When designing Brown Barn Botanical’s new Arctic Bloom Eye Creme we knew we needed to take eye area protection to a whole new level. Enter Antarcticine®, a natural marine ingredient originating from research in Antarctica.
What is Antarcticine®? A glycoprotein from the Antarctic Sea with cryoprotective, restructuring and antiwrinkle properties.
During the Antarctic summer of 1988, a Spanish scientific expedition collected mud samples from the inlet of Admiralty Bay, on King George Island, Antarctica. A new bacterial strain, Pseudoalteromonas Antarctica, was isolated from these samples and characterized.
During growth, the bacteria produced an extracellular material, an exopolymer of glycoproteins believed to help the bacteria retain water, adhere to surfaces, and withstand the extreme cold. Its protective function in nature has been applied in cosmetics to regenerate and protect the skin.
In nature, Antarcticine® has the function of protecting the bacteria against harsh conditions. In cosmetics, Antarcticine® maintains its natural bioprotective properties and promotes keratinocyte growth and fibroblast adhesion for a skin regenerating effect and enhanced wound healing.
What does all this mean?
When used in a creme such as Brown Barn Botanical’s Arctic Bloom Eye Creme, it means natural cell protection against exposure to cold and against the effects of environmental exposure.
How do you know it works?
The maker reports that Skin topography analyses were performed by obtaining silicon imprints from around the eyes of 10 healthy women volunteers.
The product tested was a cream containing 5% Antarcticine and it was applied twice daily for 30 days. Analysis of silicon imprints obtained before and after 30 days of treatment indicated the depth of wrinkles decreased an average of 44%, with maximum values between 50 and 60%.
Benefits of Antarcticine® (as reported by the manufacturer):
- Helps the skin retain water, preventing cutaneous dryness
- Presents a cryoprotective effect due to its ability to modify the morphology of ice crystals
- Stimulates fibroblast adhesion and keratinocyte growth, regenerating tissues and enabling a faster healing of wounds
- Increased collagen type I and IV, as well as elastin, resulting in a restructured skin and a reduction in wrinkles
- Reduces the depth of wrinkles, especially on the forehead and around the eyes
You can try Antarcticine® with Brown Barn Botanical’s Arctic Bloom Eye Cream. Apply a light layer morning and night after washing your face. Apply a dot just prior to going outside when outdoor temps reach extreme cold levels.