Doing a little bit of a different article here today!
As you may (or may not) know, I am part of a personal health company called ASEA that utilizes ground-breaking technology to provide us with products that are benefitting our bodies at a cellular level.
I cover what Redox Molecules are in my article Molecules, Redox Molecules, and just want to touch on what “Powered By Redox” means.
Powered By Redox is used for the products that don’t actually contain the redox signaling molecules because they have to be sustained in the simple solution of the water and gel products.
These products are, however, designed to benefit your health on a cellular level, through the specifically chosen amount of that ingredient.
Last week I received my ASEA Foaming Cleanser and I thought it would be a fun practice to go through and break down each ingredient and its purpose!
Let’s start with the product description from the company website:
RENUAdvanced® Foaming Cleanser
A better clean for a brighter you. Find the right balance of clean and hydrated with a gentle foaming action that removes excess oil and dirt without stripping away any of the natural oils your skin needs. Let your skin look and feel even more radiant through proven Powered by Redox™ ingredients for resilience, hydration, exfoliation, and soothing.
• Gently removes excess oil, dirt, and light makeup without stripping the skin’s natural oils.
• Long-lasting hydration helps to maintain the natural skin barrier for radiant skin.
• Supports healthy surface skin cell renewal for smooth and soft skin.
• Prepares for the next steps in the RENUAdvanced System.
“Your skin’s health starts at the cellular level, which is why our RENUAdvanced Skin Care products tap into decades of redox research to help your skin’s cells perform optimally. ASEA’s Powered by Redox formulas leverage the same redox principles our proprietary cell signaling technology is built on. However, instead of creating new redox molecules we specifically select pre-existing ingredients that support your skin’s natural redox homeostasis—leaving you with hydrated, nourished, ageless, better-than-ever skin.”
Aqua/Water/Eau, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Glycerin, CocoBetaine, Pentylene Glycol, Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract, Fructooligosaccharides, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Gluconolactone, Lactobionic Acid, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Polyglyceryl-3 Cocoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate,
Polyglyceryl-6 Ricinoleate, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Honey, Polyquaternium-7.
Let’s dive in!
Water, first up. That’s in pretty much everything, hah.
Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate sounds a little more intimidating, so let’s see what it is.
It is a mild vegetable-based surfactant (foaming ingredient) derived from coconut or palm kernel oil and glucose from corn. It can also be used as an emulsifier, helping oil and water to stay mixed.
To make sodium cocoyl glutamate, a coconut oil derivative is combined with monosodium glutamate which comes from fermented corn and fruit sugars. It is environmentally friendly and good for your skin.
Interestingly enough, it is also classified as an amino acid!
It was used in a study to assess allergic reactions with 7 other surfactants, as a patch test, tested on 105 people. Results were that none of the 8 gave serious allergic reactions, and sodium cocoyl glutamate was one of the most tolerated.
It is recognized as a natural ingredient by the Natural Product Association, the first certification body to develop standards for natural and organic products.
Glycerin is a natural compound derived from vegetable oils or animal fats, but I will note that this product is free from any animal-based ingredients, so this glycerin is from a vegetable source. Glycerin is a humectant, a type of moisturizing agent that pulls water into the outer layer of your skin from deeper levels of your skin and the air.
It may also help provide protection against various skin irritants, in addition to helping speed up the wound-healing process. It replenishes and restores skin so that the natural moisture barrier is strengthened and revitalized.
This is pretty basic, and unlike propylene glycol, is safe.
CocoBetaine (Cocamidopropyl Betaine) is a, 30% active, aqueous surfactant solution, from coconut oil. This ingredient is used to help create a smooth feel and the incredible foaming portion of this cleanser. It works for viscosity controlling and skin conditioning. According to Ingredientstodiefor.com, the main attributes are:
- Improves viscosity of cleansing systems
- Improves cationic and non-ionic performance
- May be used to allow the combination of various polarities
Pentylene Glycol is a synthetic, low molecular weight solvent and skin-conditioning agent. A multi-functional, silky smooth feeling helper ingredient that is used as an emulsion stabilizer, solvent, and a broad spectrum antimicrobial.
This ingredient is lab-derived, however, it is actually naturally occurring in some plants, such as sugar beets and corn cobs. Funny enough, that’s our next ingredient!
Beta Vulgaris (Beet) Root Extract delivers long-lasting hydration and helps to
maintain the natural skin barrier for radiant skin. This extract will also contain antioxidants which are obviously good for the skin and promotes anti-aging.
Beet Root is a common ingredient in many cleansing regimens because they provide so many different benefits for the human body.
Fructooligosaccharides. Whoa. That’s a fun-looking word, pronounced frook-tahl-ih-go-sack-uh-ride. They are oligosaccharides that occur naturally in plants such as onion, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana, and artichoke, among others. They are composed of linear chains of fructose units, linked by beta (2-1) bonds.
This lovely product actually helps to maintain a healthy microbiome for your skin.
How powerful, that this cleanser is not only cleansing but encouraging true healthy skin!
Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract is what it sounds like. Let’s keep this short and sweet. Apples are great for the skin, this extract provides anti-aging and skin-smoothing benefits. It is high in antioxidants to protect your skin from free radicals and help it maintain youthful elasticity for longer.
Gluconolactone is an interesting little exfoliating and multi-tasking ingredient. It belongs to a group of poly-hydroxy acids, it works similarly to alpha-hydroxy acid and beta-hydroxy acid by dissolving the glue that holds together dead skin cells. A benefit being it is a larger molecule that can’t penetrate very deeply into the skin, which is another reason it’s gentler and a good option for those with sensitive skin.
Removing those cells helps to remove dark spots and create a more even skin tone.
You are doing great guys! Stick with me!
Lactobionic Acid is the oxidized form of lactose, which can be derived from milk(again no animal products here) according to Byrdie.com and packs a power punch! It exfoliates, protects against sun damage, brightens skin, helps hydrate, and helps to increase the thickness of the skin!
Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Water is full of all kinds of skin-nourishing things: proteins, amino acids, sugars, vitamins, minerals and growth hormones (kinetin) that support healthy cell growth and skin hydration.
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, simply known as Aloe Vera gel or juice is phenomenal for soothing the skin. It is a moisturizer that also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. This is a no-brainer in any skin care product, so super glad it is listed here!
Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract is also like the sister to colloidal oats, they are just processed differently. The beauty here is to help our skin with its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, moisturizing, antibacterial, and antioxidant effects! Especially good for dry skin and eczemna.
Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative in cosmetic products and also as a stabilizer in perfumes and soaps. The amount of this ingredient within the product is well within the safe range, under 0.5%. This ingredient can be known to cause skin irritation and is not suggested to be ingested, however for these effects to occur, the dosage would have to be much higher.
This ingredient limits the potential growth of any bacteria in the product.
Polyglyceryl-3 Cocoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Polyglyceryl-6 Caprylate,
Polyglyceryl-6 Ricinoleate– These are all emulsifiers, plant based-such as coconut or palm oil. They are also used as stabilizers and help the other ingredients to blend together more efficiently. Not sure why there needs to be four variations, but they are all safe.
Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose is a substance that increases the thickness of the water portion of cosmetic products. It is made from cellulose, which naturally occurs within the cell walls of plants.
Caprylyl Glycol is a common component of many creams and ointments, where it is used as a skin conditioning agent and preservative. It is also said to have some antimicrobial ability and produces a softer complexion. It’s an alcohol that’s derived from caprylic acid, a saturated fatty acid that’s found in coconut oil, palm oil, and cow’s milk. Although the glycol occurs naturally, it’s also synthetically produced for its use in skin and body care formulas. It works as a safer alternative to some conventional preservative ingredients, such as parabens.
Ethylhexylglycerin is here because it pairs well with our friend phenoxyethanol above. This ingredient boosts the effectiveness of big P, is also an effective deodorant, and feels nice for the skin as well.
Hexylene Glycol is famous for its excellent solvency among a wide variety of materials and is popular in skin care formulas due to its ability to improve the texture. It has viscosity-reducing properties that allow it to thin out heavy, thick formulations and produce smooth spreadability, according to Paulaschoice.com
This product is backed by decades of research as a safe ingredient
Honey, sweet, sweet honey. I love doing just straight honey masks, and am glad to see some of nature’s nectar go into this product. Its benefits include being antibacterial and antiseptic, and it may also benefit oily and acne-prone skin.
Polyquaternium-7 is a cationic organic compound that is soluble in water and exhibits emollient, stabilizing properties. This product is used for its anti-static, film foaming, and as a conditioning agent both for skin and hair products.
ASEA Foaming Cleanser Conclusion
I really do appreciate you sticking with me for that read.
I mean I’ve reread it quite a few times now, and even while writing it, I found it quite fascinating since I had never done an ingredient breakdown before.
I’ll be completely honest, I am 98% satisfied with the list of ingredients here. There are some I don’t understand why so many similar ingredients are needed, but hey I’m not a scientist or skincare creator. Maybe they use small amounts of different ones, so as to not use a larger amount of one, as that could be irritating to some people’s skins.
Personally, as someone who never uses facial cleansers, I really enjoy this.
The foam is pleasant, smooth, and rich.
It hardly has a smell, just a light, clean kind of smell.
It has as not irritated my skin.
I really do feel that my skin looks brighter and feels fresher.
ASEA actually posted an article on the foaming cleanser, as I was mostly done writing this post, which I find synchronistic and amusing. Here is a link to that if you are interested, ASEA Impact.
If you are looking to start a new skincare routine or if your current one could use an upgrade, this is worth a try!
Safe, effective, and promotes healing on a cellular level!
Beat that Neutragena….
You can purchase the Foaming Cleanser or the whole Skincare line here!
I’m getting the rest of the products next month and cannot wait to add them and break down their ingredients for you as well!
Have a fresh and fantastic Wednesday!
Love and vibes,