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So, I'm a bit slow posting on this one but I felt like we should weigh in on Intelligent Nutrients® Plant Stem Cell Skin Science Renewal Complex. According to Intelligent Nutrients® it is designed to be used as targeted treatment for areas such as wrinkles surrounding the mouth, upper lip, delicate eye area, forehead, age spots, stretch marks, scars and other skin imperfections.
It also claims to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps reduce redness and other skin discolorations—and firms, lifts, smooth and softens while increasing collagen synthesis. Plant Stem Cell Renewal Complex is also completely eco-sustainable and features antioxidant-rich plant stem cells cultivated in the purest lab, without the use of soil.
Let's take a look at the ingredients:
Aloe Vera is full of antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E which can help improve the skin's natural firmness and keep the skin hydrated. It can also help reduce stretch marks and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as a multipurpose skin treatment.
Edelweiss contains many antioxidants, and also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also has excellent protection properties to increase the youth of skin cells and keeps the skin fresh and youthful with a road to destroy harmful free radicals. It reduces wrinkles and helps maintain skin firmness, rejuvenates damaged cells and reduces the signs of photoageing. Check out this article at annmariegianni.com if you want to find out more about edelweiss.
Coneflower (Echinacea Angustifolia) has antiseptic, antiviral and antifungal qualities and stimulates collagen synthesis (cell renewal), increases hydration and elasticity and revitalizes dull and tired skin.
Pennywort (also known as gotu kola) can improve skin metabolism and even skin tone, improve elasticity and firm the skin.
Glycerin is a tricky one - Clinical studies have shown that glycerin is more of a friend than a foe, click here for more info.
Dehydroacetic Acid is a synthetic preservative, fungicide and bactericide with low hazards according to Skin Deep and Truth In Aging
Sodium hydroxide is a ph adjuster, is also known as a very strong irritant and sometimes goes by the name of lye or caustic soda. Considered a moderate hazard by Skin Deep and Truth in Aging. In short, be careful with anything that has this ingredient in.
Aside from the last two ingredients, those are some natural beauty product heavyweights!
We tested it over 4 different age groups of women;
26 -30, 31 - 40, 41 - 50 and 50+ (51, 54, 58, 64, 81 years)
All participants over 40 responded the best, over the course of 2 months their lines became finer and their skin plumper. Our lovely 81 year old volunteer used it on her liverspots and it did help lighten them, which has triggered a couple of the other members in our 50+ and 41 - 50 group to start using it for that purpose too. So far the results are looking good.
We didn't combine this skin serum with anti-aging moisturisers, just a bit of olive oil.
Scentwise, it smells a bit marzipan-y but that soon dissipates. The texture feels like a cross between water and a very light gel and it soaks into the skin quite fast.
Skin imperfections: In terms of dry skin patches we found that it did nothing.
Scars: As it turned out Em's Aunt managed to burn her face with a barbecue skewer this summer. That's right, someone got a bit impatient and couldn't resist tasting the scrumptious kebabed delight straight from the barbecue. It left her with a 3 inch scar that we decided to treat with this product.
The results were visible within a day, this isn't to say that the scar disappeared immediately (that took 2 months of daily application), but the skin responded to the serum very quickly and 2 months on it's as if she never tried to eat from a fiery skewer.
Warning: if you are not old enough to be using anti-aging skincare (i.e. under 35), do not apply this to your entire face - I did and I woke up to a swollen, kind-of-bloated version of my own face the following day. Do, however use it as it is designed to be used - as a targeted treatment. Worried about frownlines? use a drop, a little goes a long way.
All in all, we would recommend this product as a preventative measure and as an anti-aging treatment. It is expensive, but it lasts for longer than you'd imagine and the results have to be seen to be believed. But because of the price tag it is definitely under the "treat" section of cosmetics shopping.
Have you used Intelligent Nutrients® Plant Stem Cell Skin Science Renewal Complex? What did you think?
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycerin *, Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) stem cell culture*, Pennywort (Centella asiatica) stem cell culture**, Coneflower (Echinacea) stem cell culture**, Xantham Gum, Benzyl alcohol*, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.
** Plant stem cell antioxidant