Josh Rosebrook's latest innovation is the Active Infusion Oil. Here is all you need to know about it and if it's right for you .
"We took our beloved Active Infusion Serum and wanted to give it an actives twist: a gentle, effective retinoic acid ester combined with a potent, stable Vitamin C. Along with anti-inflammatories and antioxidant extracts like chaga mushroom, goji berries, ashwagandha, and turmeric, it is also essential oil-free"
Let's take a closer look at Retinoids -
Retinoids (Vitamin A)
Here’s exactly what happens when you apply Vitamin A and its derivatives: Retinoids regulate cell apoptosis (essentially the death of a cell), differentiation, and proliferation. In layman terms this means that retinoids have the ability to ‘communicate’ with skin cells and instruct them on how to behave. This can lead to these overall beneficial properties of retinoids for the skin:
- Strengthening the protective function of the epidermis (aka, the outermost layer of skin)
- Promoting increase of keratinocytes (this is the predominant cell type in the epidermis)
- Restraining transepidermal water loss
- Protecting collagen against degradation
A 2019 study published in Advances in Dermatology and Allergology found that retinoids are among the most effective substances to slow the skin aging process. They are also loved for use in the care of acne, psoriasis, melasma, and several other skin conditions. Additionally, retinoids help to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, sun damage, hyperpigmentation, along with improving skin firmness, texture and thickness.
Retinoids are multi-correctional over time and have the power to influence skin structure formation. Further research and development of the various types of retinoid derivatives have allowed for different efficacious approaches that still render the same powerful results, but without the peeling, redness, dryness, and irritating experiences that we have come to associate with them. Essentially, hydroxypinacolone retinoate (HPR) is part of a new generation of retinoids that are gentle and have very little to no irritation. This is important because one of the main reasons that people stop using retinoids is due to the discomfort of the experience or the “retinizing” of skin, coupled with the frustration around product expectations - retinoid is often touted to render the promised ‘airbrushed-like’ results within several weeks or less.
Introducing the Active Infusion Oil to your routine
The AIO is intended to replace the Active Infusion Serum in your routine - the Active Infusion Serum will eventually be phased out of production. As mentioned, the AIO best paired with the Hydrating Accelerator for hydration, but it also pairs well with the Daily Acid Toner and is intended to be applied in the same routine. It’s suitable for all skin types and conditions, including sensitive, rosacea and acne. Apply to the face and around the eye area at night and finish with Vital Balm Cream. Please take note: we always, always recommend applying sunscreen during the day. If you are looking for a daytime oil to complement your nighttime routine, look no further than our Herbal Infusion Oil!
One note about pregnancy safety: more scientific evidence is required to ensure that retinoids are safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. To err on the side of caution we recommend you skip this product during this critical window of development until more studies are available.
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Information in this blog comes from joshrosebrook.com