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July 22, 2011 Reviewed by admin 5 Comments
Yet another ingredient I am unable to pronounce (now I’m getting excited)!

Having only twenty years of age under my belt, I cannot say I have an authentic loathing of wrinkles, such that I have seen expressed by my mother and grandmother. However, it’s exciting to think that there are ingredients being uncovered that could prevent me from experiencing such loathing! Ok, maybe not entirely; but, homeostatine, which I just saw in one of TIA's Five Best for $65 and under picks (Your Best Face Boost) does sounds pretty splendid. Maybe it is just too good to be true.

In order to understand the full effect of homeostatine, I think it’s important to first understand a little bit about one of our favorite things – wrinkles.

Wrinkles are caused by a variety of different things, such as natural aging of the skin, photo-aging, and repeated facial movements. However, all of these, “share a physiological cause: perturbations in the homeostasis of dermal extra-cellular matrix.”

What does this have to do with homeostatine, you ask? The ingredient homeostatine is an active combination of two natural ingredients (from a seaweed, enteromorpha compressa, and gum from South American tree called caesalpinia spinosa and pictured above) that us supposed to prevent and decrease wrinkles. It is also acts as an anti-inflammatory by inhibiting the synthesis of metalloproteinases (kinds of enzymes) and pro-inflammatory mediators.

One of the things that makes homeostatine so impressive as an anti-aging ingredient is that it aims to maintain homeostasis in the extra-cellular matrix. (It sounds scarier than it is. Stay with me.)  Homeostasis in the extra-cellar matrix basically aims to balance the synthesis and degradation of the matrix, which has the job of keeping the skin moisturized, firm, elastic, and free of wrinkles. So, if your skin has perfect balance in the ECM, you might have skin like Gisele Bundchen. Lucky you.

By restoring this balance, your skin, reportedly, increases the synthesis of collagen I and III, increases your skin thickness, increases the elastic fibers, and acts as an anti-inflammatory. Can this get any better? I’m only twenty, and I want to slather homeostatine all over my face…

So what’s bad about this ingredient? As far as my research goes, I haven’t found any reason why you should be worried about homeostatine in your beauty products. This might be too good to be true, folks. Or it might be homeostatine.
  • July 28, 2011

    by Junko

    I bought my first bottle of ReLuma Serum thru a 'discount' online retailer and I wasn't sure how it should look or smell. After buying a FRESH bottle from TIA, I am now certain that the first bottle I bought was old & spoiled. I would describe ReLuma's Serum smell as a little yeasty but not overly so...but my first old bottle had a very strong yeast smell. I've learned my lesson, and won't be purchasing ReLuma from any where other than TIA. We're talking about growth factors here, and who knows what grows in a bottle that's old ~ creeps me out just thinking about it now! I had (3) sample bottles of Boost that I'd gotten with purchases and have been using them over the ReLuma and I don't think the Boost really adds any smell to the ReLuma. I'm not overly sensitive to smells though...other than my repulsion of Perricone's fish scent which makes me down right nauseous. Please, please make sure that you buy ReLuma from a reliable source so that it's not spoiled and contaminated!

  • July 27, 2011

    by Jessie

    When you use the ReLuma and the Boost together do you notice any sort of smell?

    I recently purchased some Boost, Osmosis Replenish and the ReLuma moisturizer to try. The website I ordered from listed the ingredients as being the exact same for the ReLuma moisturizer as the serum - but this turned out not to be true.... Anyhow, I am very sensitive to how things smell and all three products have their own "identities" but when I combined the ReLuma with the Boost, I nearly lost my breakfast!

    Just using the ReLuma on its own is not great (smellwise) so I use it with the Osmosis but this is not what I was hoping to do. I'm wondering if anyone else has reported a similar experience?

  • July 23, 2011

    by Marta

    Agreed, I emailed someone who'd written to me asking about what to use with ReLuma and I passed on Junko's idea. Boost and ReLuma makes a lot of sense. I'll put a bundle of this combo together with a little discount.

  • July 22, 2011

    by VickyL

    Junko - this is an excellent suggestion. I've been trying to find the right addition to the ReLuma serum and this could be just the ticket. Marta's 5 best article reminded me about how much I like the Boost.

  • July 22, 2011

    by Junko

    Great article Katherine and another reason to love Boost. I've been using Boost over ReLuma's serum and it's a nice combination for my normal/oil skin. I need some moisture over ReLuma since it's a gel and Boost delivers the perfect amount. I also feel that the ingredients in Boost are a nice compliment to those in ReLuma. Always afraid when layering products, that one might negate the effects of the other.

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