{"id":605833396530,"title":"Alastin Skincare Review: Is $200 Cream Worth It?","created_at":"2023-07-06T23:43:54-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Alastin Skincare Review: Is $200 Cream Worth It?\",\n \"keywords\": \"alastin, alastin review, alastin reviews, alastin skincare, alastin skincare review, alastin skincare reviews, alastin restorative skin complex, alastin tinted sunscreen, alastin sunscreen, alastin skin care\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team analyzes the ingredients in two of Alastin's most popular products (Restorative Skin Complex and Tinted Sunscreen) based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're worth the insanely high prices or if they're a waste of money.\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/alastin-skincare-review\",\n\"author\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Calloway Cook\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/calloway-cook\",\n \"sameAs\": \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/calloway-cook\/\",\n \"jobTitle\": \"President\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"entrepreneurship, dietary supplements, herbal supplements, eCommerce, medical research\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": \"S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University\"\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"editor\": {\n \"@type\": \"Person\",\n \"name\": \"Brian Moore\",\n \"honorificSuffix\": [\n \"M.D.\",\n \"F.A.A.D\"\n ],\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/brian-moore\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/in\/brian-moore-md-faad-2b1b77a2\/\",\n \"https:\/\/www.apexskin.com\/our-team\/dr-brian-moore-md\/\"\n ],\n \"jobTitle\": \"Dermatology Advisor\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"dermatology, skincare, pigmented lesions, anti-aging, medical research, clinical trials, sunscreen, moisturizer, wrinkles, makeup, shampoo, soap\",\n \"alumniOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"EducationalOrganization\",\n \"name\": [\n \"Columbia University\",\n \"University of Toledo\"\n ]\n },\n \"memberOf\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n }\n},\n\"image\": {\n\"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n\"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Alastin_Skincare_Thumbnail.png?v=1688701952\",\n\"width\": \"2611\",\n\"height\": \"2611\"\n},\n\"citation\": [\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17147561\/\", \n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8400021\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/27451932\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22790172\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/instantly-ageless-review\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31596227\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/supergoop-sunscreen-review\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7038158\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8879334\/\",\n\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/itk-skincare-review\",\n\"https:\/\/alastin.com\/products\/restorative-skin-complex\",\n\"https:\/\/alastin.com\/products\/hydratint-sunscreen-spf-36\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\",\n\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6930595\/\",\n\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\n],\n\"mentions\": [{\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"InStyle\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"peptides\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"glycolipids\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"phenoxyethanol\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Brand\",\n \"name\": \"HydraTint Pro\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Thing\",\n \"name\": \"zinc oxide\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Walmart\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Amazon\"\n }\n],\n\"datePublished\": \"2023-07-06\",\n\"copyrightHolder\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\"\n},\n\"publisher\": {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Illuminate Labs\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/\",\n \"description\": \"Illuminate Labs is the most transparent supplement company in the U.S., and is a leading publisher of research-based health information.\",\n \"knowsAbout\": \"supplements, science, nutrition, exercise, health, medication, pharmaceutical, wellness, diet, weight loss, medical research\",\n \"publishingPrinciples\": \"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/pages\/editorial-guidelines\",\n \"memberOf\": [\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"U.S. Chamber of Commerce\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.uschamber.com\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Certified B Corp\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.bcorporation.net\/en-us\/\"\n },\n {\n \"@type\": \"Organization\",\n \"name\": \"Natural Products Association\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/www.npanational.org\/\"\n }\n ],\n \"logo\": {\n \"@type\": \"ImageObject\",\n \"url\": \"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Illuminate_Labs_Favicon_48x48_7595c3cc-e27b-47b8-a4fe-edcc7ed9b29a.png?v=1666502785\", \n \"width\": 48,\n \"height\": 48\n},\n \"foundingDate\": \"2019-01-30\",\n \"sameAs\": [\n \"https:\/\/www.instagram.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/twitter.com\/illuminatelabs\",\n \"https:\/\/www.linkedin.com\/company\/illuminate-labs-supplements\",\n \"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/channel\/UCpgSJAsIPb-fZ25djtTxBEA\"\n ]\n }\n}\n\/\/ ]]\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Alastin_Skincare_Review_Article_Header_Image_Optimized.png?v=1688701418\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"dc\"\u003eA\u003c\/span\u003elastin is an anti-aging skincare brand that’s been featured in many beauty publications and has won an award from InStyle. The brand claims that their products can support “aging in reverse” and uses “Smarter Science.”\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut does Alastin use research-backed ingredients for reducing the appearance of aging, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Alastin skincare products for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the anti-aging effects of the brand.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Alastin products (Restorative Skin Complex and Tinted Sunscreen) based on medical studies to give our take on whether they’re likely to reduce wrinkles or if they’re a waste of money.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll provide a cost breakdown to show what retailer sells Alastin for the best price, and feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – Restorative Skin Complex\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Alastin Restorative Skin Complex ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Alastin_Restorative_Skin_Complex_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1688701758\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe ingredients in Alastin Restorative Skin Complex are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of ingredients in this formulation that have research backing for anti-aging effects.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eNiacinamide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e can restore skin barrier function, as documented in a 2004 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/17147561\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePalmitoyl tripeptide-5\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to promote collagen synthesis in skin in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8400021\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePharmaceuticals\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePalmitoyl dipeptide-5\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epalmitoyl tripeptide-1\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003epalmitoyl hexapeptide-12\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eacetyl hexapeptide-38\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e are other peptides, and topical peptides are \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/27451932\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to have promising effects on wrinkle reduction and aged skin generally.