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Avitalin Youth Essentials- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin
Reviewed by Marta April 12, 2012 6 Comments

I wanted to test Avitalin Youth Essentials Ageless Skin Complex ($65) because a core feature is a concoction that Avitalin calls BioMiracle Age Defense Complex. This is algae, Siberian mushroom, raisin, and colostrum.

Colostrum is fascinating for the medical profession because it is full of powerful properties that signal growth and prevent disease. And I was intrigued because I haven’t tried a potion with it before and was interested to learn more about it and see if works topically.

Colostrum is the pre-milk fluid produced by mammalian mothers during the first few days after giving birth (for commercial use, cows seem to be the source). Its purpose is to transfer immunity and protection against disease from a mother to her newborn. Properties include immunoglobins, the body’s first line of defense; hormones; enzymes; growth factors; peptides; and nucleotides.

The most pertinent bioactive components in colostrum are growth factors and antimicrobial factors (source). These include transforming growth factors alpha, beta 1 and beta 2, fibroblast growth factors, and epidermal growth factor. All of which sounds hopeful for an anti-aging cream. However, I couldn’t find any research that supports its topical use, and its reputation as a wound healer seems mixed: a study on hamsters back in the 1980s proved disappointing, although other researchers have since been more positive (source).

My experience with Avitalin Youth Essentials is that it makes my skin feel softer and look smoother. However, I find the results more hydrating than in the wrinkle repair category. That said, I would highly recommend this to anyone 30-something through 60-something who wants a turbo-charged moisturizer. Not to mention one that focuses on powerful and mostly natural ingredients.

Along with colostrum, there is antioxidant algae, Siberian mushroom (a powerful anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant – although there has been little in vitro research so far – this is one to watch) and raisin. Willow bark is a natural exfoliant with salicylic acid, a BHA. In addition, there is CoQ10 and the somewhat controversial DMAE.

Note the absence of nasty preservatives (the aspen bark extract fulfills this role) – Avitalin makes all its products to order to ensure that they are fresh.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (aloe) juice, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Rosa damascena (rose) distillate, Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, emulsifying wax, vegetable glycerin, stearic acid, BioMiracle Age Defense Complex, dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE), sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic acid), ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), tocopherol (vitamin E), xanthan gum, Populus tremuloides (aspen bark) extract, Salix nigra (black willowbark) extract, citric acid, fragrance (essential oils)

  • April 18, 2012

    by Nancy K.

    I would try this, my son is getting married in July and I could use some firming up!

  • April 18, 2012

    by Susan S.

    Firming! Firming! I'd give anything for some facial firming, and it being a relatively "clean" product line is just icing on the cake.

  • April 18, 2012

    by Nanci

    If it isn't animal tested, I would be interested in giving it a go.

  • April 18, 2012

    by Carol Rowland

    I'm always interested in trying new formulas, especially during the change of seasons. My winter regime is way too heavy for the hot humid summers in Washington DC. Maybe this is it. I'm certainly willing to try the face and eye cream.

  • April 18, 2012

    by Imelda

    Colustrum, a word I have not personally related to since my nephew's birth 3 years ago. What an interesting new ingredientfor anti-aging! I would love to give it a go!

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