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.