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eGlycolipids\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e have a moisturizing effect on human skin according to a 2012 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/22790172\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are many other active ingredients in this cream that we consider likely to have an anti-aging effect, but for the sake of brevity we’ll proceed to the only inactive ingredient that may be questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePhenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a synthetic preservative that’s clinically shown to be toxic to human cells, as we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/instantly-ageless-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInstantly Ageless reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Alastin Restorative Skin Complex highly likely to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin quality, and from an efficacy standpoint, this may be the most impressive anti-aging cream we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBefore analyzing the ingredients in another Alastin best-seller (Tinted Sunscreen), we’ll feature some real user reviews of the brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eReal Users Review Alastin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok creator named Amy Chang reviewed Alastin in a video on whether expensive skincare products are “worth the splurge” or not:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7024117868212014341\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@bondenavant\/video\/7024117868212014341\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@bondenavant?refer=embed\" title=\"@bondenavant\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@bondenavant\u003c\/a\u003e Let me know in the comments products you want to see in Part 3 \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/luxuryskincare?refer=embed\" title=\"luxuryskincare\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#luxuryskincare\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/luxury?refer=embed\" title=\"luxury\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#luxury\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/skincarereviews?refer=embed\" title=\"skincarereviews\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#skincarereviews\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/tag\/amysantiagingtips?refer=embed\" title=\"amysantiagingtips\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e#amysantiagingtips\u003c\/a\u003e \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/dance-256762-6830462309895276545?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ dance(256762) - TimTaj\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ dance(256762) - TimTaj\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA TikTok creator named “kierstansaulter” reviewed Alastin’s sunscreen favorably:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cblockquote style=\"max-width: 325px; min-width: 325px;\" data-video-id=\"7225319844256746794\" cite=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@kierstansaulter\/video\/7225319844256746794\" class=\"tiktok-embed\"\u003e\n\u003csection\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/@kierstansaulter?refer=embed\" title=\"@kierstansaulter\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e@kierstansaulter\u003c\/a\u003e new favorite sunscreen @alastinskincare \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/music\/original-sound-7225319867270875947?refer=embed\" title=\"♬ original sound - kierstansaulter\" target=\"_blank\"\u003e♬ original sound - kierstansaulter\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/section\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cscript async=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/www.tiktok.com\/embed.js\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIngredient Analysis – Tinted Sunscreen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Alastin Tinted Sunscreen active ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Alastin_Tinted_Sunscreen_Active_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1688701715\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe active ingredients in Alastin’s tinted sunscreen, called HydraTint Pro, are shown above.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTitanium dioxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an effective and non-toxic physical sunscreen ingredient according to a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31596227\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJournal of Cosmetic Science\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eZinc oxide\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to be effective and safe in the same above-linked medical review.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe consider “physical” sunscreen ingredients to be healthier than “chemical” ingredients that are absorbed into the bloodstream. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we documented in our review of sunscreen brand \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/supergoop-sunscreen-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSupergoop\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, some clinical studies have found chemical sunscreen ingredients like octocrylene to be toxic to humans, and other chemical sunscreen ingredients to be toxic to wildlife and natural ecosystems.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe inactive ingredients in Alastin’s sunscreen are shown below:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" alt=\"Alastin Tinted Sunscreen inactive ingredients\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Alastin_Tinted_Sunscreen_Inactive_Ingredients_Optimized.png?v=1688701695\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eErgothioneine\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to have anti-aging effects in a 2020 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC7038158\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e, and \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ethe study authors even concluded that the compound “should be used in the development of new skin care products or healthier sunscreen products.”\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003ci\u003eDunaliella salina\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cb\u003e extract\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e was shown to counteract skin aging in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC8879334\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMarine Drugs\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e journal.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eSqualane\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is an effective skin moisturizer, as we discussed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/itk-skincare-review\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eitk Skincare reviews\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePhenoxyethanol\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is included in this product, and we discussed the effects of this synthetic preservative in the previous ingredient analysis section.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOverall, we consider Alastin HydraTint Pro likely not only to protect the skin from sun, but also to have an anti-aging effect. Like the previous product, this is one of the most effective sunscreens we’ve ever reviewed. However, we don’t currently recommend it due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eIs Alastin Worth the Money?