Hunter Lab Peptide Anti-Ageing Elixir

 

FORMULATIONS RESEARCH

Hunter Lab
Peptide Anti-Ageing
— Elixir

Price:  $82.00

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Hunter Lab has developed an active, uni-sex serum designed to fast-absorb into the skin for a nourishing and refining result. The concentration of natural peptides increase bioavailability to the skin, while the nourishing oils in this formula improve hydration and moisture whilst fighting the signs of ageing.

The consistency is light yet rich, targeting even the toughest of skin to receive the ultimate nourishment. The fresh yet grounded scent of citrus and rum makes for a signature Hunter Lab product. The active formulation targets fine lines and wrinkles, pigmentation and dull skin that lacks lustre. With the inclusion of Niacinamide, some may find they flush after the use of this product, particularly if you suffer from sensitivities.

 
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Who are Hunter Lab?

Hunter Lab is a Melbourne-based skincare brand that unites traditional skincare experiences with high quality, natural, and scientifically formulated products. The brand is targeting a diverse uni-sex range that offers a complete skincare routine for all, encouraging effortless daily skin and hair care rituals to improve, maintain, and protect from the environment and its factors.

Hunter Lab excludes nasty synthetics that are proven and linked to skin sensitivities. The brand also does not test any product or ingredient on animals.

 
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First impressions

Fragrance: 
The Anti-Ageing Elixir has the signature Hunter Lab scent - a warm, yet fresh fragrance containing notes of tangerine, grapefruit and rum.

Texture: 
A light-weight creamy serum that is fast-absorbing.

Efficacy:
The serum fast-absorbs into the skin, working on a cellular level to improve hydration, moisture and antioxidant protection. The active formula targets fine lines, wrinkles, pigmentation and overall skin that is more lacklustre, however due to the Niacinamide, if you suffer from sensitivities you may notice some flushing. It’s best to patch test the product before use.

 
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Ingredient watch

read our full Formulation Analysis

The Good

Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil has a chemical profile that is very similar to that of human sebum, and has a fatty acid profile that can inhibit the signs of ageing.

Squalene (Olive) Fruit Oil, one of the finest molecular compositions of an oil ensuring immediate absorption into the dermal layers.

Niacinamide — this ingredient has shown to have a stabilizing effect on the skin, reducing what is known as trans-epidermal water loss

The Questionable

Parfum or Fragrance — the average “fragrant” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels.

Phenoxyethanol has been linked to many allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema, and toxicity in the nervous system, particularly in infants.

 
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Packaging review

This product uses 2 types of plastic in its packaging.

Bottle: PET- See more about PET and its impact
Pump: PP- See more about PP and its impact
Label: Screen Printed

Hunter Lab use PET plastic for their pump bottles, with a Polypropylene pump to distribute the serum carefully.

The label is screen printed on the bottle.

 

Formulation full analysis

The Good

Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil has a chemical profile that is very similar to that of human sebum, and has a fatty acid profile that can inhibit the signs of ageing - namely fine lines and wrinkles. Macadamia Seed Oil is high in Omega-3 fatty acids which are labelled as anti-inflammatory, whilst Omega-6 fatty acids works as a pro-inflammatory, working harmoniously for those who suffer from sensitive skin conditions.

Squalene (Olive) Fruit Oil is one of the finest molecular compositions in an oil. So fine, that It is immediately absorbed into the deep dermal layers of the skin without any oily residue. It has a similar molecular structure to our skin, which helps penetrate the surface of the skin to target skin concerns at a cellular level. Balancing oil production and providing adequate moisture to the surface of the skin, it’s acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory to treat conditions like acne and eczema. It also stimulates the production of collagen for a firmer, plumper skin surface.

Niacinamide — this ingredient has shown to have a stabilizing effect on the skin, reducing what is known as trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), effectively balancing oils and improving the moisture content in the skin. In ageing skin, topical application of niacinamide improves surface structure, smoothing out wrinkles and inhibiting the process of photocarcinogenesis. This ingredient is best at a pH of 5 to 7.5. If you suffer from any sensitivities, you need to patch test prior to use as some people have experienced flushing with this ingredient.

Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake mushroom) Extract is a bioactive fungus with anti-allergenic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It contains topically active chains of sugars that contribute to immune cell function. 

The Questionable

Fragrance or Parfum is an ambiguous ingredient in any listing, even if it’s been labelled “from natural sources”, or “natural fragrance”. According to the EWG, the average “fragrant” can be any of 3,163 chemicals that aren’t normally listed on labels. Many of these chemicals are linked to hormone disruption and allergic reactions as they fall usually under phthalates, oxtoxynols and nonoxynols. If a fragrance is natural, we would assume it would be labelled on the ingredients list in its botanical name.

Phenoxyethanol is one of those ingredients we would see right at the bottom of the list of many products, and probably don’t think twice about it… What’s the harm in one little long word in the mix of all these beautiful botanical ingredients? The truth is, this bad boy has been linked to many allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema, and toxicity in the nervous system, particularly in infants. The European Union has classed it as an irritant, and Japan has restricted the ingredient. Juxtaposed to this, The Scientific Committee of Consumer Safety (SCCS) has deemed the chemical safe to use as a preservative if concentration does not exceed 1.0%. However, when taking into consideration reapplying the same product, as well as many other products on the bathroom shelf, we may be applying and absorbing more than what we think.

 

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