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The Natural Advantage skin care system consists of three core products, formulated to work together in order to offer users a comprehensive wrinkle fighting regimen. The Natural Advantage products came about when the award winning English actress Jane Seymour partnered up with the prominent dermatologist Dr. Patricia Farris. The result of this collaboration is a skin care system based largely on “pampering” your skin. In fact, it seems that the makers of Natural Advantage see their products as a combination between luxury skin lotions and clinical, anti-wrinkle creams. But how does it all work out in real life?
The Natural Advantage system claims that what really sets it apart from rival skin treatments is the product’s “MicroSponge” delivery system. The manufacturer claims that this allows them to pack more retinol into their creams and lotions. Retinol is the primary active ingredient found in Natural Advantage. Retinol is a fat-soluble form of Vitamin A, meaning that it is a fairly strong antioxidant. It is a fairly common ingredient found in anti-wrinkle products. This explains why Natural Advantage developed their MicroSponge system to set their products apart. Unfortunately, little information is given on the official website about how this MicroSponge system actually works, or on how it was developed and tested.
Natural Advantage is a three-part beauty care regimen. The full system consists of a cleanser, a moisturizer and a night cream. The Natural Advantage moisturizer is meant to be applied before leaving the house in the morning and again in the evenings, and it includes an SPF of 15. First use the cleanser to remove makeup and other oily build-up. Follow that with an application of the moisturizer. The Nighttime Renewal Complex is where most of the system’s retinol is to be found and, as the product name implies, this cream should be applied before bedtime so that the ingredients can be absorbed by the user’s skin. Natural Advantage strongly cautions against over-applying the Nighttime Renewal Complex since too much retinol has been known to dry out skin.
The full list of ingredients in the Natural Advantage Nighttime Renewal Complex is as follows: Water, Capryic/Capric Triglyceride, Emulsifying Wax, Glycerin, C 10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Cetyl Alochol, Dimethicone, Benzyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Methyl Metacrylate/Glycol, Dimethacrylate, Crosspolymer, Bisabolol, PEG-10 Soya Sterol, Magnesium Aluminium Silicate, Stearic Acid, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethaol, BHT, Disodium, EDTA, Proply Gallate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine.
- Free gift when purchasing products from official website.
- Products include SPF.
- Before/after photos can be found on official website.
- Overuse of retinol has been shown to dry out skin.
- Three step regimen could be expensive and time consuming.
- Little information is given on patented “MicroSponge” technology.
- Product does not seem to be available from any retail locations.
The Bottom Line
We certainly appreciate that Jane Seymour took the time to bring us the Natural Advantage line of products. However, we’d like to know a bit more about their “MicroSponge” system. Today there is a very crowded market for no-surgery wrinkle reduction treatments, and a manufacturer really has to highlight what sets their product apart from the pack. Retinol is a fairly common ingredient, and we would have liked to see the claims made by Natural Advantage backed up by some product testing and development info.