I don’t know about you, but I am constantly bombarded with advertisements about products that will help me obtain more youthful skin. And why not—isn’t that what most of us crave? But as much as we want to believe in a magic cure-all to younger-looking skin, the truth is that it’s all up to how well we take care of ourselves (good diet and lifestyle choices). With all of this in mind, it doesn’t mean I want to stave off specialized body-care products. It’s good to treat your skin with healing oils or vitamins from time to time. Enter Youth Bloom Gel from Larénim Mineral.
Larénim Mineral is a natural makeup and body-care company started by Kristen Corcoran, who developed the product line after struggling with numerous irritable skin issues such as acne, rosacea and expanded pores. This natural beauty line includes a bevy of skin-healing serums as well as a full collection of natural makeup.
Photo courtesy Larénim Mineral
This handy little serum is a blend of active ingredients designed to help minimize the appearance of dull, aging skin. Let’s take a closer look at each ingredient it uses.
aloe barbadensis leaf juice, glycerin, sodium hyaluronate, citric acid, (lysolecithin, sclerotium gum, xanthan gum, pullulan), (propanediol, ornithine, phospholipids, glycolipids), (*lecithin, carnosine, tocopherol, silybum marianum fruit extract, *alcohol), helianthus annuus (sunflower) sprout extract (and) *sodium benzoate, pantethine, *potassium sorbate, polylysine, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
Of the ingredients used in this product, only four were flagged for moderate concern by the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database: lecithin (ranks 3 to 4; contamination concern with nitrosamines, which ranks 6), alcohol (ranks 3), sodium benzoate (ranks 3) and potassium sorbate (ranks 3).
Two beneficial ingredients that stood out to me were the antioxidants milk thistle extract and sunflower shoot extract. Bright and spiky, milk thistle is best known for improving liver health. These same medicinal benefits may also help benefit the skin. Research from the University of Colorado Cancer Center show that milk thistle extract may protect against skin cancer and photo-aging induced by exposure to UV radiation. Another bright and cheerful flower, sunflower shoot energizes the skin and may delay aging, according to Mibelle AG Biochemistry. This formula is also loaded with amino acids and vitamin E to help boost dull-looking skin.
As far as serums go this one was a wonderful treat for my skin. It wasn’t too sticky, as serums often are, as well as moisturizing. The cream consistency is a little thick and gelatinous, making it easy to apply. I have been layering it with one of my favorite moisturizers before bedtime, and while I haven’t noticed any major changes to my skin, I enjoy how it makes my skin feel and haven’t had any major breakouts since using it. Plus, this is a preventative product, so I was mostly concerned with how it made my skin feel. It blends well and it’s not scented with fragrance. Instead, it has a natural and light earthy aroma to it. Buy this serum for $26 online.
Gina DeBacker is the associate editor at Mother Earth Living. She loves that part of her job entails testing beauty products enriched with natural ingredients.
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