- Product: Naturopathica Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream
- Vendor: www.Naturopathica.com
- Initial Review: 1/21/2016
- Price: 104 USD
- Reason for Purchase: I wanted to try a new wrinkle cream that would be able to smooth and tighten my skin. Although I’m 24, you can never start too early with anti-aging formulas. It is more like aging or wrinkle prevention as opposed to wrinkle-reduction. I wanted to start with a powerful concoction that has caught the attention of the anti-aging community and see for myself what kind of results I would achieve, even for those who had not started “wrinkling” yet.
On the product’s description, they say that the Argan Plant Stem Cells have been the first plant cells proven to reduce wrinkles and stimulate the natural anti-aging process of the skin. So not only does it smooth the wrinkles, it is supposed to stimulate the natural anti-aging process of the face. What I am going to assume that means is that the face will produce more collagen.
The other ingredient is Retinol (or Vitamin A). Naturopathica boasts that the cream has a “Tri-Retinol Blend” that repairs cells and stimulates the production of collagen. I also expected it to heal my skin and prevent breakouts as Vitamin A is the acne fighter and skin healer.
The MATRIXYL SYNTHE’6 is also another ingredient that has been featured in Naturopathica’s Argan and Peptide Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream. The description asserts that it should revitatlize the face through 6 active ingredients (hence the “‘6”): collagen (1, 3, and 4), laminin, fibronectin, and hyaluronic acid.
As I mentioned in my “Reason for Purchase”, the skin’s natural aging begins in a person’s 20’s. More so if they are female as our skin is thinner and structured differently. It makes it more susceptible to aging. According to the Dr. Levy Switzerland website, “Aging already starts at around 20 years-old and theoretically one should start the creams at 20. In reality, we only notice that at 30 years-old many patients start to have fine lines and fine wrinkles, especially at the crow’s feet area” (Source).
So to combat this, I expected that the Argan and Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream would both activate my skin’s collagen and repair my epidermal and dermal layer when I pop yet another zit on my face. I also expected it to moisturize my face since the product description did mention that it is a “moisturize-rich” cream.
The “Hero Ingredients” are listed here, as well as others found in the full list of ingredients:
Argan Plant Stem Cells – Argan is a plant that grows in Morocco, and the oil from the pulp of the plant is used to moisturize and revitalize hair, skin, and nails. The stem cells of the Argan plant are supposedly able to promote the formation of collagen in skin cells, thus revitalizing the youthful appearance of skin. In clinical studies, it is said to have improved skin’s vitality up to 26% in two months, though this study has yet to be confirmed.
MATRIXYL® SYNTHE’6® – This is a product trademarked by Sederma, and is known for containing the peptide “matrikine” that can link to a matching skin cell receptor. Matrixyl is a palmitoyl tripeptide-38, a peptide produced from derivatives of the amino acids lysine andmethione sulfone (the latter is synthetic). Palmitoyl tripeptide-38 is a matrikine-mimetic compound that regulates cell activity, wound repair and collagen tissue remodeling (Source).
The full list of ingredients and their benefits can be found in the 2014 article “Matrixyl Synthe’6: What is it?” written by Marta Wohrle.
Tri-Retinol Blend: The Retinol blend is as follows:
- Retinol: the acne healer and fine line reducer
- Retinyl Retinoate: a more effective and less irritating form of Retinyl Palmitate. This compound is a retinoid blend of Retinoic Acid and Retinol.
So this blend is meant to give the full effects of reducing fine lines and wrinkles, all the while avoiding the irritation of the previous Retinol recipes that were once so prevalent. It should heal the skin and reduce redness while helping stimulate collagen.
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Cocoglycerides: a mixture of mono, di and triglycerides derived from coconut oil. This will function as the emollient in the cream to provide moisturizing effects.
Glycerin: prevents skin from drying out by drawing up moisture through skin layers to slow and prevent excessive dryness and water evaporation.
Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides: A mix of glycerin and coconut oil that acts as a moisturizer and cleanser. It conditions the skin and hair and also functions as a non-greasy lubricant.
The site did not give me an estimate on when I was to see results. So I did some research on the average time the majority of anti-aging products were tested. The result was 8 weeks worth of time on average. So although I had a lot more cream than time, I decided to report on my findings 8 weeks later.
Week 2: The cream is already a success as it is drying (it is not a moisturizer), but it does not leave residue. It also seems as though it is already tightening the pores. The Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream also smells nice, so it doesn’t leave me going to bed sad.
- Anti-Aging: my face looks bright in the morning and does have a dewy feeling after. It has more of an elastic feeling in the morning. However, I can’t report much on if I have reduced lines and wrinkles. There hasn’t been enough time yet.
- Moisture/Hydration: as I mentioned, my skin does feel hydrated in the morning. The cream is great because it does not leave my face greasy or oily. I love to use Vitamin E oil on my face at night, but it does tend to leave residue. In this case, the Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream does not leave sticky residue all over my pillowcase. It absorbs nicely and does not wear off and leave my face dry in the night.
