These tiny bottles of spray-on toner end up giving you only a paltry amount of product for your money. No one can reasonably argue that $25 an ounce for toner is a beauty bargain, and that’s for certain! Still, this toner contains some intriguing ingredients for skin, including an impressive amount of the plant extract uva ursi. This ingredient is often seen in “natural” skin-lightening products because uva ursi contains arbutin, and arbutin is a natural source of hydroquinone, a potent skin-lightening ingredient. The issue about arbutin, however, is that there’s little convincing research attesting to its efficacy (especially in comparison to the efficacy of actual hydroquinone), although, like most plants, it does have antioxidant properties.
Another plant extract prominent in this toner is Lycium chinensis. Also known as wolfberry, this native-to-China shrub contains berries that are a natural source of antioxidant compounds (including vitamin C) as well as the B vitamin niacin. There is no substantiated research proving that wolfberry is a significant ingredient for skin. Besides, this plant has to be digested and broken down for it to release its vitamin components, and skin cannot digest plants.
Beyond that, the formula contains other antioxidants and some good water-binding agents, though nothing to warrant the cost considering the tiny amount of product. In addition, it’s not great news that this also contains several fragrance chemicals that have the potential to cause skin irritation. Considering that strike and the price per ounce, this doesn’t deserve better than an average rating.
Age Transforming Hydramist is a cooling formula that provides exceptional antioxidant protection with botanical extracts. Hydrating ingredients keep the skin plump and supple while anti-aging technologies boost the effects of Age Transforming Concentrate Serum. Age Transforming Hydramist may be used throughout the day to refresh, hydrate and protect, as well as to set makeup.
Water, Arctostaphylos Uva-Ursi Leaf Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Zinc PCA, Sodium Hyaluronate, Pisum (Pea) Sativum Extract, Bambusa Vulgaris Extract, Glucosamine HCL, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Fumaria Officinalis Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Fumaric Acid, Ferocactus Wislizenii (Wild Cactus) Extract, Diospyros Virginia (Persimmon) Pectin, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate, Tocopherol, Fragrance, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Citronellol
The only tangible transformation you will notice by using any of these Canyon Ranch products is the transfer of currency from your bank account to Canyon Ranch's till. Although it's not the priciest line around, it's definitely aiming for the high end of the skin-care spectrum, with the only apparent goal being to seem elite to discerning spa clientele.
Canyon Ranch is a chain of U.S. spas based in Tucson, Arizona. They also have spas in Las Vegas; Lenox, Massachusetts; and Miami Beach and Kissimmee, Florida; but you don't need to visit any of these "lifestyle" spas to purchase the Your Transformation products. Looking to attract the spa crowd outside of their terrycloth robes and warm slippers, department stores such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue are now retailing the Canyon Ranch brand.
Outside of the spa experience, which can be a welcome respite, whether you go to Canyon Ranch or another spa, there is nothing that makes this line worth considering. Honestly, nothing. The company and aestheticians who sell the line will tell you otherwise, but Canyon Ranch's products truly offer nothing new under the sun. That's not to say there aren’t some good products because there are, but they don't set a new standard for skin care or offer any special benefit that lots of other lines don’t also provide, and for a lot less money (and that's not to mention better formulations).
The line's claim to fame is an ingredient they call ProNAD, which Canyon Ranch apparently believes can transform your skin. ProNAD, which is nothing more than a marketing term, isn’t an actual ingredient per se; it's simply myristyl nicotinate. Myristyl nicotinate is a derivative of nicotinic acid, a component of vitamin B3 (niacin). It isn't the same ingredient as niacinamide, but it functions in nearly the same manner (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Just like niacinamide, there is research that shows myristyl nicotinate does have the ability to improve skin barrier function, mitigate signs of sun damage, and reduce the incidence of atopic dermatitis, commonly known as dry skin. Niacinamide and myristyl nicotinate are both compatible with several prescription drugs used to treat various skin conditions and they are believed to enhance the efficacy of these drugs and/or to minimize their negative side effects. Myristyl nicotinate is stabilized to prevent the release of, or quick conversion to, nicotinic acid, which can cause facial flushing, particularly in those dealing with rosacea (Sources: Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis, February 2007, pages 893–899; Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy, November 2007, pages 1176–1182; Experimental Dermatology, November 2007, pages 927–935, and June 2007, pages 490–499). While all of this is great for skin, these two ingredients are not by any means the only ones that have research showing they are helpful for skin; there are dozens and dozens of other beneficial ingredients.
Separate from the plethora of beneficial ingredients available, why should you choose Canyon Ranch's products with niacinamide over other products (particularly those from Olay) that also contain this ingredient? According to Canyon Ranch, their version of niacinamide transforms skin to its healthiest, most youthful, and most vibrant state. In reality, however, there is no research to support their claim that their version is superior.
So, Canyon Ranch Your Transformation isn't the only game in town when it comes to niacinamide, and their claims of superiority aren't supported in published studies. You'll very likely see your skin improve by using some of their products, especially if you're dealing with an impaired skin barrier, dryness, and discolorations. However, you're just as likely to reap the same benefits by using less expensive products that contain efficacious amounts of niacinamide. Knowing this, unless you're helplessly taken by the (undeserved) allure of spa-based skin care, why bother?
For more information about Canyon Ranch Your Transformation, call (520) 749-9655 or visit www.canyonranch.com.