There is a great deal of media attention on anti ageing products, with many cosmetic manufacturers upping the anti by forever increasing the number of benefits their product will deliver.
Apart form reducing fine lines and wrinkles; they include sunscreens and ultra hydrating chemicals. But are they safe to use and as effective as the advertising promotions promise?
Let’s look at our first product, which is L’Oreal’s Revitalift Total Repair 10. This product from the French based cosmetic giant claims to fight 10 signs of ageing:
Many moisturisers on the market contain the same ingredients just the names change.
The main ingredients, in order, are: Water; Glycerin; Ethylhexyl salicylate; Niachnamide; Dimethicone; Octocrylene; Butyl methoxydbenzolmethane;
The list goes on with many other unpronounceable chemical ingredients, but it is worth noting that the first 3 to 4 ingredients on a label list make up 90% to 95% of the entire product.
Glycerin is a humectant that will draw moisture from the atmosphere to the skin in humidity above 65%. In dryer conditions, the Glycerin will actually draw the moisture form the deeper layers of the skin, there by causing dehydration.
The Dimethicone listed is a silicone, intended to trap and hold the drawn moisture onto the skin’s surface, thereby puffing out the fine lines for a time.
Octocrylene is a synthetic UV absorber and sunscreen agent; may be used in combination with other UV absorbers to achieve higher SPF formulas. It produces oxygen radicals when exposed to UV light. It is suspected or measured to accumulate in people; not assessed for safety in cosmetics by industry panel.
‘eth’ or ‘oxy’ in an ingredient means it has been ‘ethoxylated’ during manufacture and may be contaminated with the potent carcinogen 1 4’dioxane.
Now let’s compare the ingredients list, in order, of a Certified Organic moisturiser: certified organic aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, certified organic persea gratissima (avocado) fruit oil, certified organic rosa rubiginosa (rosehip) seed oil, certified organic simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, certified organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) fruit butter, aqua (purified water), … the list is much longer, and all of it is certified organic by a third party independent body.
I have stopped here so you can notice how far down the list the water content is.
There are no chemical names. The first ingredient, Aloe Vera is renowned for its’ moisturising properties and its ability to renew cellular growth and strength. It, along with Avocado fruit oil, rosehip seed oil and jojoba seed oil, all certified organic, make up the first 4 ingredients and so the 90% to 95% of the entire product.
The combination of the main ingredients feeds and nourishes the skin with significant effects on hydration and softness, without the risk of contamination by chemical processes. The ingredients in this moisturiser are cold-pressed extracted to maintain the integrity of the plants’ active bio-available nutrients.
There are no sunscreen chemicals in this product, so you would need to beware of extended sun exposure without the benefits of an added organic sunscreen, hat or shade. That said, you would not be risking the damage to your skin from free radicals found in chemical sunscreen products, which can do more harm than the protection they provide.
After my many years experience in this industry, my vote is for the Certified Organic moisturiser. It offers a breathable, protective barrier against free radicals and moisture loss, one of the main causes of wrinkles. The special ingredients in our unique organic base have lasting effects on skin hydration and smoothness.