- Healing: this cream does wonders for healing. I do not have red or irritated skin when I apply it, and because I do have a terrible tendency to pick at my face, I often have scars. When I apply this cream to my face (and sometimes shoulder #masochist) the hyperpigmentation usually goes away within three days–a record time for my body. So the tri-blend retinol has already done wonders.
Week 4: The Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream has made my skin feel bouncy. My skin was alright before. It was soft and hydrated, but it does snap back nicely now (I’m touching my cheeks to be sure). I don’t see any discoloration or redness.
- Anti-Aging: there is a bounciness to my face that I don’t believe was there before. There isn’t a huge change to my face, but it does feel brighter and more smooth.
- Moisture/Hydration: I love how this cream is so easy to put on and then doesn’t end up greasy or oily. My face is still hydrated in the morning and doesn’t leave grease trails on my pillow. It also doesn’t collect on my face (like on the crease of my nose).
- Healing: I still use this cream primarily as a skin healer. It’s almost like I use it at night mainly to heal the damage I do to myself picking at scabs. So far this is not my favorite anti-aging product, but my favorite healer and acne fighter. I don’t have very many breakouts on top of that, so another plus.
Week 6: The other day my friend asked me why I looked like I was glowing. I asked her what she meant by “glowing” and she remarked that my face looked very healthy. It was either the Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17, or it’s the Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream. Maybe both.
- Anti-Aging: People close to me have noticed my skin looks very healthy and clean. It’s similar to when you lose weight and the general rule is that close family and friends see the change by week 8. That is how I feel about the cream so far. My skin does look smoother and more radiant. I do love that bouncy feeling after I wake up.
- Moisture/Hydration: still the same as the last couple of weeks. I haven’t been as oily at night (and I have an oily face). So I’m glad to see this has a good amount of oil-control.
- Healing: my skin is smooth and firm, and the blemishes that are usually there are gone. I don’t pick at my face as often because I don’t have as much acne. The Retinol is a wonderful fighter. I am used to having a bit of acne, but so far I only have one or two little blackheads. The only thing I wish it would do is close the blackheads on my nose, but a girl can dream.
Week 8: We are at the end of testing. My friends and family have complimented me on my nice, smooth-looking skin and have asked about my skincare regimen. I have told them about the Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream and the Lavender Protective Moisturizer SPF 17. So far they love the Lavender, but I have recommended the Night Cream to my friend with chronic redness and acne. This has done wonders for healing and irritation, which is the main reason I would recommend this in the first place. I have seen more immediate results in that area than any other.
- Anti-Aging: I have gotten more compliments on my skin. I do feel that signature “bounciness” and I do not see any creases anywhere. I can’t say for certain how well this “reverses” the aging process, but I can account for the fact that since it is a great skin healer, it should also do well for reversing damage done from age.
- Moisture/Hydration: I do enjoy that this night cream is a wonderful moisturizer. I don’t get that greasy, sticky feeling and I don’t accumulate oil during the night. It mattes well to the skin, so you don’t have to get the oil on you, your bedding, or your bedmate.
- Healing: the biggest reason I would recommend this product to anyone is that it is a wondeful skin healer. I have begun to use this with the single-minded purpose of healing my skin and the scars. I then began to realize my skin was clear of acne. Right now I don’t have any zits. I don’t get irritated that easily, but so far this is very soothing and functions more as a gentle repair than an aggressive cream. Great for healing!
While I can’t conclude that the Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream can reverse the aging process and stimulate collagen, I can assert that it is a wonderful skin healer and acne reducer. I have blemish-free skin on my face and shoulders, and have not had blackheads or zits in a while. I know I can apply this during the night and reduce my blemishes in about 3 days.
I also love how this moisturizes the skin and doesn’t get on my bedding. I do enjoy my Vitamin E oil, but it does tend to get on everything since it doesn’t dry. The Argan & Retinol Wrinkle Repair Night Cream does dry, but does not leave the skin dry. I am hydrated in the night and I don’t not become oily because my skin is emolliated.
This is a great product for those looking to heal and have a strong moisturizer in the night. It lasts a long time, so you do get your money’s worth–in fact, you only use it once every 24 hours, so it lasts longer than day/night wear. So that money will last you about a year’s worth of cream as you are only to put a dime-size on your face.
INGREDIENTS/INCI: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocoglycerides, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, C10-18 Triglycerides, Lactobacillus Ferment, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Xylitylglucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Bakuchiol, Dipentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Polyhydroxystearate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Retinol, Retinyl Retinoate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Ascorbate, Bisabolol, Xylitol, Anhydroxylitol, Polylactic Acid, Phospholipids, Cholesteryl Nonanoate, Milk Protein, Lactose, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Helichrysum Italicum (Helichrysum) Flower Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Leaf/Flower Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Roman Chamomile) Flower Oil, Tanacetum Annuum Flower Oil, 1,2-Hexanediol, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Isomalt, Caprylyl Glycol, Brassica Campestris (Canola) Oil, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate, Propylene Carbonate, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid