Augustinus Bader Cream



What is Augustinus Bader Cream?

Augustinus Bader Cream has become a cult-favorite among beauty editors and even celebrities, and has been featured in Vanity Fair, Town and Country, Marie Claire, Glamour, The Cut, and The New York Times. This lightweight, hydrating cream is said to stimulate skin’s natural process of rejuvenation to dramatically improve the complexion. So does the Augustinus Bader Cream really live up to all the hype? Read our Augustinus Bader Cream review to find out!

What are the key ingredients in Augustinus Bader Cream?

The key ingredient in Augustinus Bader Cream is the brand’s patented TFC8 (Trigger Factor Complex) technology. TFC8 comprises natural amino acids, high-grade vitamins, and synthesized molecules naturally found in skin. It works by guiding key nutrients and powerful natural ingredients to the skin cells, creating an optimal environment for the body’s innate processes of repair and renewal.

Professor Bader created this technology because he recognized that everything the body does is the result of its innate communication processes. But as we age, these communications change and certain signals become less frequent, or stop completely. That’s why TFC8 can help. 

Another key ingredient in the Augustinus Bader Cream is retinyl palmitate, the ester of retinol (another name for vitamin A) and palmitic acid, a saturated fatty acid. After application, retinyl palmitate must first be converted to retinaldehyde, then to retinoic acid (the active form). Due to this two step conversion, retinyl palmitate typically causes less irritation than retinol and other retinoids. 

Retinyl palmitate improves the appearance of skin through several mechanisms. One is through the inhibition of collagenase, which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen. By preventing collagen degradation, skin appears more firm and lines/wrinkles will be diminished. Retinyl palmitate also exfoliates the skin by causing more rapid shedding of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) while simultaneously increasing epidermal proliferation, which means it produces rapid skin growth. The combination of rapid regeneration of cells and exfoliation of the stratum corneum not only improves the appearance of aging skin, but also helps to peel away dark spots and blemishes. Over time these actions improve acne, soften the skin, lift dark spots and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.

In addition to these key ingredients, the Augustinus Bader Cream includes several humectants, including glycerin, sorbitol, panthenol (provitamin B5), and Aloe vera leaf juice. A humectant is a hygroscopic substance that has a molecular structure with several hydrophilic (water-loving) groups. This structure allows humectants to attract moisture and draw that moisture into the skin’s surface, preventing it from evaporating. In addition to functioning as a humectant, Aloe vera leaf juice soothes the skin and also protects skin from free radicals since it is rich in antioxidants. 

There are a few other beneficial ingredients in the Augustinus Bader Cream, such as vitamin C, ceramide NP, superoxide dismutase, and palmitoyl tripeptide-8. The only problem is these ingredients are used in very low concentrations in this formula (less than 1%). We know this by looking at the ingredient list (which is in order of descending concentrations). All of these ingredients are listed after the preservative phenoxyethanol, which cannot be used in concentrations more than 1%. 

We also wanted to mention that the Augustinus Bader Cream is available in a rich formulation, called The Rich Cream. This formulation is recommended for those with normal to dry skin because it contains more emollients than the original formulation. A few of the emollients found in The Rich Cream include sunflower seed oil, squalane, argan oil, and avocado oil. This formulation still includes TFC-8, but it does not contain retinyl palmitate.

Where is Augustinus Bader Cream sold?

Augustinus Bader Cream is sold on the brand’s website, and also at luxury retailers in the United States, UK, and Europe. You can head to the store locator on the brand’s website to find a location near you that sells Augustinus Bader products. 

Is Augustinus Bader cruelty free?

Augustinus Bader is cruelty free. The brand guarantees that neither the products nor the ingredients have been tested on animals, by the company or its suppliers.



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