When I was asked if I wanna test Augustinus Bader's cream, it was an inner "yeah, I need to know if its worth the hype" and "oooh it's non natural cosmetics". As in all areas of life there is not only black or white, science cosmetics are more between conventional and natural cosmetic products.
This cream has triggered much more than my enthusiasm for perfect skin. It made me question the entire cosmetics industry.
The German Augustinus Bader is one of the world's leading scientists in the field of stem cells and biomedicine. Every 27 days, the human skin cell regenerates naturally. Bader has spent many years researching and developing the Trigger Factor Complex (TFC8®), which "triggers" the cells to repair and renew themselves. The healing process is thus supported and thus accelerated. Years earlier Bader developed the hydrogel, which with this complex helped burn victims to rapid healing without any skin transplantation.
The TFC8® consists of amino acids, vitamins and synthesized molecules that also occur in the skin. From this the simple philosophy of Augustinus Bader can be read: Our body knows what it needs - all we have to do is listen to it and activate it specifically.
Many years ago, when I switched to natural cosmetics, I did a lot of research myself. Codecheck was my best friend and I was quite well informed. At some point I knew what I wanted to use and unfortunately I am no longer a running encyclopedia. But if you only use natural cosmetics for many years, rely on them and then suddenly well-known natural cosmetics brands add synthetic materials to their products (keyword clean beauty - which doesn't mean nature!), the safe little world is shaken. For years I have been searching for the perfect products for my skin, my routine is always composed anew, depending on the needs of my skin - and then comes Augustinus Bader, who has brought the heaven into my bathroom. And every day when I used the cream, I was so unsure. It's fantastic! But very expensive and no natural cosmetics. After several weeks of using the cream to show results, I am now convinced: I will never give this product back - even if the price is very intensive. So how do I reconcile this with my natural cosmetic heart? I look at the ingredients, why exactly this is not natural cosmetics and whether I can live with these non-natural components or not.
Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Pentylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium Carbomer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Retinyl Palmitate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Squalane, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lecithin, Alcohol, Carbomer, Ceramide NP, TFC-8, Sodium Benzoate, Glycine Soja Protein, Superoxide Dismutase, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Dextran, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-8, Ascorbic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Dextran Sulfate
Water, oils, vitamins, preservatives (butylene glycol, for example, which is sometimes listed as harmless, sometimes as not recommended), alcohols (there are good and bad alcohols, but at this point I found nothing to classify it in this cream), lipids (they are responsible for the smooth skin feeling).
In 6th place is Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine - PC for short. A cell membrane of every cell consists for the most part of PC - which means that our body naturally contains this substance. If it is added from the outside, it ensures continuous skin renewal (which we otherwise achieve with peelings and retinol). Further consequences are strengthening of the skin barrier, improved blood circulation, natural pore refinement.
PC is an emulsifier - water and oils of a cream are mixed by emulsifiers. If, however, they only lay on the skin like a film because they are foreign to the skin, the ingredients of a cream can only penetrate to a reduced extent. PC, however, are around the oils as they occur in the body and thus the components can act strengthened and sustainable where the body needs them - afterwards it is decomposed by the body into further active substances.
In 16th place are Retinyl Palmitate - Retinol or Vitamin A. Why retinol when PC effects are similar? Because antioxidants work synergistically, they are more effective when combined. Retinol is available in different forms - this cream contains a retinol ester, which means it is a retinol precursor that is converted into retinol in the body by chemical reactions and is therefore inactive and generally more gentle.
My skin is firm, elastic, tender, plump and well-balanced - which I saw especially in my foundations. Because even if I change them depending on the phase of my skin (there is not one perfect foundation that can withstand every change of weather and every phase of hormones), I was surprised that even the foundation that I completely rejected looks good on me.
I now have an inner glow, a balanced skin, neither too oily nor too dry.
Some describe purer skin with this cream - I can't quite confirm that. On the whole, I definitely have clean skin right now, but I recently had some impurities that I treated with other products. You can't expect an universal remedy, not even for the price, because that doesn't exist. However, this cream is perfectly supportive for any skin. Depending on the skin's needs, it gives what the skin needs and works in addition to the other scin care routine. Many have described that they only use this one cream and nothing else - of course you can handle it that way! But first of all the cream is then naturally empty faster (regarding the price point) and secondly it cannot potent replace every single product. The cream helps. And actually resembles a miracle because it stimulates the cells to regenerate. It reduces damage caused by environmental influences, signs of aging, acne and rosacea. The product comes without fragrances in a mild composition, which is also a reason for the good tolerance. Rather, the question is whether the individual components in production are really so expensive or rather a mix of marketing and science.