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Arbonne RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream- reviewed and recommended

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Dry Skin
March 21, 2010 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments
Arbonne has just launched two new lines (color cosmetics, which we’ll be reviewing very soon) and the RE9 Advanced range of skincare. The “breakthrough” idea (according to Arbonne) behind RE9 Advanced is to take a vitamin C supplement along with topical treatments aimed at boosting collagen production. I am not a big believer in the body’s ability to efficiently process supplements, still I’m prepared to give the skincare products the benefit of the doubt and over the coming weeks will be reviewing some samples, starting with the  Firming Body Cream ($68).

This body cream redefines the phrase “sinks right in”. Every time I have used it, Arbonne RE9 Advanced Firming Body Cream just seems to be absorbed within milliseconds, leaving my skin feeling comfortable, hydrated and somewhat firmer. Like the rest of the RE9 range, it has the stamp of a head of research who used to work at Aveda. Think botanicals.

I like the fact that it has seabuckthorn (hippophae rhamnoides), a plant that has plenty of quercetin. This is an important flavenoid and some researchers believe that quercetin is a more potent antioxidant than the much-hyped resveratrol. The aging amongst us, will be pleased to see that isoflavones, which have chemical structure that is similar to estrogen (the hormone we women start to produce less of as we reach menopause), are here thanks to a plant called pueraria lobata, more commonly called kudzu. A native of Japan, this plant is now rampant in North America (if you see trees covered with some invasive vine, it may well be kudzu). So if nothing else, Arbonne is probably doing the Environmental Protection Agency a favor by finding a use for it.

Moving away from botanicals, it is worth giving a shout out to hexapeptide-10, which also goes under the name of serilsenine and is made a Spanish company called Lipotec. A hexapeptide is a chain of six amino acids that stimulate cell activity by interacting with specific molecules. The result is that collagen is rebuilt and fine lines are supposed to be reduced and pore size reduced. Incidentally, hexapeptide-10 is also favorite of the South African brand Dermaxime.

Ingredients

Water, sunflower seed oil, stearic acid, shea butter, dimethicone, squalane, cetearyl wheat straw glycosides*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, orange peel oil, hippophae rhamnoides oil, imperata cylindrica root extract, oat kernal extract, lamaria digitata extract, pueraria lobata root extract, ginger root extract, plankton extract, hexapeptide-10, tocopheryl acetate, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, panthenol, carbomer, acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, sodium PCA, butylene glycol, polysorbate-20, sodium hydroxide, caprylyl glycol, caprylhydroxamic acid, limonene, linalool, citral.

*Formulated without gluten
  • June 27, 2012

    by Kate Z

    I used the complete Arbonne line for a couple of years. I really liked it until they refomulated the line. Like Marta said, it plumps your skin up for a little bit and then your skin feels dry. I stopped using it when I had a couple of very dry patches form on my face that wouldn't go away until I changed products.

  • June 27, 2012

    by sonya

    What does this cost??

  • June 7, 2012

    by ashley

    doesn't work

  • April 9, 2011

    by Alissa

    I love this. I just had a baby and am using it for stretch marks. After just a month they are lighter and look so much better. I will continue to reorder.

  • February 11, 2011

    by Janet

    I am disappointed that they have changed the product from the cream in a pump dispenser to the tub...it does not last nearly as long possibly because you are more prone to scoop out more than the pump had provided...anyway,I prefer the old product...may not reorder this new one

  • December 9, 2010

    by marta

    I still have half a tub of the Arbonne body cream. I've been using it up when we go to our cabin upstate. It's pretty good but I don't love it. I find the smell overpowering and, although my skin looks nice immediately afterwards, it is dry the next day.

  • December 9, 2010

    by Stephanie

    Did you notice any lasting results from this?

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