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA YouTube creator named Chavy Chiang who has a channel dedicated to skincare discusses whether or not Alastin is worth the (extremely) high prices. We’ve timestamped the video below to begin when he starts discussing Alastin:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ciframe title=\"YouTube video player\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/lhbttsazSFk?start=445\" height=\"315\" width=\"560\" allowfullscreen=\"\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" frameborder=\"0\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhere to Buy Alastin for the Best Price\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlastin products are sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown for a one-time purchase of the two products reviewed in this article:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRestorative Skin Complex\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $210 (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/alastin.com\/products\/restorative-skin-complex\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWalmart: $66.41 (third-party seller, \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Alastin-ANTI-AGING-Restorative-Skin-Complex-with-TriHex-Technology-1-0-Fl-Oz-29-6-mL\/3459473512\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$28.79\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (third-party seller, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3POEoHo\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eTinted Sunscreen\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrand website: $64 (\u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/alastin.com\/products\/hydratint-sunscreen-spf-36\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eRejuvent Skincare: $64 (\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.rejuventskincare.com\/product\/alastin-hydratint-moisturizing-tinted-protection\/\"\u003elink\u003c\/a\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAmazon: \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$39.70\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e (third-party seller, \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3pANUmM\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003elink\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e)\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ePrices on Amazon are significantly cheaper, but these listings are from third-party sellers. The extreme price discrepancy gives us pause, and seems like a red flag. It may be worthwhile for consumers who can afford it to purchase directly from the manufacturer.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eOur Clean Skincare Picks\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg alt=\"\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Skincare_Products_Image_Optimized.png?v=1664754145\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThere are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eAnnie Mak Vitamin C Serum\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ehyaluronic acid\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e which was described as a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e\"skin-rejuvenating biomedicine\"\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30287361\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=155\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=2077\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the official brand's website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=3414\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eYOUARESUNSHINE\u003c\/a\u003e from ClearStem is our top sunscreen pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eIt's an SPF 50+ physical sunscreen and may even have anti-aging effects. This sunscreen contains \u003cstrong\u003egreen tea extract\u003c\/strong\u003e, which is \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/pmc\/articles\/PMC6930595\/\"\u003eclinically shown\u003c\/a\u003e to moisturize the skin and reduce wrinkles.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eInterested consumers can check out YOUARESUNSHINE \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/track.revoffers.com\/aff_c?offer_id=159\u0026amp;aff_id=7240\u0026amp;url_id=3414\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eThe only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBulletproof Collagen Powder\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003eOral \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003ecollagen\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e supplementation was shown in a \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/30681787\/\"\u003e\u003cspan\u003emedical review\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e published in the \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cspan\u003eJournal of Drugs in Dermatology\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003eto improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan\u003e.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInterested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/bulletproof.fdf2.net\/c\/3271428\/1278011\/9221\" rel=\"sponsored\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/a\u003e to the product page on the brand's official website.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eNone of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros and Cons of Alastin\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eHere are the pros and cons of Alastin in our opinion:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003ePros:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould reduce wrinkles\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould have anti-aging effects generally\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eShould improve skin quality\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExtremely potent formulations\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMany research-backed ingredients\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eCons:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eExtremely expensive\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth products reviewed use a synthetic preservative that may be unhealthy\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlastin is one of the most impressive skincare brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health from an effectiveness perspective.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoth the brand’s anti-aging serum and tinted sunscreen contain a large number of research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality and counteracting the visible effects of aging. We consider both products likely to be effective for their stated goals.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe don’t currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of a synthetic preservative, although this ingredient is not as questionable in our opinion as other cosmetic ingredient categories like fragrance or artificial dye.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAlastin is extremely expensive, with the anti-aging serum costing over $200 for one ounce. Prices are lower on Amazon but it’s unclear if the products are legitimate, since they’re from third-party sellers.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost customer reviews of Alastin that we came across while researching this article were favorable.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-07-06T23:57:02-04:00","updated_at":"2023-09-19T16:00:07-04:00","summary_html":"We analyze the ingredients in two of Alastin's most popular products (Restorative Skin Complex and Tinted Sunscreen) based on medical studies to give our take on whether they're worth the insanely high prices or if they're a waste of money.","template_suffix":"","handle":"alastin-skincare-review","tags":"_related:anti-aging"}

