions; but once they join, these values are nowhere to be seen.

Employees aren’t empowered to change the way things are done. My students felt that corporations don’t give employees at all levels of the firm the ability to challenge the way things are done and propose new ways of working. This stifles innovation at big corporations and contributes to employee turnover.

Leaders aren’t accountable to their teams. While most students had heard of leaders “turning the pyramid upside down,” few of those working in large corporations had experienced this in a practical sense. They felt that traditional management structures still prevail and that leaders are rarely held to account by their employees.

Over the course of a week, and with the help of a series of guest executives, we explored how corporations are beginning to respond to these frustrations. One example students found particularly interesting was Standard Chartered Bank’s commitment to living up to its corporate values. Marianne Mwaniki, head of social and economic impact at the bank, talked through one of their most successful initiatives.

The UK-based multinational bank states its brand promise as being ‘Here for good…sticking by clients and customers through good times and bad, and always trying to do the right thing.’

To really live up to its brand promise, Standard Chartered felt it needed to fully understand the effect of its activities on the countries in which it operates. In 2010, it became the first in its industry to carry out a comprehensive socio-economic impact assessment in Ghana, one of its key markets. The results were astounding: the bank’s direct impact on Ghana’s economy through paying taxes, creating jobs, and buying goods and services contributed around $55 million of additional value. Better still, its indirect and induced impact, mainly through companies and households spending the money it lent them, dwarfed this, amounting to $400 million, or 2.6% of Ghana’s GDP.

These findings helped Standard Chartered understand its influence on Ghana’s economy, and it showed stakeholders that the bank was truly striving to fulfill its brand promise. For my MBA class, the bank’s desire to measure its impact was a great example of how companies can do as they say, building accountability and demonstrating their values in the process.

The message is clear: to attract and retain the next generation of talented individuals, companies must develop effective ways of living their values. This is one of the many challenges the CIPD/MIX “Adaptability Advantage” hackathon is trying to address. The hackathon is now underway, with nearly 1,000 progressive HR practitioners and thinkers from around the world working to make all organizations more adaptable. It’s not too late to join.

Lynda Gratton is professor of management practice at London Business School and the founder of the Hot Spots Movement.


LeBao May 12, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Hi all
The Nuskin anti-aging products can bring good health and youth
To receive a discount of 30% up to 43% on all products. Just register as a Nu Skin distributor. Go to nuskin’s website(wvvw.nuskin.com), Choose country, Click “sign up” then “individual” and write my sponsor distributor ID: VN3077900 Fill in the rest of the from and start saving on all products. We would like to tell you more about Nuskin! Let me know how I can help! lebao.nuskin@gmail.com


Beenarai Velu December 28, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Hi LeBao,

Just curious to know more abt registering to become a distributor. How much do I have to spend. I would like to be a consumer rather than doing business.I am a night shift worker in my mid 40s and would like to be on some vitamins. Happen to come to this site .Pls let me know.


Lily January 9, 2014 at 1:33 pm

Hi Beenarai Velu,

You don’t have to become a distributor. You can just register as a preferred customer and you might want to create an ADR account (AUTOMATIC DELIVERY REWARDS) which allows you to order with an extra discount. ADR account order will be shipped monthly; you can manage your ADR account, like change orders, delivery date and other information. You also can skip 3 times ADR delivery each year. As a preferred customer, the minimum requirement to keep the ADR account is 100PSV which is about $100.

You might go to go to Nuskin directly https://www.nuskin.com/en_US/home.html, click on “Ready to Sign Up” at the up right corner, Sign up as a Customer and enter sponsor ID: US00145446

I could register it for you too. Just give me your name and email address. For more information, please email me at lilynz60@yahoo.com


SADORMAXIME June 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Nu Skin and the short-sellers

The $2 billion multilevel marketer in Utah — with ties to Mitt Romney — says its skin-care and nutritional products can delay aging. But short-sellers and a couple of angry ex-husbands are taking the company on, and they’re not being quiet about it.

By Peter Elkind with Doris Burke

FORTUNE — “Has anybody seen our stock price lately? How high did we trade today? Anybody know?”

Truman Hunt, the impeccably groomed CEO of Nu Skin Enterprises (NUS), a multilevel-marketing merchant of skin creams and nutritional products, was playing the tease. Spotlighted at center stage in the Utah Jazz’s Salt Lake City arena in late October a year ago, Hunt was evangelizing to 13,000 rapt distributors at Nu Skin’s biennial convention.

Everything was clicking for the company. Revenue and profits were soaring, thanks to what Nu Skin calls a “revolutionary” new “super-class” of anti-aging products it claims can arrest the ravages of time. The company’s chief scientific officer had gone so far as to proclaim them a “fountain of youth.”

Even Nu Skin’s stock, which had traded below its 1996 IPO price for nearly its entire existence, had finally taken off, rising more than 500% in less than three years. “Today we traded over $50!” Hunt exulted. Holding up a hand to hush the roaring crowd, he added, “Now, don’t get too used to that number because we’re going to be there very briefly on our road to $150!”

It was an extraordinary bit of hype, and hubris, from a CEO. And as moments of hubris sometimes are, it was followed by a series of events — alternately ominous and absurd — that have quickly taken Nu Skin from a roaring business success on a sharply upward trajectory to a company whose future looks considerably murkier.

MORE: Avon — the rise and fall of a beauty icon

The threat was easy to laugh off initially because it arrived in the chiseled forms of two angry former trophy husbands of Nu Skin co-founder Sandie Tillotson, 56. One is an ex-stripper with the stage name Dirty Dalton, who favored a 20-foot bullwhip as his principal accouterment; the other, a 6-foot-7 Dutch model, B-movie actor, and Arnold Schwarzenegger impersonator. Both men are promoting scathing memoirs, alleging unsavory behavior by Tillotson and the company. Tillotson resigned from Nu Skin’s board in May but remains a senior vice president. She has fought back ferociously, attempting to have one ex thrown in jail and smacking the other with a $60 million lawsuit.

All of that would have been just a mortifying sideshow were the B-movie actor not in league with a band of investors betting on the decline of Nu Skin’s stock. For months now, short-sellers have been circling, casting a harsh spotlight on the company’s practices and product claims, which have landed it in trouble before. Company shares have slipped from a 12-month high of $62 and settled near $44.

If that weren’t enough, the feds have gotten interested lately in the puffery of Nu Skin’s competitors. In September and October, respectively, the Food and Drug Administration sent warning letters regarding claims about anti-aging skin-care products made by L’Oréal and Avon (AVP). In case Nu Skin wasn’t on the FDA’s radar, a short-seller helpfully wrote the agency and suggested it scrutinize Nu Skin too.

This simply isn’t a moment when the company can avoid being noticed. Its ties to a number of politicians with Mormon or Utah pedigrees, including presidential nominee Mitt Romney, have brought further attention recently.

Nu Skin is a paradox, an enterprise that purports to have a higher calling even as it makes breathtaking claims for what are known in the industry as “lotions and potions,” and dangles dreams of lucre for those who sell its products. Similarly, the personal peccadilloes of one or more of its founders provide a stark contrast to the wholesome image the company tries to convey. At root, though, the story of Nu Skin is one of a striking ascent, a precipitous fall, and an even more dramatic comeback. Will a company that has managed to rise twice now tumble a second time?

Multilevel marketing has long battled a reputation as sleazy, given to bogus claims about overpriced products and the easy fortunes that can be made. But Nu Skin has always presented itself as different. When it was founded in 1984, it promised “all of the good and none of the bad.” Its leaders aspired to become “the IBM” of its industry, establishing a “gold standard” for professionalism. It maintains the same stance today, with its slogan, “The difference. Demonstrated.”


ANGELA MUNGAI June 18, 2013 at 10:52 am

Actions speak louder than words

Japan leader says action is the best medicine

Tsunehiko Baba, one of Japan’s top Nu Skin leaders, believes in the power of action.

“I think everyone has times when they don’t feel good or are sick. When that happens, you can change how you feel by pretending to be energetic,” he says. “It is important for leaders to use positive words all the time. By using positive language and taking positive action, everything can be turned into positive. Even when you are in a difficult situation, you can change your state of mind by talking positively. When your mind changes, your behavior will change, and then the whole situation will change. When all group members talk to each other in a positive manner, it will help your group achieve significant growth.”

Baba Tsunehiko 1-1

Baba-san, who loves challenges, has a private pilot license.
He flies Cessna and enjoys cruising in the sky with families and friends.

Taking action has helped Baba overcome all sorts of challenges. Now age 37, Baba is one of the youngest, most successful Nu Skin leaders in Japan. When he joined Nu Skin, he was aware of those doing the same business around him. Baba considered them his rivals and stayed competitive by making sure he was working harder than anybody else.

“My success today is largely because I was surrounded by a group of people who always worked hard. This environment has motivated me to compete,” he says. “I have a competitive mind—that’s how I do business.”

Baba is currently competing by creating “Nu Skin 2.0” in Japan, which he describes as building a new training system that will have a broad reach throughout Japan and skyrocket sales of the anti-aging product line.

“Systems help create business members,” he says. “With simple and effective systems, anyone can join.”

Baba has come a long way since 1998, when he joined Nu Skin and struggled to produce successful distributors in his downline. Gradually, he changed his mindset and he realized he needed a “chemical reaction” to occur within his whole team, rather than doing everything by himself. He began to depend on others for energy rather than being the sole source of ideas, direction, and motivation. Then, the whole team changed through a synergy of talents, and Baba began to produce many successful distributors. He believes everyone has talents, but that many people do not know their own talents. It is important for leaders to discover and develop talents within each group member.

After adopting this mindset, Baba created a Team Elite[i] for the first time in his organization. He says he was even happier at that time than when he himself achieved that status. Since then, Baba’s group has gone on to have even more success.

“Our success today is not due to my personal talent, but the result of synergetic effects produced by the combination of individual talents,” he says.

Synergy and success are two words Baba has pursued throughout his life. Prior to Nu Skin, he worked for a used clothing shop as a way to test some of his business ideas. His goal was to take the shop from the worst clothing shop in the area to the number-one store, so he reduced the space used to showcase clothes and made room for artists to exhibit and sell their works. The artists invited many to come see their exhibits, and in turn, these new customers saw the clothes. Sales increased for Baba’s clothing shop, as did media attention.

“In the clothes store, I made the habit of being innovative, creating ideas, and acting on those ideas,” Baba says.

Those traits translated to his Nu Skin business, where Baba named his group “Improve” because he wants his team to always adjust to changes in their environment and always be improving their approach and their results.

“When I face challenges, I feel lucky because I consider it an opportunity to improve,” he says.

“Just dwelling on problems does not help solve them. It is a waste of time, so I make it a habit to always take action. Success can be built on a positive mindset, and I believe I can overcome challenges if I find the right way to tackle them.”

Baba says finding solutions is often best during alone time. During his one-on-one time, he thinks through upcoming actions he plans to take.

“It is important how you spend time when you are alone—constant personal growth is the key,” he says.

And that growth is fueled by positive thoughts and actions. The Nu Skin culture is a magnet for positive minds, and the energy affected Baba. He felt motivated to take positive action, which created an unending source of motivation.

“If you keep a positive attitude and always talk positively, your actions change,” Baba says.

Baba’s actions speak louder than words to his downline.

[i] To qualify for any pin level you must meet all requirements of the Sales Compensation Plan, including retail sales. There are no bonuses paid for recruiting. All bonuses and commissions are paid only when qualifying products are sold. There are no guarantees of financial success. For a complete summary of the Sales Compensation Plan, please contact the company at 800-487-1000 or go to


TIIESHA DORSEY June 18, 2013 at 10:59 am

Nu Skin Enterprises

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Nu Skin Enterprises

NuSkin 2008 logo.svg


Traded as

Personal care, nutraceuticals


Blake Roney, Steve Lund, Sandie Tillotson, Nedra Roney

Provo, Utah, United States

Area served

Key people
Steve Lund (Chairman)
M. Truman Hunt (President, CEO, and Director)
Ritch N. Wood (Vice President and CFO)[1]

Increase US$ 2.170 billion (2012)[2]

Operating income
Increase US$ 340.844 million (2012)[2]

Net income
Increase US$ 221.645 million (2012)[2]

Total assets
Increase US$ 1.153 billion (2012)[2]

Total equity
Increase US$ 590.612 million (2012)[2]

3,733 (Dec 2012)[2]


Coordinates: 40.233437°N 111.660171°W

Headquarters in Provo, Utah
Nu Skin Enterprises is an American direct selling and multilevel marketing company which develops and sells personal care products and dietary supplements (under the Pharmanex brand).[3] Nu Skin was founded in 1984 in Provo, Utah.[4] The company originated in the U.S. and began its first international operation in Canada in 1990. One year later, the company began operations in Asia with the opening of Hong Kong.[5] In 1996 the company listed on the New York Stock Exchange. The company markets its products in 53 international markets through a network of approximately 950,000 independent distributors.[2]

In the 1990s, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) investigated Nu Skin over complaints of its multilevel marketing practices.[6] In 1992, Nu Skin reached settlements with 5 states which had accused the company of deceptive advertising and overstating the income earned by distributors.[7] In 1994, following an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the company paid $1 million and signed a consent decree prohibiting it from making deceptive or unsubstantiated claims about its products.[8] In 1997, the company paid an additional $1.5 million to the FTC to settle ongoing allegations of unsubstantiated promotional claims.[9]

In 2010, Nu Skin was listed among Forbes “100 Most Trustworthy Companies”.[10] Nu Skin maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).[11]

[hide] 1 Brands and products
2 Business model and sponsorships
3 Corporate social responsibility
4 Scrutiny and reception 4.1 Evaluation of supplements

5 Political activities
6 References
7 External links

Brands and products[edit]

Under the Nu Skin and Pharmanex brands, the company develops and sells more than 200 personal care products marketed as helping people look and feel younger.[12]

In the late 1990s, Nu Skin invested in Big Planet, a multi-level marketing company selling Internet services. The New York Times noted that Big Planet appeared to recruit people “even if they have little knowledge of the technology that they are supposed to be selling.” A representative of the company stated: “I believe people who have never touched a computer before can become hugely wealthy in this business.”[6]

In 1996, Nu Skin acquired Pharmanex, a dietary-supplement company.[13] A portion of proceeds from some product lines is donated internally to the Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation.[14]

In 2009, Nu Skin began working with LifeGen Technologies, a genomics company based in Madison, Wisconsin,[15] Nu Skin acquired LifeGen in December, 2011. LifeGen’s genetic database aided in the development of Nu Skin’s products, launching the ageLOC brand.[16]

Business model and sponsorships[edit]

Nu Skin Enterprises’ business model combines direct selling with multi-level marketing. Each distributor markets products directly to potential customers, and can also recruit and train customers to become distributors. Distributors are paid from the retail markup on products they are able to sell personally, as well as a performance bonus based on the sales of distributors they have recruited.[17] Nu Skin states that it pays approximately 43 percent of its product revenue in sales compensation.[18]

Since the beginning of the 1992–93 professional basketball season, Nu Skin has sponsored the Utah Jazz Dancers.[19] Nu Skin also sponsors the Brigham Young University athletic program and the America’s Freedom Festival at Provo, one of the nation’s largest Independence Day celebrations.[20][21][22]

Corporate social responsibility[edit]

The Force for Good Campaign was introduced in conjunction with the Nu Skin Epoch product line in 1996.[23][unreliable source?] A donation of 25 cents from the sale of each Epoch product is directed to preserve environments, languages, lifestyles, and traditions of indigenous people around the world.[24]

Overhead and administrative costs for the Force for Good Foundation are paid for by Nu Skin, ensuring that all donations made to the Force for Good Foundation go directly to those receiving aid.[25][not in citation given] The Nu Skin Force for Good Foundation is based in Provo, Utah and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the United States.[26]

Scrutiny and reception[edit]

In the early 1990s, Nu Skin was investigated by the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan over allegations of misleading marketing practices.[7] Ultimately, in 1992 the company settled with 5 of these states, admitting no wrongdoing but agreeing to pay the states’ investigative costs, refund disgruntled distributors, and revamp its promotional practices.[27][28][29][30] However, the Connecticut Attorney General did not agree to those terms and sued Nu Skin, charging the company with misleading its distributors and operating a pyramid scheme.[7][31][32] Nu Skin admitted to no wrongdoing or violation of law and paid Connecticut $85,000 for consumer-protection programs as part of a settlement.[33]

In 1997, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania sued Nu Skin, alleging that the company operated a pyramid scheme through a subsidiary, QIQ Connections. The Attorney General’s office alleged that distributors paid for the right to market technology services which did not, in fact, exist. Nu Skin discontinued the QIQ subsidiary, allowing those who had paid QIQ to transition to Big Planet, another Nu Skin interest marketing Internet technology. The president of Big Planet described the pyramid-scheme allegations as a matter of “a few distributors who in their enthusiasm have been overzealous in some of their marketing activities.”[6]

In 2012, Stanford University sent a cease and desist letter to halt the use of the name of one of its researchers in Nu Skin’s advertising claims.[34]Stanford later released a statement regarding its long-standing, research-based relationship with Nu Skin explaining that the letter was sent to Nu Skin as a request by Stuart Kim, PhD, a professor at Stanford. Kim requested in the letter that his name be removed from Nu Skin’s marketing materials as he is no longer involved with research funded by Nu Skin, however, the letter did not recognize the existing research relationship between Stanford and Nu Skin. Stanford apologized for any misunderstandings that may have resulted.[35] At the same time, Andrew Left’s Citron Research issued a report “stating that Nu Skin’s sales model on mainland China, the fastest growing market in direct-selling, amounted to an illegal multi-level marketing scheme. The report sent the company’s shares down nearly 10 percent.”[36] Nu Skin dismissed the claims calling its sales model in China kosher and had no plans to change its business model in China.[37]

Evaluation of supplements[edit]

The Pharmanex LifePak Anti-Aging supplement was tested by ConsumerLab.com, and was reported as failing the overall review due to failing to clearly indicate its total Vitamin A content per FDA requirements.[38]

Political activities[edit]

In 2011, two Utah-incorporated business entities linked to top executives of Nu Skin each made a $1 million contribution to Restore Our Future, a “Super PAC” established by former aides to US presidential candidate Mitt Romney to support his bid for the White House.[39]


TIIESHA DORSEY June 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

I have a girlfriend who suffers from fibromyalgia. Should I recommend the LifePak Nano & Vitality to her? Did only these help you specifically or are there other vitamins that might help as well? I currently don’t work for NuSkin or anything; NuSkin vitamins have literally saved my life & I would like to help my friend in any way I can. Thank you!


TR D TR June 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Thank you for the lead on Arise. Is this a company that you are associated with? I have visted their web site and am only concerned with the monthly fee and setup fees involved. Is that something that you can recover quickly? Sorry for so many questions but it makes more sense to me to speak with someone who has been through the experience.

Best regards, Brenda

Run away from anything with start-up or monthly fees!! This is how these companies stay in business. It’s not about selling anything to anyone. It’s about recruiting people into the cult so they can get your money!


HUYN SOO KIM June 18, 2013 at 9:51 pm

Nu Skin Scam – Overview

I do not agree with most of the Nu Skin scam complaints. Although many people claim that only 0.04% distributors actually make profits, the low success rate is pretty typical in MLM industry. There are plenty of people that made it with Nu Skin. If you are really passionate about Nu Skin products, it may be just a perfect opportunity for you.

P.S. What do you think about Nu Skin? Do you think it’s a scam or a legit MLM opportunity? Share in the comment box below!


Thomas August 4, 2014 at 8:09 pm

nope, they are not a scam, they just over exaggerate and over price their product.


THUNGUYEN June 20, 2013 at 10:14 am

I have been using the galvanic spa and gels for over a year, my skin has had a dramatic improvment. This is a product that will help your skin get better and better over time. You’re not going to see dramatic results in a week, have patience it’s worth it!!


Thang July 27, 2012 at 4:56 am

I have tried Ageloc R2 and Ageloc transformation and i can tell you that it works great for me!! It is not just the ingredients (very very safe) that matters but the gene technology that they have in their database.

I will continue using it.



RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. July 28, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi Thang,

Thanks for stopping by. I’m glad ageLOC has worked for you. I actually describe in the article how the products might even be beneficial. I wanted to point out the marketing scheme and embellishment of the so called “Gene Technology”. People can be led astray into thinking something about skin care because of misleading marketing.

I hope you continue to see results with your product.



eLi July 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Hi Rick. I agree with the unbiased premise of your article however your information is incorrect and extremely misleading. I am not a scientist, but a writer in the field of anti-aging, I use and recommend some of the ageLOC line, and I am a BIG advocate for truth in advertising and getting rid of the SPIN FACTOR. I don’t know you or your intentions but on the surface it appears you are spinning your own article using the platform of truth as marketing tactic. I would recommend anyone do the actual research themselves. It’s available to the public. Assuming you just didn’t do enough research and aren’t trying to malign your competition, I will share what I have researched re: the ageLOC line. Citing numerous clinical trials which you can find on pub med and any of their research partners sites, ageLOC has many ingredients that influence genetic expression. In the product you pictured, Ethocyn is the main active molecule (patented) which binds to DHT receptors and allows increased elastin production firming the skin. This was vetted at UCLA and endorsed by the head of their dermatology dept. In some other formulations the active ingredient is equol (a molecule awaiting patent by Brigham Young University) and in others it’s Cordyceps Sinensis 4 (strain patented by Pharmanex) which is a main active ingredient in ageLOC Vitality and brought to Nu Skin by a company called LifeGen Technologies who were featured on CNN and 20/20 as leading the way researching the genetic basis of aging. In my limited research these are just are a few of the things I have easily uncovered about Nu Skin and ageLOC so more digging may be required before presenting your information as thorough. I am sure as a science professional you can do better. Even if your article were accurate, as a scientist you know that amount and delivery are paramount in efficacy so part of the ageLOC patent is the ability to test the effect on targeted groups of genes through gene chip technology. As far as I understand genetics, EVERYTHING you eat, do, even think has an effect. You could eat one apple, pulverize it and put it in a capsule, make it into a cream, or extract it’s active compounds, and all would have a different effect on epigenetic expression. But you already know this so I am challenging you to a higher standard…


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. August 2, 2013 at 9:41 am


I think you are missing my point about the article. Instead, you are hanging onto 1 paragraph of the article and dismissing everything else that was written (especially the comments). There is nothing novel about applying or ingesting ingredients that effect your gene expression. In deed, this is the end result of most ingredients that are proven to benefit signs of aging. This list includes basic ingredients like Vitamin C, Vitamin E, polyphenols, and most peptides.

The difference with Nu Skin was their embellishment of this fact along with the assertion that their formulas are unique in this area. They may have unique ingredients but the science is not unique and hardly puts them above the rest. There are new peptides created on a regular basis that effect the gene expression of fibroblasts. The question is not whether these new ingredients will actually effect gene expression in vitro. The real test of any ingredient is not whether the formula effects gene expression in vivo but the clinical effects that are demonstrated.

