The vitamin A obtained from retinoids and derivatives (acid, aldehydes and esters) has been introduced in the treatment of dermatoses and photo-aging for over three decades. However, the use of retinoic acid has several side effects which include skin irritation, redness, dryness and increased sensitivity to sunlight.
Retinol has fewer side effects than retinoic acid but, it becomes very unstable when exposed to light, temperature and oxidative conditions. In addition, it has teratogenicity (ability to produce congenital malformations), which can cause irritation and make the skin thinner and photosensitized.
Aligned to market trends, Citróleo presents its rejuvenator active 100% natural, the AlphaAging. Its properties promote immediate lifting effect and improve the firmness and elasticity of the skin, besides stimulating the production of collagen and elastin. It has a proven action in the reduction of wrinkles in 38% in only 30 days of treatment. The development of AlphaAging was based on the synergy of the combination of two natural ingredients, buriti oil and the exclusive Citrue Bisabolol.
The crude oil of buriti (Mauritia flexuosa fruit oil) is rich in β-carotene (20 times greater than a carrot, the best known source of this compound), α-carotene, lutein and gallic acid. These compounds together can provide a very effective anti-aging effect, since they are pro-vitamin A, neutralizing free radicals in the skin, and represent a natural alternative to the retinoid and synthetic actives.
This vegetable oil contains omega-9, phenolic compounds with antioxidant and antimicrobial action, which can act to reduce skin dryness, inhibiting the action of external aggressors (such as sun rays, photo-exposure) creating an important barrier, prolonging hydration and protecting the skin.
Citrue Bisabolol is a 100% biologically active ingredient (natural (-) – α-bisabolol) with proven anti-irritant properties, being able to prevent irritation caused by other ingredients present in the formulation. Due to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, among others, Citrue Bisabolol is widely used by the cosmetics and pharmaceutical industries in a range of formulations compatible with any type of skin, especially the most sensitive ones.
Regarding the AlphaAging’s protection, more precisely as a solution in anti-pollution products, a worldwide trend, and given the lack of a clear definition or protocol to describe an active as “antipollution”, several in vivo tests have been performed for this purpose. All tests were applied on panels of volunteers, with cutaneous parameters instruments (including skin hydration, transepidermal water loss or TEWL, skin elasticity, wrinkles and skin pigmentation). The result shows that AlphaAging works by protecting the skin barrier by reducing the loss of transepidermal water by up to 43%, allowing 8 hours of protection and 12 hours of skin hydration.
A new emerging form of premature aging of the skin is already being considered pollution: the lights emitted by cell phones and computers that, as well as UVB light, are harmful to the skin, which can cause the accumulation of free radicals, leading to the increase of fine lines and wrinkles.
Against this, the exclusive AlphaAging has a soothing and anti-irritating effect against the damages caused by the photo-exposure, reducing by 13% the redness after exposure to UV rays, besides the desired soothing effect, that in depilatory processes, for example, can reach the mark of 26% less redness in the skin. The active still accelerates natural tanning by 3%, without causing any type of irritability or increasing the sensitivity of the skin.
In an effective in vivo test with 33 participants, AlphaAging reduced 38% of the wrinkles in the eye region (the famous “crow’s feet”) and another expression lines, such as nasolabial folds (28%) and wrinkles on the forehead (19%). In addition, there was a 54% improvement in the macro visual morphology and texture of the participants’ skin and a reduction of around 15% in the depth of the wrinkles.
Another interesting fact for a vegetal active, 100% natural and pure, is that the tests revealed an immediate lifiting effect, ie, improvement in firmness (9%) and skin elasticity (10%), measured immediately after application of the product. This shows the potential and broad spectrum of AlphaAging’s action, and its ability to replace synthetic actives.