I’m always on the lookout for the best new ingredients, and fulvic acid has certainly been topping the list.
For this post, we did photos at the University of Pittsburgh, in the English Nationality Room.
Ever since I included fulvic acid in our “11 New Skin Care Ingredients for 2015: Which I’m Choosing and Which I’m Losing” list, readers have been asking me for the best way to incorporate the ingredient into their existing jam-packed skin care routines.
Personally, my favorite way to reap the benefits of a new ingredient is through a serum or moisturizer, where the ingredient is typically most concentrated. In this case, Fulom Moisturizing Cream ($22.00, FulomSkin.com) is a sensation, with a high concentration of fulvic acid, a delivery system with skin-penetrating enhancers, and enough hydrators to keep your skin soft through these harsh winter months.
For more, read on!
Organic Fulvic Acid
Fulom Moisturizing Cream is primarily terrific due to the fulvic acid.
Currently in skin care, fulvic acid is known most for being a treatment for dry and irritated skin, as with contact dermatitis (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 2000), psoriasis (Karr), and eczema (Clinical, Cosmetic, and Investigative Dermatology, 2011).
But where I’m interested in fulvic acid is for more than just a treatment for irritated skin conditions.
Rather, fulvic acid is a very potent antioxidant, so much that many scientists suspect that it may have significant effects against fine lines, wrinkles, and skin sagging. This is because fulvic acid’s penetrates the skin quite well (Drug Development Delivery, 2002), enabling the ingredient to work in the skin at higher potency and for longer intervals of time.As a potent antioxidant, fulvic acid fights free radicals. And, as I’ve said many times on this blog, acids are better than bases (alkaline substances) for your skin. For one, acids do not disrupt the skin’s delicate acid mantle, whereas alkaline substances do. For another, as our skin ages, it naturally becomes more alkaline. A newborn has acidic skin (low pH), and as we mature past 40 years the pH of our skin changes, becoming alkaline. Adults who have spent a lot of time in outdoor activities have exposed their skin to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet irradiation, resulting in alkaline, aged skin.
Hydrating and Skin-Penetrating Alcohols
One alcohol in Fulom Moisturizing Cream is cetearyl alcohol.
Cetearyl alcohol may have “alcohol” in its name, but don’t automatically be mislead to think that it is drying. In fact, there are a number of alcohols that are hydrating to the skin and hair, including cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol 40, C12-15 alcohols, stearyl alcohol and lanolin alcohol.
Cetearyl alcohol is commonly seen in reparative skin and hair care products in concentrations up to 20%. It lubricates the formulation and gives it a nice body, more of a creamy consistency than without it.
Although ultra-cautious consumers fear using any product containing alcohol, cetearyl alcohol has been found to be largely safe and non-irritating, as established by the journal Toxicology.
Another alcohol in Fulom Moisturizing Cream is butylene glycol.
Butylene glycol is a well-known penetration enhancer (International Journal of Pharmaceutics, 1999).
Like cetearyl alcohol, butylene glycol also helps to improve the feel of a product. While cetearyl alcohol makes a product feel more “creamy,” butylene glycol creates a “slip,” so it does not feel sticky or goopy on the skin.
And despite reports that glycols are unsafe, they have not been proven. Just as vitamin C can be toxic in very high concentrations, and beneficial in lower concentrations, butylene glycol provides great benefit to a skin care formulation in concentrations less than 2-3%. At 100%, you wouldn’t use it on your face, but that isn’t the case here (or anywhere!)
Definitely a fan of the cetearyl alcohol and butylene glycol in Fulom Moisturizing Cream.
Popular now for being a part of the Oil Cleansing Method, castor oil has copious amounts of scientific research to back it up.
Castor oil is 90% ricinoleic acid, a compound which has skin smoothing and moisturizing properties.
In dermatology, castor oil can be used to treat both rough skin and mild to moderate acne, according to a 2002 study in Phytotherapy Research. In Chinese medicine, Castor oil is also recommended to treat acne and inflammation.
Ricinoleic acid can undergo a chemical process within the skin to form azelaic acid, a drug proven to treat mild to moderate acne.
Fulom Moisturizing Cream is therefore suitable for all skin types, including oily to very oily, or acne-prone.
Personal Use and Opinions
Fulom Moisturizing Cream is a shiny white cream. It has a lightweight-to-medium texture, and glides across the skin. It absorbs surprisingly fast — it was gone within seconds from my skin!
Fulom Moisturizing Cream has a faintly sweet scent to it, like fruit, which most likely owes to the inclusion of a fruit wax, Rhus Verniciflua. Once absorbed, Fulom Moisturizing Cream does not have a scent that should be noticeable to most users.
For the price ($22 for 1.7 oz), Fulom Moisturizing Cream goes a long way. About two to three dime-sized dabs of cream should be enough for the face, neck, and decolletage.
I currently like using Fulom Moisturizing Cream at night after a retinoid serum and before I apply an amino acid treatment. Surprisingly, the parent company says Fulom Moisturizing Cream is lightweight enough to use before or after a run, which is exciting!
Fulom Moisturizing Cream is a sensational way to get to try a new ingredient, fulvic acid. For under $25, this easily spreadable cream is an exceptional value as well. I’m enthusiastic to be introducing it to my readers!
Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Organic Fulvic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Rhus Verniciflua Peel Wax / Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 60, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin