Product Review: Alpha Skincare Renewal Body Lotion

 

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Hi lovelies!  Today I’m talking about a body product–a bit of a departure, I know, but it’s a good one!  Alpha Skincare’s Renewal Body Lotion has recently been renamed (you may still find it labeled as Revitalizing Body Lotion), as has the company that makes it which was formerly known as Alpha Hydrox.  Marketed by Neoteric Cosmetics, Alpha Skincare is a reasonably priced line that utilizes proven anti-aging ingredients like AHAs, hydroquinone, vitamin C, and retinol.

NOTE: This product was my first from the brand, and I purchased it myself on the recommendation of a friend.  Since that time, Alpha Skincare has taken notice of my Insta and sent me a number of their products.  One bottle of this lotion was included in that package.

Company’s claims…

Below is the description from the company’s website.

Alpha Renewing Lotion Directions

First impressions…

This product has no added scent and smells pretty innocuous. It has the look and feel of your typical body lotion–white and creamy, not too thick.  I do find this product requires a few minutes to penetrate and until then leaves that lovely white, streaky look on the skin (or maybe I’m just slathering on entirely too much–sorry, not sorry).

As for the packaging, it comes in a pretty standard bottle.  They recently redid the packaging and the lotion now comes in an opaque bottle, which I love.  The packaging is still not airtight, but at this price point I am still impressed.

The product retails for $16.99 on the company’s website, and is also available at Ulta in the US.  The net weight is 12 oz (340g) which makes it about $1.42 per ounce.  For comparison, the Paula’s Choice AHA body lotion is about $4.00 per ounce.  I have yet to try the PC, but it’s next on my list!

Test period…

I have been using this lotion for about 5 months now–at least twice a week.  The biggest difference I noticed with regular use was increased smoothness and hydration level of my skin–hard to believe this was my first AHA body product!  I haven’t noticed any adverse side effects, but those with super sensitive skin might want to do a test patch first and use only once/twice a week.

Ingredients…

Below is the full list of ingredients.

Alpha Skincare Renewal Lotion Ingredients

And now for the breakdown.

  1. Water: You got this.
  2. Petrolatum: Also known as petroleum jelly, petrolatum is a semisolid mixture of hydrocarbons obtained from petroleum.  Petrolatum is used as a hair and skin conditioning agent, a skin protectant, an emollient, and a UV absorber.  Petrolatum is occlusive, but as this is a body product that doesn’t worry me too much.  There are some contamination concerns, and the opinions on this ingredient are wide ranging.  Contamination concerns center around the possible presence of cancer-causing chemicals found in crude oil and its by-products.  Jury is still out on the safety of this ingredient.
  3. Glycolic Acid: Glycolic avid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (like lactic and citric).  Glycolic acid is a naturally occurring substance that rejuvenates and moisturizes the skin.  Glycolic acid is derived from plants (sugar cane, pineapple, sugar beets) and is the gold standard for exfoliation.  Products containing glycol acid are used to treat scarring, discoloration, fine lines, and wrinkles.  Glycolic acid is also able to transfer water molecules from the air into the skin, thereby replenishing lost moisture.  Some studies have also shown that glycol acid promotes collagen production.  Glycolic acid reacts to the top layer of the skin and breaks down the sebum and substances binding the cells together.  Glycolic acid is made up of small molecules that are able to penetrate the skin deeply.
  4. Glycerin: Glycerin is a pretty common humectant used in moisturizers.  Like other humectants, glycerin attracts water from the environment and absorbs it.  Glycerin also improves the spreadability of a product.
  5. Ammonium Hydroxide: This is used to neutralize acidity in a preparation–not surprising to find this given it’s an AHA lotion.
  6. Stearic Acid: Stearic Acid is an emulsifier and thickening agent which is used in making lubricants or lotions.  This ingredient is naturally occurring.  There is a slight chance the ingredient might cause allergic reactions in sensitive skin.
  7. Dimethicone: Dimethicone is a type of silicone that gives products slip and serves to de-foam and help reduce greasiness in a formulation.  In large quantities, this ingredient has been shown to protect skin against moisture loss (the molecules are large so they can create a barrier on the skin).  Dimethicone is actually one of the most widely used silicones in cosmetics and haircare.
  8. Mineral Oil: Mineral oil is typically used in cleanser as it demulsifies dirt trapped in pores.  As a leave-on, there are some concerns with comedogenecity, but that should not be much of an issue here as it is a body product.  In fact, it is this occlusive property that allows mineral oil to act as such a good moisturizer.
  9. Cetyl Alcohol: Don’t be fooled by the fact that this is an alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol is completely safe for the skin (like other fatty alcohols).  In fact, cetyl alcohol has multiple uses in cosmetic preparations including: emollient, emulsifier, thickener, binder, emulsion stabilizer, etc.  This alcohol is derived from coconut or palm oil and can also be synthetically manufactured.
  10. Glyceryl Stearate: Glyceryl stearate is used as an emulsifier, a solvent, a humectant, a skin lubricant, and a consistency regulator.  Glyceryl stearate is made from glycerin and stearic fatty acids.  This ingredient can be derived from palm kernel or soy oil, but is also found in the human body.  This is an exceptionally mild ingredient.
  11. PEG-100 Stearate: PEG-100 Stearate is a stabilizer and emulsifier that is commonly used in lotions.
  12. Lanolin Alcohol: Lanolin alcohol is widely used as an emulsifier and emollient and can absorb a large amount of water and then slowly release it for moisture purposes.  There is the potential for lanolin alcohol to cause sensitivity and allergic reactions.
  13. PEG-40 Stearate: PEG-40 Stearate is used in skincare, hair care, toiletries, and perfumes.  It functions as a hydrophilic emulsifier, a stabilizer, an anti-gallant, and a lubricant.
  14. Sorbitan Stearate: Sorbitan Stearate is another emulsifier used in lotions.  It is synthetically produced from naturally derived materials.
  15. Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is the second most common moisture-carrying vehicles in cosmetic formulations (second to water).  Propylene glycol penetrates the skin better than glycerin.  At levels of under 5%, this ingredient has been proven non-irritating.
  16. Diazolidinyl Urea: Diazolidinyl urea is used as a preservative against bacteria and fungi, as an antiseptic, and as a deodorizer.  This is a sensitizer for those allergic to formaldehyde.
  17. Iodopropynl Butylcarbmate: Iodopropynl butylcarbmate is a preservative used in skincare formulations.

Final verdict…

Skin Types: All–sensitive skin types tread lightly.

Uses: Body lotion, obvs.  Also enjoying using on my heels as a light acid exfoliator between pedicures!

Step in Routine: I’m pretty light on the body care front, so this is basically the only step after I shower.  I generally use the product at night so i wake up with super soft skin!

Pros: A great quality, low-cost AHA body lotion.

Cons: If you are allergic to formaldehyde, the inclusion of diazolidinyl urea might be sensitizing.

Repurchase: Definitely!  I already have two backups.

 

Resources

Milady Skin Care and Cosmetic Ingredients Dictionary, 4th ed.

http://www.vogue.co.uk/article/skincare-ingredients-what-is-dimethicone

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