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The raspberry, lemon aroma of O2CH Rainbow Soufflé Scrub ($39.99, homespacollection.com) is unforgettable and makes the scrub seemingly edible. While it’s definitely not edible, it’s certainly a fruity summer treat for skin. O2CH sent over a sample for me to try, and I really liked the balance of exfoliation to moisturization. In addition to sea salt this scrub is rich in vitamins and minerals as well as hemp seed oil, creating a hydrating agent that exfoliates gently.
Magnesium Plays a Big Role in Dead Sea Salt
Salt extracted from the Dead Sea, located in Israel, is appropriately referred to as Dead Sea salt and holds a different composition than your average ocean salt. The Dead Sea contains such an abundant amount of salt that it alters the density of the water, making it higher than that of ocean water; the reason why people float more easily in the Dead Sea is the stronger buoyant force! Furthermore, it has been indicated that the copious amount of magnesium in the Dead Sea salt is responsible for the majority of the benefits the salt can deliver.
This magnesium-filled salt can improve barrier function, lower inflammation, and moisturize simultaneously. A study published in the International Journal of Dermatology focused on the effects bathing in Dead Sea salt can have on the skin layers, using tap water with a control group. The results stated that bathing in Dead Sea salt had made a significant improvement in skin barrier function, increased skin hydration (signifying moisturizing effects), and reduced inflammation and redness of the skin. The study further concluded that magnesium salts are proven to retain water, and can increase to epithelial proliferation and differentiation and help repair skin barrier damage (International Journal of Dermatology).
In addition, the grainy texture of Dead Sea salt exfoliates gently and removes dead skin cells and other unwanted debris, which creates a nice, smooth skin surface.
Vitamins from A-K can Deliver Multiple Benefits when Applied Topically!
Supplemental vitamins are all the rage during the current health binge in America; little do people know that applying vitamins topically has benefits too! This scrub incorporates vitamin A, B5, C, D3, E (acetate), and K. The three most abundant being retinyl palmitate (vit.A), pantothenic acid (vit. B5), and ascorbic acid (vit.C).
Retinyl palmitate (Vit.A), a composite of pure retinol and palmatic acid, is useful because it can ultimately be converted into retinoic acid — an active form of vitamin A for the body and skin — via skin enzymes (Journal of Pharmaceutical Research). According to the Journal of Society of Chemists, Vitamin A works as an antioxidant as well as a regulator of keratinocyte differentiation and promoter of collagen synthesis. Although retinyl palmitate is not as potent as retinol and other forms of Vitamin A, it’s less potentially irritating to the skin and much less expensive than retinoic acid, which must be prescribed, creating its spot in the world of cosmetics (Oregon State Edu).
Vitamin B5, pantothenic acid, is historically known for its healing powers, especially in cases of dermatitis. More recently it has been found to have emollient, regenerating, and conditioning properties (China Nan university of Pharmacy and Science). According to the International Journal of Cosmetic Science, products containing both vitamin A and vitamin B5 “assists in the skin regeneration process,” alleviating the visible signs of aging from the skin.
Vitamin C is well known for its power to proliferate fibroblasts in order to increase collagen synthesis. A previous study published by Ryu-Ichiro and Haruki in 2005 introduced ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to a skin culture medium for three weeks; the results showed collagen synthesis increase two-fold while cell growth increased four-fold!
It is popular for cosmetic companies to combine vitamin C and E because together they can provide extreme antioxidant potency (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology). Also, this trendy combination can help fight UV-induced skin damage. In a double blind, placebo-controlled study subjects were treated with Vitamin C and E for eight days and in conclusion the effects of sunburn were measured. The results proved that this blend of vitamins lessened sunburn reaction, which could ultimately protect the skin from UV-induced skin damage in the future.
Hemp Seed Oil: Full of PUFA’s
The Journal of Dermatological Treatment categorized hemp seed oil as a useful emollient due to the “well-balanced” composition of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs). In a 20-week randomized, single-blind crossover study comparing hemp seed oil and olive oil on atopic patients it was found that hemp seed oil generously increased skin lipids, decreased transepidermal water loss (TEWL), and aided in skin dryness and itchiness (Journal of Dermatological Treatment). In addition, The Journal of Food Chemistry explained that it can relieve dry, flaky skin and keep it smooth and moisturized.
Personal Use and Opinion
I fell in love with the scent before I opened the bottle of O2CH Rainbow Soufflé Scrub. You can literally smell it through the plastic; it’s beautiful and summery. The scent was a little overpowering out of the bottle, but I’d take it for the scrub — it’s great. It exfoliated very well and is super moisturizer, so afterward my skin felt soft and hydrated.
When it comes to softening the skin, O2CH Rainbow Soufflé Scrub can do the trick. The Dead Sea salt gently, yet thoroughly, exfoliates to leave the skin soft and hydrated. The hemp seed oil and vitamin B5, which has emollient characteristics, helped avoid the dryness that usually results after a scrub (China Nan university of Pharmacy and Science). Overall, though I found the scent strong, I think this is a great scrub, and I’d definitely use it again.
Ingredients: Cleansing Agent, Retinyl Palmitate (Vit. A), Pantothenic Acid (Vit. B5), Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Oxygen, Cholecalciferol (Vit. D3), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E Acetate), Phytonadione (Vit. K), Dead Sea Salt and Minerals, Fragrance, Thickening Agent, Perfluorohexane (and) perluoroperhydrophenanthrene (and) perfluorodecalin (and) perfluorodimethycyclohexane perfluorocarbon. Due to the variation of colors, may contain: D&C Red #33, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Blue #1.