Now B. Kamins, the doctor who believes a compound from maple trees is the fountain of youth, has a product designed to revitalize aging eyelashes. The claims are carefully worded so that they don’t actually state that your lashes will become longer, thicker, or darker (thus avoiding the mess Jan Marini found herself in for not disclosing she was using a glaucoma drug off-label in her now-defunct eyelash growth product). Instead, the marketing slant emphasizes boosting micro-circulation for lashes that are conditioned and protected, both of which are cosmetic claims you can make for any product. For example, a moisturizer could claim to protect dry skin from moisture loss, and that claim wouldn’t be deceitful.
There are several plant extracts, flavonoids, and amino acids in this product, including ingredients such as ginseng that may stimulate circulation, but none of these substances has ever been shown to make lashes stronger or to cause lost lashes to re-grow. The tripeptide that’s included has no documented evidence that it does anything reliable for skin, let alone for eyelashes. Please see the introductory summary for B. Kamins for details about sugar maple (Acer saccharum); it won’t help enhance eyelashes either. All in all, this is an absurdly expensive gimmicky product jumping on the promise of longer lashes via some miracle ingredients. The only thing this product can fortify is the fact that you can make women waste money on misleading claims.
An advanced eyelash conditioner that contains a powerful revitalizing complex which gets right to the root of the problem of lash loss caused by follicle aging. This treatment is enriched with peptide growth substances, natural plant extracts and multi-vitamins, which help to boost micro-circulation at the hair follicles, as well as condition and protect delicate lashes. Also ideal for thinning brows. Results: lashes are strengthened to resist environmental damage which can cause loss and breakage, and are fortified to appear fuller, longer and more youthful-looking, even without makeup.
Water, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Arginine, Acetyl Tyrosine, Arctium Majus Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyquaternium-11, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Calcium Pantothenate, Zinc Gluconate, Niacinamide, Ornithine Hcl, Citrulline, Glucosamine Hcl, Biotin, Glycerin, Glycoproteins, Butylene Glycol, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Apigenin, Oleanoic Acid, Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acer Saccharum (Maple Isolate), Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Panthenol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Glucosamine, Sodium EDTA
Formerly sold with the targeted tagline "Baby Boomer Skin Care," B. Kamins is now known as The Gentle Cosmeceutical. The new presentation is designed to communicate the impression that their products provide significant benefits without being harsh, while also appealing to a wider demographic (not just baby boomers) concerned with aging skin. Considering that the definition of cosmeceutical (a term the FDA does not regulate) is "a cosmetic that has or is purported to have medicinal properties," B. Kamins is stretching things a bit, because most of the products in this line are nothing more than standard, often overpriced cosmetics.
B. Kamins is Ben Kaminsky, a Canadian cosmetics chemist. While on a winter fishing trip in Northern Canada, he observed that certain Canadian maple trees (Acer saccharum) could survive and thrive in spite of being rooted in a cold, unforgiving climate. After 30 years of research, Kamins developed a trademarked method of extracting and purifying a biological compound from these maple trees. The result of this extraction is Bio-Maple™ Compound, and every product in his line contains this ingredient.
The company claims Bio-Maple™ Compound not only moisturizes skin and improves its smoothness but also enhances skin-cell turnover, while diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The natural sugars, which help bind moisture to skin, and antioxidant components that occur in maple likely have benefit for skin, but there is no substantiated research proving the Bio-Maple™ Compound is better than countless other antioxidants. Further, you'd think after 30 years of research Kamins would have published or had at least one of his studies peer-reviewed for validation—but he didn't.
The practice of extracting a substance from a plant (be it root, flower, or tree) is often detailed and laborious, not to mention subject to climate and soil conditions. But it must be stressed that the factors that enable plants to thrive in sunlight and the elements while our skin and body functions can't take such abuse for very long are now the essence of antioxidant research. We still don't know which antioxidant is the most effective one. Moreover, what many researchers believe is true is that a cocktail of antioxidants, each with varying functions, may prove most beneficial for skin. Ongoing research continues to back up the connection between topically applied antioxidants and improvements in the creation of healthier skin that has a better ability to defend itself from the elements. Although the role of antioxidants in skin care is exciting and evolving, one major element Kamins' theory ignores is the fact that the biological processes of humans and plants are completely different. And if sugar maple (that's the garden name for the Acer saccharum tree) has such tremendous benefit as an antioxidant that it deserves standing on its own in skin-care products, only B. Kamins seems to know about it.
In contrast to the last time we reviewed this line, we are pleased to report that Kamins' has done away with all of his inferior sunscreens. None of them now lack sufficient UVA protection, and all are rated SPF 15 or greater, and that's good news.
You may have heard that this is a good line to shop if you have rosacea. However, the Kamins products meant to address this skin disorder fall short on most counts, either by containing irritants or using other ingredients that are not ideal for calming the symptoms of rosacea.
For more information about B. Kamins, Chemist, call (888) 252-6467 or visit www.bkamins.com.