Palm Oil Free Wrinkle Cream Reviews

Buy palm oil free anti wrinkle cream, eye creams, sulfate free shampoo and the best skincare products from the makers of organic, eco-friendly, responsibly sourced, fairly traded beauty brands. Maintain radiant naturally healthy skin without supporting the cheap cosmetics companies that use palm oil as an ingredient.

*Note: If you’re not yet aware of why palm oil is an undesirable ingredient in anti aging products (as well as household cleaning items and certain processed foods), then you’ll want to learn about the devastating mass deforestation that’s still taking place in Indonesia and Malaysia in order to make way for lucrative palm oil plantations.

The creation of gigantic palm oil plantations has obliterated entire ecosystems, endangered (almost to extinction) animals such as the peaceful and intelligent orangutans, and contributed to misery and poverty, not to mention the irreversible harm done to earth’s air purification system (which affects everyone no matter where we live). To see videos and learn about this issue, please consult two previous articles in this VII part series on palm oil free beauty brands:

Palm Oil Free Wrinkle Cream Reviews

Since the majority of the beauty products and anti wrinkle cream reviews are based on the top selling commercial beauty brands that often use a derivative of palm oil as an ingredient, (see the list of palm oil disguises, used on manufacturer ingredient lists, in Part II of this series), we’ve chosen to write reviews about the commercial wrinkle cream reviews, and then offer other beauty brand recommendations at the end of this post.

1. LifeCell Anti Wrinkle Cream

Many of the wrinkle cream reviews rate a product called LifeCell anti aging anti wrinkle cream (LifeCell South Beach Skincare) as the best wrinkle cream on the market. While the testimonials, and before and after pictures, are impressive, upon closer inspection of the ingredients we find ascorbyl palmitate. This ingredient is part of the proprietary formula used in LifeCell wrinkle creams because, as the manufacturer explains, “the benefits of vitamin C include promoting collagen synthesis, photo- protection from ultraviolet A and B, lightening hyper-pigmentation, and improvement of a variety of inflammatory dermatoses.”

It’s a fact that vitamin C is great for the skin, but what does vitamin C have to do with Palm Oil? According to Wikipedia, “ascorbyl palmitate is an ester formed from ascorbic acid and palmitic acid creating a fat-soluble form of vitamin C….also used as an antioxidant…” Which leads us to wonder, what is palmitic acid? It’s none other than “oil from palm trees.” Palmitic is the English spelling of the French word palmitique.

So why do many of the best wrinkle cream manufacturers use terms like “vitamin C ester” or “ascorbyl palmitate” or “palmitic acid” when describing or labeling the ingredients in their anti aging products? On the one hand these terms are scientifically, chemically / biologically accurate, but they also act as a smoke screen, as a mask or disguise to conceal the fact that they use cheap palm oil or one of its derivatives. Why hide the words PALM OIL? Because conscientious consumers (who are aware of the palm oil situation) would prefer NOT to buy wrinkle creams with that ingredient. So why use it? Because palm oil is cheaper than other oils, or emulsifiers. Why is it so cheap? It’s cheap because of the massive palm plantations that exploit land and human resources in developing countries. Have a look for yourself:

But, let’s give them the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the palm oil has come from the eco-friendly RSPO (Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil) monitored plantations. Maybe. But it’s doubtful that one of the best wrinkle cream manufacturer would pass up an opportunity to use this eco-information as a marketing tool. It would be in the manufacture’s favor to clearly state that their palm oil was ethically sourced. So why is it disguised as a vitamin C ester?

The wrinkle cream reviews that promote the products don’t explain ingredients or their sources and neither do the makers of these so called best wrinkle cream formulations, so all we can say is that you’ll have to decide for yourself if you want to buy a product that, firstly uses a palm oil derivative and secondly, disguises it as vitamin C.

Have a look at what the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil is about by viewing this film called: RSPO – The Gathering Momentum, and ask yourself if a manufacturer who buys from RSPO sources would have anything to hide.

2. Wrinkle Cream Reviews for Olay

Amongst the products chosen by wrinkle cream reviews as the best wrinkle cream formulas are some of the latest Olay anti aging formulas such as the Regenerist Night Resurfacing Elixir, Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum and the Regenerist Anti Aging Eye Roller.

Although the skin rejuvenation effects are described in detail, the ingredients are in code. Nevertheless, our wrinkle cream review team took out their magnifying glasses and dictionaries and set to work decoding Olay’s newest and best wrinkle cream formulas. Here’s what they found:

Amongst the main ingredients in Olay’s Regenerist Elixir are glycerine, glyolic acid, sodium hydroxide, butylenes glycol, hydroxyethylcellulose, propylene glycol, panthenol, palmitol pentapeptide-4 and…we can stop at this point because there are already ingredients that are palm oil derivates. It doesn’t mean they’re bad for the skin. In fact, a great deal of research has gone into extracting and isolating the fatty acids/ amino acids and getting things like palmitol pentapeptide-4 (derived from palmitic acid – a palm oil derivative), to help reverse the signs of aging and offer firmness, better elasticity and contribute to collagen production. But, as conscientious consumers who write product reviews, we have one question: Does having a humidifying agent that spreads beautifully over the skin and helps eliminate the appearance of wrinkles, crows feet and age spots, merit the destruction of forests, the extinction of animals, and the eradication of plants and life forms we haven’t even been able to study? The answer is in your hands. (To be fair, we must note that there are reports stating that the palm oil used in the Olay Moisturizing Bar comes from RSPO member sources.)

