Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion
Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion contains a nice array of moisturizing ingredients from non-fragrant plant oils, butters, anti-irritants, and antioxidants—all housed in a squeeze tube that helps protect the sensitive ingredients from air and light exposure. This rich cream would have been recommended for all skin types experiencing dryness—unfortunately, our enthusiasm wanes after a closer look at the ingredient list, which appears to be incomplete. If that weren't enough, there also is a potent blend of fragrance ingredients.
Acure included a blend of multiple fragrance extracts and essential oils. From lavender, its namesake lemongrass, as well as rosemary essential oils, this is a problem because such fragrance ingredients pose a risk of irritating skin, damaging collagen, and impeding skin's ability to heal. If younger-looking and healthier skin is your goal, fragrance-free is always the best approach (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003).
As mentioned above, a major concern is that the ingredient list doesn't appear to be complete, which means you don't know what this product really contains. We think it's incredibly important that you know what ingredients are used in your skincare products! See More Info for additional details.
There's also the problematic nature of the preservative in this product—Acure appears to rely solely on potassium sorbate. However, potassium sorbate on its own isn't sufficient to provide protection against bacteria, mold, and yeast—existing research has demonstrated it to be effective only when combined with other preservatives like phenoxyethanol.
Preservatives are incredibly important for keeping your product free of (and your skin safe from) mold, fungi, and bacteria, especially products with naturally derived plant or fruit extracts. Think of how long fresh fruit lasts on your kitchen counter!
Lemongrass + Moroccan Argan Oil Firming Body Lotion presents far too many concerns to recommend it—from the types of fragrance ingredients used to the apparent lack of ingredient transparency. For alternatives that don't leave you guessing at what you're putting on your body, check out our list of top-rated body lotions.
One last note: Please totally ignore the claims made about the plant and fruit stem cell ingredients this product contains (see More Info if you wish to read the considerable details explaining why). The notion that plant stem cells can "renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells, or regenerate healthy cells" may be true for a plant, but it isn't true for human skin.
- Contains a number of beneficial moisturizing ingredients.
- Has a range of antioxidants to help offset free-radical exposure.
- Heavily fragranced from lemongrass, lavender, and rosemary essential oils.
- Preservative system appears to be inadequate.
- Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate; thus, you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
- Claims about the benefits of stem cells in skincare products are greatly exaggerated.
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).
Incomplete Ingredient List: Acure Organics states that this product is based from their "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend," and contains no water or anything else to hold its formula together. We thought this had to have been a mistake on their packaging, but after reaching out to Acure Organics via Twitter about their lack of water in products, they confirmed it was not a printing error.
Rather, you're to believe that this product is made up of a blend of fruits and flowers, but no water or any ingredients that would form the "base" that keeps these ingredients from separating.
A mixture of mashed-up berries, dried tea leaves, and flowers does not a moisturizer make, and whether based from an ingredient blend or not, its individual constituents are still required to be listed in full on the label—which is not the case here. Trade names, like "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend" or "Echinacea Stem Cell Culture," are not permitted on ingredient labels for this very reason—this violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements.
Not to mention the fact than an incomplete ingredient list prevents you from knowing what's in your skincare or makeup product.
Stem Cells in Skincare: Stem cells are cells present in animals and plants that are capable of becoming any other type of cell in that organism and of producing more of those cells. Despite the fact that stem cell research is in its infancy, many cosmetics companies claim they are successfully using plant-based or human-derived stem cells in their anti-aging products. The claims run the gamut, from reducing wrinkles to elastin repair and cell regeneration, so the temptation for consumers to try these is intense.
The truth is that stem cells in skincare products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skincare products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless.
Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples, melons, flowers, and rice, cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, but because they are from plants they likely have antioxidant properties. Actually, it's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skin-care products; after all, you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!
There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or to survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed on to human skin. How a plant functions in nature is totally unrelated to human skin—these claims are completely without substantiation.
Another twist on the issue is that cosmetics companies claim they have taken components (such as peptides) out of the plant stem cells and made them stable so they then can work as stem cells. This approach is not valid—stem cells must be complete to function normally. Even if you could isolate substances or extracts from these cells and make them stable, there is no published research showing they can affect stem cells in human skin.
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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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