So we are left with the evaluation of skin care products not on their potential alteration of gene expression but the resulting clinical effects.



Tim Sum December 10, 2012 at 7:46 pm

hi Thang,

Where about in Malaysia are you located? May I have your contact? Want to know more about NuSkin.


Tim Sum


Sarojah December 18, 2012 at 2:31 am

Hi Tim,
Did you get a reply from Thang? If you haven’t then you can also call me at 017 3241112. Call me only if you did not get in touch with Thang.

Rgds, Sarojah


Mario December 23, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Hi Tim
contact me on the email above and I will assist you to get all neccessary information on the products and if you are interested to look at the business side


Barb January 30, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Hi Tim are you still looking for information on Nuskin? Would love to help you am in a very good working group. Please contact me at barbmindus@ gmail.com thanks!


Azy May 28, 2013 at 5:14 am

Hai Tim,
You can email me about your problem and I will help you regards about this matter…my location is Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


Cynthia Monti February 3, 2014 at 5:38 am

Hi Tim,

If you need any help with further information, please contact me cyn.monticavalli@gmail.com

Have a great day!


Alice May 11, 2013 at 8:22 am

Ah, now it ist R2! The new wonder:-))))))))))))))))))))))) I believe you that it works great for you because of the poor you get under your Nu Skin bandwagon. But do you know dear Thang, that R 2 ist called R 2 because it is “Vitality” packed in 2 separate tins. One for morning and one for the evening. Mormones are shrewd, I tell you! Otherwise they woulnd´t have made the business big with just yesterday´s.

They divided Vitality in 2 because Vitality contains cordizeps sinensis, a chinese fungus, wich keeps you lively- and may cause sleeplessness. So you take your R 2 cordizeps something in the Morning and R1 without cordizeps at night.

But if you arent´t able to afford Nu Skin´s best but you still willing to vitalize yourself go and buy Cordizeps Sinensis 500mg + 100mg Q10 and you will feel great after some days of intake.


yue March 17, 2014 at 9:32 pm

i was told to purchase agelocII by my naturopath as my health has been on the decline and most recently been hit by systemic fungal infection because of the decline.. thing is.. for me its not about beauty.. i had to purchase her recommendation because im really ill.. too ill to even care about beauty.. i am earning less than 1.5k with a family to support.. can anybody recommend anything similar as i definitely cannot repurchase agelocII and i need to continue with something soon..


luisa August 21, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Hi Rick
You say you are not biased but actually you are creator of BioRenew Skincare. Is that not like the competition of NuSkin?
I understand you do not say they are not bad products but overpriced, (which I agree). But there is certain subjectivity in your review?


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. August 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm


I guess everyone has their own built in biases even though we try to avoid it. The article was written as an attempt to be objective and fair. This is in contrast to many “Nu Skin Reviews” on the internet. After searching for non-biased reviews it was clear that most of the posts were from people marketing the product…instead of a review it was an SEO ploy.

Thanks for the comment.



Doc Bunkum August 22, 2012 at 8:49 am

Great post, Rick!

Nina above was asking for more links to do her own research.

Here’s one:

“Chances that their AgeLOC products will do anything with your genes are, luckily, infinitesimaly small. The active ingredient appears to be salicin, an acetal from beta-glucose and ortho-hydroxy benzyl alcohol, a natural analgesic (pain killer) produced in willow bark, from which it can be extracted. It is rapidly metabolised to salicylic acid (the acetate of which is Aspirin).”

Dr. Arne van der Gen

Professor of Organic Chemistry

Leiden University, Netherlands


Malay September 6, 2012 at 10:06 am

Hi thang, I am from Malaysia as well, may l know how effective the products are?


jamie September 8, 2012 at 8:00 am

hi, i was just browsing through your website and saw your questions.

your being a scientist, i would understand that you would have doubts as to why they don’t release the exact scientific name for it.

however, sir, my being an entrepreneur can tell you this: to avoid unethical practices by rivals and to avoid going through court action (despite the product being patented), it would be best for pioneer companies NOT to divulge what we call “trade secrets”. to make it easier for you to understand, coca cola would never post in public the “secret ingredient” they use and the particular process they use to make coke EVEN IF everything is fully patented and violations of their intellectual property are fully actionable in court.

hope this helps enlighten you on some business matters.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. September 9, 2012 at 11:26 pm

Good point. Thanks for stopping by.


cheryl September 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm

After reading your article I did a little research and it seems there is scientific data backing up these products. I found third party double blind studies and also some done by NuSkin. I found one study related to the product you called out Salicin and it seems to work according to the scientific study.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. September 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm

Hi Cheryl,

I appreciate the research. However, this article does not provide 3rd party double blind studies regarding the upregulation of “Youth Gene Clusters” or “arSupermarkers”. These are excellent marketing terms made up by NuSkin. In all candor, I admit in the article that Salicin and other ingredients in the products are probably good for your skin. We just need to be mindful of marketing gimmicks.

I am aware of the potential evidence that Salicin may upregulate the expression of genes which lead to more collagen (hyaluronic acid) and downregulate those which degrade (MMP). The same could be said about any number of other ingredients (ie. Vitamin C).

Maybe a good product but definitely a marketing gimmick. We try to guide people based on scientific evidence and not marketing.



Doc Bunkum September 16, 2012 at 10:05 am

Sept 12/12 – Andrew Left of Citron Research rats out NuSkin to the FDA.

In part, Citron’s Open Letter to FDA:

“This letter raises to your attention comparable but far more extreme unsubstantiated medical claims made by the “AgeLOC” flagship brand applied to at least 11 of Nu Skin’s cosmetics, dietary supplement,
and electrical device products.”


mykelf September 23, 2012 at 9:36 am

my aunt’s mother in law who has Parkinson’s disease suffered from involuntary muscle movements and after using ageloc R2 for 10 months it stopped. I don’t really know when the jerking movements stopped or if when it will come back but I know it definitely works.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Great, I’m glad your aunt’s mother is having positive results with ageLOC.


Danish September 25, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hey Rick
Thanks for a good review.
I have attended meetings for Nu Skin in Denmark, and they all appraise AgeLoc, and it seems to be working “visually”. But my question is, what happens when u dont use these products? Doesnt it just function as other cosmetic covering and products?
Furthermore at one of these meetings they were confronted with the fact that some of the new users had allergic reactions to the products and their answer was: “continue to use the product and it maybe go away!” It seems that these products arent allergy tested?!?


tengku ery December 6, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Hi, (with reference specifically of ageloc-galvanic face spa)
I agree with u in a fact that, it require a continuity same as others or it will go back to where it was before if you stop. It is the whole business strategy that makes me to stop from buying it. The product purposely marked overprice therefore you’ll stuck to it and you would do anything just to hold onto it and thinking how much $$$ can you make and ‘reaching’ out to your families and friends. Typical MLM! And you are right, not everyone’s skin tolerate to it. A week ago, my neighbour did a demo to my friend. Yes, you can see the immediate result in terms of lifting up your sagging skin and reduce the ‘panda’ eye but her skin is super sensitive and resulted some allergic. I must say, it is a good anti aging product (with reference to few of my friends using it)but i just dont agree on their method to ‘lock’ us as consumer! Most of my friends happy with the immediate postive result but then they turned into a MLM zombie and starts to look for more and more people to be their ‘downline’ so they can continue and receive the benefit of it! I personally quite interested into getting it (looking at the result) but after doing the calculation, the treatment get alone cost me approx of usd200, i dont think so i can afford it and i dont think so i would wanna MLM zombie just to make sure i get my treatment without fail. However, this is just my opinion. But for those who is comfortable and suits your lifestyle, no harm to continue.


tengku ery December 6, 2012 at 11:14 pm

some correction to my earlier comment:
“the treatment get alone cost me approx of usd200″
usd200/per week


kenny January 30, 2013 at 8:10 pm

looks like there are plenty of hype about the ageloc technology. Some is positive about it, some negative about it, some overjoyed with the business benefits and some upset with the network marketing concept.

in the end, it is about business and benefits. where on earth you can use a products and live permanent with it? Even botox treatment required multiple session and continuous usage for maintaining the effects.

let’s look at it in a neutral way, business runs and required continuous customers support, same goes to BioRenew. the difference is only at the business methodology. When my wife subscribe to a treatment at a saloon, she goes there weekly basis or twice a month and that is the least to maintain her look. And i doubt that even any big brand products will need that.

back to this ageloc thing. I read about it, from various sources, including those written by their distributors and their scientist. I won’t leave behind those who write disbelief about their products. Due to the hoohaa by my friends, i take it as another reading and discovery. The study reveal many things that already existed in the modern science =, just that not many people combine these into products, as far as i know.

i may not agree with nu skin (oh! i m another company distributor) but please oh please. MLM is a much disgusted word to many people just they don’t understand how it really works and they don’t agree with its concept. If i run a shop, giving good service and selling products, how i deal with the operation, administration and stocks doesn’t really matters to you as the products is great and you enjoy it. If you don’t enjoy it or find it costly, so be it. Just like I couldn’t enjoy fine French cuisine because it is very expensive but I can’t deny it that the food is good and beautifully presented. And that’s my two cents opinion.


Joseph September 27, 2012 at 7:48 pm

Hey Rick, good post! I am doing some research about this AgeLOC by NU Skin, and would like to have your professional advice. My question is, if the AgeLOC’s active integrate is nothing related to gene technology, would such “marketing” be misleading, or even close to scam?



RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 1, 2012 at 11:13 pm

Joseph, you would have to make that call. “Gene Technology” is a broad and amorphous term. Technically, any ingredient that protects the DNA (genes) or promotes the transcription of skin promoting proteins could be considered this. Would it be a stretch to call Vitamin C “gene technology”? I think most people would call that misleading.


Niveen Salem October 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Hi Rick,

It’s clear that you don’t have the full truth behind the “ageloc” technology. Not sure where you’re located, but you’re welcome to visit Nu Skin labs in UT and meet with the amazing board of scientists, Dr. Joe Chang and Dr. Bartlett.

Nu Skin acquired LifeGen Technologies this year which simply means acquisition of 30 years of gene expression database – all exclusive to Nu Skin. Do you realize the magnitude of LifeGen Technologies?

If ageLOC was just a marketing term, the company would have never reached $1.4 in annual sales in ONLY the few ageLOC products!

Also, the ingredient you have on your site is not true. The real ingredients are: Condyceps Cs-4 Mushroom Mycelia, Pomegranate extract and Asian Ginseng extract. All labeled on ageLOC Vitality product.

I agree with Jamie on the point mentioned!

Bottom line is customers are seeing massive results with all Nu Skin products that are life changing. To them, it’s worth every penny spent.

Thank you,


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 9, 2012 at 5:08 pm


I have to chuckle a little bit when I get angry messages from people involved in “multi-level marketing” of Nu Skin. You are citing the very well crafted talking points of ageLOC but your comments fail to understand the science behind so called “Youth Gene Clusters”. If you did then you would not be so angry about me pointing out the embellished marketing of this term. There are several ingredients that activate the translation of genetic segments that produce beneficial proteins for the skin. This is not unique to the “ageLOC” science.

From the response I am getting from some who sell the product, it seems that this article is threatening to their talking points. I have stated many times in this article and in comments that the product may be beneficial. I am trying to uncover the reality behind the brilliant marketing terms used by Nu Skin…nothing more, nothing less. For those consumers that are genuinely looking for answers, I think it is well received. If you are trying to attract new sellers under your marketing leg, then I understand the frustration.



RUBY March 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Mr Rick,I have to chuckle….. Its so sad that you have to build up your company up by tearing nu skin down, Just so you can sell your product! Sounds pretty desperate! !!


Jo October 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Was browsing about R2 facts this evening, and so glad to have come across your website. I’m currently taking R2 day & night pills but not quite sure if it’s worth the money spent or if there are long term side effects involved despite their advertisement. You have confirmed what i believed. As the nature of most if not all MLM products, they have to be significantly overpriced to pass the so called ‘benefit’ to the downlines. Hence the so called brilliant marketing to convince people to pay for more than what it’s worth. The above scientific review certainly answered my questions! yes it consists goodness, but value for money is something i should think about. Keep up the good work ;)


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 11, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Jo, Thank you for the thoughtful comment. I believe you can make the best decisions for your health and hopefully we gave you some good information. You raise a good point about higher costs with MLM products.

Thanks for stopping by.



Shirley September 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

Thanks for the great review. I get your point, and I especially hate it when a good product is sold via MLM. and i can understand too why supporters try to defend nuskin products, for the money they’ve spent.. there are equally great products in the market with much reasonable price…


Maryna October 17, 2012 at 9:46 am

Can you please connect me to a distributor of your product in South Africa>


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 17, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Hi Maryna,

Unfortunately we don’t have distribution in South Africa yet.

Thanks for the inquiry.



YO May 9, 2013 at 10:10 pm

i was almost convinced by this article, until i found out that the writer has his very own health product to promote (LOL! ) what a marketing strategy you have Mr.Rick…sorry but you seemed desperate…im a new r2 customer by hte way, and it’s worth the price =)


YO May 9, 2013 at 10:20 pm

why dont you just simply promote your health product…mind your own business in short, thats all and…leave the job of reviewing to real authority like FDA,etc.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. May 10, 2013 at 4:55 pm


The FDA doesn’t review the claims made by cosmetic manufacturers unless they make a claim in regards to the structure or function of skin. In this case, the FDA would consider any cosmetic that alters the genetic expression to be a drug.


jack October 18, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Actually Ageloc was developed by 75 of the worlds leading genetic scientists at accredited Universities Stanford and BYU as well as Lifegen technologies, who were key in mapping the human DNA strand. 30 years of genetic research and Nuskin is their exclusive partner as of 3 years ago. Also ageloc is not an ingredient its a technology platform and there are over 18 patents so they arent going to give other companies 30 years of work for free. Its how they protect the opportunity that it can afford its distributors. The proprietary blends are different to affect different gene clusters. Nuskin is a publicly traded 2 billion annual revenue generating partner with a 5A1 rating, (thats a perfect credit score 99 % of companies cannot enjoy) and has created over 800 millionaires through a very Humane business model. I personally know several multi-million dollar distributors in the company, some of which are dear friends. How many has your company made? whats the reason? legitimacy? Forbes magazine’s 5th most trusted company in the WORLD ( not MLMs, COMPANIES). Most innovative company beating out APPLE and fastest Growing company on the exchange for the past 2 years. For everyone else reading this, there are plenty of PUBLISHED scientific papers about ageloc science and Lifegen from Accomplished party scientists and PHDs. Nuskin has the largest Nutritional database of any other research base by almost 50 times thanks to the biophotonic scanner. which is a tool that can essentially measure that Nuskin’s products work and a competing froduct doesnt because they simply do not have the knowlege. Take time to get all the information. Ive been studying this company in DEPTH for 8 months. thx


Dora May 22, 2013 at 9:51 am

I took it a few months, really hope it works. But I dont see any difference at all. I guess it doesnt work on me, so I dont buy anymore. I am juat a user not a seller


Stu October 20, 2012 at 4:01 am

I been taking R2 for over 2 weeks now. I not sure if it is working. The product is very expensive. I thank you for the article. It is great to get a alternative view of the product.


teews October 22, 2012 at 9:06 am

It seems you were paid to say something bad about another company. I dont think you are more credible than the 75 scientist who validated the ageloc technology. DID YOU KNOW THAT IT WILL BE FEATURED ON DISCOVERY CHANNEL? I dont thik discovery channel will be stupid to feature this if it is indeed a SCAM. You are actually promoting your OWN BIORENEW product and to be able to get hits you have to bully another company? Get a life “doc”


Patrick October 26, 2012 at 10:55 pm

There was a good electrical company from texas featured on discovery once, ooops it was a scam but just a thought!!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 27, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Patrick, good point! Very witty.


dave March 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm

teews- discovery channel also ran a multi-part series on lance armstrongs genetic and scientific superiority…what is your point?


Doll March 23, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Anyone who has the money can get Discovery Channel to do a documentary on their companies/products! It’s a known fact!!!


Chris Huntley October 22, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Hey Rick,
I found your article a breath of fresh air. You’re right! Too many BIASED reviews on the internet, and it’s no different when it comes to Nu Skin.

Whether it works well or not, the fact of the matter is I instantly assume it’s a piece of garbage when it’s associated with an MLM. That’s because the poor consultants pretty much HAVE to buy the product, so the MLM knows they’re going to get people to sign up whether the product is any good or not.

Just one man’s opinion…

Chris Huntley
Author of Life Insurance with Skin Disorders


Chris Huntley October 22, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Hey Rick,
By the way, you look great in your photo on this site. No one would believe you’re over 50 years old. LOL.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 25, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Thanks Chris! I take that as compliment:)


Michal Kowalski October 27, 2012 at 1:51 am

I have nothing against your company and nothing against NUSKIN but you’ve created a very clever marketing campaign for your own sake. By positioning yourself on google using Nu Skin keywords you have diverted traffic onto your own website, where you advertise your own company and its products. Clever? When people realise that you are using such techniques to push your own sales they will automatically disqualify you as a partner so rethink your strategy as this one is pretty ineffective for the promo of your own services. And just for the sake of it, I am not affiliated with Nu skin by being a distributor in any way. I simply enjoy their products. When it comes to their marketing strategies, you’re point of view is 100% right, however let’s mention here all other cosmetic companies, such as Loreal, who have an equal claims for the rejuvenating effect of their products, or let’s look at the top and most expensive ones on the market, Creme de la Mer, La Prairie, Giorgio Armani or Chanel or others. Aren’t they all good at marketing and branding? Do they work? They certainly do work if the user wants them to work. And that includes NUSKIN and that includes your own brand. Sometimes it’s worth paying a bit extra to feel better. I don’t mind spending money on expensive cosmetics or clothes or other services. There comes the prestige of using something unique. And it might be branding and marketing but who cares. Why so many people have an Apple device? They are products like many others, with plenty of faults and annoyances. But we buy them cos we like the brand, even though they are overpriced. And that applies to all other giants on the market.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 27, 2012 at 3:47 pm


It seems you have no problem with other companies marketing their products through misleading efforts but you object to my educational and honest blog posts? I was struck by your admission about Nu Skin marketing and pricing.

I don’t know about other companies using claims about targeting age genes. As far as I know, Nu Skin is the only one. The bottom line is whether the products work or not. It is my belief that the more informed customers are the better decisions they make. If you like your products, I would encourage you to continue using Nu Skin.

Thank you for your passionate and honest point of view.



King February 14, 2013 at 9:12 am

There are actually quite a few skin care companies using claims about targeting and influencing genes. Lancome, for example.


Jennifer October 29, 2012 at 6:01 am

Thanks for the info, Rick. I was recently shown the product by a distributor. Having a scientific background, I found it hard to believe that a surface gel massaged into the skin can ‘restore your youth gene clusters’. The fact that the product was distributed via MLM rang alarm bells. The proprietary galvanic facial massager used to massage the gel into the face is widely available through Alibaba from Chinese manufacturers!
Although your products are in competition with Nuskin, at least they are authentic and not overpriced from MLM.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 29, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Jennifer, It’s amazing how a scientific background will help decipher the truth behind the talking points. Good for you! I don’t have too much experience with MLM distribution but it would make sense that a higher price would be necessary to pay all the commission.

As a side note, the MLM model ensures thousands of sales agents to promote your product. That might be the reason that I have received many messages that basically recycle the same talking points.

Thanks for the comment!



kenny January 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

high commission to distributors mean the company spending less money in advertisements and getting superstars endorsement. And that is not cheap. Just that the company pay us better to promote for them. we became their advertisement.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 31, 2013 at 9:28 am

I understand what you are saying about MLM. I have never sold through MLM but the experience from friends and family has been poor. They buy into the program for someone else’s commission check but they never make money themselves.


Natural skin Care October 31, 2012 at 12:51 am

My skin is very dry and sensitive please tell me which skin care cream is better for my skin thanks…


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Treating dry skin is extremely important for preventing long term aging. I recommend products with natural oils (olive oil) and hyaluronic acid. If you have extremely dry skin and the climate is dry as well, you might benefit from using petrolatum for a short period of time. This will provide a good barrier to prevent moisture from escaping the skin.



Organic skin care November 5, 2012 at 2:49 am



Tuan Le November 17, 2012 at 11:00 am

Wow, I was just trying to get a review about the Age Loc vitality and boom, I couldn’t believe I have read this far. But per your advice to “Natural Skin care”, I have heard that petrolatum is an ingredient that actually hurts the skin cause it keeps the moisture inside the skin but at the same time it prevents skin from breathing (I can be wrong here). If that’s true, then keeping the moisture inside the skin that way will hurt it even further…
One other thing, I think you are actually very skilled in building blog posts and creating traffic on your site (I am an internet marketer) by using the “hot” topic… I even think that a lot of people up don’t realize that you are a good marketer as well… I love to see the the further discussion… :) Will read more on this…


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 18, 2012 at 10:08 pm


I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I usually don’t recommend petrolatum but it can be beneficial for dry skin by providing a very good moisture barrier. Despite all of the negative criticism, there is little (if any) evidence that it is toxic to the skin.



Aira November 1, 2012 at 4:05 am

This planet is full of plants which we humans have been using for thousands of years. The plants has been used mostly by experience and haven’t gone through the western scientific research to prove they effectiveness. That’s why it’s utterly important to start to do scientific research about how these plants really work.

I’m happy that we can find components in natural plants that can improve our lives and cell function. If ageLOC is just another “plant” why hasn’t it been used or discovered earlier about its beneficial effects for humans. The science behind the product is massive. It’s bigger than it is in any other product on the market. If the ageLOC components has the positive effects as it’s proven to have it’s worth to put in the spotlights. That’s how we become aware of things, that’s how we hear of new things.

The ageLOC products are developed of a huge range of scientists from Nu Skin and LifeGen and is bigger than what one man can accomplish alone.

I love nature. The best answers use to hide there. I love to know more about the findings and how all them can improve our wellbeing and life.

I embrace the science which brings that knowledge to use in a form of a bottle that supports life.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

I agree with you about the potential benefits of natural plants and extracts. It is important that we study them from an objective point of view to assess their effectiveness. Some natural products contain compounds that promote wellness while others contain harmful substances.

You should be skeptical when a company cites their credentials more than it does the research to justify their products.


Aira November 2, 2012 at 8:55 am

The products has gone trough a huge range of tests and the effects are always well documented. That’s the way they have always worked. The products effectiveness is always proven.

The real challenge with all the products on the market is finding the right kind of ingredients to hit some specific problem. It’s like diving in the ocean in a hope to hit right. That’s why you need huge research, scientists, data, manpower and time to be able to find what you’re looking for. And when you do it’s worth some dollars.

For me finding that/those ingredients that has that specific desired effect doesn’t matter if that would come from a dandelion or from the grass on my back yard. If it’s there it’s there. Let’s embrace the finding itself. That has been the effort.