The Best Wrinkle Cream Products We Recommend

In order to simplify shopping for the best wrinkle creams on the market, without having to get lost in the miasma of online anti wrinkle cream reviews that feature products that may or may not contain palm oil or its derivatives (and so as not to have to go around reading ingredients with a magnifying glass), the easiest solution is to buy the top beauty brands that are well-known for being palm oil free. The best part about shopping from these specific companies is that, since they don’t use the cheapest palm oil ingredients, they’re formulated with essences, natural oils and other plant and flower extracts that are organic, fairly traded and, not just environmentally sound, but excellent for maintaining healthy skin. This usually means that some of these best skin care products are also slightly more expensive.

1. Weleda – amongst the items that are excellent are the calendula face cream collections and the Wild Rose Facial Care Kit that includes cleansing lotion, facial toner, moisture cream, and intensive nighttime anti wrinkle cream. The complete starter kit costs just under $15 – Weleda is one of the more affordable palm free beauty brands.

2. Aveda – although well known for their sulfate free shampoo collections, and their organic shampoo and conditioner lines, Aveda also carries a complete series of anti aging products called Green Science. The series consists of some advanced formulations like:

  • Green Science Firming eye cream that’s priced at around $45.
  • Green Science Replenishing Toner that costs under $40
  • Green Science Firming Face Creme that retails for around $50
  • Green Science Perfecting Cleanser for about $30
  • Green Science Lifting Serum that’s priced at about $50.
  • Green Science Line Minimizer that comes in a box of ten tubes for about $75

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3. Xquisite Organics – a company created by Swedish born Camilla Sunblandh, who operates from Australia, uses ingredients like avocado for sunscreen, rosehip oil for treating damaged skin, and macadamia nut oil to help skin absorb moisture. All products are SLS and paraben free. Xquisite Organics is one of the companies that the Australian and New Zealand palm oil free wrinkle cream reviews recommend. You can shop online for day and night creams, anti aging products, body cleansing / toning items, eye serums, and even unscented white tea and goji berry lotions for sensitive skin types.

4. Evohe – is an Australian company under the direction of Meg & Barry Forrester who pride themselves in offering products that are crafted with ingredients that are ethically sourced, certified organic, fairly traded (and do not contain palm oil or derivatives) as well as being free of animal testing. They’re also sold in biodegradable packaging.

One of their moisturizing formulas, simply called Moisture 24/7, is made from Arctic Sea Buckthorn Oil, Hemp Oil, Jojoba Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Rosehip Seed Oil, Swiss Edelweiss , Vitamin E, GMO-free Xantham Gum, Aloe, Calendula, Macadamia and Olive Oil, Butterfly Bush and Thyme Extracts, amongst other herbal blends and natural scents.

5. Dindi Naturals – another small Australian company (Based in Murrindindi Shire) owned by Pip Guyatt, creates unique natural soaps with no toxic chemicals.

All Dindi Naturals ingredients come from sustainable, fairly traded and eco-friendly sources. There are no wrinkle creams available, but the soaps are a great way to get clean before choosing one of the above mentioned anti aging products.

Note from the editor:

As someone who doesn’t normally get involved in conservation issues (and who may even be accused of sometimes forgetting to separate plastic from other waste), searching for palm oil ingredients in cheap cosmetics may seem a bit extreme. So why undertake to edit wrinkle cream reviews that promote products that may contain palm oil? Because while almost everyone has at their disposal some form of recycling method, and most are informed on deforestation concerns regarding pulp and paper issues, and may make a choice to buy organic instead of chemical-based products, many consumers (who buy responsibly, care about the environment and actively support fair trade products) don’t have any idea that palm oil even exists, or in what products it’s used.

It seems that ingredients used in the multi-billion dollar beauty products industry have slipped through the cracks because of terms like “all natural” or “organic”. Precisely because consumers have become more aware and conscientious of using fewer chemicals and more “natural” ingredients, palm oil has snuck into almost every natural hygiene formula; into the very heart of the best skincare products.

While many individuals may choose to work in a paper-free office, walk / cycle to work, and buy organic fairly traded items, they may unwittingly go into their bathrooms and wash their faces with natural cleansers and spread anti aging products on their bodies without having a clue that they contain palm oil from plantations that have decimated forests and annihilated habitats that can never be replaced. But…how can consumers be blamed for creating a demand (for a raw material such as palm oil) when they have no idea it exists or that it’s being put into the products they purchase? How can consumers make informed choices about what beauty brands they buy when manufactures use code to label the ingredients? Perhaps we can force manufactures to label beauty and personal care products more clearly if we stop buying from those that offer cryptic ingredient lists.

Continue reading this palm oil free series in Part IV: Beauty Brands.

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Nena Argent, editorial director of EbT magazine since 2009, oversees online editorial content in English and Spanish. She joined EbT after ten years as an investigative journalist in Asia where she researched oriental health, nutrition and beauty treatments. Now based in Europe, she reports on the latest beauty trends, health issues, high-tech medical advancements and state-of-the-art cosmetic procedures from around the world.

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