I have been using Amarte HydroLift Cream ($70), a Korean face cream, for about five weeks. The goal of this cream is to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, moisturize and comfort the complexion. Retinol and adenosine diminish uneven texture and tone, hydrate (to plump the skin), increase luminescence and reduce tightness for smoother, brighter and more radiant skin.
My experience with this is: “Yes” to all of the above. The first few times I used HydroLift, it felt a little too rich for my skin, but as I continued using it, my skin sucked it up within a few seconds and appeared radiant and smooth. I had no irritation from any of the ingredients. When comparing before and after, I noticed a much more even texture and less noticeable brown spots. The wrinkles in the eye area are softer as well.
HydroLift is one of five steps in Amarte’s regimen: cleanse and exfoliate, moisturize, rejuvenate and protect. HydroLift would be the “moisturize and rejuvenate” step. This lovely cream comes in an 80 ml/2.7 fl oz opaque airless pump. I am six weeks into this cream and, unfortunately, I cannot tell you how much is left to give you a good idea of the value of the cream’s price versus the amount you receive.
I would have preferred a transparent (or semitransparent) container – along with a pump that dispenses less product. For my face, the amount of product dispensed was just a little more than I needed. The company claims that the reason it uses an opaque airless-pump container is to protect the ingredients from being degraded by oxygen and light, and to prevent oxidation and photo-degradation. In the past, use of Retinol in cosmetics was a problem because of its stability in the skin (or in the product), its delivery and the quantity necessary for results. Within the last few years, more stable forms of retinol have become available and the changes in packaging and choice of paired ingredients along with lots of impressive research regarding its efficacy have made it a prized ingredient in anti-aging cosmetics.
My only other complaint, in regards to ingredients, is that some of the ingredients (like the FDC colors) are included. I don’t consider colors necessary or particularly safe. Some of the synthetic ingredients in this cream could have easily been replaced with more natural ingredients that would produce identical results. It works for many other companies… perhaps it could work with this product as well.
Would I buy this again? Yes, actually, even despite all the synthetic ingredients. I would be curious to see what the results would be with the full regimen after six months, with the higher dosage of retinol and its delivery in this particular product . The ingredients seem to be very powerful, especially the usage of retinol at a high percentage.
Here is a breakdown of some of HydroLift’s ingredients:
Natural betaine is a natural edible and water soluble ingredient derived from beets or other vegetable sources… and is used as a moisturizer and stabilizer.
Argan oil is a rare oil from the nut of the Moroccan argan tree. It is an emollient and skin conditioner.
Pearl powder is the dried powder obtained from freshwater pearls. It contains several minerals and amino acids and adds shine to skincare products.
Phenoxyethanol, a controversial synthetic perfume and preservative with a faint rose-like scent that also suppresses microbial growth; thus, protects cosmetics and skincare products from spoilage.
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Natural Betaine, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Solanum Tuberosum (Potato) Pulp Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Caviar Extract,Acacia Collagen, Sodium Hyaluronate, Adenosine, Pearl Powder, Allantoin, Retinol 0.6%,Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Glyceryl Monostearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Propylene Glycol, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, FD&C Yellow #5, FD&C Yellow #6, Phenoxyethanol
Fragrance: Bright Citron