There´s a huge amount of science, documentation and leading genetic research behind the products. That’s very unique on the market. Without the science the effects are only a fairy tail. They do test their products in the hard way and that’s why they get many awards as an example. They test the products at a DNA level and visibly/physically experienced.

The hype comes from the discovery which is so exact and precise. It goes deep. It’s very unique.

I wish all the best for everyone’s marketing efforts because that’s it’s all about. Lets find some more good stuff to the human kind to enjoy :)

All the best.


Kyle November 1, 2012 at 4:50 pm

I just received a phone call from a woman in Dallas TX who is marketing this stuff. I know its a multilevel marketing company (I have had previous experience with MLMs, not all positive). It may be a legitimate product. I just get skeptical about these things. I would be more intrigued if 1) they actually did release some true double blinded studies and 2) were willing to give away free samples of the product similar to what proactive did with their product. That would convince me of legitimacy vs marketing to make money.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 2, 2012 at 9:27 am

Very true, Kyle. Your ideas would help convince people who skeptical of MLM.


Baucis November 14, 2012 at 1:52 am

I was so stupid to buy the ageloc body-spa’s from NuSkin! They are extremely expensive, and do not work at all! The difference in wrinkles last exactly 24 hours. Apparently it is just a sort of massage, and probably your fingertips will do the same. They promised a money-back guaranty, but after five e-mails they made it clear, that the guaranty is not for the spa’s, but for the products– UNUSED!! What kind of money back is this??


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Thanks for stopping by the blog!


Mary February 25, 2013 at 12:39 pm

I am not sure where you purchased your Body spa or why you would use it for your wrinkles as it is meant for the body. I cannot believe that if you contacted the company within the timeframe they did not respond favourably. The company gives a guarantee that if you do not receive a positive result and you have followed the guidelines ie before and after photos and within a timeframe, that you would receive a refund so to get that result you would need to be using the products therefore they would be opened. You won’t get that with any item bought at your local department store. If you really want to know if your products are working, just have a friend take some pictures before and after. Also make sure that whoever sold you the spa also explained how to use it correctly to get the most effective result.


Christopher November 14, 2012 at 8:03 am

How can ageloc be a scam if discovery channel is featuring on this Dec 22nd and 29?


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 14, 2012 at 3:34 pm


Programming that is aired on Discovery is not surefire proof of the efficacy of Nu Skin. I think it is more of a testament to the success of the company and the marketing pitch. BTW: My contention is not that Nu Skin is necessarily a scam. A scientific look at the ingredients are less exciting than marketing slogans.



Josh November 16, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Dear Rick,
I have read your review, and your replies to people’s comments. You are subtly trying to make Nu Skin look bad. You say that you’re not biased in any way, but I can tell that you are. I have used Nu Skin products, and although I can’t tell if some are working, and they are pretty pricey, I do know that some work, and are healthy for you. I could tell a difference when I took R2. I haven’t used all of the ageLOC products, so I don’t know how well all of them work, but some do work. Just thought I’d say a few words. Well, thanks for the review! It’s always great to hear what others think about a certain product.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 18, 2012 at 10:23 pm


I appreciate your thoughtful and honest comment. There are many blog posts that seem to recite the same talking points without critically looking at the product. I try to do that in a way that is fair and accurate. If that weren’t the case, I wouldn’t have stated several times that the product may be beneficial. This would have been left out by someone who was only concerned about tearing down a product.



Maxine street November 20, 2012 at 3:19 am

I cant believe some of your responses rick you seam to answer when it suits you, and who in their right mind would give out advice telling someone do use petroleum on dry skin EVEN for a short while, Im no Dr or pharmacist , BUT THEN IM BEGINING TO WONDER AS TO WHETHER OR NOT YOU ARE??? Ive send your blog to Nu skin to get their opinion on your comments and posts.



RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 26, 2012 at 4:12 pm

There is a popular misconception that petrolatum is toxic or unsuitable to be used on the face. There is no medical evidence to support this.

We have several dermatologists who use 20% petrolatum in anti-aging formulas. This is not an ingredient that BioRenew products utilize but to suggest that it goes against medical evidence is not accurate.



Alex December 13, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Hi, Rick,

I think the guy may not have correctly understood what you said. While you recommended Petrolatum, he used the word “Petroleum”. By the way, I don’t think that’s a typo.



s t r a n November 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm

My dad and uncle both use petroleum on their face after showering. Same for me, my face looks renewed and that container cost me under $5 and last over a year.


nadia July 30, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I agree with Rick Rhoads even though it does seem he — like many — has his own agenda. I just find the stuff I am hearing from all the liars for Nuskin disgustingly lacking in ethics — and overstating their discoveries. I only have a little science background but I consider myself an intelligent woman and the things some of the marketers are saying sound idiotic. Maybe they should be more selective about their marketers? I asked for a list of ingredients and concentrations and was given b.s., just a bunch of nothing talking about how great the product is and maybe a few ingredients, not a list, etc., which is how I ended up here — I want to know exactly what is going on to make these people act so fraudulently. No I don’t want to hear about the money they have made, the Discovery show, or the teams of scientists. Anyone can make such claims and that still does not equal real results. Since a sucker is born every minute anyone can buy the product and that equals the money they have made, which in turn pays to be featured on Discovery, which buys a lot of scientists to slap their names on a product. I trust REAL STUDIES not ones run independently by the company itself and real results. Don’t care about how much money the company has made or how famous it is. Back in high school I thought the best name brand jeans were the best ones for me. Now I’m older and wiser and I know that all that matters is what I see with my own two eyes — and I go to thrift shops for my jeans and they look a damn sight better than my hundred dollar Guess jeans back in high school. Hope you get the analogy.

Oh and btw re the petroleum debate? I hear people saying it’s bad, blah blah blah all the time, that you should use only pure coconut oil, etc. Well after I had a peel my doctor gave me guess what? Petroleum jelly to lay over my skin and protect it. I also use it sometimes overnight and when I wake up my skin looks soo beautiful and flawless. Nothing wrong with it — it’s esp. good for dry cracked feet and then you put them in socks. Maybe layer vitamin c and e oil underneath it and you get a double whammy. Methinks people are getting less intelligent from the sounds of it.


KAZ November 21, 2012 at 2:51 am

The secret to the fountain of youth is through meditation. Unfortunately, meditation doesn’t come in the form of a pill:)


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm


True! Reducing anxiety through meditation can be helpful in stopping aging. Over-stimulation is way too rampant in our culture.



Silvia gading November 23, 2012 at 6:24 am

So difficult to get ageloc r2 , pls let me know where can I order the product ,

Tq Silvia


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Silvia, I am sure you will have many blog readers eager to point you in the right direction. I hope you find what you are looking for.



Kelvin Lee January 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm

Hi Silvia,

Currently Nu Skin Malaysia and Singapore does not sell Ageloc R2. However I’ve extra stocks from the 10days prelaunch sale. Trying to clear the stocks as i’m not so active anymore. If you are interested can contact me through my email kelvin.cylee01@gmail.com or contact my Singapore number +6594563443.


Angel March 2, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Hi Silvia, can contact me oon_se1@yahoo.com or +6593890132. I have R2 to sell. thanks


Petra November 25, 2012 at 11:03 pm


I’m not sure why in order to promote your unique product you decided to expose your “Real” review of the Nu Skin’s ageLOC technology and to put in question whether it’s a scam or not…Are they perhaps a bit too much competition to your business?

Scam means a fraudulent scheme, which means to deceit or to trick someone. In which ways? Whether the product works or not? Not enough clinical trials? Missing a third party clinical trials?

As far as I know Nu skin uses the base of all scince, which is a measure. They measure to prove or disprove if the product works or not. They compare the genetic microarrays or gene chips of the 25 year old and 50+ year old individuals to see (using the heat maps) how the ageLOC platform and their ingredients changed the outcome of the gene expression. They measure on a genetic level. Not only on the cellular level, they went right inside the cell.

So what does yor “REAL” Nu Skin review actually mean? It is only as real as you are. It is your real subjective opinion. I was trying to find some clinical trials and third party trials about the products you endorse, however, couldn’t find any. All I was able to see on you website are testimonials (based on subjective emotions of the products users) and case studies with the results stating users personal experience with the particular product which is basically another form of a testimonial. All subjective.

I would be delighted if you could navigate me to a more scientific clinical studies where a form of a measure is used (validated for science) so that I can further educate myself and make an unbiased informed decision which of the two competing brand products I should choose so I can get most possible benefits to my skin. Thank you.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm


The main argument for my post can be summed up in this line of the article:

So we need to ask ourselves, does the following ageLOC description from their website seem to be an accurate portrayal of the ingredient or an overstatement?

“ageLOC™—proprietary Nu Skin® technology that targets arSuperMarkers, the ultimate sources of aging.”

Vitamin C has an effect on the expression of genes. Could that also be considered “gene technology?”



Jovana November 26, 2012 at 6:08 am

Dear Rick,

My aunt has been taking Ageloc R2 for two weeks now. The medicine was recommended to her by a doctor, as a dietary supplement that might help her deal with the postoperative recovery. My aunt’s cancer was diagnosed at the early stage and she is currently receiving radiation therapy. She has complaints that R2 is making her feel nauseous. The doctor who recommended it says that this is a normal side effect that comes as a result of detoxication of the organism. I am asking for your opinion whether such reaction could be considered as “normal”. Since you are not working for Nu Skin, I am hoping that your answer will not be based on anything else but your knowledge of medicine and experience in the field.

Thank you in advance!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. November 26, 2012 at 4:28 pm


I am not an expert on the clinical side effects of R2 products, however I don’t believe that “detoxification” necessarily causes nausea.

From a pharmaceutical standpoint, nausea is usually the most common side effect for any medication. This is considered normal for a short period of time but I would be cautious of herbal supplements that cause long term nausea.

I hope this helps.



Den September 7, 2014 at 6:29 am

It was said that the components of r squared detoxifies. Actually it is normal because the body is responding to the detoxification. Since it is the first days the body would be “shocked” and huge amount of toxins would be detoxified. It will be just short term.


Vanessa November 26, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Hi Rick,

From my own experience with Nu Skin products, I found that they overhype their products (obviously so that they can continue to mislead customers into believing that their products are 5 star) but if you take a look at the ingredients, there’s really nothing special about them. If you ask me, Nu Skin focuses their efforts into getting sales rather than actually providing innovative high class products.

Ofcourse if you’re a sales agent for Nu Skin, you will disagree with this as it is your source of income but if you’re intention is just to look for the best value product for your money, make sure you also look elsewhere….


Petra November 26, 2012 at 9:49 pm


here is your statement:
“So are you saying that the proprietary ageLOC™ technology is just an old apothecary extract called Salicin?” Yep! Although other ingredients are present in ageLOC™ products, Salicin is the main ingredient cited in their clinical trials.

ageLOC technology is not a product. It’s not an ingredient. Not a one concrete specific ingredient. ageLOC doesn’t equal Salicin, although Salicin is a part of ageLOC platform together with other ingredients in the ageLOC Galvanic Spa Treatment Gel. ageLOC technology is not just an old apothecary extract called Salicin. No. It is not a part of ageLOC ingredients in Tru Face Essence Ultra (in the Spring of 2013 will be officially accessible to public with the added ageLOC technology, and – Salicin is not going to be a part of it). This old apothecary extract is neither a part of ageLOC Body Shaping Gel nor of ageLOC Dermatic Effects (lotion). It’s not a component of ageLOC Vitality – a nutritional supplement.

ageLOC is a platform. An algorithm. Something like a “google” for our internal software. When you need to find quickly something on the internet but you don’t know the name of the website how will you help yourself? Use the keyword and type into a google search, for instance. If you go to the library and need to find quickly a specific book about the history of Babylon, where will you look for it among hundreds of other books and genres? You’ll need some kind of external help, a list of book genres or an alphabetical order, or something to ease up your search, right?

This ageLOC/”google” helps us to identify, target and reset the groups of genes responsible for changes in aging process in various areas. When it comes to complexion you need to identify, target and reset groups of genes that are different from the ones making changes on our skin of the rest of our body. When it comes to loss of Vitality (loss of physical stamina, mental sharpness and libido) you’ll need to identify, target and reset a completely different clusters of genes. Aging process is not about focusing on one gene. You need to know which ones they are, and how and with what to positively influence them. For instance to work with youth gene clusters to target the ultimate sources of aging of the facial skin, you’ll dealing with more than 135 different genes. To reset the YGC for Vitality, you need to know those specific 52.

What Nu Skin has patented is the “recipe”. If I told 10 different people to make an apple pie, without giving them further instructions what kind and how much of flour, apples, sugar, etc. to use, everyone would’ve ended up with a different result.

ageLOC blend in Vitality consists of Cordyceps sinensis, Pommegranate extract and Ginseng Root extract. 99% of pommegranate extracts are inactive. Similar with ginseng. You need to know which extract is active, what year of the root to use, how much of it and what ratio in a relation to other botanical ingredients blend.

So ageLOC technology is a platform. Nu Skin will eventually implement it into all of their products.


Norma November 27, 2012 at 7:18 pm

Hi Rick,
I have been using NuSkin Vitality & LifePak Nano for 18 months now, with fantastic results. these products are natural. My understanding is they extract and use only the parts of the plant, leaf etc that have the ‘active’ ingredient. This means that only a small portion of a plant is used, and the extraction methods are more gentle to preserve the active ingredients. Other formulations may use the whole leaf, which gives more bulk, but are less effective. Both their skin care and nutritional supplements have proven themselves, time and time again and get outstanding results. I believe this company really has bridged the gap between science and nature. I also admire Nuskin for delivering a platform (MLM) in which everyday people can also not only use these products, but earn money from building up a network of customers. Network marketing is not new, but is more sophisticated, and is the fastest growing business model in today’s tradtional-business challenged world. when you find a company that has both great products and a sound network marketing system, this is a great combo. In this world of tradtional business systems failing, I congradulate the initiative and innovation of NuSkin. Have you ever tried some of their products ? I do agree with one of the earlier writers in your blog, who said that no company is going to lay absolutely bare their recipes for their products.. would you ?
This world needs more innovators and we need to recognise winners when we see them. Im very happy with my NuSkin ageLOC products and my body and health does too. All the best to you and with good intentions to you and your readers. best regards, Norma


Zoe November 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi Rick,

I do find that most skin care products are overpriced – Lancome, Estee Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Shiseido, Clarins, Biotherm, Vicky, Creme de la Mer, La Prairie, Sisley, SK-2, Nanoblur and various other brands. Even your BioRenew is pricy as well.

I just started using Nu Skin/Pharmanex products – some are expensive and some are not. Since I don’t have the ability to produce my own skin care line or nutritional supplementation that can help me stay young and healthy, I will have to resort to buying products. Whether or not it’s from a store, online, on TV or through direct-selling, I basically do not care as long as I can notice the changes/improvement and the price is within my financial ability.

I can attest that the ageLOC and other Nu Skin/Pharmanex products really work for me, my family and many of our friends. I don’t know if your BioRenew products will work or not – they may or they may not. We just need to try. It’s up to people to make their own decision on trying whatever products if they really want to change. However, I find it strange for you to call a competitive brand a scam.

As for scam, I do not understand why this is a scam. Yes, it is a MLM company just like USANA, Anway, Market America, Forever, TriVita, Mary Kay, Avon and many others. It simply is a different way of marketing and promotion of products. It is a scam if people tricked you into buying products that contain only fillers (no active ingredients in the skin care products) or are just placebos (for health supplements). It is a scam if people just take your money and you get nothing in return.

The skin care brands mentioned above are not distributed through network marketing, so why are they so expensive too? We have to admit that any company (whether it’s skin care, tech gadgets, cloth, shoes and etc.) needs to make a profit and to cover their manufacturing, R&D and administrative costs. This is how the world is run. The commissions that the MLM company pays to its distributors are equalled to what other traditional companies pay for advertising and celebrity endorsements.

Now, how can consumers know if really this bottle of serum that I am holding contains the active ingredients such as peptide, hyauronic acid and etc? We cannot. Therefore, we can only rely on the testimonials and other consumer labs to test for us. There are overwhelming positive testimonials about ageLOC and other Nu Skin/Pharmanex products.

Of course, not a single product can be suited for everyone in the world. The human body is so complext. Even with today’s scientific advances, we still have not been able to solve the mystery behind many of the diseases and conditions. It is also no doubt that whatever information a doctor, a chemist, or a pharmacist knows come from earlier scientific research and discovery. So I always read about the science before purchasing any skin care or nutritional supplementation (I am a research scientist myself).

I have read through original scientific articles about ageLOC science and the Pharmanex products. I have seen nothing that’s alarming and scam-like. If there are any original scientific paper about BioRenew, I’d love to read about it too.


seth December 5, 2012 at 10:06 am

I’ll believe claims like Nuskin when the scientists, spokespeople, and company executives come onto a stage and all look twenty five years old. If genes can be turned on and off then fine but science is still a little ways off from controlling that with any efficiency.
On the other hand I think the scientific community should all be working on this problem because if that twenty five year old result could be achieved than people would then want to protect this new youth and would pour money into regeneration, cancer cure and prevention and other diseases and conditions and there wouldn’t be a need to solicite for money.
Those are just my thoughts at this time. Thanks.


Rick December 10, 2012 at 4:23 am

Just because a product has gone through rigorous ‘scientific’ testing it does not mean it works or is safe. Just look at the big pharma drugs that were fully tested only to be later withdrawn or as rebranded because they caused ill health, fatalities or product claims were disproved. How many of us purchase the promise and ignore the facts?


Yamor April 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Then can you imagine products that have not even gone through rigorous ‘scientific’ testing…!


Scott December 19, 2012 at 6:02 am

This has been one of the most interest blog feeds I’ve seen about Nu Skin.

I have been using Nu Skin for a few months now. I feel and see the benefits. My skin has never been better and had a full health scan by my doctor the other week and also my health has improved significantly. I am the healthiest I’ve been since starting health assessments with my doctor. Is this linked with Nu Skin/Pharmanex supplements? Maybe too early to say?

Rick, I totally understand your reasons for opening this debate, yes it is great for your profile in skin care and data capture, but it does help people make educated decisions. I am all for it.

The title of ‘exposed’ and ‘the real review’ I just see that as a back lash of all the marketing your were coming across when researching. Maybe next time if you want to take an unbiased point of view avoid such a title.

The fact is the products are great and I have experienced psychical and visual results. My skin has also never been better, but I am not using ageLOC, I am using Nu Skin 180 (very high in vitamin C, so by what you are saying is it could also be working with genetic expression?). Because of this I have been investigating the science and the business model with a toothcomb. It’s taking time to sift through, but getting there.

The price of the products ranges from top end to affordable. I have done price comparisons on the ageLOC skincare and other UK high street luxury brands. The wholesale price is totally in line with the market especially as you can redeem Nu Skin product points, which actually makes it cheaper.

The main benefit of MLM is – I recommend it to someone and I receive my products at a reduced price through my commission. I’ve recommended to people and my products are now free. If I went to the local department store I have no opportunity getting money off each month for a recommendation. MLM doesn’t need to be made so complicated and approached in such an aggressive way. The problem is there are so many poorly coached distributors. Basically it’s money back for your recommendation. Simple.

The claims and marketing of ageLOC – here is where I have been having a problem. Huge claims and for a MLM company you now have non-science educated people (like myself) trying to explain genetic expression! Eek! It’s a strange platform for a complicated science.

Nevertheless I do believe Nu Skin are innovators within the cosmetic industry. They seem to be working very hard to create products that are beneficial to the body. Doesn’t all nutrition absorbed by the body (skin or digested) work on a cellular level? I just see Nu Skin working hard to move things forward. They research the nutrition that assists the bodies cells to function more efficiently. They do this by testing certain ingredients on human cells associated with ageing.

Epigenetics is in its early days; I think it best we keep it simple. I’m still on the fence of doing the business properly, but no doubt about it – Nu Skin products are great. Use it, recommend it and at the lowest business level get your products for free.

Also Nu Skin product support is actually very good, cuts out the marketing and replies with straight answers based on their discoveries.


Kueh December 22, 2012 at 5:00 am

Very funny blog to have discussion on such a topic!

First of all, I don’t mean to be rude, but I wish I can correct some fact here. Before you can comment on other products from competitors (since you have your skincare product), are you qualified?

You said that before buying any products, people should look into name of ingredients, concentration & scientific studies, I think that is misleading! Does it means if the product used the best ingredient, the highest concentration & tons of scientific studies is the best product? What about the manufacturing process? What about validated clinical studies? What about quality of the scientific studies?

I browsed through this blog & found that you are finding way to defend your stand. Well, nothing wrong with that for you to promote your product, but I just think you can do it without damaging others & mislead general public.

It’s funny to see in order to “bring” down company like Nu Skin, some people did all sorts of funny things to get attention.

I think it should be the right of Nu Skin to use any marketing slogan that they feel right, right? It is then up to the authority or FDA to validate such claim, true? If Nu Sin can used the term “gene technology” for over 3 years now, should people believe in Nu Skin or YOU?

Another of my stand is, don’t just because of you had failed in the MLM business then you said bad things about it. A leader once said, MLM is a nightmare if you do it wrong, but dream comes true if you do it right! Asked yourself whether you had done it right.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. December 27, 2012 at 11:20 pm

All I am stating is that if a company implies that their products uniquely change the expression of genes in humans, then they should have the proper evidence to back it up. The actual evidence behind the marketing is scarce


Morgan January 16, 2013 at 1:44 am

Amen!!! I think some of these people behind the comments, are totally missing the point that you have stated over and over again. A lot of them are spitting out information that has been spitted to them. And the spit is not evidence-based. I agree with you up to this point completely Rick.


Wen May 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

A MLM dream comes true? Meaning how to make the most money out of consumers and continue to make them believe in spending money on the products that work for them so they are willing to pay huh? It’s a win win situation for both.


Marc December 22, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Rick, This is your headline? “Exposed! A REAL Nu Skin ageLOC Product Review”. Really, what’s real about it? Your real unscientific biased opinion?

OK, so you’re a compounding pharmacist, are you a geneticist? I found your so called review very disingenuous. You can’t make a honest evaluation just by looking at ingredients, you of all people should know that. There are many other factors that are needed to make an honest evaluation, so what your offering is a speculative opinion, hardly scientific.

Let’s tackle a few misconceptions about the direct selling industry or MLM industry for many of the people that posted on your blog. MLM is a business model based on leverage. Some of the top business schools in the world include direct selling in their curriculum. The difference between a company that uses MLM as their distribution model vs. a company that uses the traditional wholesale/retail model as its distribution model is how the products are marketed to the general public. Instead of paying advertising channels (T.V., Magazines, Radio, Internet, etc) 100′s of millions of dollars to promote products, a company that uses direct selling instead pays several levels of commissions via a distribution network. In both business models you have instances of deceptive advertising practices, fraud, over-hyped products , anecdotal claims, etc. People say that MLM products are way overpriced, sometimes they are, sometimes they’re not. Same goes for products in the traditional wholesale/retail channel.

