Camocare Organics Youth Elixir Serum- reader reviewed
I am a long time beauty junkie, so over the past decade or so, I've started paying pretty close attention not only to how well a product works (and as the years pass, I find I would really like them to work better than most do) but what's in them as well. It's sometimes shocking what we find in our moisturizers, serums and conditioners, among other items, and if you haven't checked out how your products stack up in terms of their potential health risks, you might click on over to the EWG's 'Skin Deep' Cosmetics Database. It may not be 100%, but it will give you a good idea of the ingredients you may want to steer clear of.
That said, I've had my eye on the revamped line from Camocare for a while now, but apparently have not been tempted enough to dish out the cash to try it....not that it's super spendy compared to a lot of lines, their range is pretty affordable, with the product I was sent to review, the Camocare Organics Youth Elixir Serum coming in at $51.49...not cheap, but not the $150 many serums will run you. Camocare says, "Make crows feet walk away. Within minutes, Youth Elixir Serum helps your skin feel firmer and tighter. And with consistent use, it counteracts the cause of wrinkles to keep skin visibly smooth." With a name like Youth Elixir Serum...I expect something akin to the fountain of like in a bottle, but that's the goal, right?
A look at the ingredients list shows aloe vera, water and alcohol as the first three ingredients, and you can feel and smell it going on. I actually like how it feels, it goes on nicely and isn't overly tacky. The aloe, alcohol and oat kernel extract seem to create an immediate, if temporary, tightening effect. I used it for one month, targeting areas where I'm starting to get expression lines - crows feet at the corners of my eyes, very slight vertical line between brows and a few horizontal lines on my forehead.
The reason being that the 4th ingredient on the list, Gatuline Expression, is an extract from a small, exotic plant called Acmella Oleracea, native to Madagascar. It's used as a taste enhancer in certain foods, and is approved for use to reduce lines from facial expressions. It's actually ECOCERT certified too, which I'm not so sure applies other ingredients with a similar function, other Botox alternatives that you can read more about here. The Sodium Hyaluronate helps lock in some moisture, but for the most part, I think the rest of the ingredients are mostly fluff, items that can be relatively cheaply sourced as organic to bolster the claim. Gotu Kola has some interesting attributes, but I don't think it's a heavy hitter in general.
That said, I like it. Whether it be due to rest, more water intake or other measures, I did seem to notice that my expression lines seemed a little fainter the following morning, especially those pesky crows feet. I'm long been wary of Botox alternatives in a bottle...it seems like relaxing facial muscles, or paralyzing them over time, might have repercussions in the future we haven't seen yet, so I remain leery, but a little more comfortable with Gatluline Expression that it's competitors, or the real deal in a needle. I have pretty normal skin, tending toward dry near the eyes, and it did not seem to dry me out. I'd say it's worth a shot, use it sparingly on targeted areas where expression lines are lagging and use it along with a good moisturizer.
Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera Gel)†, Water, SD Alcohol 38-B (Organic Lavender Alcohol)††, Avena sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Acmella Oleracea Extract (Gatuline Expression), Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate (from sugar), Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract**, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil**, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract**, Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Extract**, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil**, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa (Hibiscus) Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Glycerin (from palm), Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose (modified plant cellulose).