REVIEW (ANDALOU NATRUALS): Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum

The skincare

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ANDALOU NATRUALS Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum (32ml)

Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum

  • For Normal/Combination Skin
  • “Uses fruit stem cell complex, turmeric, vitamin C, and skin-friendly magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, to support dermal vitality, targeting over-exposed surface cells for a lighter, tighter, brighter looking appearance and a luminous complexion” – Andalou Naturals website
  • Vegan friendly skin care
  • No animal testing
  • Free from sulfates, synthetic colours, dyes, parabens, and preservatives. 

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Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Purified Water (Aqua), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Vegetable Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Olive Squalane, Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Panthenol, Glyceryl Stearate, Algin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*, Allantoin, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Steareth-2, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*, Glyceryl Laurate, Linum Usitatissimum (Flax) Seed Oil*, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Riboflavin, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract*†, Laminaria Digitata (Kelp) Extract, Phenethyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*

*Certified Organic Ingredients †Fair Trade Ingredients

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Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum

  • Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*: Aloe vera  helps with soothing the skin. Aloe contains antioxidants & traces of vitamins A, C & E, and can be used as a natural anti-inflammatory & anti-bacterial agent. 

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Aloe in cosmetics can increase the moisture content on your skin after one application (Dal’belo, Gaspar, Campos, 2016)

shooting-star-147722_960_720Aloe has anti – inflammatory properties and is a powerful antioxidant. (Benson, Newman, Jenson, 2015)

  • Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C): Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (MAP) is a derivative of vitamin C, and has been shown to hydrate the skin, decreases transepidermal water loss, scavenge free radicals in the body, have inflammatory and antioxidant properties, and increase collagen production. Unlike other derivatives of vitamin C (for example; L-ascorbic acid, calcium ascorbate, maScreen Shot 2018-12-20 at 6.46.06 pm.pnggnesium ascorbate, and sodium ascorbate) MAP is a more stable and efficient way of providing transepidermal delivery of vitamin C topically into the skin. Furthermore, as MAP is an efficient and stable way of transferring vitamin C into the skin, vitamin C concentration can be maximised in the human skin. As MAP is a more stable derivative of vitamin C, it is recommended over other forms, such as L-ascorbic acid. However, research into MAP has been limited and most research have been focused on L-ascorbic acid being more beneficial in providing results to the skin. The draw back of using L-ascorbic acid can be it’s unstable nature, resulting in poor penetration into the skin. Due to this, MAP provides a more beneficial way of providing the benefits of vitamin C in a stable and safe delivering method. Of note, if you do want to use  L-ascorbic acid, it’s best to do so when the face has a pH of 3.5 and with skin care formulations with ferulic acid. Doing this will improve the stability and permeability of L-ascorbic acid. 
  • Vegetable Glycerin: Glycerin Is found naturally topically on our skin and helps our skin stay soft and supple. It ‘draws’ water from beScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 4.39.18 pm.pngneath our skin layers to the top, and this will result in this ingredient treating dry skin conditions topically. However, when too much pure glycerin is added in a product, this can actually be negative for you. Needless to say, too much of pure glycerin will continue to take water from our layers underneath ourskin, until it is dehydrated. In addition, Glycerin is a known Humectant, meaning that it also draws water molecules from our surroundings and binds them to the skin!
  • Olive Squalane: This ingredient is naturally found within our facial oils, and when applied topically onto our skin, Squalane is able to moisturise our skin, while also being a great source of antioxidants. Squalane is particularly great at these functions because it is able to penetrate deeply into our skin, and currently; these are the only known benefits of applying Squalane topically on our skin. However, research is currently being conducted on Squalane and its ability to  to treat scars, UV damage, and pigmentation (Source A & B). Squalene is also an occlusive agent, and reduces transepidermal water loss from the skin.
  • Fruit Stem Cells (Malus Domestica, Solar Vitis) and BioActive Berry Complex*: According to the ANDALOU NATRUALS website, the fruit stem cells used in the Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum are apple fruit and grape. While the BioActive Berry Complex is a blend of Acai berry, Aronia berry, Bearberry, Bilberry, Black elderberry, Goji berry, Screen Shot 2018-12-20 at 6.41.15 pmRosehip berry, and Sea buckthorn berry. As with a majority of fruit extracts, not much research have been conducted on the efficacy they have on the skin. Nonetheless, they contain antioxidants that could be potentially be beneficial when applied topically onto the skin, scavenging free radicals in the body. Of note, free radicals are just substances that form within the body from UV light (sun rays), and air pollution like smoking. The formation of ‘free radicals’ can damage the skin’s DNA/ Lipids/ Proteins/ Collagen, which are all needed in keeping the skin healthy and supple.  Antioxidants from fruit extracts may offer protection against the implications of ‘free radicals’, 
  • Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*: Sun flower oil is used as an emollient to prevent water loss within our skin. Additionally,  this type of oil is filled with fatty acids, and there is a new line of scientific evidence showing that sun flower seed oil has anti – inflammatory properties, and can be used to strengthen the skin’s barrier. (Source A & C)
  • Lecithin:This is a type of Phospholipid, and is used in skincare as an emollient. When applied onto the skin, Hydrogenated Lecithin prevents water loss, and helps in keeping the skin soft.
  • Tocopherol (Vitamin E): Is a form of vitamin E, and is a powerful antioxidant. Applied topically onto the skin, Tocopherol has been shown to provide moisture, reduce free radical damage, and have anti-inflammatory properties. 
  • Panthenol: Provides moisture to the top of our skin by drawing water from the environment and from the deeper layers in our skin. Not much research has been conducted on Panthenol, but it has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties,  reduce trans epidermal water loss, and moisturising properties when applied topically to the skin. 
  • Glyceryl Stearate: Used in skincare  by forming a ‘barrier’ on top of the skin, which reduces water loss.
  • Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter*: Extracted from cococa beans, normally used in skincare for it’s emollient and antioxidant properties. In the recent years, research with cococa extract applied topically onto the skin have shown anti-inflammatory properties and photoprotection (protection against the damages caused by sunlight). In addition, topical application of cocao has been shown to improve skin elasticity and collagen production. This is defiantly an up and coming ingredient to look forward too! You can read more about this in this free to access scientific journal.
  • Allantoin: This ingredient naturally occurs in our body, and can be extracted from plants, such as, Chamomile. In skincare, it is used for its ability to soothe and moisturise the skin. Additionally,  Allantoin can help in healing acne scares without causing irritation. Since Allantoin is found naturally within our body, it poses a lessor risk of skin irritation than other ingredients.
  • Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract*: Extracted from the turmeric plant and is used in skin care for it’s antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties. When taken as a supplement and used as a topical cream containing Curcuma Longa, this lead to  significant improvements in acne lesions when compared to participants who had no treatment.  Additionally, when turmeric was added with Rosemary and Gotu Kola (also known as Centella Asiatica),  the research showed improvements in facial photoaging (aging that has occurred from sun rays); their participants reported improvements in the skin firmness. (Source E).Screen Shot 2017-11-22 at 7.34.44 pm.png
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: If you ever see this ingredient in a product, it’s just a fancy way of saying hyaluronic acid. This ingredient can holdup to 1000x times of its moisture content, and sadly can only work topically to keep the skin hydrated (this only applies if sodium hyaluronate is not in a serum). This ingredient works best as a serum, so it can penetrate deep within your skin!  Always keep this in mind.
  • Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil*: Extracted from the ‘sun flower’, this non-fragrant plant oil is used in skincare for it’s emollient and antioxidant properties. Additionally, this particular oil contains a fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid. Gamma Linoleic acid is a natural component found within the skin and helps in maintaining the skin’s structure and elasticity, and the overall barrier of the skin. Not much research has been done with this ingredient just yet.
  • Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil*: When talking about rose extracts, they can be obtained from the petals (fragrance) or the actual rosebud/rosehip/seeds (antioxidant). As most brands are not transparent with their branding, you need to be careful when trying to figure out whScreen Shot 2018-12-20 at 6.31.35 pm.pngat rose extract is in the product you are using. Fortunately, Rosa Canina is clearly labelled in this formulation as extracted from the rose hips. Rosehip oil contains large amount of linolenic acid which is essential in maintaining the skin’s barrier. Rosehip oil also contains vitamin C, and has been marketed as a brightening and anti-anging ingredient in skincare. There are a few scientific studies available for rosehip being applied topically into skin showing promising results for wound healing/scaring/brightening, but more research is still needed before large claims can be made by cosmetic companies.