Unfortunately the MLM world provides companies a low-cost, low-risk entry into business, and more times than not they’re really nothing more than a marketing company putting spin on another “me-too” commoditized product.

I came from the specialty fitness industry. I used to own specialty fitness retail stores. Today, I’m embracing the ultimate social business model, which is the MLM industry. I don’t want overhead in an economic environment that is probably going to be volatile for the next several decades. My partners and I want to continue to help people improve the quality of their lives through better health and wellness. My partners include medical nutritionists and PhD. Geneticists, Chiropractors, former Pharmaceutical Executives and reps, etc. And the company that we selected is Nu Skin with their world class science engine. That’s not a talking point, that’s a fact. The day Nu Skin acquired Pharmanex in 1998, when they chose to partner with Nu Skin for less money than what was offered by Pharma companies like Pfizer, was the day that Nu Skin separated themselves from every other MLM company in the industry. Top researchers like Lester Packer. Ph.D. a.k.a. “The father of antioxidants”, Carl Djerassi, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University a.k.a. “The father of the birth control pill”, and Koji Nakanishi, Ph.D., Centennial Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University, who conducted the very first research on ginkgo biloba, 30 years ago, are just a few of the multidisciplinary experts that are part of Nu Skin’s scientific advisory board.

Let’s talk ageLOC.

You say “I was really frustrated at how elusive some common facts were on their website”. Did you ever hear of intellectual property? Nu Skin who recently acquired LifeGen Techologies, and their “gene-chip”, is the only company in the world that can get a global view of the entire genome and yes, wait for it …… find “youth gene clusters”. And when they identify a particular YGC in a soft-tissue organ, they screen hundreds of different botanical blends (not just Salicin Rick!), at different ratios and in different concentrations until they find a blend that influences an aging-gene expression profile to match very closely to the gene-expression profile of someone much more youthful. This is done using a very expensive gene-expression profiling test called DNA MicroArray. A lot of the research that is going into the next ageLOC release in October 2013, which will be the first genetic weight-management solution in the world that targets 200 identified “fat-genes”, can be found on Pubmed.org – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=richard%20weindruch

So when you ask Rick, “What is the name of the ageLOC™ ingredient?” ageLOC is a technology platform that includes an algorithm. The products are the delivery system to the targeted genes.

Premiering on the Discovery Channel December 29th, an 80 minute documentary highlighting “gene-expression” and Nu Skin’s revolutionary innovation ageLOC science. In the following video trailer starting at the 1:10 mark, you’ll see Nu Skin’s corporate office and lab in Provo Utah. And at the 2:10 minute mark, you’ll see Nu Skin Chief Scientific Officer and New York Times Best Selling author of “The Aging Myth”, Dr. Joe Chang.

Nu Skin’s for real and my global team of professionals are very proud and lucky to be able to advance their clinically substantiated innovations.

Merry Christmas!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm


You have demonstrated the misunderstanding of what the evidence actually points to. I see this tendency to buy the whole marketing pitch because of the supposed grandiosity of the company or it’s scientists. They are so deceptive in how they present the evidence. Much to your dismay, the company does NOT provide any in-vivo scientific evidence that any of their products target or reverse the gene expression associated with aging in real people for any time period. This simply is not studied, but ardently believed by Nu Skin distributors. I know you are probably jumping out of your seat right now because you have seen those well crafted graphics of gene expression and heat maps. Take a look at the evidence behind these graphics and they do NOT provide the solid support you think it does for in-vivo models.

When a geneticist identifies a gene and then shows, in essentially a petri dish, that a certain botanical effects the expression of a gene in the lab, that does not translate into the effectiveness of specific Nu Skin products in actual human skin. The only thing novel about this concept is the marketing.

Since my background is not business but science, I am not able to have a substantive debate about the MLM business model. From my limited research, most people do not make any money from buying into the company. Since there are buying minimums for each distributor, they become a solid stream of cash flow for the company but a negative source of income for the distributor. Since you have made a business out of this model, I’m sure you would say otherwise.

Best Regards,



Daniel January 6, 2013 at 10:28 am

And so you ignore certain parts of his post.

So now, in particular, how do you explain that LifeGen Technologies’ research being featured on Discovery Channel? Of course the programme isn’t an advertisement for NuSkin, but the scientists and their research that developed AgeLoc for NuSkin are featured here.

Here’s the link to the video:


Morgan January 16, 2013 at 1:50 am

All this talk about the Discovery channel….I am under the impression this clip was not shown in the US but rather a few foreign countries on their Discovery channel.


King February 14, 2013 at 9:44 am

There are many scientific studies in vivo – scientific experiments performed in rats, mice, rabbits and monkeys are in vivo studies. Scientists at Life Gen have published many scientific journals.


Mario December 23, 2012 at 1:07 pm

You certainly got your work cut out and opened a can of worms
I do believe your main intention though was to get exposure to your product, and not to try expose the over hype of Nu Skin Marketing.
Also noticed that you chose not to answer some comments especially the ones asking for studies on your product.
This certainly raises questions of your credibility.
This one may come back to bite you


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. December 27, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hi Mario,

Each of the clinical trials that were used as evidence for the BioRenew formulations are listed next to the product on the website.

Do you have access to the real clinical trials for the Nu Skin products? It seems that what most distributors think is clinical evidence is actually a nice graphic created by the company. There is really very little evidence for the product. Please do not site Nu Skin marketing material but actual published studies. If you read the actual study, it is not as solid as you would like.

Best Regards,


Mario December 28, 2012 at 10:45 am

Hi Rick
Its not about whether I like it or not.
The fact remains that you are using a company which has a huge world market. By listing keywords such as Nu Skin ..scam you know that this will drive traffic your way. That is your main intention. You are hoping to capitalize on Nu Skins Marketing. Whether your product is good or not should be decided by your customers.
Usually the correct way to do things is to show the market how good your product is and not try show how bad your competitors products are


Yohannes January 6, 2013 at 3:51 am

@Mario very good point…
@Rick if your products is very good just tell to the world…
If you are good enough, i believe Nu Skin will contact you to work with you… Im just curious can we buy Discovery Channel??? Did you see ageLOC tech on Discovery Channel? If you really good, your tech really good i think we will see you at Discovery Channel. So if Discovery Channel can be bought with money, i suggest you gather all of your money and buy Discovery to publish your tech/product or whatever you want to sell.

One more thing… be positive or shut up!!!


Ann Hargreaves February 27, 2013 at 2:13 am

Oh so totally agree with your comment Mario…Rick, how do you, as one single pharmacist compare to over 100 Phd level scientists the likes of Carl Djerassi, founder of the ‘Birth control pill, Lester Packer, the father of anti-oxidant research and many many more..our collaborations with many research universities, the likes of Stanford, Harvard, Purdue, UCLA etc etc as well as our acquisition of Life Gen Technologies, word leaders in genetic research and 30 years of research and over $1.25 billion in R & D…
This company that you are coming up against has been nominated ’5th’ most trustworthy company 9mid cap0 by Forbes, for 4 years running, hold a Dun & Bradstreet 5A1 financial rating, publicly traded on the NYSE, named, the ‘Apple’ story of the industry…etc etc….
I rest my case….


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 27, 2013 at 9:34 am


Fortunately, I don’t have to compare myself to 100 PhD’s or stack up to accolades in the business industry. Mere associations do not say anything about the claims or lack of claims by Nu Skin.

The fact still remains that they are not officially claiming an alteration of gene expression based on applying or using their products. This would be illegal. Moreover, if you look at the evidence for such claims, it is surprisingly weak.

You don’t need to discredit me but address the main point of the article. The marketing is embellished and misleading.


King February 14, 2013 at 9:49 am

Umm……there are clinical trials from Nu Skin – I’ve found a few myself….you can also get the information from Nu Skin’s product support


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm


Can you give the reference for these studies? I have not seen Nu Skin products used in vivo with humans to show any genetic change. Animal studies for specific ingredients are not what I’m talking about. Most of Lifegen’s work is in calorie restriction with animals. This is not a Nu Skin product. There are many parallels drawn and inferences made but no actual studies that I’m aware of.



Michelle December 26, 2012 at 6:38 pm

I have a biased opinion. We have an optometry practice in the midwest. We discovered that instead of sending patients for botox injections or eyelid surgery, this is a much less painful and less expensive way to go. I would agree that if you’re 30 and already have flawless skin, it would not suit you well. However, we conduct lots of free facial demonstrations with the galvanic spa (which, by the way, is not hundreds of dollars per month, but around $75 with tax and shipping, a great place to start if you ask me). I was skeptical at first also, so I used it on half of my face for 2 months. You have to use it for yourself to see the difference. Either do only half of your face, or take pictures though! BTW, I was doing some research for one of our patients on a ‘lifestyle lift’ (LSL), and they cost between $6000 & $12,000, and can be very painful, have side effects for years after the surgery, and can leave scarring in some very bad places. The same issues happen with botox. With the Galvanic Spa from NuSkin, you don’t have to worry about scarring, pain, or hitting a nerve causing permanent damage! Yes, I am a distributor, but I am a person too…who tried it for myself and did my own investigation. And yes, we are all biased in one fashion or another.
Thanks Rick, for the insight, but I have seen too many differences and seen much of the R&D in this company to think that this could be ‘a common asprin ingredient’. If that were the case, wouldn’t everyone be rubbing asprin on their face?


Maggie December 26, 2012 at 9:25 pm

It’s funny the picture you put on your website isn’t the ageLoc product picture..but it’s ok.

My personal experience with NuSkin has been so beneficial..
I was sick with UTI and VTI, and I saw like 6 doctors

Finally I took the NutriPack
and R squared, the new health food product

Just within 2 weeks, the side effects from the antibiotics
I was having were reduced considerably

And I feel so much better
when I caught a sore throat

With R squared I still went to doctor
but I feel already better in the 2nd day of my medication

It’s a company that’s been around forever
and I’m sure its technology has evolved

and there has been so many testimonials

Maybe you should put aside your comments and try

And how did u know about the main ingredient

However you know.. I guess you have the right to know

whether it’s over priced or whatever

I’ll tell you the clothes you were are overprized
made in china things that’s been tagged as made in US
when the fact that u’re wearing probably cheap sweat labored

we live in a world full of amazing crap
so the day before we close our eyes and see Lord Jesus

It’s only a matter of degree of how much
we want to learn

How much lies are we being fed

Because at the end
this is the way world really is.


Maggie December 26, 2012 at 9:28 pm

and are u trying to sell your own product?
Just curious


Romnick December 29, 2012 at 6:40 am


watch this and then say that nu skin is a scam :)


Joel December 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm

It seems your blog posting is designed to be inflammatory in order to generate an emotional response from people to bring traffic to your own site and to sell your own product. You criticise nuskin for using misleading tactics in their marketing, but you are attempting to do the same thing for yourself. It is just a passive-aggressive approach. Please do your own research before posting comments on a blog. Hiding behind a professional designation to mislead the public and slander the competition in order to promote yourself and your products is unprofessional.

If your products were good enough they would stand on their own.


Matthew Cross December 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Guys, I sincerely do not see the need to go crazy over reviews. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions. All in all, ageLOC is a good product, but it is way overpriced solely due to its MLM nature, not by the premium of the ingredients. You DO need continuous intake to sustain its benefits. Cheaper option is to get a few vitamins, ginseng and cordycep separately and consume them. Accept the fact and let the matter rest.


Mary February 25, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Matthew …please have you ever made a cake???


Gervas Elifasi December 31, 2012 at 3:46 am

Where about in Tanzania are you located? May I have your contact? Want to know more about NuSkin.
in Arusha city


Gervas Elifasi December 31, 2012 at 3:50 am

I would like to know more about Nu Skin products and how you supply in our country!
Should you have an idea of opening an office in Arusha – Tanzania, then Contact me asap


Ash January 1, 2013 at 7:28 am

I do not deny the effect of Nuskin products…..but I detest the way the marketing is working. That is creating mlm zombies. A term I read on the net which is sooo true. Personally I have such an experience of how one good friend turn into a money minded..success chasing person who claims even her family are her last priority now. Such a monster created by such mlm company. Making me disgusted by the company even though their products help many.


susan January 3, 2013 at 12:08 am

I am a customer for Nuskin and I have experienced many benefits from the vitality and also been using their skin care range for 8 months now. I had very bad skin and invested so much money into other skin care such as olay, biotherm, clinique, cetaphil and aveeno for many many years before coming across nuskin products.

Since using their products I have noticed a dramatic change in my skin and my friends and family notice a difference too as they compliment me all the time which further assures me that I am using the right products. I believe it is a good investment as It used to cost me about $300 per month to buy the other skin care ranges I used to use. With Nuskin I spend on average about $300. The skin care actually lasts me 2 months as you only need to use the tiniest amount. I did the math if I were to buy Biorenew products it would actually cost me $349 per month so it tells me that Nuskin products are very competitive in Price as it is in line (if not CHEAPER) compared with other products on the market.

As for their nutritionals I use Vitality for more energy as I have severe endometriosis and one of the symptoms for me is severely depleted energy levels. The Vitality gives me a natural energy that I find lasts me through out the day, provided I follow the reccomended dose. I also took the vitality to my family doctor and asked him if they were safe. My doctor said that vitality has TGA approval so it is completely safe to use.

Before you all go and start with the name calling, I am not a Nuskin Distributor I am simply a Nuskin customer and a very impressed one at that, I can never imaging switching to another brand because I like the science behind their products. My doctor has heard of Lifegen and he told me they are well esteemed in the medical industry in gene research. Of course the next question I asked my doc is if he is a distributor for Nuskin, he told me no he simply knows of Lifegen and the research they do.

I have to admit the galvanic spa is initially expensive but that’s a one off price for the machine and the gel packs as well as the line correcting cream of $489, I worked out how much it is to use the galvanic and it is $11 per treatment once a week which works out to be roughly $44 not including delivery. That is far cheaper than buying other skin care ranges that are repeat monthly costs of $349. In the long run I save money as a Nuskin customer. But then again who really cares of the price as long as it delivers results and it doesn’t break your bank account.


susan January 3, 2013 at 12:18 am

Mathew I used to purchase cordyceps and siberian ginseng from my naturopath and it cost me $198 for a month supply compared to $45 per vitality bottle which also lasts a month. To get good quality Siberian Ginseng it costs upwards of around $400 for 10 pieces of Fresh Siberian Ginseng plus and you need to import them from reputable regions like South Korea. I know this as I am South Korean and my family go crazy with money on it as it has many health benefits. The prices also vary depending on who you get the vitamins or herbs through so if you want to purchase these seperately then make sure you find a reputable retailer that sells them or be prepared to give up a few hours of your time to go out and find a reputable naturopath or herbalist. You can check it out on NHAA (Natural Herbalists Administration Australia). And make sure the herbs are in it’s purest forms otherwise there really is no point spending money to take them if they are oxidised and not from the active part of the plant.


Sigurd January 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Hi RIck,

Can I buy your product in Norway?


Hugo (MBBS) January 7, 2013 at 12:34 am

Did a bit of research on salicin which I believed is the key ingredient behind ageLOC range of products (Source: http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Formulation-Science/Salicin-acts-on-skin-genes-to-promote-more-youthful-expression-study)

I asked myself the following questions:

(a) Question 1 : Is the clinical data supporting Salicin robust enough to draw any conclusion?

The much quoted study by Gopaul et al, Int J Cosmet Sci. 2011 Oct;33(5):416-20, I believe is inadequate to draw any robust conclusion on the role of salicin.

My thoughts on this study,

i) Given the sample size is very small (only 30 healthy subjects), will it be difficult to draw any solid conclusion from this data?

ii) Is the Ordinal grading on a nine-point scale (0 = none, 1–3 = mild,
4–6 = moderate, 7–9 = severe) of facial fine lines, mottled
pigmentation, uneven skin tone, tactile roughness,
global firmness appearance, jaw-line contour, radiance,
and overall appearance was performed by a clinical investigator, the gold standard in assessing facial ageing?

iii) It is interesting to note that at the end of the study (i.e 12 weeks), the skin moisture content is lower than baseline (i.e beginning of the study), the author explained that this could be because of misuse of the product or errors
during measurement. (How true is this?)

He further this discussed that this drop in hydration could also indicate a plateau effect of salicin on the major biological pathways related to skin moisture and hydration.

(b) Question 2: Is Salicin really the anti-oxidant / anti-ageing or could it be due to other compounds?

Atsushi et al 2012 published an article (http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/
j.freeradbiomed.2012.12.006) , Free Radical Biology and Medicine

“Willow bark has been used as a traditional medicine for the treatment of fever, pain and inflammation, and has proven effective in recent clinical trials in patients with osteoarthritis and low-back pain. Salicin, the major constituent of willow bark extract (WBE), is metabolized to salicylic acid in vivo and has been considered to play a main role in its anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

However, recent studies suggest that phenolic compounds other than salicin also contribute to the biological activities of WBE. Schmid et al. demonstrated that the serum level of salicylate derivatives after the consumption of extract with 240 mg of salicin was insufficient to explain the analgesic or anti-rheumatic effects of willow bark . It has also been reported that
phenolic compounds such as flavonoids and catechol isolated from WBE suppressed tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α-induced inflammatory adhesion molecules in human microvascular endothelial cells. Other studies have also suggested that compounds other than salicin contribute to the anti-inflammatory effects in lipopolysaccharide-activated monocytes, and to
the inhibition of enzymes of arachidonic acid metabolism such as cyclooxygenase (COX)-1, COX-2, human leukocyte elastase (HLE) and 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX).

However, the direct antioxidative properties of WBE containing many polyphenols have attracted attention as the explanation for its clinical application. Further recent studies have also demonstrated that WBE reduced oxidative stress and increased glutathione (GSH) in several animal arthritis models. These studies also suggested that WBE might suppress oxidative stress by inducing antioxidant enzymes, in addition to having radical-scavenging

The authors found that Salicin, a major anti-inflammatory ingredient of WBE, failed to activate ARE-luciferase activity, while a salicin-free WBE fraction showed intensive activity. WBE induced antioxidant enzymes and prevented oxidative stress through activation of Nrf2 independently of salicin.

They went on to investigate if the activation of Nrf2 by WBE was attributable to salicin, saligenin or salicylic acid, as metabolites of salicin. However, these
compounds failed to activate Nrf2 as assessed by ARE-luciferase activity in HUVECs.

Furthermore it is interesting to note that the WBE used in the present study contained more than 15% salicin, (which is at least 30 times higher than the dose used in Gopaul et al studies of 0.5% salicin), yet Atsushi et al’s study clearly showed that active ingredients in WBE, other than salicin, contributed significantly to the Nrf2-mediated increase in antioxidant enzymes and prevention of oxidative stress, though further studies are needed to identify the active ingredient.

(c) Question 3: What really is Youth Gene Clusters (YGC) ?- a search in the PubMed or medical journal didnt yield much result. In fact, I believe there isnt an international recognition or consensus on the terminology of YGC. No doubt there are genes and genetic pathways in the expression of ageing (in fact, there are thousands), but are all this YGC?…. so what is really YGC?

Most of the search results on YGC are mainly about NuSkin or from NuSkin sponsored sites.

Both papers by Gopaul et al 2011, are sponsored by Nu Skin.

Is the Discovery Channel program sponsored by Nu Skin ?

It is my opinion that Salicin based products (for eg AgeLoc) do work for certain people. But whether it is the next blockbuster product as anti oxidant or its role in reversal of ageing remained questionable.

Nevertheless the work of Dr Joe Chang and his team of scientist at Nu Skin for identifying “Youth Gene Clusters” (YGC) are highly commendable. However, (in my opinion), I fail to see and appreciate the linkage of salicin containing products and YGC given the currently available data.

I need to reiterate that I am NOT in any way against Nu Skin. To give the benefit of doubt, (as suggested by Atsushi et al), could Willow Bark Extract (WBE) be a more cost effective alternative ? Perhaps future studies will look into this.

Hugo (MBBS)


Sarah Chong January 7, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Hello and greetings, Rick. I am so glad to have stumbled upon your website. I’m not too sure if you’re bias or simply being neutral towards Nu Skin, but you have proven your points clearly in the article. This evening a customer of mine (who happens to be a Nu Skin salesperson) spoke to me about this R2 product and how it would be able to help my dad in terms of his stomach ulcer and high blood pressure problems. I am doubtful of it and would like to hear your advice on this. What can I do to help my father and is it worth it to get involved in Nu Skin products? Btw, the salesperson trustingly left a pack of ageLOC with me so that I can show it to my parents and convince them that they should try it.

Best regards,


Farah May 28, 2013 at 7:40 am

I know it’s been months since your post but I hope you didn’t give your father a product that is metabolised into salicylic acid. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, of which aspirin is a member, are well-known to cause stomach ulcers (esp for the elderly), so- NOT A GOOD IDEA. Other side-effects of this group of chemicals- kidney failure, allergic reactions, interactions with other drugs. Even if it contains small amounts, I wouldn’t risk it.


Hugo (MBBS) January 7, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Bump onto this article….. read with an open mind….

Nu Skin told not to use researcher’s name



Mary February 24, 2013 at 10:16 pm

If more research is done I think you will find there is a big question mark over this article. There are many discrepencies in this article and it is simply not the truth. Don’t belive me, just do a bit of research on it. Cheers


Sze Juen January 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

hi there, i have R2 available. 5 sets and 1 free…

call +65 9696 2328


Dan January 15, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I started using Vitality a month ago, as well as the Nano Pak Vitamins. Not sure what is causing my breast to enlarge and nipples to hurt! Weird for a man, but wondered if there may be some hormone in Vitality that could cause this?


Odette January 16, 2013 at 4:38 am

Hello! I just recently found out that ageLoc has been featured last December in discovery channel. check it at youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFuaXL3YSYI


Jess January 21, 2013 at 12:05 am

Hmm a very Biased & uneducated opinion it seems and not a “real” objective review at all! I will cover just a few points otherwise I could be here all day…

Firstly, there is no one main ingredient to ageloc. Ageloc is a scientific platform using the latest in gene chip technology (breakthrough 1) to classify the groups of genes associated with aging (breakthrough 2) & to identify natural ingredient blends that can retune these groups of genes to return to their healthy & youthful balance (breakthrough 3). These ingredients then form the base of the different targeted ageloc products which so far include gels that are used with the galvanic spa (Another of Nuskin’s many breakthroughs) The daily skin care system called Transformation & for inner youthfulness R2 (an upgrade to the original ageloc vitality) is a two pronged herbal solution that reignites cellular detoxification and energy production providing better stamina, mental clarity, libido etc,etc,etc.

This current range is just the tip of the iceberg as this ageloc scientific platform can be applied to any part of the body so there is much more to come as research continues! The most recent discovery fuelling the next solution to come in October as previously mentioned is a genetically based weight loss solution which is set to break all records & change many lives for the better!

