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Keeping it “Real”: A synthetic-free solution

Posted on: May 18, 2010

These organic ingredients pack quite a skin care punch.

“Be natural.”

In theory, it’s a lovely little concept. Organic skin care! The garden instead of the lab, chemical-free instead of artificially manufactured, green and fresh and untampered with and–well–why not fight the natural aging process with weapons given to us by the Earth itself? In practice, however, many scientifically engineered skin care ingredients are actually less irritating than natural ones. And they’re easier to use effectively in products because they’ve been manipulated to produce maximum results. And “chemicals” doesn’t have to be a bad word. Vitamins are chemicals, plant derivatives, compounds in the marine world, etc, and these have been some of skin care’s most innovative discoveries in the past couple decades.

Real Girl loves the idea of organic skin care–I’m just a bit more strict with my standards than some. Natural isn’t enough. Let’s see what your formulation is like. Let’s see if you’ll actually work.

Suki Face has impressed Real Girl. Not only with its ingredients, which are of fine quality and backed by scientific research, but with the texture, face feel, and moisturizing effect of its Intensive Nourishing Cream. From what I’ve seen so far, I’d have to put Suki among the more worthy brands in the fast-burgeoning field of organic beauty care.

Suki’s Intensive Nourishing Cream is packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Rose oil has been proven to have antioxidant properties, and it’s here in abundance, as are well-established antioxidants green tea and grapeseed, although in smaller concentrations. The antioxidant star of this cream, though, is Vitamin C, a beautiful skin care ingredient for boosting collagen growth and fighting free radicals. Unfortunately, Vitamin C breaks down rather easily, and an opaque jar would have been a more prudent choice than Suki’s glass bottle, but I appreciate their use of magnesium ascorbyl phosphate, a more stable and less irritating derivative of Vitamin C.

Also of note on the ingredients list is active yeast collagen extract, which has been shown to have restorative qualities and has great potential to promote repairative reactions and result in more radiant skin.

One quibble I have with Suki’s Nourishing Cream is its claim to be suitable for skin affected by rosacea. Rosacea sufferers are best off avoiding products with fragrance–even natural ones–because of the potential for irritation, and also many react poorly to aloe, which is high on this cream’s ingredient list. For extremely sensitive skin, I would recommend looking for something fragrance and aloe-free. However, I love the scent. I’ve enjoyed the heady aroma of lavender every time I’ve used the product, and it’s been a nice little pick me up during application.

The lotion itself feels light and yet completely moisturizing. My break-out prone skin has remained spot-free after use, and the silky finish manages to be dewy without oil or excessive shine. Overall it’s an elegant-feeling treatment that leaves your face indeed nourished by several potent ingredients to fight the effects of aging and the environment. Real Girl gives her stamp of approval.

THE DETES

Synthetic-free, cruelty-free, organic ingredients

Antioxidants Vitamin C, rose oil, green tea, grapeseed, and others

Yeast extract to boost skin repair

Lavender scented


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1 Response to "Keeping it “Real”: A synthetic-free solution"

[…] With Rose cream for dry to mature skin. I’ve previously rhapsodized about the antioxidant benefits of Vitamin C and rose oil, two of this cream’s active ingredients, and in addition you’ll find argan seed oil, […]

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