Citrus Ginger Argan Oil
Acure markets their Citrus Ginger Argan Oil as a "super food" for skin that will help fight the signs of aging. However, not only does this product lack the ingredients needed to repair wrinkles and fine lines, it also contains more potentially harmful ingredients than beneficial ones.
First, the good: This is formulated in a base of argan oil, which is a helpful ingredient—like many non-fragrant oils, it's primary benefit is that it adds moisture back into dry or dehydrated skin. Unfortunately, that's where the positives for this face oil stop.
After the argan oil, this consists mostly of citrus ingredients that you do not want in your skincare products. We're not sure whether or not these citrus ingredients are essential oils—more on the ingredient mysteries of this formula in a moment—but no matter their form, lemon and orange peel extracts and oils are loaded with a class of ingredients known as furanocoumarins (psoralen) and coumarins. These chemicals are the primary culprits for causing phototoxic reactions on skin when exposed to the sun—which can result in skin discolorations (Journal of Food and Agriculture, October 2013 & Acta Dermato-Venereologica, 2007).
We're going to go ahead and assume that risking a phototoxic reaction is not what you expect when using a skincare product—certainly not one with the anti-aging claims made for Citrus Ginger Argan Oil. See More Info for additional details on why a high amount of fragrance is so damaging to skin.
About those "ingredient mysteries" we mentioned above: The ingredient list on the label provides you with only partial information. For example, "Organic Citrus Limon (Lemon)" doesn't tell you much of anything, and it isn't a recognized ingredient name—do they mean the peel, essential oil, the extract, or peel extract? No one can know for sure from the ingredient information Acure provided; yet the regulations are clear as to how such ingredients should be indicated on the label—this is not how to do it!
Every ingredient is required to be listed in full on the label and in descending order of concentration, which is not the case here, and so violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements. It's also important for you, as you have every right to know what you're putting on your skin.
In the end, Citrus Ginger Argan Oil leaves us with far too many concerns to recommend. Rather than put your skin at risk with this formula, we recommend considering the alternatives from other brands on our list of top-rated moisturizers without sunscreen for dry skin.
This product is listed on the Acure website as Certified Organic Aromatherapeutic Citrus Ginger Argan Oil.
- Contains the beneficial moisturizing ingredient argan oil.
- Contains two potentially phototoxic citrus ingredients.
- Contains more potentially irritating ingredients than beneficial ingredients.
- Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate; thus, you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).
In fact, the effect of inflammation in the skin is cumulative, and repeated exposure to irritants contributes to a weakened skin barrier, slower healing (including of red marks from breakouts), and a dull, uneven complexion (Aging, 2012 & Chemical Immunology and Allergy, 2012).
A true skin SUPERFOOD! Incredibly rich in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and proteins, argan oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed, the aromas of citrus and ginger will invigorate and warm the senses!
Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.
First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.
On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.
One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.
For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.
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