The Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is a natural moisturizer that is said to instantly tighten and lift skin with each application. As the 2017 winner of “Best Natural Moisturizer” by Dermascope’s Aesthetician’s Choice Awards, I had to see what all the hype was about. Keep reading to learn more about the science behind the key ingredients found in Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer.
Moisturizing Benefits of Coconut Ingredients
The Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer contains both coconut water and coconut oil, two excellent skin moisturizers. While I’ve always been a fan of the taste of coconuts, I never thought I would be praising the fruit’s moisturizing properties. But I’m doing just that.
Coconut water has been studied for its hydrating and anti-aging benefits for the skin. A 2009 article by the Sabinsa Corporation notes that “…ingredients such as green coconut water… support hydration and preserve skin elasticity.” Hydrated, smooth skin? Yes, please! The article continued to assure: “Such ingredients can effectively be used for oral and topical applications and serve as a natural pool of nutrients and growth factors that support healthy aging.” The nutrients provided by coconut water include vitamin C, calcium, potassium, phosphorous, as well as a source of electrolytes.
Coconut oil, on the other hand, is considered by many people to be an effective skin moisturizer, yet most of the studies showing a benefit have been done on babies and small children. As an emollient, coconut oil is gentle enough to use in baby formulas on infants’ thinner, more delicate skin (Indian Pediatrics). Another study found that virgin coconut oil could be used for its antibacterial and emollient qualities to treat contact dermatitis (Dermatitis). It can also help to heal burn wounds, though the researchers did not uncover why exactly, hypothesizing that it is because coconut has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties (Indian Journal of Pharmacology).
Chicory Root Oligosaccharides and Tara Tree Gum
An interesting component of the Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer is the Natural Retinol Alternative Complex, which consists of chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree gum. Eminence claims that these ingredients serve as a natural alternative to retinol and work to “boost your skin’s collagen while smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles”. However, I was unable to find any clinical studies supporting these claims. Until more research proves the benefits of chicory root oligosaccharides and tara tree gum, I think I’ll stick to products with retinol, an ingredient that has been proven in numerous clinical studies to prevent and treat the signs of aging caused by ultraviolet rays.
PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica
PhytoCellTec™ Malus Domestica is a patented liposomal preparation of apple stem cells derived from the ‘Uttwiler Spätlauber’, a rare Swiss apple variety. It is said to delay the visible signs of aging by helping to prolong cell life (Cosmetic Design). Research shows that it reduces wrinkles, but there are no other studies on the stem cells. We’re waiting to see more research that proves this fruit to be effective before giving judgment, but preliminary industry results look positive.
Shea butter has been touted to do everything from help skin inflammation to work as an anti-aging ingredient — but what does it actually do?
It’s well known that shea butter is an effective moisturizer due to its rich supply of triglycerides and fatty acids, which help to replenish the skin’s moisture barrier. In fact, shea butter has been shown to be superior to mineral oil at preventing transepidermal water loss (TEWL). In a test where participants’ arms were washing in water containing ethanol, researchers found that shea butter was able to help the skin totally recover from TEWL within two hours. After three to four hours, shea butter was found to improve the skin barrier (Formulation and Science). In another study, shea butter was proven to work as an emollient for eczema. Using a scale from zero to five — zero denoting clear and five denoting very severe disease — shea butter took a three down to a one, while Vaseline only took a three down to a two (Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology).
Additionally, shea butter has been shown to have some anti-aging properties. In two studies it was determined to help regenerate thinning skin, lessen wrinkles from sun damage, improve complexion, and promote healing (Pobeda and Sousselier). The anti-aging, potentially collagen-boosting effects were attributed to the presences of unsaponifiables, lipids found in fatty fruits like avocado. Unsaponifiables in avocado and soybeans have been shown, not simply to reduce wrinkles through hydrating effect, but to actually increase collagen production (Phytotherapy Research).
Overall, I do think that the Eminence Coconut Age Corrective Moisturizer makes an excellent moisturizer due to ingredients like coconut water, coconut oil, and shea butter. However, the jury is still out on the “age corrective” benefits of this moisturizer, and I hope to see more research done on the swiss green apple stem cells, chicory root oligosaccharides, and tara tree gum.
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