The amazing gene chip technology & database allowing all of this is the result of 30 years of very well documented research into caloric restriction by Lifegen technologies, a company established & run by two of the the most published scientists in their field! Nu skin have a long history of identifying leaders in their field to partner with to make the best & most innovative products available!

So you see to say there is one simple ingredient behind ageloc is pure ignorance and attention seeking on your behalf! It seems you are the one who has been exposed for trying to use Nuskin’s name & controversy to attract traffic to your site & build a name for yourself & your own product.

I have personally met many very trustworthy & caring professionals here in Australia who have studied the science behind the ageloc claims (all at first very sceptically) including very successful & experienced Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Naturopaths & a renowned clinical researcher and published author who was also extremely sceptical at first but was challenged as a scientist to look further into it before passing judgement, so… she spent 6 months researching ageloc trying to prove it was all hype and to her surprise found not only were the claims valid but they were greatly understated!

I myself have gone from a complete sceptic to a total believer in what Nuskin have to offer! Granted I am not a scientist but I scientifically minded & very interested in how things work and so I have also done allot of independent research on the different products Nu skin provide for my own peace of mind and in the end tried for myself which I believe is the best test! Yes they don’t plaster every page on their site with deep science as most people simply don’t care and it puts them off! Most people just want to know how it can help them & how much it will cost them, nothing more! But for those of us who do like more in depth info I have found the company very transparent & it is very easy to find more info!

I have been blown away by the findings & results each and every time I have looked into or tried anything Nuskin offer from their toothpaste to the ageloc range of solutions!

On a personal note: Ageloc Vitality & the upgrade R2 have changed my life! I went from suffering from what doctors diagnosed as Chronic Fatigue & Fibromyalgia , simply surviving & getting through each day – to now Thriving and thoroughly enjoying each day feeling better than I ever thought possible! I had suffered for 16 years and tried everything doctors, naturopaths & other mlm companies had suggested prior to this & nothing had ever provided any major improvement so I was not hopeful of any great change from ageloc regardless of the big claims but thought it warranted a try, after a couple of months the impact it had made on my life was undeniable! The Positive effect simply giving the nuskin products a go has had on my life & my family is incredible! I also now look at least 5 years younger thanks to the galvanic spa, ageloc gels and transformation set which I also never believed possible at first! (My before & after pictures can be seen at http://www.facebook/LoveTheWayYou Age)

So am I a biased consultant? I am now! But only after all the independent research I did & the amazing experiences I had with the products! How could I not share the great benefits I experienced! Keeping it to myself would simply be selfish! The fact that I now get very well paid for helping others is just a really great bonus! Granted a bonus that has allowed my family & I many Choices & Freedoms simply not possible before, but a bonus none the less! The real reward is the fulfilment that comes from helping others which is the core of what this company that I am now proud to represent is built around!

I encourage everyone looking into NuSkin & AgeLoc to do their own research & testing and do not allow the word of a man using the Nuskin name to drive traffic to his own product deprive you from trying these amazing solutions for yourself! Giving it a go could very well change your life like it did mine!

If you want to understand the science Start with a Google search on Life Gen technologies with whom NuSkin collaborated with to develop the ageloc platform & have now acquired making the 30 years of data collected by them exclusively ours and putting us 30 years ahead of any competition!

Also Take a look at the unsolicited documentary featuring Nu Skin, Lifegen as well as other leading genetic researchers called “DNA The Next Wave” which can easily be found on Youtube or I noticed links on a few of the comments above!

Also The Research centre in Provo Utah is always open to enquiring minds who are willing & able to visit.

The product support department are also open to enquiries by calling nuskin head office on 1300nuskin (Aus #) and give very candid answers absent of any hype and can provide validated information very quickly and easily when requested!

I can also be contacted via beautynaturally@live.com or my facebook page mentioned above if anyone would like to give me the privilege of helping them!

Kindest Regards Jess


Unconvinced January 23, 2013 at 5:12 am

Rick – thanks for this article. You have maintained a very balanced and fair skepticism about this product, which I personally find pretty hard to take seriously (the product, not you!).

We don’t know who is posting positive comments, they could be like Amazon comments where sometimes the authors themselves are writing their own reviews to bump up their ratings.

What is needed is simple, scientific facts to prove how well this product works, or not. From what I’ve read, this has yet to be scientifically and factually demonstrated and the rest is the kind of marketing that a lot of good people easily fall for.

Keep up the objective investigation, unbiased viewpoints, and constructive commentary!

Hey, if this stuff is PROVEN to work I’ll buy a case of it , even at that outrageous cost.


Masyr January 23, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Thanks Rick for your interesting article. I have been trying to find the active ingredient without success. Thanks for pointer.
While I also have to agree that this review of yours certainly benefit from Nu Skin traffic and ultimately possibly your product, I also acknowledge the actual useful info from it. Good marketing move that’s also useful and nowhere near to the questionable moral of some MLM marketers (critiqing marketers, not product here, mind you!)
With respect to quotes on discovery channel- seriously the moment I watch it is when I felt Nu Skin is scamming (especially given what I read on their website). To quote discovery endorsing nu skin Ageloc tech obviously do not understand the sometimes tenuous link between research and final product.


Amy Chan January 29, 2013 at 10:58 am

I used this product and started breaking out. I stopped using it for 1 week because i thought it was the galvanic spa plate- if u have a bad reaction to nickel dont use the galvanic spa. I started using the ageloc pearl by itself again to give it a fair shot. 5 minutes after using the tiny capsule on my smile line, crows feet area, forehead and jawline my face started to itch. My sales rep keeps pushing me to continue to try other products instead of working with me on a refund. She claims noone she knows has had a bad reaction and stands by the product. I need to know if anyone else has had issues like me. :-(


Kay January 30, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Hi I was excited at first when I had facial with this product. Then my face went red hot & itchy, swollen after 40 mins. My face puffed out so yes the fine lines, wrinkles looked less. but I spoke to colleague who said the puffines is reaction to salicylic acid or maybe petro chemical in petroleum in product. So fine lines not really gone just looked like they had. Puffiness went down my lines reappeared. I had to cleanse my face use cold compress. Worth a try thou nothing ventured nothing gained.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 31, 2013 at 9:29 am

Unfortunately, any anti aging product can cause a reaction like this. I hope you find something better that doesn’t cause problem.


Kay February 10, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Hi Rick, tks for yr answer. A colleague who is studying a science degree mentioned is it F.D.A approved. Also I’m a beauty therapist & was taught that the skin is designed to expel toxins from the envirnoment working like a valve one way to keep us safe. Therefore creams can only penetrate the epidermis. Vit E etc molecules can’t pentrate deep enough as to large so they can’t do any good. I was bit sceptical when my friend gave me a free facial 1/2 side of my face. She claimed these amazing facts by Nu skin the reverse of the skins dna by producing new collagen sounded unbelievable. Yes my face did have fewer lines, initially look good till 20 mins later more like puffy, blow out very bad. On my way home, I rubbed my eyes skin cos sore they soon went piggy like skin very inflamed. My patner wondered wot happened to my face as so hot ,red, puffy, itchy. Any won’t use again.
I keep to my basic cream, no parabens, fragrance free,no petrochemical. simple packaging. Beauty Naturals. p.s. I will try yr bio renew


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 10, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Nu Skin products are not FDA approved which puts limits on how they can market.

You are right about the skin. It is designed to be a barrier. However, depending on the chemical properties of the formulation, some ingredients can penetrate into the epidermis.


Kay February 11, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Hi Rick sent a thread earlier. My question more or less answered from yr opening thread & other thread. Sori must be tired Kay

Ray C September 11, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Hi Kay, the breaking out is the healing process that the galvanic spa trigger. You have been using so many facial products that uses chemicals and stuff and it was submerged deep within your skin. How galvanic Spa works is the first serum contains negative ions that could immediately penetrate the epidermic layers to blend with those toxins and other unwanted chemicals in your skins. Then the second serum is the opposite, it contains positive ions that will pull out the negative ions from under your skins including the unwanted toxins. This process leaves a substantial damage to your epidermic layer because the toxins molecule unlike the Spa serum is larger harder to penetrate your skins. This cause the break out. So your skin will heal and will improve afterwards. Consider it like a withdrawal syndrome from using your previous products. After the break out , then youll see the true results.

Amy Chan January 29, 2013 at 11:16 am

As a child I was very sensitive to aspirin… I just reread your article and now I know know why I cant use this product. :-(


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 30, 2013 at 9:30 am

Hi Amy, I suggest that you take a look at the ingredient list on the bottle to determine if it contains something you are allergic to. One of the studies cited by Nu Skin uses Salicin to support it’s claims. Your specific may or may not have it. I wish you the best of luck.



Chze Lor January 30, 2013 at 1:25 am

Hi there, your review lacks in scientific documents to support your article. Further more, Salicin was not written in the ingredient label on R2 bottle. R2 had many more ingredient which is worth mentioning in a proper scientific review. For your information, by feeding on Salicin will not make your white hair grow black.

Further more, if it is a marketing way to promote Nu Skin, I think Discovery Channel will interview you rather than the very scientist who found this gene expression resetting technology.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. January 30, 2013 at 9:52 am

Chze, first let me start by saying you are right about Salicin. This is not the only ingredient touted in ageLOC technology. If you look at the evidence that Nu Skin promotes in the scientific community, Salicin is one of the few ingredients it cites. As stated many times, the point of the article is to get the readers to ask critical questions that cut through the slogans and marketing hype. What you think Nu Skin is claiming, is actually not what they are claiming.

About the feature on the show aired on Discovery Channel. This was great for marketing! However, they only cited the same talking points that are full of elusive statements and equivocation. Again, what you think they are claiming about their products having an actual effect on the genes of specific customers is not reality.



Nick Chan February 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

Just want to say a big thank you Rick! Thank you for your wonderful review! Cheers!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Thank you Nick. I appreciate that very much.


George P February 3, 2013 at 4:36 am

About Discovery, if Im not wrong, Nuskin is not mentioned…great marketing.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 4, 2013 at 1:35 pm

George, I caught that as well.

I believe the reason they did not specifically mention the company was because of the FDA regulations. Their marketing is already suspect because it sounds like a drug. If you market a skin care product and make claims that it heals or mitigates disease, then you will need a new drug application.

This is why I always tell Nu Skin fans that they are not telling you what you think they are. Their wording is chosen very carefully to make the impression to someone who is non scientific but actually not make the claim.



Isabel February 5, 2013 at 6:08 pm

The bottom line is “TRUST” or “FAITH”… if a person keeps on being skeptical with the things around him then that is what would age him drastically. I am in my early fifties and I would not waste my time studying or researching the chemical composition of a product coz by the time I would have finished my study I would be dead. HAHA!!!. If NU SKIN is doing superbly great, then a big round of applause. Some are allergic to their products but some are not. God gave us the freedom to choose what we would do to make our body, mind and soul healthy. Keep on loving everybody!!!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 6, 2013 at 5:21 pm

Isabel, there is an old saying, “Trust but verify.”

I think it applies here.



Isabel February 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

I have been a user of their face and body care products since 1998 and still loving it especially the body bar. I have not tried their ageloc because I do not need it yet. Maybe in the next 5 years.


Gerhard Brummer February 6, 2013 at 12:00 am

Rick, as a Clinical Psychologist here in South Africa I must congratulate you with the professional way in which you handle the many diverse questions faced. I was also approached by a NU Skin agent two days ago. Very informative reading your site; thank you. Just my view on all of this: Doctors will advise you to take various cholesterol lowering medicine (developed by accredited and multi billion dollar companies) to keep your arteries from clotting. The above is costing you a lot of money, the doctors make their money, and the pharmaceutical companies producing these products are making their money. This is ridicules; because: The only simple thing the doctor has to do is to tell his/her patient to stop eating meat (great amounts of protein), invest in vegetables and fruits, stop the smoking and do at least 40 minutes of exercise. The latter will save you a lot of money and your life. The doctor can not tell you this because he will not have a job to come back to. The Nu Skin ‘thing’ works on the same principle. It might be a great product; but their marketing is even greater. Be careful of marketing people! I have some other businesses as well that relay heavely on marketing principles – marketing is a clever science!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 6, 2013 at 5:20 pm


I like your analogy and totally agree!

Thank you for the compliment, my friend.



Matthew Cross March 10, 2013 at 10:12 am


Good summary! A friend of mine was approached by a “Nu Skin” doctor recently. One of the pre-requisites of their 90 days transformation pack (forgot the name), is good diet… They said mind is a good medicine, as long as you believe…and expensive… :)

Kindest regards,


ualyma February 6, 2013 at 1:03 am

I have been using Galvanic Spa for few weeks and most of my blackheads are gone. I used to be a facial fan at beauty clinic but I can now save that money to spend on other Nu Skin products (just bought the ageloc transformation set) and its supplements. I don’t see any problem of a company promoting its products by either using advertisements (like those well-known brands) or MLM as long as its products are effective and cause no harm to humans. Of course I believe certain distributors are not behaving properly or their sales tactics are too aggressive. Whether NuSkin products are overpriced really depends on each individual spending power. The most important thing is whether the products work for you. Just like going to a Michelin star restaurant and you expected to pay a fortune but the food turned out just ok or even bad. I am sure you felt being cheated. So quality and visible results are the critical factors in choosing products rather than spending a lot of money to doctors in healing any diseases or aging issues.

Thank you for setting up this forum for me to know more relevant details and to share my opinion.


Catherine February 8, 2013 at 6:42 am


I am proud of my Nuskin Company a leader in innovation!!What this company has done for me and my family is remarkable .Exspensive? I don’t think so!
We don’t need marketing skills to sell the product ,the products sells itself.The Difference. Demostrated. in health and in Beauty.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 8, 2013 at 10:58 am


Thank you for sharing your experience with Nu Skin. Everyone must make their own judgements about the products. It is my hope that they make a decision in light of other points of view as well.



Maeve February 17, 2013 at 7:50 am

Hi I’m currently on my 6th bottle of ageloc r2 and I HAVEN’T SEEN RESULTS YET. Please if any of the Nu Skin distributors point me to their customers who had actual good results with pictures as proof please do let me know. The only people I know who are raving about it are all from Nu Skin. I also saw how people paid money for their TRA weight loss program and they were required to go on a diet. I was a skeptic before and an unbeliever now. I was willing to pay just to see results. I’m already on my 6th bottle and I haven’t felt any positive results yet. I also don’t look and feel younger. I also can’t find any unbiased testimonials and reviews.

I know everyone needs to earn but please sell products that actually work.


Ren May 22, 2013 at 4:08 am


No single reply here? Really?

Where can customers find real reviews?


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 9:06 pm

Sorry I’ve seen alot of same comments regarding R2.

ANd I found out that they were using the products wrong. May you please describe how you use your R2?

The Proper usage is to combined R2 with LifePak

so Take 6 caps of Day R2 in the morning after Breakfast followed by 1 Sachet of Lifepak

and 2 caps of Night R2 at night after Dinner followed by 1 Sachet of Lifepak.

How Lifepak works is to increase your metabolic rate up to 3 times and increase R2 effectiveness to 3 times.

I Already see results in 3 weeks, My face looks younger and the skin pores is smaller and my face is becoming more smooth and fair. (I dont use Galvanic Spa)

I do use TRA though, after all of those diet programs, tools and drigs i have invested with no results from 105 KG ended up to 115kg. After using TRA for 3 month have reduced my weight to 97 kg. Still to fat for me and took another batch, within 1 months now im already at 90 kg.

The problem is not the product, the problem is whether you use it correctly or not.


celia February 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm


and thanks for the great and honest conversation starte you have going here. its nice to see some frankness. Actually I have to admit that I am a happy NuSkin user, and see amazing results. But as the daughter of two doctors and scientists, I do feel they are heavy on the marketing side, so I went to the company, and even interviewed and quite honestly grilled the scientist at a meeting there. they were friendly and helpful, and very willing to show me the research and go into a more scientific explanation and backing, that they normally don’t do… because most people get lost, confused and bored… bad for marketing.
but i was impressed with how they handled me and my questions.
MORE importantly… using their products have changed my skin, and for the first time in 30 years, i have seen dramatic changes in my acne and acne scarring, which wasn’t even the reason i started using the product. my dermatologist was surprised the last time she saw me… and i have been on acutane twice!
i am happy, and seeing from your site, the prices of the products are not much more than yours, just as a side note :)
but more importantly, do your research, laugh at the ridiculousness of the marketing… and we are all different, and not everything works for everyone. but compared to having tried EVERYTHING in the market… their products are surprisingly effective in my book.
have a great day!


Gie March 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

Hi celia, what product did you use for acne?


Missy February 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Hello im just wondering what is the best nu skin system to buy for a person like me (late 20s) to pervent any winkles on my face and under eyes for the future and get smooth looking skin young skin, that i heard pushes the cheek muscles a little higher? I been looking into this products few years ago and i think galvanic system does that?


Mary February 24, 2013 at 10:22 pm

Hi Missy, glad to help with further info if you would like to contact me direct at marymatt2002@yahoo.com.au. I am a qualified therapist who has been using the Nu skin products for over 20 years. However you could certainly start using the Galvanic spa and related products to help to prevent skin aging. You also need to look at your diet and supplements so for that reason you may want to email me.



Melissa February 23, 2013 at 2:21 am

If Nu Skin isn’t so good, Why is it the been the top (NR 1) anti-ageing product for 3 years in a row!!!! And according to NYSE its the 4th best ethical and safest company to do business with. I’d say it is very unethical of you to bad-mouth a other product and I’d say you are only doing it because Nu Skin is your competition. Nu Skin works and their research is patented and no-one is allowed to touch this technology for the next 20 years and their technology is already 10 or so years in advance.

Nu Skin can’t be a pyramid scheme because Pyramid schemes won’t have their Financial statements open for the public to see and won’t be listed in the NYSE (New York Stock Exchange) and NS has a 5A-1 D&B financial rating which means they are one of the best companies. America had a 5A-1 rating last year and they where down graded. 5A-1 being the highest.

In 2005 NS was nr 1 for the best new most innovative product at the Stevie awards, ipad was nr 2

So stop bad mouthing NS

Anyone who wants to see for themselves what Nu Skin is about, Go to a Business Opportunity Meeting in your area or let me know on here and I’ll gaive your the RIGHT information!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 24, 2013 at 3:01 pm


I wasn’t “bad mouthing” Nu Skin but merely calling into question their marketing claims.

I think I have made it very clear that I believe they are being misleading about their supposed “gene technology”. The actual evidence is probably not what you think it is. They are not even claiming what most MLM agents, like yourself, believe they are.



Sherry Claridge March 10, 2013 at 1:59 am

Excellent response Melissa that has put Rick Rhoads on his place!


Melissa February 23, 2013 at 2:23 am

@ Missy, send me your email adress and I’ll send you info


Melissa February 23, 2013 at 2:37 am

If anyone want info contact me on melissa_theron@yahoo.com


Missy February 24, 2013 at 10:14 am

My email is tiarabarbika@yahoo.com

Thank you!


Trish February 27, 2013 at 4:26 am

Hi Rick, what are your thoughts and findings about the little machine that is used with the Nu Skin gel? What is it exactly, and is it safe?


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 4, 2013 at 9:02 am


From my limited research about the Galvanic Spa, I believe it is beneficial. I’m not sure that it actually improves ingredient absorption at significant levels. The act of using the spa problems helps to promote firmness in the short term. I’ve spoken with a few people that use it. They really like it but say the results only last for a few days.

I hope this helps.


Angel March 2, 2013 at 8:15 pm

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Angel March 2, 2013 at 9:26 pm

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or contact me at +6593890132


Sylvia March 6, 2013 at 8:58 am

I am amazed at all the NUSkin Agents on here trying to drum up buisness.

I bought into some hype and tried a few new skin product.
I was not impressed and personally found the less expensive brands at Costco better.
I did by the vitality and have had the runs for a few days…. stubled upon your website. personally would never buy Nu skin again….Over priced and too much Hype.
Going back to Loreal..:)
From Las Vegas


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 9:25 pm

Hi Sylvia, too bad you stop using Nu Skin products. Not sure what would you try to achieve when you purchase one but please not that Nu Skin products is not a miracle drugs that will show results in a day. If you previously using other products, most Nu Skin products will force your body to cleanse that previous products first then show results. Talk about over priced, unfortunately the bitter taste of low quality still last further on after the sweetness of low price is long forgotten. Hope you the best for your endeavor


Kathy March 13, 2013 at 3:34 pm

I have been to a few of the Nu skin meetings and I’m not sure about whether I should sign up as an agent, anyone who has any experience in this type of selling says don’t do it, cos it’s will only cost me money and will not make any money really, not the amount they plug on these meetings. After reading all this, I’m not so sure I should do it. They very convincing and it’s easy btw get sucked, it reminded me of a cult, everything seemed to good to be true. They say I have to work at, but how long do I need to work at it and how much do I have to spend. Could anyone who’ve had real positive results and how long it took please come back to me. Or if it didnt work for them and why? Thanks


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Hi Kathy I worked as a Senior Manager at a Bank. Frankly speaking i earned a very well payment in a Bank with job security and financial security from market volatility since interest rate for employees is considered as facilities so it will not be affected by market situations. As a person who works at a bank for nearly 10 years. I see that working in a financial institutions could provide me a financial security. But unfortunately that is not true. Because in another 25 years i will be retired and I have to depend on my savings to live my life. This is a bitter realization where i found in Nu Skin Meetings. Then I see what does Nu Skin can give me. I do not ask to many things regarding this. I just asked the person who invite me to the meetings 1 question. “How can I achieve that? what should I do?”. For a person in a banking industries I have seen a lot of business industry model, But never an MLM. Its a very specific industry and you really need to respect the industry and learned to be successful. I dont try to be a smart person and teach them to do the business but I’m willing to learn how. I dont ask questions from my leaders why i should do what they told me to do. I just do. And after 4 month doing it my commisions exceed my monthly sallary in the Bank which i have spent the last 10 years working. Then I realize what does Donald Trump says in Larry King show, If he went broke he would find a good networking company and start work on it. The Key point is GOOD NETWORKING COMPANY which is supported by the technology and WORK ON IT. MLM is an enterpreneurship not a job. You wont get result if you treat it like working on a company. no body tells yu to work in MLM, but they are willing to teach you how to be successful. If only you would start to listen instead just hear what they told you. I believe you can be successful in this indusrtry. Good luck for your quest in finding a Good Networking Company, Ialready find it in Nu Skin.


Alie March 18, 2013 at 6:18 am

How old can assume nu skin r2?


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 9:54 pm

Hi Alie, you mean to consume R2 right. Well the instructions advise children above 10. But I have seen the results to a child with autism on age 8, which R2 have totally cured him from his autism. Since the products is Natural Extract which is food base not chemical, so I believe it should be okay for children. But I’m not a doctor so please stick with the instruction manuals.


