Augustinus Bader became one of the most Googled skincare brands in the world before celebrating its first anniversary. It’s won over beauty editors all over, and a couple of celebrities, including (reportedly) Victoria Beckham and Shailene Woodley. Now I’m not one to fall for marketing hype but I have to admit, I was intrigued!
Professor Augustinus Bader of Leipzig University is one of the world’s leading stem cell and biomedical scientists, and the originator of a breakthrough medical treatment that activates and orchestrates the body’s innate regenerative processes. His research and treatments were specifically targeted to those who had suffered burn injuries. He took that technology and made a consumer product that used the same technology in hopes of repairing aging skin.
There are currently two face creams available from Augustinus Bader, The Cream for oily/combo skin and The Rich Cream for dry skin. I sought out to determine if the science behind these products is legit and if they are really worth the almost $300 price tag!
The Science Behind the Product
The science behind Augustinus Bader’s creams is based on his discovery of three functions that take place in the stem cells that encourage healing. It is known as the ABC method which stands for Activate, Boost, Commit. Professor Bader says that the ABC Method works with the body’s own physiological communication systems in order to trigger healing for “sustainable health and wellbeing.”
According to the Augustinus Bader website, this is what the ABC Method stands for:
Specific signaling tools that exist within the body are replicated and used to activate the patient’s own stem cells, inside the body.
The ABC method supports the body to boost its own regenerative capacity in a safe and controlled environment.
Tissue-specific signals commit cells to generate the correct, healthy tissue relative to their location in the body.
The website continues explaining the science further by adding… “activating dormant stem cells and triggering the skin’s own repair process, the cream is designed to combat the signs of aging, and is based on extensive research conducted into the skin healing process by the brand’s founder, Professor Augustinus Bader. As head of stem cell research at the University of Leipzig, Bader spent 30 years working with burn victims, developing a groundbreaking gel in 2008 that could heal even third-degree burns without the need for surgery of skin grafts.”
All of that sounds pretty nice, but honestly, most skincare ingredients with peer-reviewed research activate, boost, and/or commit, at least in the concentrations and delivery systems in which they are found in peer-reviewed studies. So this gets a bit of a “yawn” from me.
But what exactly is inside this product that makes it work and gets me excited? The secret sauce behind this cream is called “TFC8,” which is Professor Bader’s proprietary Trigger Factor Complex. It contains natural amino acids, vitamins, and other synthesized molecules that already occur biologically within the skin. On top of this, each cream also contains hydrators like shea butter, aloe leaf, and avocado, primrose, or sunflower oils. These ingredients vary slightly depending on which formula you go for!
The Cream vs. The Rich Cream
On top of the TFC8 Complex mentioned earlier, The Cream also contains aloe vera, antioxidants, amino acids, and vitamins A, B, C, and E to help protect your skin from free radicals. This formula is optimal for those who have oily/combo skin and are just looking or a lighter cream.
The Rich Cream, on the other hand, is made for those with drier skin as it contains argan, avocado, evening primrose oil, omega 6 fatty acids, and antioxidants. I find The Rich Cream to be a better value, but it’s also going to be too heavy for those with oily or combination skin.
I didn’t find The Rich Cream too thick or heavy so honestly, if you’re looking for a solid night cream I would go with that one regardless of skin type. The Cream is recommended for daytime use, but doesn’t contain SPF so keep that in mind if that’s the one you choose.
Personal Use and Opinion
The website claims that using these products consistently will give you noticeably improved skin almost immediately. It is said to show improvement in brightness, plumpness, and hydration. With use over time, you should expect to see a decrease in things like wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, and redness as time goes on, in addition to a consistent increase in overall skin health, elasticity, and even skin tone.
The website tells users to use either The Cream or The Rich Cream and a cleanser for their routine for 27 days in order to let the product work its magic.
“Your skin replenishes itself every 27 days,” Bader explains to The Zoe Report. (A 28 day skin cycle is considered to be the norm in dermatology, although this can vary from person to person.) “Dead skin cells are sloughed off and new cells come to the surface — it’s an ideal period of time to determine the efficacy of a product or regimen,” he says. It’s also the ideal period of time to allow your skin to regulate and resume its natural functions.
I believe that this is where the magic happens with this product. So many of our routines are too product heavy, or we are using products incorrectly. This gives your skin a chance to reset and repair itself so of course, you’re going to see results almost instantly! So many products damage the barrier of your skin that taking a break from those or quitting them all together could be the solution to your skin concerns.
This cream is effective but pricey. I really enjoyed using it, but I feel The Rich Cream is a better value than The Cream, and The Rich Cream is really only beneficial to those who have dry, damaged, or aging skin. I don’t think the average young adult needs to invest that amount of money into heavy facial cream. That being said, I think it’s lovely for dry mature skin and I enjoy the science and technology behind the brand, even if I’m not completely sold on the “ABC” philosophy.