Saturday, March 21, 2015

Ageless Derma: Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer


 Recently I was looking for a few moisturizers to test, as many of the creams I own seem to be too heavy for my oily skin. I came across the Ageless Derma line and found the idea of Swiss Apple Stem Cells pretty appealing- mostly because I have no idea what their skin benefits are. I decided to give it a try and see how it compared to some of the Korean moisturizers and creams I have in my collection!
Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer is an anti-aging moisturizing product that nourishes and protects the skin, improving the its ability to retain moisture. This specialized moisturizer is able to distribute hydration to parched, aging skin continuously throughout the day as it works to reduce fine lines and increase skin elasticity.

The key to this multi-beneficial moisturizer lies in its inventive use of exotic stem cells derived from a rare Swiss apple. The Malus Domestica Swiss Apple is loaded with essential nutrients, proteins and long-lasting cells. The stem cells incorporated in the Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Moisturizer aid in repairing human skin cells, ultimately reducing the depth of fine lines and wrinkles.

The Swiss Apple Stem Cell Oil-Free Continuous Facial Moisturizer includes ceramides and essential fatty acids for maximum hydration and as an aid in improving the skin barrier function. Capric Triglycerides smooth the skin, Glycerin maintains hydration balance, and Ceramides 3, 6II, and 1 (lipids) prevent the loss of hydration and keep the skin barrier intact. The added sodium hyaluronate increases the product’s ability to attract and retain moisture in the skin; it also promotes blood microcirculation and works on anti-aging by decreasing wrinkles.  Skin will stay hydrated for the entire day as this hard-working moisturizer works around the clock.

This is a natural Facial moisturizer that is oil-free, so it is particularly perfect for those with oily complexions, though all skin types will reap the potential benefits. It also claims to be non-comedogenic, fragrance-free and dye-free. Its anti-aging ingredients give it the added ability to fight off the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, increase elasticity and make skin tone more radiant. The skin will be flooded with lasting hydration that will protect, prevent and nourish the skin.

So in a nutshell, the apple stem cells in this product were chosen because the specific apple, "malus domestica" didn't taste very good, however it had an incredibly long shelf life and ability to stay fresh. Taking those stem cells and putting them into skincare in hopes that it would also prolong the "shelf life" of the skin is kind of an interesting concept!

Before I get into the ingredients, I do want to mention what the company claims are the benefits of this moisturizer:
    Non- Comedogenic
    Fragrance Free
    Dye Free
    Paraben Free
    Not Tested on Animals
    Made in the USA

Now that is all well and good, but I need to tell you right now that I call bullshit on the "fragrance free" claim that they have repeated across the board not only on the box and ingredients list, but on the Amazon page as well.

This stuff has a VERY strong scent. I was hoping it would smell like apples, but it reminds me of men's cologne with a touch of baby powder, or a strong bar soap. I decided to do a bit more research on the ingredients and discovered something pretty strange- there are two different ingredients lists.

I have bolded the ingredients that have moved in order from one list to another. Bolded and underlined ingredients are included in one list but not the other.

Here are the ingredients from the Product Packaging:
Purified Water, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Saccharide Isomerate, Dimethicone, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1,
Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum,  Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Malus Domestic Fruit Cell Culture Extract.

Here are the ingredients from the Ageless Derma Website:
 Purified Water, Capric/ Caprylic Triglycerides, Glycerin, Ceteareth 20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Saccharide Isomerate, Dimethicone, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Lecithin, Cholesterol, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum,  Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Fragrance

There is some seriously conflicting things here. Firstly and most importantly FRAGRANCE. Even though this moisturizer is touted as fragrance-free and it is omitted from the box ingredients, the moisturizer has a very strong non-natural scent, and interestingly enough, the ingredients from the website DO say that fragrance is an ingredient.

Even more strange, the most important ingredient: the Apple Stem Cells, are the very last ingredient on the list found on the product packaging, however it is listed much higher up on the website's ingredients list

Then, we have ingredients that aren't even consistent on both lists and ingredients that are moved around on the list- making it confusing how much of each ingredient is actually included in this moisturizer.

I've become an "ingredients girl" over the past year when it comes to my skincare, so the inconsistencies in the ingredients lists really make me uneasy, Especially if the Apple stems cells are the last thing on the list. If there are so little of them included, then why are they the thing that is listed as part of the product name? Why tout your product as fragrance free all over the place when it clearly has a very strong and distinctive scent? Odd. So odd.
 Although the ingredients list made me not want to try this product at all, I went ahead and gave it a go- that's my job after all! this moisturizer, for being oil-free, is incredibly thick and rich.
Even after massaging this cream into my skin for a bit, it still just kind sat on top without fully absorbing. I will admit though, once I continued massaging the moisturizer in, it did finally absorb and didn't leave any heavy or sticky residue behind. So thickness aside, this does end up absorbing nicely if you have some patience with it. The one issue I have is the mysterious fragrance is still very strong, even after the product has absorbed.
I used this moisturizer for about 6 days before I started noticing a pretty significant breakout on my right cheek above my lip, as well as on the left side of my face on my jawline. The cheek breakout was a cluster of very tiny pimples, which is my skin's cue that I'm applying something that it doesn't like. The jawline breakout was more cystic acne, which I could possibly attribute to hormones, but I wanted to mention it just in case. The small cluster on my cheek was absolutely from this product, as I used tried-and-true products from my regular routine along with this moisturizer so I could see how my skin would react.

I can't say I was a fan of this moisturizer. Skincare products that are marketed as "oil-free" are usually geared toward oily-skinned folks, so I'm completely confused as to why this product is so thick and rich- it feels like it would work much better one someone with dry skin. I am also very confused by the conflicting ingredients lists. Not to mention the random breakout that this caused me. I'm not entirely sure if it's from one of the ingredients, or because this was just way too rich for my skin type. If I had to pick out something positive about this moisturizer: it does what it's supposed to do: moisturize. There's no oily residue, and it does fully absorb with a little patience. This could potentially be a decent moisturizer for non-acne-prone, dry skin, however it's probably the exact opposite of what I need for my skin type. 

If you're interested in learning more about the moisturizer, you can do so on the Ageless Derma Website or on Amazon.com.

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