PIRKKO WASICKI March 20, 2013 at 5:07 am

How stupid!!!! You are selling your own prodakts and putting down oteher company wich is grate!!! NU SKIN is grate company and You are far away from it


Myself March 21, 2013 at 3:58 am

Wow! This is a perfect spam-like article masquerading as scientific and objective.

You have taken the dark art to perfection!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 29, 2013 at 4:14 pm

No name?

What specific point in the article do you object to?


Debbie March 21, 2013 at 7:50 pm

I have personally tried Nu Skin Ageloc Transformation products as well as the Nu Skin Galvanic Gels. I have also tried Bio Renew. I think both companies have great products yielding great results. I stopped using Nu Skin Ageloc Transformation and Galvanic Gels not because they didn’t work but because they were too overpriced. For those of you who think they are affordable then you must have lots of money. The Transformation skincare set of 4 products only lasts one month ($365 dollars) and the Galvanic Gels you would need to order 2 boxes a month ($39 x 2 = $78). Really?!!! That’s $413 just for your face. Add anything else such as Nu
Skin’s supplements and you’d easily be spending over $500 per month.

All I can say is that Nu Skin products do produce results, but I’m not willing to pay that kind of money each month.


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

I spend more that $500 a month for Nu SKin products, but also receive a lot more from my Nu Skin commisions ^_^


Jeff Lim March 22, 2013 at 9:26 am

Hi Rick,

Just to check the reaction of comsuming Ageloc R2 for first time cos my mom had cough for 4 days now.

Please help



Ravenol March 26, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Hi Mr. Rick I will take my chances with a company with 175 world renowned staff scientist with 75 PHD holders with 30 years of findings vs a single researcher.

Here are my questions to you

What is the name of the active anti-aging compound?
What concentration is in the formulation?
What scientific studies support that ingredient?



RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 27, 2013 at 9:59 am


These questions are answered on the product pages of our website. Check out http://www.biorenewskincare.com/store/daily-restore/tone-and-glow-corrective-therapy.html

Thank you,


michael March 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hi all if you need more info on Nuskin products and business opportunity that will change you life please contact me michael.camillus@yahoo.com or 0123939081 . I am based in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. I come from the No.1 and the fastest moving group in the world in Nuskin


michael March 26, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I agree Melissa

Nuskin has 175 staff scientist 75 PHD holders lead by Professor Dr. Carl Djerassi, author, playwright, and emeritus professor of chemistry at Stanford University who is the Father of Birth control Pills. He even has his own stamp in his country.

Nuskin OWNS LifeGen Technologies and together with Dr.Richard Weindruch Ph.D. Director and Co-founder., Tomas A. Prolla Ph.D. Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer and

Dr. Joseph Y. Chang, Joe, PhD has been the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Nu Skin Enterprises Inc. since February 2006. Dr. Chang serves as Chief Scientific Officer and President of Pharmanex LLC. He serves as the Chief Scientific Officer and Executive Vice President of Product Development at Nu Skin International Inc.

They have been interviewed by CNN and Discovery Channel. Please take a look at Reavealed: DNA the Next Wave on youtube.

AgeLoc is shocking the world and leading the anti aging industry

I have used almost all of Nuskin and Pharmanex Products and I swear on the products which is by far the best in the WORLD.


michael March 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm

Nu Skin is the highest (NO. 1 in the world) paying in terms of commission and has created 860 plus millionaires and counting. If you want to make 1 million USD in 2 years please contact me. michael.camillus@yahoo.com. +60123939081 Kuala Lumpur ,Malaysia. My leaders are the top earners in direct selling industry.


michael March 27, 2013 at 11:40 am

Rick what are your answers to the questions below for biorenew skin care?

What is the name of the active anti-aging compound?
What concentration is in the formulation?
What scientific studies support that ingredient?


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm


We post this information on all of our product pages. You can refer to the Key Sciences section on this page: http://www.biorenewskincare.com/store/daily-restore/tone-and-glow-corrective-therapy.html



Debbie March 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

I think alot of people posting on this blog are mixing up the Ageloc skincare products with the Ageloc nutritional supplements. I believe what Mr. Rhoads is referring to is the Ageloc skincare products.

I see that many of you are blogging are Nu Skin distributors. I have a few friends that are Nu Skin distributors and many quit being a distributor after a short while as you have to join for $1,425 and in turn have to sell four Ageloc galvanic spa packages that come with the business builder kit and try to get people to signup as distributors by each of them paying $1,425. Of the few friends I have that are still in the business, I don’t see not one of them making any kind of money to brag about. After buying all these products for themselves, and products to use to demo on potential customers, and paying for trips to Nu Skin conventions in Utah or wherever else, they have probably spent more money than they made.

The only way to get a discount on Nu Skin products if you don’t want to be a distributor is to signup for their ADR program. Who wants to get stuck having to have products auto delivered to you each month?

If you are thinking about joining Nu Skin, see if you can find anyone that is making so much money that they had to quit their job. Do some research and you will find out that the majority of Nu Skin product sales are made by distributors and only a wee percentage is making the big money.

If Nu Skin Ageloc skincare products are so fantastic, how come I don’t see any distributors making money?


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. March 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm


Thank you for your thoughtful comment. Yes, you are right about the article being about their skin care products and not the supplements. However, I do believe the same principles apply. They make pseudo claims that are misleading and unsubstantiated.



Debbie March 30, 2013 at 9:12 am


Be prepared as I can see another wave of backlash coming now from Nu Skin proponents. They’ve all been told that this Ageloc stuff is a hot item and with them coming in at it’s inception that they’ll be making millions. That’s the nonesense that the big guys on top want you to believe.
I’m glad I am smart enough not to get sucked into this.

There are many great skincare lines out there that cost way less than Nu Skin Ageloc.



Ray C September 11, 2013 at 10:05 pm

Hi Debby, I just reply our friend Kathy above, but I will share with you again my experience. I worked as a Senior Manager at a Bank. Frankly speaking Iearned a very well payment in a Bank with job security and financial security from market volatility since interest rate for employees is considered as facilities so it will not be affected by market situations. As a person who works at a bank for nearly 10 years. I see that working in a financial institutions could provide me a financial security. But unfortunately that is not true. Because in another 25 years I will be retired and I have to depend on my savings to live my life. This is a bitter realization where I found in Nu Skin Meetings. Then I see what does Nu Skin can give me. I do not ask too many things regarding this. I just asked the person who invite me to the meetings 1 question. “What should I do to achieve what you just told me?”. For a person who works in a banking industries I have seen a lot of business industry model, But never an MLM. Its a very specific industry and you really need to respect the industry and learned to be successful. I dont try to be a smart person and teach them how to do a business but I’m willing to learn how to do an MLM business. I dont ask questions from my leaders why I should do what they told me to do. I just do. And after 4 months doing it my commisions exceed my monthly sallary in the Bank which i have spent the last 10 years working. Then I realize what does Donald Trump says in Larry King show, If he went broke he would find a good networking company and start work on it. The Key point is GOOD NETWORKING COMPANY which is supported by the technology and WORK ON IT. MLM is an enterpreneurship not a job. You wont get result if you treat it like working on a company. No body tells you to work in MLM, but they are willing to teach you how to be successful. If only you would start to listen instead just hear what they told you. I believe you can be successful in this indusrtry. Good luck for your quest in finding what you want in life, I already find it in Nu Skin.


Lingz April 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

Every products Every business people or sales person do need to maintain sales quota.. So i think MLM is for people who always ready for challenge? :) Cuz my friend is quite success in her MLM business.. Every business also same i think O_o


Candy April 1, 2013 at 10:11 am

I don’t believe any view can be unbiased when it comes from a scientist who is part of a company selling competitive products!!!
To be completely unbiased and objective I believe that view would need to be from a scientist with experience in genetic research who has NO connection whatsoever to the sale of ‘antiaging’ products.
How can one, who may not have any science background, take the opinion of one scientist selling antiaging products and ‘exposing’ the myths of another company that also sells antiaging products as telling the absolute unbiased truth?!?!?!
To have no involvement whatsoever with an antiaging product company would show more credibility, moreso if the review included a number of those companies out there and their products/claims.


Maria July 24, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Exactly! Very unprofessional and I would say, unethical thing to do.
I am a consumer of several Nu Skin products. It is not the emperor’s new clothes. It works as advertised. I am not in the Nu Skin business. I am just a consumer.

“Sign me up for the newsletter!” – kidding right? Would be full of b.s. just like this shitty guy writing a so-called professional, unbiased review! BAH!


simon April 9, 2013 at 1:27 am

Please info if I can obtain these in Malaysia?


Mae April 16, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Hi Simon,

If you would like further info on NuSkin like where to get the products or view their centre, please feel free to drop me an email at cinmaeloke@yahoo.com or cinmaeloke@gmail.com. I’m from Malaysia.

Have a good day:)


Patty April 14, 2013 at 8:24 pm

If you can’t measure you have no proof. If you can measure you have proof. NuSkin ageLOC heatmaps are proof. Everything we do changes the expression of our genes. The goal is to actually target specific gene groups in your ” genetic orchestra” and “tune” them with specific nutrients to respond more youth fully. Point in fact: the Transformation line of products targets and changes the behavior of 135 genes. Look at the heatmaps that show the ” measured workout” of each of these genes change with the application of the ingredients for that ageLOC ” recipe. The Vitality product addresses 52 genes in the mitochondria energy pathway. View that heatmap as well. Lifegen has 300 published papers in the stop peer reviewed scientific journals in the world including SCIENCE. These and the other 75 PHd’s and scientists have worked for decades building their backgrounds and reputations to throw them away on a hyped product line… NEVER!!! AgeLOC.com is good place to start. There is an entire scientific compendium on the NuSkin site and the Scientific Advisory Board is extraordinary. If the science wasn’t there Lifegen Technologies would not partner nor be later purchased by NuSkin. The first gene expression weight control program is coming in October as a limited time offer. Obesity is a world epidemic and the ageLOC science is coming out about this in June along with our new version of the BioPhotonic Antioxidant Scanner that has 6 published studies in peer reviewed journals. Scanner is from the University of Utah at their Center for BioMedical Optics. It’s no small wonder that the Discovery Channel featured the ageLOC science in a 15 min. segment along with features on disease and genetics and forensics and genetics. It’s worth repeating… Everything we do influences the behavior of our genes. Eat 2 tbs of olive oil and you will influence 98 genes. The difference is they were randomly chosen and influenced. AgeLOC is targeting specific groups with specifics blends of nutrients to get specific gene expression changes. Think of it as the conductor of your genetic orchestra tuning sections if the orchestra to play together. They will play your more youthful song and we can prove it with heatmaps and gene patented chip technology. If your not excited about this science then you don’t yet understand it or don’t wish to. It will give you more control over your biological aging processes. I’d hate to think I could have aged better and missed the change because my mind was not open to do the homework … Happy aging to all of you…


JL April 15, 2013 at 11:43 pm

Followed the comments closely here – very lively exchange. And Rick takes effort to answer most of them! I am also very interested to hear reviews about Nuskin. Oh well, yes, I have recently signed up as a distributor but yet to be totally convinced, even though I am told to believe. I still remain divided about the stand of the brand :-) and is open to hear either side of the views.

Personally, I think Nuskin is a great brand and has credible products. I simply think that direct selling is just another channel to recommend good products to fellow friends and family. If I had the distribution rights of good products like SK2, why not do the business?? However, I need to overcome some doubts. The frustration I get doing research on my own, is that most of the so-called positive claims are really by ex-distributors (thus users) or from company brochures. Granted they did clinical trials, and published the results in brochures, the skeptics will invariably think that the argument is one-sided. And up to now, I can’t find objective 3rd party evaluations as one might call them.

As to whether the prices of its products are expensive, I think it depends on what category of users you are in. The pricing is relatively competitive to some of the top-notch skincare like SK2 (and I was told, Lamer, La Prairie) – targeting the anti-aging line, that is. I’ve done some brief scan btw SK2 and Nuskin. Some are cheaper, some are perhaps more expensive. Can’t really point to a expensive/cheaper conclusion. Supplements wise, I am aware that the Cordycep and Red Yeast pills are cheaper than the local brands I see here, comparing no. of capsules per bottle.

Here’s a question for Rick > I am using Nuskin’s Livepak Nano currently and I find it pretty alarming that the vitamins/mineral contents are above 100% of the recommended daily intake. The numbers are printed on the packaging. I asked my upline why these are so high. And was told that it is for optimum nutrition, because the RDIs are based on US war personnel (?) and thus do not reflect the optimum levels needed for healthy individuals (?). Rick, appreciate if you could advise. I can’t really fathom why the need to be > 100%. Unless one is saying that the levels need to take into account disposal by the body – in other words, to increase bioavailability as the product claims. And the product uses nano technology to pack the minerals in very small molecular size so that they can be more easily absorbed. I understand that there is currently very little (or don’t have any) supplements that have the nano pathway. Please correct me if I am wrong.


Keeton April 16, 2013 at 1:42 am

What a discussion. I came across a bottle of AgeLoc Vitality for free. It was given to my Girlfriend for free and she wanted me to research it. I was familiar with the Cordyceps family of fungus and very intrigued to find its useage in this product. First thing I thought was “Oh man, here is another hokey Traditional Chinese Medicine product.” Now I don’t know much about Chinese medicine besides the usage of obscure ingredients found in nature, and that surprisingly despite lack of substantial scientific/clinical evidence it works for a lot of people. Doctor says “Eat this fungus, its good for circulation, clear mind, and reduces stress.” Patient says “Oh ok!” When you ask the doctor why it works or how, He just provides some sort of circular logic similar to that of mainstream christianity or other religions. Believe me because I tell the truth, and since I tell the truth you have to believe me.

I have seen to many MLM “opportunities” to take them seriously. Sure I have even been tempted, Getting rich quick is a great lure. But it doesn’t work like that. MLM companies automatically loose credibility points from me as MLM seems to be a deceptive method for the parent company to get rich quick off the naiviety of individuals who think they can get out their and hustle these products. Too bad most people will just dismiss you as a used car salesman when approched with some “revolutionary new product.” Smells like snake oil to me.

With all of that said, I have not tried this product yet, and honestly, taking 3 capsules twice a day sounds like half a meal. 6 capsules a day? And how much does this cost? I have found it on Amazon for cheap, although reviews recomend not buying it from Amazon since they are not an authorized seller. On the NuSkin site I found a 6 pack for about $400, which isn’t as bad as I thought. I heard it was like $180 a bottle or something ridiculous like that. I was going to criticize it for being overpriced, but $65 bucks a bottle isn’t too bad as far as supplements go.

I don’t know anything about this stuff first hand yet, but since I have ‘em, I might as well try ‘em ‘eh? Well I am a athletic and health 25 year old male so I really don’t know what results I’ll see; maybe I’ll live to be 150 if I start taking them now!

Watched the Discovery channel bit, and I don’t doubt for a minute that Discovery was paid to promote a specific product. Although there was no name, using the coined term “youth gene clusters” was almost a dead give away since they are the ones to coin the term, nobody else uses it…? Does my logic follow there? Although I have suspicions that Discovery may be bought, It was still an informative documentary that sounded mostly credible.

People don’t realize the effect marketing has until you learn a little about how marketing works. Learn about color theory, subliminal messages, key words, emotional anchors, etc. Not saying anyone is using any of these methods, but they exist and companies do use any strategy they can to get you to buy their product. Which is interesting that this article is written calling one product out and offering another. Not that you offer you product in the article, but its at the top of the page. Kind of funny.

Also there is no Salicin in the Vitality capsules, and I have read more good than bad reviews on energy levels and skin softness etc.
From the pharmanex website: “The bottom line is that ageLOC is the biggest discovery in anti-aging to date. It is a multi-billion dollar discovery that will allows people to reverse aging at a genetic level. It is the closest thing to the fountain of youth.” Seems like a hyped up claim to me.

I just started a Personal trainer certification course with a specialist in fitness nutrition, so I’m a will be learning about body systems and how things actually work, and then of course how the things we put in our body work. I may follow this discussion and see what else develops.

In conclusion I appreciate your point of view Rick, I was honestly happy to find someone with a critical eye. Although I do not completely agree with you, I don’t completely disagree either. Good for conversation anyway. Thanks.


Dr Khalil April 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hi Rick,
Your products are very interesting, Who we can buy this prducts in Spain. Do you have network in this country ?.
Thanck you for your attention,
Dr Khalil


martie April 22, 2013 at 12:52 am

i had a facial on this product yesterday, and it was amazing, i could see the different right away after one treatment.

i have been using skin care since the age of 12 and have done marketing for a few companies all i know is this feels good and if it makes the lines look softer…why not, as long as there is not harm or damage.



Julienne April 23, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Hi Rick,

The people who defend Nu Skin here refuse to realize that you’re not discrediting the product itself but how they market the product. You made really good points, and I find it funny how some people react to it. I’ve been skeptic as well, I’ve seen the demonstration and was impressed. But then, aren’t all marketing demos suppose to be like that?



RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. April 25, 2013 at 2:00 pm


Thank you for recognizing this! It seems that they post the same response repeatedly without listening to what I am saying.

Yes, I’m sure their marketing demos are great.

Have a great day.



Ray C September 11, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Rick, I understand about why youre saying Nu Skin not showing their scientific journal and stuff. Lets just say I own the Coca Cola Industry, would I tell you my recipe and what each of my recipe do to you? If I do, then I would be a very stupid monkey wouldn’t I? Because you’re going to copy my recipe and make another cola and claimed that this cola is the same and even BEtter than Coca Cola. Lets face it the product works and they dont need to tell you about their secret thats how they market their product. They only need to tell what the product can do. And if it doesnt show like what it claims, then why dont you sue them? You could get incredibly rich for all i know if you can proof them wrong. Or maybe youre just pulling something here which either way Nuskin got the bad stuff. If Nu skin proof the things you say is not a scam, then you could copy their products , if they dont act at all then you claim the opportunity that Nu skin is a scam. Not a very ethical way of conduct if I say.


Jimmy Johns March 11, 2014 at 4:27 am

I suggest you have a look at products made from the Meriance. It contains ingredients to act as anti wrinkle and anti aging cream, at the same time stimulates skin regeneration and replenish daily moisture loss. Anti-Aging Collagen Cream
is rich in Amino Acids and minerals, stimulating skin rejuvenation with the effect of a smooth, soft and healthy skin.

Moisturize is particularly essential in case you have dry skin. Skin dryness can lead to patches and breaks in it along with causing peeling of the skin. For this, you should drink plenty of water on regular basis and can think of applying herbal based creams.


Yvonne lee April 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

Dear Rick. Am amazed with your patience and professionalism in replying! I was approached by agent and glad to have read the thread here. Not going to be sucked into MLM!!! Thanks for good job!!!


Lingz April 29, 2013 at 11:03 pm

I’m not sure as 1st regarding ageloc R2, I’m 1 of you that wondering should i pay for the price.. I have HPV, you know the feelings when doctors told me there’s no medicine for this infection/ It’s a virus, etc… I need to visit doctors every week (1year time..) When i just start ageloc R2 (that time my fren just intro me this product, she say can makes my skin look better, radiant & it’s a very good products.. thats all) in 1 month ageloc R2, 1 time visiting doctor between 2 weeks.. Then in the 3rd month taking R2, Doctor told me just every month once to visit him…Then another month i visit hospital, Doctor told me i don’t need to visit him until i feel uncomfortable.. And Doctor remind me don’t forget to do checkup every year once.. I was so surprised & touching.. I ask doctor, you mean i now like normal woman? He said “YES” and ask me to maintain .. I’m not sure how long the warts will appear again on me.. But it’s 2nd years i don’t need to run in and out hospitals & keep on looking for doctors.. I’m not sure HPV will leave me forever or not But at least i know now i don’t need to suffer >_<" Thanks to my friend who intro me ageloc R2..


Ren May 22, 2013 at 4:03 am

Hi Lingz,

Congrats for the result!

I searched through internet for real reviews on R2. Some people are saying it is life saver and some people are saying bad things. But, there are really a few reviews/comments.

I am still skeptical about it. My wonder is if this product is really that good why everyone is not talking about it? Can you give me a pushing point to decide?



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There’s definately a lot to learn about this subject. I like all of the points you made.


Salene May 8, 2013 at 12:24 am

Hello Rick. Glad to have stumbled upon this site of yours especially with all the interesting discussions that took place. Well, I was approached a few times by the so called MLM distributors but remained unmoved by them coz the products sound too good to be true and pricey (for those who can afford, fine). Also you have to be the guinea pig to be tested on the products with no financial backing. Will the company take any responsibility if anything happen to you after taking their products (any allergy reaction occurred, the distributors will juz brushed u off and encouraged you to continue with the products and you will b continually robbed out of your pockets) Not that I am so much against this marketing level system and their products but if only they are a little truthful (say about the side effects of the products in long terms used and be kind enough to the needy (in terms of the price). Why do I bring this up coz….. I have met many people who are in need for a good nutritional therapy but they cant afford it, thus how can I then promote these products and serve and make this world a better place to live in. Juz a few words to stimulate the mind.


Keith Poulton May 8, 2013 at 11:52 am

Rick, my Mother taught me if I cannot say something nice about someone, I rather must rather say nothing at all!!



kad May 9, 2013 at 9:01 am

Nuskin is the best product! Nuskin is a billion billion dollar company and ageloc technolgy has been featured in discovery channel. The best product ever. I only listen to credible sources. Nuskin the best!!!!!


Ren May 22, 2013 at 3:56 am

It seems featuring on discovery channel is not proven fact for the product? Where can I get real product reviews from customers?


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William May 12, 2013 at 2:49 pm

Hi Rick
I was skeptic the first time I was explained the benefits of their ageLoc line. The MLM agent told me they did a 30-year research on this formulation that targets specific gene(s), while at once also showing me pictures of its users recovering from osteoporosis, cancer, etc. Seems pretty broad, if indeed it works.
Also, claiming 30 years of genetic research experience insinuating better results–I mean Estee Lauder was founded in 1946, and that means Estee Lauder has twice the years of experience over?


Julia May 13, 2013 at 9:43 am

Hi, I have been considering this product, I have a friend that would like to sign me up. Although I have been using Mary Kay skin are for years & I think it’s doing a great job. What us your opinion of Mary Kay skin care, also Nerium in comparison? Thank you for your time…..


Nicolas May 13, 2013 at 11:27 am

Wow what a looong blog!! I have only read through numerous comments but I thought I have to share some input!!

Firstly I Find it unprofessional to go onto a Skin care products site, where the person who is trying desperately to market his product, attacks one of the giants in the industry to create awareness towards his product.

In the end Rick, I come out of the computer industry where I used to graft away for a boss, helping his company and his dreams grow!!

I was introduced to Nu skin and skeptically almost rejected it!!! In the end Nu Skin no doubt has one of the best products in the industry, and I have helped over the past few years change so many people’s lives with the biophotonic scanner, the Ageloc products and business opportunity!!

