Grown Alchemist night cream

A chemical-free organic formulation that reduces fine lines

I generally choose new creams, scrubs and serums based on several key factors: a trusted friend’s recommendation, the aesthetics of the packaging and a chemical-free organic ingredient list. My recent find – Regenerating Night Cream (£66 for 60ml, pictured) with neuro-peptide and violet-leaf extract – contained in a chic minimalist black glass jar, by Australian eco-brand Grown Alchemist, ticked all of my boxes.

While I am all for natural products that are free from parabens, pesticides and harmful toxins and are not tested on animals, I’m sometimes suspicious: can they be as effective as they promise? But the proof is in my face: I have been using this night cream religiously for the past two months and my fine lines are significantly less noticeable, while my skin is smoother, clearer and looks more refreshed.

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Grown Alchemist argues that this is because the body recognises the cream’s natural ingredients and doesn’t reject them, as it can do with preservative-laden, synthetic components. This formulation is packed with powerful antioxidants that combat free radicals – skin enemy number one. As an aging New Yorker I am exposed to my fair share of these radicals – air pollutants, alcohol, sugar and UVA and UVB rays to name but a few – so for me collagen and elastin-boosting ingredients are a must. Here, neuro-peptides from rice enhance skin’s elasticity; passionfruit-seed oil and mango butter are rich in omega 3s to restore radiance, boswellic acid from frankincense calms and soothes, bio-fermented hyaluronic acid hydrates, green-tea extract antioxidants fight free radicals, and sea-buckthorn berry rejuvenates.

It might be superficial to have first judged this product by its pot, but all I can say is, I’m impressed.

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For more organic beauty finds, this Icelandic brand is well worth a look, or for a range with eastern wisdom, try Ba Yan Ka La from China’s Rosewood Hotel

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