We’ve heard the story before, a lonely little anti-scar cream makes it big as an anti-aging cream; this is how the Strivectin empire was born. So, there’s nothing groundbreaking in our primary plot line. It’s no mystery how the same ingredients responsible for healthy new tissue growth in wound healing are also helpful in assisting our skin to age gracefully.
These double-duty ingredients primarily do 4 things:
stimulate collagen production
stimulate new cell growth
The fact that it’s now been done as an organic product is groundbreaking.
What’s in this organic miracle cream that makes it so effective:
Actually, there are 22 active ingredients in this formulation (out of 32 total ingredients), and many of them work synergistically to produce compounded effects on the skin. So it would be difficult to say this is the ingredient that stimulates collagen production or this is the ingredient that reduces inflammation. And every single botanical ingredient (which is most of them) is organic. Here are a few of the primary ingredients with clinical studies to back up their potency:
Peptides are short strings of amino acids that are custom designed to accomplish specific actions, hence they are lab-engineered from things found in nature but not natural themselves. As long as the sources and processes by which these are made live up to a high (read “clean”) standard, these little ingredients are total gems. The efficacy of peptides to accomplish certain tasks in skincare is generally unparalleled.
This peptide penetrates the skin and stimulates the production of TGF-β (Tissue Growth Factor Beta), which is a precursor to the production of collagen. It stimulates the production of collagen in a healthy skin matrix as opposed to a scar tissue matrix.
Clinical studies for this patented peptide on human fibroblasts have shown an increase of collagen synthesis by 119% compared to the positive standard Tissue Growth Factor (TGF).
A fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen, the structural framework (stroma) for animal tissues, and plays a critical role in wound healing. Fibroblasts are the most common cells of connective tissue in animals.
This is great news, because as far as I know we do not make new fibroblast cells as we age and the integrity and efficiency of these cells only decrease over time.
Studies have also shown that, after 84 days of treatment twice a day with this peptide, wrinkles improved by 350%. Wow!
ORGANIC COTTON THISTLE EXTRACT
The cotton thistle plant is new on the skin care scene but has proven to be a heavy-hitter for anti-scarring. One study proves the potential of cotton thistle as a dermal regenerator. This patented cotton thistle extract promotes in-depth skin regeneration, replenishes strength and firmness and leads to the effective repair of damaged skin.
ORGANIC TAMANU OIL
Tamanu oil comes from a beautiful plant, as you can see, and has so many applications it’s like the Neem oil of the west. Its unusual penetrating power, which combined with the abilities to strengthen connective tissue, accelerate wound healing, retain moisture, and encourage formation of new skin tissue (cell regeneration) make this a powerful ingredient for anti-scarring as well as anti-aging. It is also a strong anti-inflammatory, a considerable antioxidant, and possesses significant antimicrobial properties as proven in antibacterial and antifungal tests.
ORGANIC GOTU KOLA
Some of us may recognize this herb as a supplement to be taken internally, not an ingredient in topical skin products. Perhaps using it both ways will double its effect! A randomized double-blind study on the skin of female volunteers to investigate the effects of topically applied madecassoside (a key compound in Gotu Kola) on structural skin properties found that after six months of treatment, there were significant improvements in deep and superficial wrinkles, suppleness, firmness, roughness and skin hydration.
The process of aging
The science community defines the effects of aging on the skin in very specific terms, which many of us can relate to even if we don’t understand the process clearly. Here is a pretty succinct explanation:
Modifications related to aging are particularly visible in human skin, which becomes wrinkled, lax, dry, and irregularly pigmented over time . Aged skin is characterized by a flattening of the dermal-epidermal junction, a marked atrophy and a loss of elasticity of the dermal connective tissue , associated with a reduction and disorganization of its major extracellular matrix components, such as collagen and other elastic fibers . . .
The main point to glean from this explanation is that loss of collagen is a a direct cause of aging in the skin. In fact, it is the most direct cause of two of the four signs of aging above: wrinkles and lax skin. If you want to improve either of these conditions you must increase collagen growth in a healthy way, which this cream does in spades.
What all this means to the user of this cream is a significant increase of collagen in the skin, as well as an increase in healthy new cell growth, an increase of hydration, and a reduction of inflammation.
This not only enables the healing of wounds and the reduction of old scar tissue, but also enables a profound decrease in wrinkles, lax skin and dryness (3 of the 4 signs of aging).
My own experience* with Celsus Bio-Intelligence Anti-Scar Cream has been quite remarkable. Obviously, I began using it as directed as a scar cream. I have a tendency to scar badly and even to keloid on the very worst scars, so I was glad to be given a tube to try out.* I took a bad fall and began slathering it liberally on my booboos twice a day. After two weeks the cut on my toe that required the removal of a large flap of skin was completely healed and only appeared slightly red. After three weeks the large abrasion on my elbow had only a slight scar. Just to give you a frame of reference, the massive deep bruise on the back of my thigh was still hard and slightly painful two months later after treating it with homeopathic bruising remedies twice a day.
Then it was suggested that I might like to try it as an anti-aging cream on my face (I’m surprised I didn’t think of this myself). After only two days of using it on one side of my face, the people closest to me started to notice a difference. The puffiness and wrinkles under one eye were significantly less on the side I was treating with the Celsus cream than on the other side. I continued to use the cream only on one side of my face and neck, twice a day for two weeks, while treating the other side just as I had for the last year. Now many people were noticing the difference from side to side. Obviously, the effects will be different for each person using the cream. These are just the effects I experienced.
Effects of Celsus Bio-Intelligence Scar Cream as an Anti-Aging Cream:
vertical wrinkles on upper lip diminished
lip appeared fuller
hyper-pigmentation on neck diminished and more even-toned
hyper-pigmentation spot on face vanished
capillary damage from a puppy scratch vanished within two days
reduced puffiness all over face, especially around the eyes
fine lines around the eyes softened, diminished
face looked “lifted”, had an appearance of tightening
more even skin tone, less blotchy
face and neck appeared 5-10 years younger (no kidding!)
I recommend trying the cream on one side of your face for one to two weeks to see for yourself what effects it may have for you. But when you’re done playing around, use it diligently one to two times a day. You can use it as your regular day or night cream. Just squeeze a reasonable amount into the palm of your hand, squish your palms together, and with slightly cupped hands apply it with a “pat and roll” motion. You may feel that the skin is slightly tacky. That’s good. It won’t stay that way for long and is a sign that it’s hydrating your skin sufficiently. If you want a little more action around your eyes or lips for fine lines then go ahead and dab a bit more on those areas. I continue to use this cream (on both sides of my face and neck now) twice a day after cleansing and toning and expect to see even better results after 6 months of use! For best use as a scar cream follow the directions on the box.
*The results listed are not typical for this cream. Actually, this cream is so new that they don’t know yet what typical results will look like in the anti-aging arena. I may just be lucky in getting such miraculous results, or this may really be a little miracle cream!
**This product was gifted to the author in exchange for writing an unbiased review.