What a waste of time to be even discussing ingredients on this forum!!
All I can say is I have used so many products in my life, iv had the best result with Nu skin and Pharmanexs products & iv witnessed people around me lives change!! results really do sell!!
Use it or use whatever product works for you, but to go around slamming other peoples products or marketing or whatever you want to call it just kills your credibility!! And in life to bring anyone or any company down to lift yourself or your company up, is horrible and bights you back!!

And for those of you who are saying u not getting into mlm because of this forum, good luck to you!! Go back and work your boring everyday Job, hoping for a raise or promotion, keeping grafting until you retire with an ordinary and horribly boring life where you sit In your old age with regret of not doing something different with your life!! MLM & Nu Skin is tough and very hard work!! But its worth it!! In 5 years I have changed my life forever & could never go back to the corporate world or work for anyone else again!! it’s so amazing to design your life, wake up to no alarm & take holidays whenever you need it :) thank you Nu Skin for changing my life :)

And good luck to bio renew products I hope in the future you begin to market your products prefessionally and maybe you should adopt Nu skins marketing!! just Imagine what your products could do for the world if according to you it’s better than Nu Skin!!!
or if you are convinced your science and products top NuSkins, maybe consider selling out your products to the Nu Skin!!! In that way their marketing will match amazing products ;)


Salene May 14, 2013 at 10:56 pm

Hi again. Looks like the discussions r getting hot, its good coz differences in opinion itself is a blessing. Something juz crop up in my mind n would appreciate it much if anyone can give an ans. Straight to the point (rather buzy) but appreciate those who have done an independant research on its own regd nu skin products/pharmanex. Well as ageloc and the other products that are found can do wonders to many, juz curious how many of the celebrities say in Hollywood alone are aware of this and used them. I was told that Brad Pitt did but what about his fiancé Angelina Jolie? Juz heard the news that she underwent a double mastectomy in early Feb and late April this year.. “Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer” Wonder if Bratt Pitt has told her about the amazing ageloc and the operations can be cancelled otherwise.
Another puzzling qn I have is regarding nuskin cosmetics whereby I understand that they used parabens as one of the ingredients. Perhaps you can explain further on this substance and the breast cancer that it may cause, Rick. Really awaiting your reply and from any other medical sources. Thanking you all in advance and warmest regards. Out of concern.


Ranjit May 16, 2013 at 1:20 am

Hi, after reading through all the comments, I feel that its individual perception. One got to read and understand that each product works differently for all of us.
I have been using it since last year, I find R2 and other products are safe. I have done extensive reading on the products that I buy from NuSkin Malaysia. So far, no complaints from any of my friends whom I have recommended to use them. I believe R2 works great ( packed in 2 separate tins). One for morning and one for the evening.
In Malaysia, NuSkin is the 3rd largest MLM , previously number 9 ! I believe by next year it would be number one!.
Should you need any help , do contact via email; ranjitmiri@gmail.com

As for your bio products , I do hope in the future you will begin to promote YOUR products professionally. Please adopt Nu skins marketing!! You may find your products would do fine in the world if you promote them wisely and being positive to your business rivals.


HJC May 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

Seems like your site is a competitor to NuSkin.



Ren May 22, 2013 at 3:54 am

Please, could you guys give real life reviews on the effectiveness of R2?
You are talking about sales model, etc. of Nu Skin. We don’t need that. It doesn’t matter if it is pyramid or not for customers. WE NEED PRODUCT REVIEW. We are searching through internet for real reviews for long, but cannot find real product reviews except Nu Skin’s ads, testimonial photos.


Tom May 23, 2013 at 7:49 pm

i think a side by side test of both your products vs nu skins products would be more convincing in promoting biorenewskincare.


Debbie May 29, 2013 at 8:50 am

I’m enjoying reading everyone’s comments. Very interesting. For those of you asking for side by side comparison, why don’t you do the comparison for yourselves and then you can honestly make your own decision. Note, Bio Renew offers free samples. I don’t see Nu Skin offering free samples.

Okay, I have tried both Ageloc and BioRenew Anti Aging Rx Kit. I find Ageloc to be excellent products and I can say BioRenew is equally an excellent product. Here’s the big difference. Ageloc Transformation Products and Galvanic Gels will cost you $450 per month (and that’s wholesale price, will cost you more if paying straight retail). I tried the Bio Renew Anti Aging Rx Kit which costs $169 for 3 products in which the cleanser I swear is lasting for a year’s supply, concentrated evening cream lasts for about 6 months and Tone and Glow (my favorite) will only last 3 months.

So with that being said, no one said Ageloc products are not good. They are overpriced. Why don’t you just try Bio Renew’s free samples and then you can decide whether you want to keep wasting over $400 a month on Nu Skin Ageloc or buy something just as good and spend the extra money each month on something else. With all the extra money saved from not buying Nu Skin Ageloc you could practically buy a new car and that will equal your monthly car payment. But then again you must have lots of money to be buying Nu Skin Ageloc each month.


Nicolas June 9, 2013 at 2:09 am

Quite interesting, when comparing it side to side like you suggested we do, the ageLOC elements skin care systems (also 3 products containing a cleanse & tone in one, night and day cream) are $128.

The Ageloc Transformation which includes an amazing serum is $299.
The box of galvanic spa gels are $31!
So even if you take the largest most expensive system Nu skin has to offer and you buy the gels as you said, the price is 331, not 450! No idea where you sucked that figure out of!
Besides the fact the gels are a seperate treatment completely! it’s like I’m bias and I say ricks skin care system, his facial treatments and supplements are $600 vs Nu skins elements system which is just 128 hehe.
When comparing product to product, it’s $128 (3 products) vs $169(3 products). So maybe the other products last longer, but then again they don’t address youth gene clusters ;)

And if you truly understand network marketing, if you buy Ricks products, love them & have passion for them, a big pity you couldn’t go out and build a business with them!vso Much fun to build you own business with products you love!!
Good luck to you all & happy shopping hehe


Debbie June 10, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I did not make up these numbers. Look at the current Nu Skin price sheet yourself.

The Nu Skin Transformation set which only lasts one month is $387.25 for wholesale price which means you will have to sign up on their ADR program and receive this every month. You need two boxes of galvanic gels per month which is $54.72. $397.25 plus $54.72 is what? It is $451.87 per month.


Nicolas July 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

If you go have another look you are giving the wholesale pricing!! Its 299 for the wolesale price and you get 20% back in ADR points!! Please do your homework like i said before posting wrong wholesale figures!!


Nicolas July 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

I mean you are giving the retail pricing and now the wholesale pricing!!

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Bee June 8, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Wow…… it took me almost an hour to finish reading every single comment and while I agree that Rick is an opposition to NuSkin and probably not the right person to do a review or comment of this product …………. I also believe he has the right to question the claim. Just like SOME users or marketers of NuSkin……… they also badmouth other products so they can sell theirs. Rick was very clear about the beneficial effect of NuSkin but SOME people just decided to have selective vision/reading capability and went on the attack. But I must say…….. this is human nature — we protect what we believe and in this case…..NuSkin users or marketers believe in the survival of their products and so … feel the need to defend. But it would be nice to not resort to attacking the person but debate the validity of the product by stating your experience. And I am definitely not one of the users of any of these products. I just went online this morning (here in Austalia) because a NuSkin Representative offered to show me how the product works. Believe me … I am one of the lucky one with good genes and my skin is good but I must admit …. I am 51 years old now and started looking at my face ….looking for wrinkles lol. I almost believed it and was sure to give her a call and get the spa products. Thanks to this blog ……… it surely is a good read.

To Rick …….. keep up the blog. And if I may be so honest ………. if this is a marketing strategy for your products ………. very well done! You have got as much right as any company to market your products any which way you can. And in this day and age ………. as long as you don’t put a gun on my head …. bring on your marketing strategy!!!


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HUYN SOO KIM June 18, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Scrutiny and reception

In the early 1990s, Nu Skin was investigated by the states of Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan over allegations of misleading marketing practices.[7] Ultimately, in 1992 the company settled with 5 of these states, admitting no wrongdoing but agreeing to pay the states’ investigative costs, refund disgruntled distributors, and revamp its promotional practices.[27][28][29][30] However, the Connecticut Attorney General did not agree to those terms and sued Nu Skin, charging the company with misleading its distributors and operating a pyramid scheme.[7][31][32] Nu Skin admitted to no wrongdoing or violation of law and paid Connecticut $85,000 for consumer-protection programs as part of a settlement.[33]

In 1997, the Attorney General of Pennsylvania sued Nu Skin, alleging that the company operated a pyramid scheme through a subsidiary, QIQ Connections. The Attorney General’s office alleged that distributors paid for the right to market technology services which did not, in fact, exist. Nu Skin discontinued the QIQ subsidiary, allowing those who had paid QIQ to transition to Big Planet, another Nu Skin interest marketing Internet technology. The president of Big Planet described the pyramid-scheme allegations as a matter of “a few distributors who in their enthusiasm have been overzealous in some of their marketing activities.”[6]

In 2012, Stanford University sent a cease and desist letter to halt the use of the name of one of its researchers in Nu Skin’s advertising claims.[34]Stanford later released a statement regarding its long-standing, research-based relationship with Nu Skin explaining that the letter was sent to Nu Skin as a request by Stuart Kim, PhD, a professor at Stanford. Kim requested in the letter that his name be removed from Nu Skin’s marketing materials as he is no longer involved with research funded by Nu Skin, however, the letter did not recognize the existing research relationship between Stanford and Nu Skin. Stanford apologized for any misunderstandings that may have resulted.[35] At the same time, Andrew Left’s Citron Research issued a report “stating that Nu Skin’s sales model on mainland China, the fastest growing market in direct-selling, amounted to an illegal multi-level marketing scheme. The report sent the company’s shares down nearly 10 percent.”[36] Nu Skin dismissed the claims calling its sales model in China kosher and had no plans to change its business model in China.[37]


JESSICA LOPPE June 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm

Nu Skin Positive Reviews:

The value of an organization is grounded in its people. If you really researched Nu Skin, you would have discovered that their are real PHd scientist developing their products who are recognized is science journals for their contributions. Scam orgnizations come and go – Nu Skin is solid company with repeat sales based on the quality of their products.

Simply put – its NOT a scam. You are committed to work and create a business intelligently or you don’t. Each story is different for each individual. The companies (regardless of Photomax, NSE, Quixtar or any other) is not responsible for the failure of an individual to use the tools that it provides to EVERYONE.

Nuskin, … by the way, is NOT a scam, by any stretch of the imagination. It happens to be one of the largest, most successful mlm/NWM companies in the industry.
They have a tremendous line of solid products and have been around, successfully building leaders for 20+ years.

Fortunately after two years of building a profitable downline, now I only collect my commissions from my downline and just last month I racked in a whopping $5,234 in downline sales!
This is my fifth year as a distributor with Nu skin and it’s been a brilliant adventure. If you are determined and have the motivation and drive to succeed then I recommend Nu skin. The hard work you put in will eventually pay off.

They do not scam you like other products. They promise and their promises are filled. But in order for them to fulfill it, you must work extra hard. This is real business, it’s not an affiliate program nor a make easy money kind of thing. I took it very seriously and made around $500.

In short, if you treat NuSkin like a big opportunity with your sights on the long-term and not as a get-rich-quick scheme and you are willing to work hard, very hard, educate yourself, get out of your comfort zone, and become an expert on the company and how to be a network marketer, you will over time have yourself a great income stream.

Nuskin has grown into an amazing company….I remember back in the 90″s when Nuskin was attacked by attorney generals in several states and said they were a scam- Pyramid Scheme and look at them today a Billion Plus company….a true American Success story all great companies get attached there their journey to greatness…I’m so happy for all the Nuskin reps….Keep up the excellent job you are doing…Nuskin Rocks.


Debbie June 26, 2013 at 8:41 am


I’m writing this as I hate to see people wasting their time and efforts on trying to build a Nu Skin business. What you just shared really makes people want to stay away from the Nu Skin business. Please take a long look at where your efforts have brought you in 5 years. You worked extremely hard as a distributor over the last 5 years, and your last month’s download had sales of a little over $5,000 which you only made a commission of $500. Subtract all your monthly business expense from the $500 and looks like you made way less than that. Is working that hard for 5 years worth it for only making around $500 a month?


Ray C September 11, 2013 at 11:15 pm

Hi Debbie, in Nu skin we hava a large range of products from the one that cost only $10 to a product that cost to $1800. If Jessica managed to sell a $10 products with a turnover of $5000 that is a very good sales she made. And she did deserve that $500. I’m doing this business for 4 months only and i earned more than $2000 a month. Its a bout the business strategy and to which product you want to focus. If I sell 10 of products that cost $1800, means that I have a turn over for $18,000 and my commision is 5% +17% you calculate it by your self. Question is can you sell a product that cost $1800 if it have crappy technology? Nu Skin dont sell anti aging products, Nu Skin is selling Anti Aging Technology. Thats why Nu Skin advances in this business. I have never see an MLM with a strategy like this and even a leverage strategy such as Limited Time Offer. Its about whether you want to learn to do the business or you want to sell stuff. Mark my words, most people fail at this business because they sell stuff. selling isnt going to make you rich. If Nu Skin want to sell stuff then they would just open a shop in malls, why even bother making a direct selling company. Nu skin understand this. Shops wont make Nu Skin success, they need leverage, distributors is their leverage. Imagine if a shop opens only 8 hours a day for 7 days a week. And nu skin have 10000 shops. That would make nu skin operating for 560000 hours a week. But if Nu skin have distributors lets just say 100.000 that only have 4 hours a day to do the business that would mean Nu Skin is working 2,800,000 hours a week. Thats what MLM means. And if youre part of it each commision gives yuo multiplier effect to your income. MLM is not about selling products, its building network and stock circulation. Most conventional business practioner dont understand the simple concept that they only have 24 hours a day and they operate only 8 hours. Well good luck making money by squeezing that 24 hours you have for the rest of your life.


Debbie September 26, 2013 at 7:03 pm

I did some research and looked at the average monthly compensation for Nu Skin distributors and little confused as to your numbers. Are you saying that you are at Emerald Executive level? That’s impossible to make it to this level after being in the business for only 4 months. Please explain.



thangnuskin June 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

that good


Skeptic June 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

Personally, I am always a bit skeptical towards positive reviews. I usually never leave comments for articles like this but the comments other people left are very interesting. I find the negative comments a lot more convincing than positive comments saying how great the products are. Positive review leavers also appear to be too agitated, too pushy and too knowledgable about the product than a normal consumer. It is especially funny when ‘normal consumers’ start replying the negative comments with such fierceness and determination to convince them the products are good and should continue with them or switch to a different nu skin product. I actually have a friend who just recently decided to join Nu Skin sales. All she talks about now on social media is how great the products are. She is a genuine person and I think she genuinely believes in nu skin products and believes she will get very rich selling the products. I truly wish her success but I do wonder if she knows what products she’s really promoting and the science behind the products as she has not had much higher education and was actually jobless before she suddenly decided and jumped in over night and became an extremely enthusiastic advocate for nu skin products. So she is actually the reason how I came across this article because I was curious about the science and validity behind this (quote) ‘amazing product’! As I said I truly wish her success, I do, but I also really want to see how she turns out with selling nu skin products. A lot of the positive reviewers also point out the author of this article is tearing other people’s products down to promote his own, but from an innocent bystander’s view who is curious about the nu skin products such as myself, would not even have realised the author has his own products. I honestly did not realise till other people pointed it out. In the article all the author talked about were research evidence and he even suggested nu skin products could be beneficial; I don’t see that as ‘tearing down’ and ‘promoting’ own products. He didn’t even mention his own products once in his articles or comments. Unless he is an extremely cleaver marketer then shame on me for being fooled lol. Lastly, I am just really reserved to think taking supplements would have the effect of modifying genes. What?! So I do agree with the author that nu skin products could be beneficial (maybe superficially), but I personally really doubt they are so amazing they can revitalize and change your genes. And to conclude my long comment (sorry!) I’m in no way associated to either nu skin or the author so I’m not dissing or promoting either side; I have used neither of their products and don’t plan to (so I might not be the most convincing person but then at least that means I’m not biased); I get no benefit from posting this (just wanted to have my say), and I’m just a university student. Just a skeptical university student. I have recently started exercising and I think that’s the best thing anyone can do to keep healthy and young lol. The end!


Rachel June 25, 2013 at 9:35 pm

I am pretty sure NUSKIN isn’t a scam, my friend have seen remarkable results. But the fact is it is EXTREMELY OVERPRICED and had turned my friend into an MLM zombie. I want my normal friend back :P


Jennifer June 26, 2013 at 8:21 am

Why don’t you call Nu Skin at 800.487.1000 and ask to speak with Dr. Joe Chang? Or, Nu Skin product support at the same number, option 1, option 4? The ability to heat map gene chip the genetic activity before and after ageLOC is applied or ingested is clear.

OR, better yet, come see for yourself in October. I’m happy yo get you in to talk with the scientists.



scarsremoval July 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm

Howdy! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m definitely enjoying your blog
and look forward to new updates.


Miss E July 10, 2013 at 8:53 am

Hi – I’ve used Nuskin Products for 3+ yrs and they are ok at best. I feel there are better products out there that are more effective and cheaper. I also feel they have a marketing ploy where they come out with a new product every Oct – and make it sound like the greatest thing on earth AND make you buy like 2-3 (rather than just 1) and THEN they make “limited quantities” so it appears that they “sell out” and their revenue jumps up and they make all these great claims. Then after a few months of people using the new product the sales level off and you don’t hear much more.. I Think that is a scam – if it really is a good product why can’t I just buy 1 to try it? So I’m a little frustrated. But I know distributors who have been selling NuSkin for 15+yrs.. so I don’t know..


Nick July 11, 2013 at 2:07 am

Hi Rick,

I think you are doing a great job to educate people but seems like no people appreciate your effort.

To who interested to know more about the Nu Skin product u all can view the link here as previously i can’t find any information and review for the Nu Skin product.

My friend last week told me that he did research about the Nu Skin product since got people approached him, he told me that the product itself are based on steroids and i did my research again regarding Nu Skin product and this is what i found. 2 of my friends already approach on this product that cost my arms and legs.

Nothing is free please do your research about the company and product.

Everything that have fast result have the most chemical (Correct me if i wrong)

U might looks good now but what if in long term that cost you a liver and kidney.

Do more research if you love your family and friends, you might can’t see the side effect now, it might be later.

For me is easy E.A.R.N (Exercise, Positive Attitute, Get Enough Rest and Get enough Nutrition)




This is my 3 cent research.



Nicolas July 17, 2013 at 12:45 am


Read how Forbes make Citron look like monkey as all their claims bogus!!

Secondly if you think Nu Skin products use steroids then you really need to take some time to research more into the products my friend! Lol you people make me laugh


Nicolas July 17, 2013 at 12:41 am

Lol just thought id share with all of you reading and debating in this blog that I grew my Monthly Nu Skin check by 10% this month, which was $645 while all you were debating the ingredients, marketing of Nu Skin and how Rick markets his products, I kept working hard at my Nu Skin business. Happy arguing :) (PS Nu Skin stocks went from 58 dollars a share to almost 80 in the past month). Something BIG is happening in this company and I sure want to be apart of it!!


Nicolas July 17, 2013 at 12:47 am

By the way $645 Growth in my commission check


Daniel Wong July 23, 2013 at 7:05 pm

Hi Rick,

Do you guys have representation in Hong Kong and Greater China?



Marc July 24, 2013 at 3:56 pm

There’s always going to be naysayers but just look at the facts. Please do your research. In an effort to make it easier … here you go.

Forbes Magazine named Nu Skin among the “Top 100 Most Trusted Companies in the U.S.”.

The Motley Fool called Nu Skin the “Apple” of the anti-aging companies in their July 2012 Newsletter because just like Apple, their growth is attributed to acquisitions and innovation.

Unlike other MLM companies, Nu Skin’s growth is based on innovations developed in collaboration with credible R&D institutions like Pharmanex, LifeGen Technologies, and NOX Technologies, which they acquired, and other world class universities like Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, Purdue, plus many many others.

Nu Skin’s ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra a.k.a. “ageLOC Pearl’s” (released April, 2013) is one of Nu Skin’s hottest and vbest selling products. Here’s information including lab results.

From New Beauty:

ageLOC Tru Face Essence Ultra Video (4:21)

Scientific Presentation for medical & skin care professionals
Chantel Burnison – Ethocyn – How it works (long presentation)

Here’s some additional science research and timelines for when Nu Skin scientists were invited to present their leading gene-expression research to top dermatological and cosmetic forums and symposiums all over the world.




latin ballroom shoes July 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Its like you read my mind! You seem to know a lot about this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a bit,
but instead of that, this is fantastic blog. An excellent read.
I’ll definitely be back.


Jen July 31, 2013 at 1:00 am

I’ve tried Nu Skin’s ageLOC R2 and I have to say,it did a lot in giving me energy that lasts all day and got rid of my afternoon slump. I have better quality of sleep and wake up feeing well rested too. Not to mention comments from people that my skin is glowing. Not bad at all. I’ll keep using them. Their moisturizers are great too (even the non-ageLOC brand. May be the ageLOC ones are even better.


Louisa August 2, 2013 at 1:42 pm

After reading this long blog, here are some thoughts:

1) I find it unprofessional for a creator of a skin care line to openly criticizes other brands. Instead, Rick should focus on promoting your own brand by focusing on the ingredients, technology and benefits that the BioRenew skin care line will bring.

2) MLM or not, there is not doubt that it is part of the industry and many MLMs are still standing after 30 years. China is now opening the country to direct-selling companies.

3) There is no denial that ageLOC is leading the global trend in anti-aging. If one does his/her due diligence in googling, checking out the media coverage and etc, you will find whether you agree or not, ageLOC has been and will keep changing people’s lives for the better. Yes, it is true that some people have not been successful with buidling the Nu Skin business. However, many have succeeded.
The question one should ask yourself is: why can’t I succeed?

4) Anyone in the field of scientific research should know the strong scientific background and innovation of Nu Skin/Pharmanex, or even better LifeGen Technologies. Look at the publications, and recognitions that the scientists have. Were all those organizations or people blinded? Even though Rick is a pharmacist, not really a scientist, he should know that gene expression indeed can be influenced by diet and other ingredients. It makes sense to anyone with scientific mind that ageLOC technology is not some kind of marketing terminology.

5) For those who criticized that the products did not work, please know that humans are complex mammals. Aging is a complex process. If the products have not yet worked on you, it doesn’t mean that they do not work. Thousands of people have benefited from Nu Skin’s products, not just ageLOC products. As for the galvanic spa machine, all people I know who use the spa machine love it – and you can see the great improvement. I am not saying that other skin care products won’t improve your skin, or other technologies (such as laser, RF) won’t lift up the skin. However, if one carefully considers the benefits and the cost, ageLOC galvanic spa machine is still one of the better options.


hwg August 4, 2013 at 3:11 am

Why have to depend on human created complicated technology instead our body can actually produce collagen by itself? Collagen is the key to youth not only skin look younger but all of human body system!!


