Retinol? Reti-not so fast. While retinol has long been hyped as the ingredient to beat when it comes to smoothing fine lines, we opted to go a different route with our SeeMe Complexä, relying on artichoke extract as our star ingredient – and here’s why!
Retinoids (as found in retinol) are powerful enough to decrease acne, pigmentation, and wrinkles. But first comes the retinization period, where you might experience reddened, peeling, and dry skin. While we agree that retinol has many benefits, given that we now know that with a decrease in estrogen, our skin gets dryer, we wanted to find another way!
If you’ve never heard of artichoke leaf extract, you’re not alone. But artichokes have been used for ages in traditional European medicine. Because they’ve been suspected to help with issues related to inflammation, to help diminish the signs of aging, and provide similar effects of retinol, the researchers at SeeMe Beauty scoured the scientific literature, performed laboratory tests, and finally discovered that we could demonstrate the benefits of artichoke leaf extract in a clinical study.
Through extensive research we discovered that when it comes to skin health, all parts of the artichoke plant are not created equal. The artichoke leaf provides the majority of skin health benefits because it contains the powerful molecule cynaropicrin (say it with us: cy-na-ro-PIC-rin). Your skin is exposed to a variety of elements daily —mainly UVA/UVB damage; these elements trigger repair mechanisms, which in turn trigger inflammation.
In our research, we discovered that cynaropicrin actually blocks the inflammation, which inhibits the triggering process. Which means, ultimately, a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and a smoother complexion just like with a retinol cream. In fact, studies have shown artichoke leaf extract to produce similar results as cosmetic retinols in women over 50.
So next time you hear a friend talking about their retinol irritation, tell them you’ve found the secret, and so has SeeMe Beauty!