Alastin Skincare Review: Is $200 Cream Worth It?

Alastin Skincare Review: Is $200 Cream Worth It?


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Alastin is an anti-aging skincare brand that’s been featured in many beauty publications and has won an award from InStyle. The brand claims that their products can support “aging in reverse” and uses “Smarter Science.”

But does Alastin use research-backed ingredients for reducing the appearance of aging, or are these just marketing claims? Does the brand use any questionable additive ingredients? What retailer sells Alastin skincare products for the best price? And how do real users rate and describe the anti-aging effects of the brand.

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more as we analyze the ingredients in two of the most popular Alastin products (Restorative Skin Complex and Tinted Sunscreen) based on medical studies to give our take on whether they’re likely to reduce wrinkles or if they’re a waste of money.

We’ll provide a cost breakdown to show what retailer sells Alastin for the best price, and feature unsponsored customer reviews of the brand.

Ingredient Analysis – Restorative Skin Complex

Alastin Restorative Skin Complex ingredients

The ingredients in Alastin Restorative Skin Complex are shown above.

There are a number of ingredients in this formulation that have research backing for anti-aging effects.

Niacinamide can restore skin barrier function, as documented in a 2004 medical review.

Palmitoyl tripeptide-5 was shown to promote collagen synthesis in skin in a medical review published in the Pharmaceuticals journal.

Palmitoyl dipeptide-5, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl hexapeptide-12 and acetyl hexapeptide-38 are other peptides, and topical peptides are clinically shown to have promising effects on wrinkle reduction and aged skin generally.

Glycolipids have a moisturizing effect on human skin according to a 2012 clinical trial.

There are many other active ingredients in this cream that we consider likely to have an anti-aging effect, but for the sake of brevity we’ll proceed to the only inactive ingredient that may be questionable from a health perspective.

Phenoxyethanol is a synthetic preservative that’s clinically shown to be toxic to human cells, as we discussed in our Instantly Ageless reviews article.

Overall, we consider Alastin Restorative Skin Complex highly likely to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and improve skin quality, and from an efficacy standpoint, this may be the most impressive anti-aging cream we’ve reviewed to date on Illuminate Health.

We don’t currently recommend this product due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol.

Before analyzing the ingredients in another Alastin best-seller (Tinted Sunscreen), we’ll feature some real user reviews of the brand.

Real Users Review Alastin

A TikTok creator named Amy Chang reviewed Alastin in a video on whether expensive skincare products are “worth the splurge” or not:

@bondenavant Let me know in the comments products you want to see in Part 3 #luxuryskincare #luxury #skincarereviews #amysantiagingtips ♬ dance(256762) - TimTaj

A TikTok creator named “kierstansaulter” reviewed Alastin’s sunscreen favorably:

@kierstansaulter new favorite sunscreen @alastinskincare ♬ original sound - kierstansaulter

Ingredient Analysis – Tinted Sunscreen

Alastin Tinted Sunscreen active ingredients

The active ingredients in Alastin’s tinted sunscreen, called HydraTint Pro, are shown above.

Titanium dioxide is an effective and non-toxic physical sunscreen ingredient according to a medical review published in the Journal of Cosmetic Science.

Zinc oxide was shown to be effective and safe in the same above-linked medical review.

We consider “physical” sunscreen ingredients to be healthier than “chemical” ingredients that are absorbed into the bloodstream. 