Ia August 5, 2013 at 9:30 am

Rick. I’m sitting here because half of my face is painful, and half is fine. I’ll tell you what happened. Twelve hours ago I let a French friend who is a brand new Nu Skin distributor practiced her first presentation to me ~ because she’s new in Australia and I’m one of her few friends. I let her humor me with the Galvanic Spa demonstration on the LEFT half of my face too.

After she left, I went to sleep, the first sleep I had in 40 hours, and I woke up 5 hours later to continue the usual punishing routine of my current lifestyle. Since then I’ve been very conscious of my painful RIGHT eyelid, and various other tiny pains all over my RIGHT face, which lately has been the normal state of my ENTIRE tired face due to my lack of sleep because I’m such a workaholic.

I never worry about how I look, puffy eye (right) or not (left). But the strong awareness that my right face feels awfully tired and full of tiny pins of pain while my left face, in contrast, is perfectly fine, makes me google Nu Skin. And I stumble upon your blog. So here’s an instant testimonial for you.

And oh, I’m somebody who can only function under strong painkillers, because my endocrinologist doesn’t know how else to help me. (For the last few months I’ve been subjected to endless advance-tech tests and my doctors have ruled out any life-threatening problems, but they’re still searching the cause for the extreme pain.) So I’ve placed an order for the AgeLOC Vitality hoping it will replace my constant intake of Feldene + Panadeine Forte + Endone.
Will visit here again in three months and tell you the result!


craigvictor.co.za August 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

I like the valuable info you provide in your articles.
I’ll bookmark your blog and check again here frequently. I am quite certain I will learn many new stuff right here! Good luck for the next!


O Weir August 23, 2013 at 10:37 pm

I am glad to read your article , I try this nu product and my face got red and ichy
Now I know why , I am alergic to the salicin product. Thank


darren August 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

So overall, not advisable to try this product?


Marlecken September 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Wow, love the blog. I was at nu-skin presentation yesterday, invited by a very close friend so I went. I’m definitely a skeptic, because I think it is too expensive, and I could get by with cheaper products. I’ve got debts to pay! This is definitely a good read! Thanks!


Uplifting September 8, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Hi Rick.

I have been recently been bombarded with the Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product.

Even though it is different from the product stipulated in your product review, I just wanted to thank you for your article, because it uplifted me in a certain way.

I have been trying to lose weight for the better, and after being bombarded with the Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product, I felt as though I could never got anywhere in my weight loss if I did not purchase a Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product, even if I consistently hit the gym and ate healthy (veggies, meat, etc).

And that Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product, in Malaysia, costs RM4, 400 for 3 months course (if I am not mistaken).

Nu Skin agents (the ones that I met anyways) claimed that my diet and gym is not enough, and that I need to get Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product. It made me confused and I felt pressured, that to lose weight healthily, requires the Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product. To top it off, most of my female friends are taking it, and I felt peer pressured.

Regardless, I felt that it was too good to be true and researched online as much as I can. I can’t find solid product reviews and most of it seemed based on hype.

Reading your article just made me realise the obvious – that I was peer pressured, and pressured by marketing gimmicks. Even more so if others could achieve a healthy lifestyle prior Nu Skin Ageloc TR90 product was even on the shelves.

Thank you Rick for putting up this article.
I am glad you have done so despite the several negative feedback from a few users here. :)


Ray C September 17, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Hi Uplifting.. TR90 is not on market yet its a brand new products that so advanced it was limited only to few people to distribute.

To bad you don’t take it because a lot of people are taking it. We distributors only have 10 item to sell each including the ones we take for our selves. But out there many people who wanted it that we are running out of this limited supply.

TR90 will destroy slimming industry market in 2015 when it was launched in public. Testimonial have flooded that in 4 days people are losing waist line for 10 cm. Technology has breakthrough to a new ear. If you want to stay in the old ages using old ways then its your call. But always remember that dinosaur perish not because of cataclysmic event. They perish because they are too slow to change when the world has changed.

The world has gone to a new era of technology. You can choose to utilize the advancement of technology or you would work your self like a hard labor till you get what you want.


Sarah September 12, 2013 at 11:55 pm

A few acquaintances of mine recently joined the NuSkin team, and tried to sell me the products. I’m glad I came across this article as I was quite skeptic about the products and wanted to do some research on the ingredients.

For those who are saying that this is an article to promote another skin care line or to bash NuSkin… did you even read it? The point of this article is to point out that although AgeLoc could be beneficial to your skin, the advertisements may be exaggerating the effects of AgeLoc products and their “gene technology that resets your genes”.

In simpler words, think twice before you spend a huge chunk of money on NuSkin that may contain similar ingredients that are also in other more decently priced products.

Using expensive products or injecting drugs are not the only ways to take care of your skin. You cannot “counter” or “anti” age. However, you can slow down the aging process and age more gracefully by a balanced combination of external assistance (via skincare products or drugs) and a healthy lifestyle like quitting smoking, having enough sleep and eating healthy.


sarah September 19, 2013 at 7:37 am

Hye rick.. Thank you for your article.. it was informative as for me that have zero knowledge of nu skin product. I was approached by my besties on this product. . Yet im lil bit concern about investing on this quite expensive product..since I have a bit of acne.. adding that o neva heard of this product. . So I do some google n get to ur article.. gaining knowledge lilbit.. tq anyway..would like 2 know if ur product is already in malaysia. .


Jennifer Grey September 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

Great post here, glad to see I’m doing a few of these already but still a long way to go! Thanks for sharing!


DR TINA September 26, 2013 at 8:35 am

JUST KNOW, THIS IS NOT AN UNBIASED WEBSITE. This site sells and promotes a competitor product. I am a geneticist and have actually read the clinical white paper research for Nu Skin products. It is available online at

It is not about an active ingredient but how a combination of ingredients can activate the gene expression of the skin cell in the same way it did when were 18 years old. Like a secret cookie recipe, knowing and using the ingredients will not produce the same result alone. There is a reason that this science technology was featured on a Discovery Channel special.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 7, 2013 at 3:54 pm

Dr. Tina,

Would this reasoning also apply to many other skin care ingredients that are proven to enhance the expression of certain genes? For example, most ingredients that boost collagen do so by promoting the expression of genes that increase fibroblasts or diminish the expression of genes that code for MMP’s.

This is not a novel concept, but Nu Skin has used this as a unique marketing approach.



Tatyana September 27, 2013 at 7:48 am

Hi Dr Rick, you think that putting dirt on nuskin and lifegen will make people buy your product? I do not think so my dear. It brings negativity and return back to you.
It also remind me old story about a little puppy and elephant, that was in kids book I read for my kids. Puppy was barking and elephant keep walking and did not even see the little one. Nuskin is $2Billion dollars company and their stock was about $8 a few year ago and it is $96.55 now! you cannot close your eyes on that.
What about your company stock dear? How much did it grow for last few years?
I think being nice to people paid more that being negative. You product might be good but I would not consider get it even for free as it has bad energy.
Just think about it.
Have a great day


Lola October 14, 2013 at 6:36 pm

Wow, no biases on your report? Then what do you call it?


Tina September 27, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Oh my God! Mr. Rhoads understand less about ageLOC Technology, as me about the english language. Please contact Mr. Dr. Joseph Chang if you wanna know more about the Theme. You play with your name…I mean you play with your integrity because of your incompetence.
The ordinary people maybe believe you, because they have less knowledge about this theme.
It looks like a scientific explanation, but even I can see through it. Who do not have the proper knowledge, they believe you because of your phD. But that’s not all. KNOWLEDGE is the power.


Ab October 5, 2013 at 8:11 pm

Wozers am i confused ….. so as a consumer awaiting my trial with Nuskin how am i meant to feel about the product? I’m getting from people that it works, ive read and read the science behind it but still am none the wiser as to how it actually effects the Youth Gene Clusters and therefore appearance on the skin. I’m no health professional so i want good honest advertising, I don’t want to be mislead and certainly do not have the brain compacity to research it myself. Contact Nuskin you may say to find out more but i believe Rick has a point there, will they give me an unbiased answer. I guess we all need to be more educated in how skincare can effect gene clusters on a broader active ingredient scale.


Jamjam October 6, 2013 at 7:51 am

I’ve used Nu Skin products for 2 years now and their products are the only ones I can trust, despite the hypes and advertisements I see on TV and the internet. I am skeptic at first about the effects that Nu Skin products can give me; I am not sure if the products really deliver what it says it can. But there’s no other way for me to test it except to try it myself, because I am so tired changing from one brand to another!
I started with one Nu Skin product, and then tried the others because of the satisfaction that Nu Skin and Pharmanex products give me. I just love Nu Skin. I believe that I am not spending too much because I know that I pay for what I am worth receiving. I realized I was actually spending for nothing in the past by purchasing low quality products. But with Nu Skin, I know the products are giving the due effects that I am paying for. To spend wise doesn’t mean you have to spend on much more affordable products. For me, it is wisest to spend on products that can deliver results. And for me, only Nu Skin can deliver that.


Lola October 14, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I love this Country everyone has the freedom to say what they want.
Well, I had used many products and sold some of them. But last May I was in the hospital with a terrible headache. They found I had a cyst and that I had Migraine headache as well as vertigo. A month later I found a nuskin distributor, she recommended I take lifepak nano, gag juice and vitality. 3 Months later I don”t get those headaches anymore, my vertigo has stopped and My cyst has decreased in size. Call it a miracle call it a cure, call me a liar but I am telling the truth!!


Gilo October 17, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I have a friend who came by selling nu skin trying to lecture me on how unhealthy my diet and life styles is that I need to order these products then she did one of those pharmanex scans on my hand oh boy what a bunch of bull I mean really this obis fast food/take out ordering person who never cooks never exercises has breast cancer eats all GMO foods is telling a former athlete who still exercises eats healthy and juices organic fruits and vegetables takes green drinks eats no meat no dairy product no fake sugars that she is healthier than me cause her count was over 45000 and mine was 24000? Spare me.


Dr. Xbese December 16, 2013 at 6:53 pm

The scanner scans beta-carotene level, which correlates to your antioxidant level in the body. If your score is low, it means your antioxidant level is low. Antioxidant is protective to the cells. Eating well, exercising well does not equate to high antioxidant level in the body, because it is exhausted by free radicals (exercising producing free radicals too). The secret is to eat complete, well-balanced diet to get all the necessary antioxidant to the optimum level. Just by eating an apple a day is not equal to healthy diet because it lacks other necessary and essential nutrients for maintaining health. Healthy diet must contain all macronutrients and micronutrients in correct proportion.


christina cheang October 23, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Thank you for being tolerant patient with the shouting from those objecting to your post. You were transparent about your association with a product line competitive to NuSkin. Your post provided an alternative view and leaving readers to make their own judgement and own research before buying ANY costly miracle claim product. Thank you for reminding us to always exercise due diligence when sales pitch are in overdrive


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. October 31, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Thank you for that kind comment, Christina.


Yolande Moore November 4, 2013 at 11:06 am

When you are able to achieve all the correct proportions that 75 NuSkin scientists has discovered that make the products so effective the FDA clears us to claim that we can prevent and reverse aging at the genetic level, please let me know. To anyone out there who is skeptical, ask Christie Brinkley, Brad Pitt, Nicole Kidman, and olympic swimmer Michael Lutz about whether NuSkin and ageLOC work.


secret November 16, 2013 at 7:42 pm

I’m from malaysia. I have a skin problem on my face. Yesterday I bought the R2 from Nu skin. Does this medicines effect good on me? Since most people eat R2 to look young and thin. I’m afraid I will be skinny. because I’m only 16. please reply.


Cynthia February 3, 2014 at 5:48 am

Hi Secret,
R2 is used for vitality to boost your energy levels as well as detox in the evening with the evening capsule.
It has done many things for different people as I’ve learned first hand as well as with my friends. It just works!!! And I did start out as skeptical in all this as anyone else. But since apparently you have someone that you bought from. You should ask them. If not, please contact me. I will be more than happy to answer any misgivings & help you. cyn.monticavalli@gmail.com


ann November 26, 2013 at 9:04 am

finally, some sense! thanks.


Charlotte December 5, 2013 at 7:03 pm

Thanks for the clear explanation!

I have come across another anti aging regime lately, under Jeunesse. (jeunesseglobal.com). It’s a fast growing brand from US, it would be great if you could also share with us your thoughts on the products/technology.


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. December 6, 2013 at 8:52 am

Hi Charlotte,

I’ve never heard of this brand but I’ll take a look at it.



Joanne December 10, 2013 at 10:14 am

I have a question. Has anyone gotten a UTI as a result of this? I started taking it and 2 1/2 days later I had a UTI. My feet were also getting very cold to the point of hurting. As soon as I stopped the product, the cold feet stopped. Now just to get rid of the UTI. A sales person approached me about the Ageloc because I have a son with Autism. I have no doubt they are having success with this product with some of the Autism kids, but if I’m reacting to it like this, I believe my son who gets every side effect possible will have a problem. I am already managing him through another protocol which addresses all of the areas that the nuskin rep was telling me about, and at half the cost. I guess it’s good that we have options. This one just didn’t work out for me.


daliya robson December 15, 2013 at 3:32 pm

Has anyone used coconut oil and coco butter and olive oil on their skin? Anyone drank green veggie juice for breakfast for 2 weeks? Perhaps use shea butter on their skin? Get of gluten and grains for good health, avoid sugar and all processed foods and all milk products. Use only organic especially veggies and protein and see how you look and feel and think.
Im not doctor but thats healthier than spending so much money of a face?


Anne tILMONT January 17, 2014 at 6:59 am

Strange, strange review. Are the ingredients of those products well hidden as suggested here? No, they are not. All neatly stated on the nuskin.com website – no need to log in or be a client. I see a lot of efficiënt ingredients there. Having followed Nu Skin and Pharmanex closely for some years now, I have seen it is a serious company, honest and open. With results. And no, I am NOT a biased Nu Skin reseller. Just a fan, having seen what these products do, really. Anne from Belgium. journalist


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Roxanne March 14, 2014 at 3:38 am

I was given some of the Nu Skin R2 by a friend as she was sleeping better and had more energy through the day. I have 2 small children and work from home plus I am going through menopause so I was happy to try something that was recommended by a friend. Well all I can say is WOW if I had not tried the product I would never have believed it. My hot flushes are all but gone I am sleepy so well, I wake up with so much energy and one of the most important things, I don’t get angry with the kids like I used to. Anyone who is going through menopause will know how little patience you can have and how it is so hard to control your moods. This product has made me a much happier person and I have lost weight I find I am not craving sweet stuff like I used to. Now before anyone says it is just a coincidence I thought that also so went of it deliberately for a week to see what would happen, well the severity and amount of my hot flashes increased and I found I was getting angry and moody more and quicker. I gave myself 7 days and then started to take them again and within 4 to 5 days I was feeling good again and becoming more in control and calmer with every day. I recommended them to my sister who had been told she needed sleeping tablets among other things to help with her anxiety and now she rings me every day to thank me for putting her onto them.
I did my research also on them and spoke to my GP who saw no problem with what they contained and now using them herself.

Roxanne, roxanne@ds.com.au email me if you have any questions


Venus March 14, 2014 at 5:41 pm

First of, NuSkin was Ranked #4 by Forbes in 2010 on the top 100 most trustworthy companies in the world..Is your company even part of the 100? This article is really funny especially reading on the comments. Looks like you’ve driven more customers for NuSKin distributors than to your own products..


Rebel Ebony March 24, 2014 at 1:43 am

I have just discovered ageloc products about a month ago. I had a complimentary demonstration and fell in love straight away.. I am only 24, and as i dont have any wrinkles that was not why i fell inlove.. my son was 10 pound 9 ounces and stretched my stomach to buggery.. there was only floppy skin left after i lost all the weight.. and deep down it devastated me. I also have massive thighs with really bad cellulite. After 4 treatments of the body galvanic spa i have proven results.. the proof is in the pudding with these products and i cannot fault them.. the cleanser and toner is incredible. I use the toner on only one of my hands so that i can show who ever i meet the massive difference in my skin.. it is that noticeable! I have also started on the ageLOC r2 (vitality) and before them I was on anti depressants, with absolutely no concentration or memory retention.. I have never been more switched on or happy in my life.. I am also finally sleeping better.. i can honestly say i recommend all of there products to every single person i meet. How can you argue with science and proof?? if anyone is in Australia and would like some more information, or somebody to ask questions, please feel free to contact me on rebelbeckett@hotmail.com.. I am in love and i joined this billion $ company as soon as i saw the results.. where else can you get results like these without plastic surgery??? you tell me!!
Any way that is my experience and i think this company is incredible!!


Charles Chia March 26, 2014 at 1:11 am

Hi Rick
I have been taking R 2, Lifepack and G 3 daily for almost a year now. And this is the the positive change I experienced sofar. I am sort of allergic to sand-flies and each time I got bitten my skin would flare-up like patches of volcano. It would take at least 3 to 4 week before it heals without medication. The wound would oozes out liquid and it itches. After taking those Age-Loc stuffs, sandfly bites is just a breeze, it would just disappear within 3 days, no itch and no flare-up that I used to dredge. Besides, my skin is slowly but surely getting clearer and my tiredness and sleepiness are alleviated as I am a diabetic of 24 years. I am not connected to NU Skin and just an end user.


Ia April 2, 2014 at 1:17 am

Hi Rick,
I visited this blog months ago before starting R2 to reduce my pain level. Here are the results:
- Two weeks after taking R2, I could stop taking Endone completely and have never needed it since. I was suffering tissue-muscle damage which is widespread on my back, on my hips, on my wrists, on my heels (achilles tendonitis~couldn’t even wear closed shoes because my heels couldn’t bear the friction) as well as extreme fatigue. R2 has changed the excruciating pain to the level of bearable background pain.
- R2 gives me so much energy and makes me very alert. I can be as active as young people.
- It’s returned my hair! I didn’t start taking R2 for my looks, but my hair was shedding faster than my rough-collie’s hair; and my hair was getting so thin that I believed if I was a male I would’ve been bold. But after a few months of taking R2 to my surprise I observed new strands sprouting, which made me realize that my hair had stopped falling. Now after 6 months my hair is noticeably thicker (if one looks closely at my head now, instead of seeing hair strands growing far apart on my skin like before, one can’t see the skin because it’s covered by closely growing hair.

And oh, I know a lazy girl who only does occasional exercise and eats cakes who lost 10 kg in 90 days using TR90.


Juanita Hustus May 12, 2014 at 7:20 am

I don’t think it’s very fair to call my post a “fact-distorting effort” when it was based precisely on what a Thai publication, the Bangkok Post, reported.


Lilian May 12, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Anyone who used R2 or other nuskin products , has experience or testimony on a skin problem called hidradenitis supprativa ? Thks


Jacques Edmund June 3, 2014 at 2:42 am

I am a little confused by this website. You claim to be “independent” and position yourself as somewhat of a consumer watchdog. Yet, you promote products that are in direct competition by those manufactured by Nu Skin. How can that be independent when you have a vested interest in consumers not buying Nu Skin products and buying yours instead?

To me your whole approach smacks of cheap marketing tactics, relying on Nu Skin traffic (and let’s face it a company of its size will generate a helluva lot more search results than yours which nobody had heard of before), then putting them down and promoting your own. How very disappointing, and I daresay, decidedly desperate.


Lee June 27, 2014 at 11:56 pm

After suffering from post viral fatigue where I would sleep from 3 – 6 hours a few days a weeks or many years and trying Everything I could to help me. I have been on the nuskin vitality pack for a month and haven’t slept through the day since. People can say what they like this has changed my life completely, I am so much more active, have energy plus and I’m absolutely blown away with the results of these capsules . I’m know trying the facial spa and so far I’m impressed with my results but will keep trying till I’m absolutely sure!! My advice is try these products for yourselves and take no notice of any negative comments as we all have different health and skin problems.


Ruth July 2, 2014 at 2:26 am

Hi Rick,
It’s been a year since I saw this site. I was surprised to see so many comments. Bottomline for me, if you weren’t endorsing your own product, you would have been more credible. To succeed, you have to discredit someone else (in this case, a company and its product)? Does someone have to lose for you to win? Just win on your own merits.

Good luck.


Ann July 3, 2014 at 7:24 pm

I would believe you if you don’t have a product. But you’re trying to put down a great product to lift up your own . Do more research on ageloc technology. You are pharmacist. You should know better.


Margaret July 31, 2014 at 4:24 am

Hi Rick,
I suffer from very dry hands all my life and the only time the dryness goes out of them is in summer without using any hand creams. The rest of the year they are like sandpaper.It is the only part of my body that becomes so dry. However a Nu skin distributor did a demonstration with the serums and galvanic spa on one hand for me and I did see a very big difference. My hand looked totally different to the other dry hand, more youthful and paler in colour. I thought at first it was because the serum totally moisturised it, but after about a half hour or so my hand totally dried out as in dry to the touch, and it did look dramatically different. I am not scientifically minded but I don’t understand why after a day or two my hand started to go back to its usual non youthful look. If it is supposed to target the youth gene clusters why does this happen. Is it just a thing that the galvanic spa drives the serums deep into the skin and does a deep moisturising from deep down and has nothing to do with targeting youth gene clusters. I cannot deny my hand did look superb but it seems to me that you would have to use it every second or third day to maintain the youthful appearance. Is it not a thing that really good hand creams do that in anyway. I suppose my question is if age loc targets the youth gene clusters to reset them, then why did my hand return to it usual dry appearance within a few days. Surely if they claim they are targeting youth gene clusters the results should be more permanent. After all this not just a moisturiser we are talking about it is this new technology. I don’t have a problem using it several times a week if needed but why would you have to keep resetting youth gene cluster cells. I’m confused. Hopefully you know where I am coming from with this query.


Margaret August 5, 2014 at 2:49 am

Hi Rick,

I have been hearing great reviews about Jeunesse global who are doing anti aging products. There is a Hollywood plastic surgeon Nathan Newman involved. It has something to do with adult stem cell language in a bottle. It is basically how our cells deep within communicate with each other. I’d be interested in hearing your verdict on this product.


Sebastian August 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

I think it’s pretty much a scam that you as a “pharmacist & creator of BioRenew Skincare” doesn’t even check the reports enough to tell the whole truth about ageLoc… it’s not just “an ingredient”, it’s a technology used to see how the YGC’s are expressed.

People like you (that has to lie about other products to sell your own..) makes us consumers really confused.


Mariane Bribes August 20, 2014 at 5:00 am

I got the Galvanic Spa System some years ago. I haven´t used it because of how expensive their “pre-treatment gel” and their “age lock gel” are and I don´t even know if it works.
Could you give me some alternative products for those gels?

I´d really appreciate it!!!


RICK RHOADS, Pharm.D. February 11, 2013 at 2:50 pm

No problem.

Thanks, Kay.


Salene May 14, 2013 at 11:08 pm



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