Sunday, October 23, 2011

Probiotic Skin (Review)

Howdy, folks! So... a lot of things have changed for me. Long story short, I'm back on the blogosphere... just recently. I'm now living in Denver, Colorado. I was born and raised in Texas and have only lived in TX and FL... so this is a good change.

(This was drafted before my recent makeup look... so I'm just going with it.) I have included ingredients for the products in the Probiotic Skincare line below:

Clarifying Skin Cleanser
Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Amino Acids, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Acrylates Copolymer, Willow Bark Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Phospholipids, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Ginko Biloba Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Camellia Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate),m Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Citric Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, DMDM Hydantion Menthone Glycerin Acetal, Sodium Hydroxide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Lactobacillus/Mild Ferment Lysate Filtrate (Yogurt Derived), Tetrasodium EDTA.

Lift and Smoothe Skin Toner
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Lippiea Citriodora (Organic Lemon Verbena) Flower Extract, Lactobacillus/ Milk Ferment Lysate Filtrate (Yogurt Derived), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Phanthenol (Pro-Vitamin B-5), Mentha Piperita (Pepperment) Leaf Extract, Glycerin, Ginko Biloba Extract, Dog (Rosa Canina) Rose Hips, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Phenoxythanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Citric Acid.

Anti-Wrinkle Firm and Smoothe Serum
Water (Aqua), Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetearyl Alchohol, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Lactobacillus/Milk Ferment Lysate Filtrate (Yogurt Derived), Octyldodecanol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sclerotium Gum, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Camellia Senesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Beeswax, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Veris Extract, Alchemilla Vulgaris Extract, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm) Leaf Extract, Hyaluronic Acid, Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Tocopherol (Antioxidant), Phanthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Allantoin, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate), Xanthan Gum, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Hydrate and Protect Daytime Moisturizer
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Butyrospermum Parkii (shea Butter) Aloe Barbadensis (Organic Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Isopropyl Palmitate, C12-15 Alkyl Benqoate, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Lactobacillus/Milk Ferment Lysate Filtrate (Yogurt Derived), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Extract, Linum Usitassimum (Linseed) Oil, Camilla Sinesis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)Fruit, Borage (Starflower) Seed Oil, Pentylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E Acetate), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Sodium Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A Palmitate), Propylene Glycol, Phospholipids, Phenoxyethanol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, PEG-8, Mannitol, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake) Extract, Lecithin, Halianthus Annus (Hybrid Sunflower) Oil, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Dog (Rosa Canina) Rose Hips, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Beta-Sitosterol, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C Palmitate_, Clyceryl Caprylate, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride. Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Antioxidant)

The Dealio: This product line works pretty well to keep skin moist, but my results may relate to a number of changes I've made recently. As for the anti-aging... I don't know that this product line helped me in that regard so much. That being said, the ingredients are non-toxic AND organic, and they state that they are non-comedogenic, as well. While they are using topical "probiotics" as their selling point, I'm still unsure about the legitimacy of their claim. While the skin is the largest organ humans possess, and 70-80% of what you wear is absorbed through the skin, there is little empirical evidence indicating topical probiotic application can prohibit the aging process. Certainly, a well hydrated outer layer helps... but I just recommend scrutinizing this and any similar products (primarily anti-aging and acne treatment). First question should always be: "Who conducted this test?" followed by "Who paid for the test?"

This product is supposed to be reformulated to include some sort of spf in the future, which would be nice. Until then, take it for what it is... a gentle moisturizing and cleansing product grouping with relatively low price point (compared to same/similar products... mostly carried in department stores and boutiques).

Would I buy again? Probably not any time soon. But, in their defense, I almost NEVER get skin care or cosmetics products at department stores. And, as stated in the title, I prefer indie. ^_^ As a disclaimer: I got this free, as I was working as a sales rep for the company when they were doing a costco road show. You may like it... but I just don't have the money to spend 200ish dollars per month on day and nighttime treatments (the previous information is JUST the daytime kit... the night time includes another serum, moisturizer, and exfoliating cleanser.)

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