As we documented in our review of sunscreen brand Supergoop, some clinical studies have found chemical sunscreen ingredients like octocrylene to be toxic to humans, and other chemical sunscreen ingredients to be toxic to wildlife and natural ecosystems.

The inactive ingredients in Alastin’s sunscreen are shown below:

Alastin Tinted Sunscreen inactive ingredients

Ergothioneine was shown to have anti-aging effects in a 2020 clinical trial, and the study authors even concluded that the compound “should be used in the development of new skin care products or healthier sunscreen products.”

Dunaliella salina extract was shown to counteract skin aging in a clinical trial published in the Marine Drugs journal.

Squalane is an effective skin moisturizer, as we discussed in our itk Skincare reviews article.

Phenoxyethanol is included in this product, and we discussed the effects of this synthetic preservative in the previous ingredient analysis section.

Overall, we consider Alastin HydraTint Pro likely not only to protect the skin from sun, but also to have an anti-aging effect. Like the previous product, this is one of the most effective sunscreens we’ve ever reviewed. However, we don’t currently recommend it due to the inclusion of phenoxyethanol.

Is Alastin Worth the Money?

A YouTube creator named Chavy Chiang who has a channel dedicated to skincare discusses whether or not Alastin is worth the (extremely) high prices. We’ve timestamped the video below to begin when he starts discussing Alastin:

Where to Buy Alastin for the Best Price

Alastin products are sold at a variety of online retailers. Here’s a price breakdown for a one-time purchase of the two products reviewed in this article:

Restorative Skin Complex

Brand website: $210 (link)

Walmart: $66.41 (third-party seller, link)

Amazon: $28.79 (third-party seller, link)

Tinted Sunscreen

Brand website: $64 (link)

Rejuvent Skincare: $64 (link)

Amazon: $39.70 (third-party seller, link)

Prices on Amazon are significantly cheaper, but these listings are from third-party sellers. The extreme price discrepancy gives us pause, and seems like a red flag. It may be worthwhile for consumers who can afford it to purchase directly from the manufacturer.

Our Clean Skincare Picks

There are skincare products that contain ingredients shown in clinical trials to be effective for reducing wrinkles and improving skin quality generally.

Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum is our top skin cream pick because of its effective and clean formulation. It contains hyaluronic acid which was described as a "skin-rejuvenating biomedicine" in a medical review due to its ability to reduce wrinkles and signs of facial aging.

Interested consumers can check out Annie Mak Vitamin C Serum at this link to the product page on the official brand's website.

YOUARESUNSHINE from ClearStem is our top sunscreen pick.

It's an SPF 50+ physical sunscreen and may even have anti-aging effects. This sunscreen contains green tea extract, which is clinically shown to moisturize the skin and reduce wrinkles.

Interested consumers can check out YOUARESUNSHINE at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

The only oral supplement we recommend for skin quality improvement is Bulletproof Collagen Powder.

Oral collagen supplementation was shown in a medical review published in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology to improve visible signs of skin aging as well as improve skin elasticity and skin hydration.

Interested consumers can check out Bulletproof Collagen Powder at this link to the product page on the brand's official website.

None of the products recommended in this section contain additive ingredients that we consider questionable from a health perspective.

Pros and Cons of Alastin

Here are the pros and cons of Alastin in our opinion:

Pros:

  • Should reduce wrinkles
  • Should have anti-aging effects generally
  • Should improve skin quality
  • Extremely potent formulations
  • Many research-backed ingredients

Cons:

  • Extremely expensive
  • Both products reviewed use a synthetic preservative that may be unhealthy
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Conclusion

Alastin is one of the most impressive skincare brands we’ve reviewed on Illuminate Health from an effectiveness perspective.

Both the brand’s anti-aging serum and tinted sunscreen contain a large number of research-backed ingredients for improving skin quality and counteracting the visible effects of aging. We consider both products likely to be effective for their stated goals.

We don’t currently recommend either product due to the inclusion of a synthetic preservative, although this ingredient is not as questionable in our opinion as other cosmetic ingredient categories like fragrance or artificial dye.

Alastin is extremely expensive, with the anti-aging serum costing over $200 for one ounce. Prices are lower on Amazon but it’s unclear if the products are legitimate, since they’re from third-party sellers.

Most customer reviews of Alastin that we came across while researching this article were favorable.