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Amarte is a Korean beauty brand that recently completely overhauled its products under the guidance of an American dermatologist, Dr. Craig Kraffert. The collaboration of two cultures, West and East, as well the brand’s symbolism – Amarte translates literally as “to love you” and the company’s motto is “love yourself, love your skin” – had me intrigued enough to try the Eyeconic Eye Cream. And I am very glad I did.
Part of the lure of Eyeconic Eye Cream was that it features an ingredient that I am typically wary of and that I have never, ever used in an eye cream: retinol. Generally, I find it too harsh and drying. I am concerned about its propensity to thin the skin with overuse and make it more vulnerable to the sun. And here it is at a 3.8% concentration, no less.
Epidermal growth factor also takes center stage in Amarte Eyeconic. Growth factors, particularly human derived as this one is, are one of the major breakthroughs in topical skincare, and I have had good results with many growth factor (or stem cell) serums. However, I did some recent research into combining glycolic acid and growth factors in your skincare regimen and concluded that this should be avoided as the glycolic may slow down the efficacy of the EGF. Retinol, an exfoliant by any other name, could do the same.
Now, here the EGF is nano-encapsulated. I am guessing that this makes the EGF more stable and efficient at penetrating the skin. In any event, Eyeconic wasn’t at all irritating or drying and my six-week test has left my eye area, especially under and outer, looking smoother and more hydrated.
Overall, the formula seems to be well-balanced with a base of moisturizing glycerin and argan oil. Elemental sulfur is a pH balancer. The botanical extracts include ginkgo biloba nut, which has high levels of quercetin, a common and powerful antioxidant. Nutmeg is an antioxidant due to an abundance of myristicin. Useless aside: the hallucinogenic effects of an over-indulgence of nutmeg are due to myristicin.
There are the usual suspects in the preservative department (phenoxyethanol and disodium EDTA), which is a shame since they put purists off to what is otherwise a great-performing eye cream (and there is grapefruit seed and clove, both of which serve as antimicrobacterials). Still, if you have been looking for an eye cream with retinol and growth factors, Eyeconic is it. And with positive reviews for Amarte Hydrolift Cream by Cristina (with impressive before and afters) and Aqua Veil Hydrator by Kathy, Amarte is looking as if East is meeting West.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Argan Oil, Retinol 3.8%, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Adenosine, Allantoin, Elemental Sulfur, Human Oligopeptide-1 (EGF 2-Nano), Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Nutmeg Kernel Extract, Clove Seed Extract, Eucalyptus Alba Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Arginine, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Self-Emulsifying Glyceryl Monostearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol