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Claim number: 52

Claimant: La Beautique

Claim date: Aug. 27, 2011

Forum in which the claim was made: Groupon Advert

Claim methodology: Device

Frequency with which the claim is made by this claimant: Once off

Actual claim: Prevents Aging

Plausibility of this claim: Untested and implausible


La Beautique claims that galvanic ultrasonic wave treatment can be used as an anti-aging device


A Groupon advert for this device costs R99 (though it claims to be valued at R270).

The advert claims that:

At La Beautique the highly trained therapists concentrate on giving you personalised treatments and holistic care. Your Groupon will consist of a full hour of pampering with a Galvanic ultrasonic wave treatment aimed to rid your face of fine lines and hydrate your skin, a deep-cleansing mask to draw out impurities and a stimulating facial massage. The Galvanic ultrasonic wave treatment influences the water inside and outside of the cells of your skin, helping lymphatic circulation and removing the excess water and waste under it. The ultrasonic waves of this treatment at La Beautique also helps dissolve fat so that tissue can absorb it, thus dark circles around your eyes will also appear lighter. This treatment also stimulates muscles, opens and cleans out pores and delivers essential nutrients and elastin to the skin. It can be used as an anti-aging device and to clear up acne.

The term "galvanic" refers to the generation of electric currents using chemical processes, often used in batteries. It bears no relation to whatever is advertised by this charlatan company.