Oxygenated Moisturizer claims to oxygenate skin while stimulating collagen production, but providing oxygen to intact, otherwise healthy skin is detrimental because it causes free-radical damage (Source: Aging Cell, June 2007, pages 361–370; Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, September 2007, pages 2181–2196; and Human and Experimental Toxicology, February 2002, pages 61–62).
Alpha Hydrox used peroxidized corn oil in the form of TriOxygen-C, a patented ingredient that is also used in the Neoteric line for treating diabetic skin ulcers (Neoteric is the parent company of Alpha Hydrox). Although this ingredient's function is beneficial for supplying oxygen and promoting healing of ulcers, the physiological process that skin enacts to heal wounds is vastly different from treating wrinkles or supplying oxygen to non-wounded skin.
Both repeated use of any peroxidized substance and delivering extra oxygen to skin are damaging (Sources: Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, May 2007, pages 225–230; Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, May 2007, pages 1980–1981; and Cell Tissue Bank, 2000, volume 1, issue 4, pages 261–269).
A scientific advancement in moisturization, utilizing the power of oxygenation to deepen skin's softness, strength and resiliency. Helps stimulate natural collagen production.
Water, Peroxidized Corn Oil (Trioxygenic), Propylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Laureth-23, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Isopropyl Palmitate, Aloe Vera Gel, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Lactate, Dimethicone, PEG-40 Stearate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, BHT
Alpha Hydrox At-A-Glance
Strengths: A good selection of well-priced, effective AHA products utilizing glycolic acid; also excels with skin-lightening and retinol products; a small but workable selection of cleansers.
Weaknesses:A couple of moisturizers with oxygenating ingredients; reliance on jar packaging for some products with antioxidants.
Known primarily for their well-formulated AHA products, Alpha Hydrox got an impressive image update recently. Although the improvements were more visual and packaging-related than formulary-driven, the fact remains that Alpha Hydrox has a formidable range of effective AHA products, all with definitively researched glycolic acid. Kudos to the company for continuing to be direct about the AHA content (and pH) of their exfoliants, something most other lines selling AHA products prefer to keep a mystery. Should the folks behind this brand choose to go back to the drawing board once again, they would do well to reconsider their current jar packaging if they intend to keep adding antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients to their efficacious but still predominantly basic products. Until then, you can rely on Alpha Hydrox for supplying AHA products that really work, and a few other surprises too, all affordably priced and readily available.
For more information about Alpha Hydrox, call 1-800-447-1919 or visit www.alphahydrox.com.
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I tried this before I knew that oxygenated products were bad, but it didn't moisturize my skin very well anyway. Their company has really great customer service though and since there are a couple other products that are good, I'll go back to them again.
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