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  • Cetyl Alcohol: (Mildly Comedogenic): This type of alcohol is known as a fatty alcohol, and is non irritating to the skin. This ingredient is good for dry skin types by keeping the skin moisturised. This ingredient only becomes a problem when it is listed  high up on the ingredients list. Normally, having a small amount of this ingredient can keep your skin moisturised.
  • Stearyl Alcohol (Mildly Comedogenic): Another type of fatty alcohol and should be non-irritating to the skin.
  • Algin: This ingredient is known as a type of algae, and was  flagged by COSDNA skin care database as a strong irritant. Some forms of algae (blue/ green types of algae) can be irritants to the skin. However Algin is a type of brown algae, and it is known for its numerous benefits in skin care. Algin can act as a thickening agent, which makes the product more easily spreadable on the face. In addition, brown algae can help keep your skin moisturised, since it has water binding properties.
  • Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil: Fragrant ingredient.
  • Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil*: Fragrant ingredient.

rose-1093513_960_720 Mildly Comedogenic = The chances of this ingredient clogging your pores is not likely.

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”An emulsion type serum good for dry skin individuals, and to provide calming relief to the skin ” 

Scent (2/5): Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum has a light refreshing citrus scent to it, and is honestly not that noticeable.  However, the added fragrance of citrus can be a potential irritant to the skin. 

Texture of the product(5/5): The texture of Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum is a light emulsion, more so than a true ‘serum’ consistency.

Application(5/5):  Glides onto the skin well, and is absorbed within seconds. There is no tacky residue !

Quality of product (4/5): Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum is a pretty decent product for moisturasation. The oil blends defiantly provide moisture to the face, while the plant extract delivers antioxidant properties. I also love how this product contains oils high in linolenic acid, which helps in fortifying the skin’s barrier with consistent use. From using this product I defiantly observed some minimal ‘brightening effects’ which i attributed to the daily use and the formulation of Aloe, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and Rosehip extract. The ingredient list overall looks pretty good, with the only draw back being the added fragrance (citrus). I personally did not mind the fragrance throughout the use of Andalou Nautrals Turmeric + C Enlighten Serum, but some people might have issues with the added fragrance. After applying this ‘serum’, defiantly follow up with an occlusive moisturiser. 

Verdict:

  • Calming.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Provides minimal-moderate moisture to the skin.
  • Absorbed within seconds.
  • Helps maintain the skin’s barrier.
  • Vegan friendly skin care.
  • Not animal tested.
  • Caution: Added fragrance (citrus), which is a potential skin sensitiser to the skin.

Recommended for:

  • Personally, I think normal and dry skin individuals would love this.

And as always, take care of your skin.

xo

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Disclaimer:

All products are purchased with my money. I am not sponsored to review any products. I am however a proud affiliate with WishTrend*, and I truly adore how they promote good skin health. All opinions are 100% honest, and written from my personal experience.

Irritants are flagged from skin care database: CosDNA

Cosmetic ingredients information was accessed from public domains (unless referenced in-text). More detailed information can be found on:TruthInAgingPaula’s Choice

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