Thursday, September 5, 2013

Skin Actives Vitamin A Cream - Twilight Awakening Review


Skin Actives Scientific manufactures skin care products for use at homes, as well as for private label firms. They create specialty protein ingredients at their labs in Michigan, Illinois, and Santa Fe, and Argentina. They have an expert team which is always up-to-date on the latest skin care research and what products are leading-edge.

Skin Actives Scientific makes a number of products that are not featured in this review -- there are so many that I could never list them all; rest assured that there is a product for everyone, whether it is an ingredient for creating your own skin care product or a pre-made cream/moisturizer/kit, etc. Some include:

  • Antioxidant Booster 
  • Bright-I Cream
  • Salicylic Wash
  •  Restoration Cream
  • Shea Mousse
  • Acne Control Cream
  • Marine Toner
  • Lip Trio Set
  • Acai Extract
  • Aminobutyric Acid
  • Bilberry Fruit Extract
  • Carnauba Wax Beads
  •  Licorice Extract
  • Zinc PCA
  • Pumpkin Enzyme Peel
  • Sun Set
  • Pain Relief Cream
  • Energizing Cream with Mitochondrial Burst
  • Moisturizing Mask
  • Shaving Cream
  • Coral Nutrient Serum
  • Hand and Body Moisturizing Lotion
  • Antioxidant Day Cream

The Skin Actives Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream is great for use on both the body and the face. It should be applied in an even layer at nighttime just before bed. This cream is highly versatile for a number of different skin care needs, as well as a variety of skin types. It can help relieve issues such as acne, anti-aging wrinkles/lines, hyperpigmentation, scarring, or even stretch marks. This cream is not specifically targeted for one age group or a certain sex, which I thought was great, because commonly moisturizers are marketed towards older women. Those companies forget that younger women can also benefit from the effects of a face/body cream, and that it is important to apply preventative care to keep our skin feeling and looking rejuvenated. Also, how often are moisturizers made for men as well as women? The Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream is for anyone from their twenties on up.

I love that the Skin Actives Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream can be used on virtually any skin type: from dry, to normal, to oily, to a combination of all of the above. Really, there aren't many people who couldn't benefit from this product. You might be wondering how this cream is able to do all of the things that it does for your skin-- the answer? The unique blend of active ingredients. First, it contains retinyl ester, which is converted to retinol, and then retinoic acid after its absorption into the skin. Retinoic acid is an active form of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the most important vitamins necessary for the health of our skin -- it helps rebuild skin tissue and eliminate pores, wrinkles, lines, or other defects. Skin Actives quoted a research study conducted by Fu et al. (2010) which showed that retinyl ester at 0.3% leads to an improvement in wrinkles, as compared to the popular "retin-A". Retin-A is in many acne creams and moisturizers, but it is very strong and can be irritating, especially to sensitive skin. I know that I have used several creams with this ingredient just to clear up minor skin defects in the past, and my face always burns and stings. My skin is very sensitive, and although the defect may lessen, I ended up with dried out and itchy skin. I would much rather use a cream with retinyl ester, which is a softer alternative. The other ingredients that have beneficial effects are allantoin (for skin renewal) and tetrahydrocurcuminoids, astaxanthin, lycopene and others for antioxidant properties.

Skin Actives has added several "building blocks" to its Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream, including: Sea kelp bioferment and everything it contains, niacinamide, natural active peptides, carnosine, sodium hyaluronate, coconut endosperm, pomegranate seed oil and other oils. However, they suggest that if you want an even better foundation, you can use the Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream in conjunction with their retinyl ester cream and let’s make collagen serum. If you have dry skin, they also suggest using Dream cream on top of that.

 Twilight Awakening Vitamin A Cream contains the following ingredients: Distilled Water, Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis) Seed Oil, Lactobacillus/Kelp Ferment Filtrate, Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Sorbitol, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Sesame (Sesamum Indicum) Seed Oil, Sweet Almond (Prunus amygdalus dulcis) Seed Oil, Avocado (Persea gratissima) Oil, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Retinyl Acetate (Vitamin A), Carnosine (L-), Hyaluronic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Juice (Endosperm), Tetrahydrocurcuminoids (Tetrahydrodiferuloylmethane, TetrahydrodemethoxydiferuloylmethaneTetrahydrobisdemethoxydiferuloylmethane), Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Seed Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (Alpha-D-Tocopherol, Vitamin E), Astaxanthin, Lycopene, Xanthophyll (Lutein), Alpha Lipoic Acid [R-(+)-], Beta Carotene,  Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4 (Pal-Lys-Ths-Ths-Lys-Ser-OH), Polysorbate 20, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben.  Skin Actives products are all animal cruelty free! There is one warning to using the cream - it increases the risk of sunburn, so when using it you should make sure not to overexpose your skin to UV radiation, or put on sunscreen.

You can purchase the Skin Actives Vitamin A Twilight Awakening Cream on the Skin Actives website here. It retails for $30.00 per 4.0 fluid oz container. Sample sizes are also available if you want to try many Skin Actives' products before you buy the full size. 

I was sent one 1 fl. oz. jar of Skin Actives Vitamin A Twilight Awakening Cream for review, so that I could share my opinions with you. I was instructed to use the cream for two weeks before posting my review so that I could really feel the difference before posting. I applied to review this product not because I have wrinkles or scarring, but for two other reasons -- first, I have very sensitive skin that is subject to the occasional pimple, and second, I have several stretch marks. I wanted to apply the Twilight Awakening Cream to my face and to the areas where I have stretch marks (on my hips and inner thighs). 

I was very pleased with the results. Although it is difficult to visualize the results, since I do not have wrinkles or large pores, I could really feel the results, especially after a longer period of time. The cream has a nice texture - it is not too thick or goopy. When I applied it to my face, I did not get that drying out sensation that I get from other creams. My face was not at all irritated by the active ingredients, and I did not feel like the cream was clogging up my pores or making a heavy, unmovable foundation. It felt refreshing when applied in a thin layer. I really felt as though a combination of things lately (stress, forgetting to wipe off my makeup at night, exposure to many chemicals at school, and changing seasons) were contributing to my skin not being as flawless as I would hope. I really think that the Skin Actives Vitamin A Twilight Awakening Cream will continue to help it clear. This is the only cream that I have been applying for two weeks, and I have noticed a decrease in redness and in the instance of pimples. It is hard to tell if it has been helping my stretch marks, because they were already faded (not the reddened color that they typically begin as), but I will continue to apply it because I really believe in the ingredients. The cream does not have a strong smell, which I prefer, and it also does not have a pungent smell. I think that this is a great moisturizer for all types of problems, and even just to use to prevent acne or wrinkles. My skin has really been responding to it positively, and you can't go wrong for the price. Many anti-aging moisturizers are very expensive, but this one is more affordable.

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