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Anti Aging Moisturizers are essential. For the past 10 years, my normal to oily skin has wanted to be treated like a tween. Now, that would all be fine, if my skin weren't 49!! For many years, I've used moisturizers that were specifically made for acne and break-out prone skin. I find this to be an oxymoron, since these types of moisturizers are designed to absorb moisture, not give it. As I head towards 50, I feel that my aging skin needs more moisture (plumpness) and debate whether a dry wrinkled face is better or worse, than a moist pimply one. I am periodically tempted to try non-acne type moisturizers, which end up breaking me out, but I never, never give up hope (a commonality amongst Truth In Aging members). Last month Marta offered some products for review and ReLuma's Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer ($85) was one of her offerings. This was a tempting moisturizer! Marta recommend ReLuma's Serum in 2008 and after reading the ingredients off the box, I've decided it's not just a moisturizer, it's a serum, and a moisturizer in one!
I've been able to use ReLuma's Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer for 4 weeks now without breaking-out. This alone makes it a wonderful product. It has no detectable odor, absorbs rapidly and leaves a semi-matte finish. Once absorbed you can feel just the slightest bit of moisture/protection on the surface of your skin, but that's all. It's not a moist and dewy moisturizer if this is what you want. It only took two weeks of daily use, for the color, tone and texture of my skin to be visually improved. After 4 weeks, I love this moisturizer so much that quite frankly, I don't even care what's in it, but Marta probably wouldn't publish this review if I didn't write about its' ingredients...
If you look at the ingredients, you might think I listed them backwards, but this is how they're listed on the box. Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media (largest quantity first) is #1 (same in the serum and cleanser), with water last. How many times do we see water in position #1 with the actives to follow? So often, that it's almost unbelievable to see an active at the top of the list! For more information on Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, please see Marta's 2008 and 2011 serum reviews. The conditioning agents, emulsifiers and emollients in this lotion are all very mild. Jojoba oil, jojoba ester and hyaluronic acid is what turns this serum into a moisturizer. ReLuma has added an interestingly large group of protein building amino acids as well. Amino acids are essentially peptides which improve the feel and texture of the skin, while some believe that proline, glycine, leucine are able to help build collagen. There's coenzyme Q-10, which is a small molecule that can easily penetrate skin cells helping to boost skin repair and reduce free radical damage. Only 2 ingredients that some will find objectionable, the first is sodium lactate which is a buffering agent, PH balancer, exfoliant and preservative. From TIA's ingredient database I've copied this info for you: The EWG has noted concerns about cancer, but classifies it as 'not likely to be carcinogenic'. The second ingredient of concern is preservative methylisothiazolinone, as it can possibly be an irritant and neurotoxin.
If your skin needs a lot of moisture you may want to use ReLuma's serum with a heavy hitting moisturizer on top, but for my skin, ReLuma's Skin Illuminating Anti-Aging Moisturizer is a rare gem. A real value I believe at $85.00 for 1.1 fl. oz., as it contains a high concentration of the same active that's in the serum, light moisture, collagen building peptides and antioxidants...all in one! If you're put off by the high cost of the serum, give ReLuma's Moisturizer a try, and if you do, remember to share the love, post your results and thoughts here for the rest of our readers and members!
Human Adipose Derived Stem Cell Conditioned Media, Cetearyl Olivate, Sodium Olivate, Caprilic Capric Triglycerides, Vegetable Glycerin, Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Ester, Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-Threonine, L-Leucine, L-Phenylamine, Silica, Vitamin E Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Hyaluronic Acid, Coenzyme Q-10, Methylisothiazolinone and Caprylyl Glycol, Water