LipSmooth, released by SeneGence spring 2018, is marketed as containing “non-abrasive spherical particles of natural exfoliators”. In true marketing form this sentence is vague and uninformative and kind of sounds like micro-beads. So whats really in LipSmooth?
The following was adapted from an ingredient review written for our scientific support group Exclusive: Nerdy for my SeneSisters.
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Like the rest of body, the lips deserve a scrub once or twice weekly to expel dry dead skin cells. If you struggle with dry lips (or your LipSense doesn’t last as long as you’d like) gently exfoliating your lips could help. Along with the usual drink more water, blah, blah, blah. Common household items like sugar, honey and coconut oil can be used as a gentle exfoliant. But if you are gonna splurge on a lip scrub (cuz let’s be real. life is busy & we don’t always have time for DYI beauty) get one you feel good about using.
LipSmooth exfoliates & moisturizes! It has collagen increasing peptides & antioxidants, in addition to the normal humectants, emollients and preservatives. For the sake of your attention span, I won’t go in depth on EVERY ingredient. Please refer to the sources provided if you desire more information.
LipSmooth contains 3 naturally occurring exfoliants:
First, Bamboo (Bambusa arundinacea) stem powder aka Exfo-Bamboo Body. Exfo-bamboo is a plant silica coming from the natural secretion of bamboo. This is a novel plant cosmetic ingredient for skin physical exfoliation. It removes impurities and helps regulates the thickness. Particles ranging from 200-500 µm are used for face & body exfoliation.
Second, the “non-abrasive spherical particles” or Phytelephas aequatorialis seed powder, aka tagua white scrub or tagua palm seed powder. It provides a natural alternative to polyethylene microbeads (Yay!) and comes in various degrees of coarseness. Particles are rounded during production. This is important as irregular particles may cause damage to the skin. These really are like nature’s micro-beads!
Third, Sodium Bicarbonate aka baking soda. Google sodium bicarbonate, you will find no less than 5 blogs that recommend using NaHCO3 as a natural lip exfoliate. No need to re-invent the wheel.
Moisturizers in LipSmooth:
Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) is rich in essential fatty acids, it is ~98% oleic, stearic, linoleic and palmitic acid. These fatty acids play an important moisturizing, softening and anti-inflammatory role. Shea butter also contains vitamins A & E, which have a recognized effect against skin aging due to its rich mineral content with skin protecting and regenerating benefits. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4984693/
Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Look! Just like the DIY version.)
Moringa Oil. Oils derived from the Moringa oleifera have been used since antiquity to soften and condition dry skin. It is known to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory & anti-aging properties.
Glyceryl Behenate – widely used skin conditioner known as a solid lipid nanoparticle.
Glycerin – widely used humectant
Cyclopentasiloxane – silicone based cyclic compound.
Astrocaryum murumuru seed butter. Oil high in lauric, myristic and oleic acids extracted from the seeds of murumuru plant.
Canola Oil http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-canola-oil/
Shea Butter Ethyl Esters – a non greasy form of shea butter.
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice also a anti-inflammatory
Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1 a synthetic peptide known for its effects on collagen, skin health, and skin pigment. It is currently under investigation for its ability to boost collagen synthesis and stimulate blood vessel growth.
Antioxidants (most with skin conditioning effects):
Canarium indicum Seed Oil, aka nangai or ngali. Research is not extensive about C. indicum but beneficial properties include high content of Tocopherols (Vit E), antioxidant capacity and high phenolic content. Early evidence suggests C. indicum nut oil act as an anti-inflammatory. More research is needed. Try SeneGence Nangai oil to for stubborn dry skin and mild skin conditions! https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10457-007-9103-4
Tocopherol or vitamin E and Tocopheryl Acetata, a less acidic form of vitamin E. Retinyl Palmitate or Vitamin A. Vit A is essential for increasing skin elasticity and thickening of the epidermis and the dermis. Vitamin A plays an important role in RNA synthesis, known for its cellular renewal properties that speed up exfoliation to reveal younger, plumper skin cells. http://www.jaad.org/article/S0190-9622(10)00850-9/fulltext
All the stuff at the end of the list and its function:
Sorbitan Isostearate & Disteardimonium Hectorite (naturally occurring clay mineral) are humectant/thickening agents.
Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Palmitate (also a fragrance), & Tribehenin are emollients. They allow for easy application & a smooth feel.
Titanium Dioxide – opacifying agent, most likely
Stevia rebaudiana extract – flavoring. Tastest/smells like sugar but is NOT sticky!
Is anyone still reading? If you are, don’t forget the preservatives. Preservatives always get a bad rap. We are just begining to discover potential dangers associated with some common preservatives. But they are important to prevent your favorite lip scrub from becoming a $20 tube of rancid regret. Alcohol Denat (also anti-bacterial) and Phenoxyethanol.
There are no plastic microbeads in LipSmooth (or other SeneGence products). LipSmooth is packed with plant derived oils for moisture and antioxidant protection. It will expel dead skin cells, with natures micro-beads, while plumping lips and conditioning skin.