Wrinkle Concentrate

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$38 - 1 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:
7/19/2013
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Wrinkle Concentrate is supposed to be a specialty treatment product and could have been a great option given its almost-stellar formula. The main negative—lavender oil—is a big deal in terms of problems for skin, as we explain in More Info.

Interestingly, the mineral and bacteria ferment ingredients that are front and center in the formula are the least intriguing because of the utter lack of research supporting their benefits for skin. In contrast, the peptide (carnosine), sodium hyaluronate, and numerous antioxidants all have merit for skin, so it's a shame they aren't present in amounts greater than the less-than-exciting minerals.

Labeling this a "miraculous formula" is a stretch of the imagination. What this product can do is make skin softer and smoother (which in turn makes wrinkles less apparent), and the beneficial ingredients can fight environmental damage and heal skin, but so can lots of products. The real miracle for aging skin is any product that contains a brilliant mix of good ingredients without any bad ingredients.

Pros:
  • Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients, including antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
Cons:
  • Not a miracle worker for wrinkles.
  • Lavender oil is a source of irritation.
More Info:

Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with this targeted skin-plumping concentrate. The miraculous formula melts into skin to instantly reveal smoother, unbelievably softer, younger-looking skin with improved texture.

Water, Glycerin, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Lactobacillus/Eriodictyon Califormicum Ferment Extract, Rhodochrosite Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Hematite Extract, Sorbitan Olivate, Palmitoyl Glycine, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Myristyl Myristate, Soil Minerals, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Carnosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Actinidia Chinensis (Kiwi) Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus (Pineapple) Fruit Extract, Litchi Chinensis Fruit Extract, Garcinia Mangostana Fruit Extract, Punica Granatum Extract, Zizyphus Jujuba Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava Fruit Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Fruit Extract, Beta-Glucan, Phytosphingosine, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6 II, Ceramide 1, Phospholipids, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Panthenol, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Distarch Phosphate, Cholesterol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lavandula Hybridia (Lavandin) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Benzyl Alcohol, Yeast Extract, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Aminomethyl Propanol.

Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. The self-proclaimed "healthiest, purest makeup in the world" was founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s, and is now run by Leslie Blodgett, who appears regularly on QVC and the company's own infomercials to support and demonstrate her products. Blodgett is largely credited with turning the line she began into a $150 million business—no small feat. The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skin-care products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.

Supporting the company's portrayal as a leader in purity are the corresponding claims that the bareMinerals makeup does not contain fragrance, oil, binders, preservatives, emulsifiers, or any other harmful chemicals. Although this line does have its advantages for someone with sensitive skin, as it turns out, bismuth oxychloride, a major ingredient in the powder formulations, can cause skin irritation, while the other minerals can be drying (Source: www.sciencelab.com/xMSDS-Bismuth_oxychloride-9923103). Regarding bismuth oxychloride, it is interesting to note that bismuth (a metallic element) seldom occurs in nature. Instead, it is a by-product of copper and lead refining, or is manufactured synthetically. Chemically, it's similar to arsenic, a fact you won't see in any advertising for bareMinerals. However, just as cosmetic-grade mineral oil is not identical to the petroleum from which it originated, neither is bismuth oxychloride identical to bismuth. The bismuth oxychloride used in cosmetics is non-toxic, but this background offers a good example of how skewed a company's definition of "natural" can be.

Aside from the health and purity claims, loose powders are as messy as it gets in terms of your vanity (countertop, not ego) and your makeup bag. The powder just gets all over the place, and the very basic packaging does not do much to minimize the mess. Additionally, while there are softer neutral shades, and some fairly exotic shades as well, most are mildly to extremely shiny and make any amount of crepey skin look more so. The face powder does provide some amount of opaque coverage, but the shine and the thickness can be a bit much. The loose powder eyeshadows and blushes apply in a somewhat lighter way, though they still provide significant coverage. Many women ask me about mineral makeup and whether or not it really is better for skin. The answer to that question is "No."

Although most mineral makeup is innocuous, the texture, appearance, and application have difficulties that make it not comparable to today's best liquid or pressed-powder foundations. We agree with bareMinerals' stance that foundation shouldn't look or feel like a mask, nor should there be a line of demarcation where the application stops. However, their foundations are not the only ones able to achieve this, and there is no inherent benefit to this type of foundation over numerous other options.

There isn't much to say about the skin-care products, but what's worth paying attention to is noted in the At-a-Glance section.

For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.

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