KORRES and the wildrose 24h moisturizing brightening cream

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ROKer, Irina asked: "About KORRES. I haven't tried anything from that brand, but I've heard that the rose face cream is very good?"

Natural and organic skincare seems to be in the wind these days, and KORRES naturally (pun intended) has fast become one of the favorite brands representing just that, with an approach to skincare which includes using botanicals- plant derived compounds in their formulations, while avoiding chemicals and synthetics.

KORRES the brand is Greek, originating from the island of Naxsos more precisely, also known as the hiding place for Zeus, the God of Sky and Thunder, till he reached manhood; and the island Theseus abandoned princess Ariadne on, after the killing of the Minotaur, and island not without importance then, one might say.

George Korres, the founder of the KORRES the brand was a pharmacist with a special interest in homeopathic medicine, and natural remedies. The pharmacy’s homeopathic heritage is encapsulated in its extensive archive of over 3,000 herbal remedies; remedies based on natural actives that have approached and surpassed the efficacy of long-researched synthetics. Aloe, Borage, Calendula, Evening Primrose, Hamamelis, Quercetin, Wild Rose only some of nature’s harvested multi-action skin beneficiaries. Natural ingredients that are selected due to their properties and are then extracted, isolated, stabilized and tested exhaustively so as to further access their action in relation to skin needs. The homeopathic heritage provides the data, the lab provides the clinical efficacy, the formulations provide the natural alternative to conventional skin solutions.

I've tried only two things from the line myself, those being the wild rose lip butter and the KORRES Fig body butter , which comes in a handy pump bottle, as opposed to a jar, which seems to be the packaging of choice for most other body butters. They were both great, and I wouldn't hesitate buying either one again. I haven't tried the Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream my self, but I've had a look at the ingredient list:

Water, C12-20 Acid PEG-8 Ester, Glycerin, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Hexyldecanol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Pentylene Glycol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Hexyldecyl Laurate, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Myristyl Esters, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Unsaponifiables, Phenoxyethanol, Isodecyl Salicylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance (parfum), Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Alumina, Alcohol, Aluminum Stearate, Benzoic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lactic Acid, PEG-8, Tocopherol, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dehydroacetic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Arginine, Sodium Phytate, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Carbomer, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Sodium Citrate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Acrylate/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbic Acid, Citric Acid.

So lets get down to business here, and talk about what effects this cream will have on our skin. Rose and rose-hip extract, the active ingredients of this product has a number of skin protective, and skin enhancing effects. I'll make it short and sweet for you:

-It is very rich in skin saving vitamin C which works as:

1. a scavenger of free radicals

2. suppresses melanin production and so brightens the skin

3. it also triggers collagen production by fibroblasts and thereby increases skin firmness

4. it has been associated to increased wound healing in rats and

5. provides UVB protection.

Phew!

-It contains antioxidants (other than vitamin C) such as

1. lycopene, mostly found in tomatoes, which may be the most powerful carotenoid quencher of singlet oxygen, being 100 times more efficient in test tube studies of singlet-oxygen quenching action than vitamin E, which in turn has 125 times the quenching action of glutathione (water soluble). Singlet oxygen produced during exposure to ultraviolet light is a primary cause of skin aging.

2. flavinoids, which at high experimental concentrations that would not exist in vivo, the antioxidant abilities of flavonoids in vitro may be stronger than those of vitamin C and E, depending on concentrations tested, and so might exert similar effects on skin as vitamin C and E does, such as UV protective properties, fibroblast up regulation, and environmental protection against free radicals.

-It contains a small amount of vitamin A, also know as retinol which has been shown to

1. inhibit the formation of fine line and wrinkles, as well as reduce the ones that have formed by means of increasing the capacity of the epidermis to hold water through stimulation of glycosaminoglycan (GAG- a large water binding molecule in the skin) synthesis and by stimulating collagen synthesis through increases in transforming growth factor (TGF-beta) and procollagen.

2.it also inhibits the enzymes that break down collagen and prevents oxidative stress and have been shown to induce an 80 percent increase in collagen I formation when photodamaged skin was treated with Retinoic acid. (Christopher Griffiths et al.)

3. In addition to its anti-aging properties, vitamin A, as retinoic acid has been shown to be effective in the treatment of acne, by reducing sebum production and the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads both.

Bear in mind that these results need a good punch of retinol to occur, although it is clear that the vitamin A in Rose extract still carry some anti-aging properties with it as part of a product.

- It contains essential fatty acids such as Linolenic acid, which is an anti-inflammatory agent, and has been shown to decrease symptoms when ingested in patients suffering fro atopic dermatitis. It is also associated to increased moisture levels by strengthening the skin barrier.

In addition to Rose extract, this cream contains a number of other great skin boosting botanicals such as olive fruit extract, macadamia nut oil, and grape seed extract, all of which have anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. I'm not sure how much of a brightening effect this cream will have, as the vitamin C concentration of this product might be too low to exert a visible effect in that regard, but as a moisturizer for most skin types, including mixed and oily, and as a preventative treatment in regards to aging of the skin it is almost a perfect fit, but as it does not contain an SPF this needs to be applied additionally either before or after application (I advocate for before, reasons for why found here).

This cream is currently on sale on feelunique.com with free worldwide delivery, at £17.10 Korres Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream, so this is a great time to buy and try. I might go for the Korres Wild Rose Instantly Brightening Mask myself, I'm intrigued as to what it would do. Also on sale, for £6.30 with free worldwide delivery.