The girl who said would never use an eye cream is now using an eye cream and an eye serum. Ahem… That’s what happens when you turn the big 3-0. You up your skincare game.
If you’re curious to know which serum made me change my mind, I’ll put you out of your misery. It’s Amaranthine Green Apple Eye Serum. Why this serum? Well, it landed on my desk, courtesy of the Amaranthine people, so I thought I might just as well give it a try. And, I’m glad I did.
The serum has a lightweight consistency that sinks quickly into the skin without leaving any stickiness behind. It is very hydrating, and we know that hydration is the key to healthy skin. It keeps skin soft and supple, and makes fine lines and wrinkles look smaller.
I also noticed my undereye bags looked that little big smaller. I believe this is due to acetyl-tetrapeptide-5, a peptide that decreases the permeability of blood vessels in the area. The less permeable they are, the less fluid can accumulate in there, which helps prevent and reduce undereye bags.
If you read this humble blog regularly, you know I’m on the fence re peptides. They’re too big to penetrate the skin, and studies claiming they work (like this one which found acetyl-tetrapeptide-5 does help with undereye bags) are usually conducted by the manufacturers on small samples, so they must be taken with a pinch of salt.
But, after trying it myself, I did see a small improvement. After all, it has been suggested that peptides work even when they stay on the surface of the skin, by communicating with other cells and telling them how to behave.
Instead, I didn’t see any change, either good or bad, in my dark circles. This is what hesperidin methylchalcone, a bioflavinoid derived from citrus fruits, was supposed to do.
There is one study that says it lowers the filtration rate of capillaries, which in turns allows less blood to flow through them. And that translate to less haemoglobin being oxygenated to cause those unsightly blue discolourations. But, there’s no proof it works when topically applied to the skin. Sadly, it didn’t work for me.
I do wish, though, that the serum contained more antioxidants (it has vitamins A and E and coenzyme Q-10, but they are all at the end of the ingredient list) and no fragrance, as that could be irritating if you have sensitive skin. Although, the aloe vera should be soothing enough to prevent that. At least, I can say the fragrance caused no problem for me.
The one thing that I would really change, though, is the packaging. The pump dispenser releases way too much product. It’s enough to cover my undereye area and half my face! I’m not kidding you. I really apply the remaining serum on half my face not to let it go to waste.
Basically, if you’re looking for a hydrating serum that could help with undereye bags, too, I think you will like this one. It doesn’t do all the miracles it claims to do, but it makes my eyes look fresh, rested, and younger, and that’s good enough for me.
Price & Availability: $35.95 at Amaranthine
Amaranthine Green Apple Eye Serum Ingredients: Deionized Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phenoxyethanol, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Hesperidin Methylchalcone, Steareth-20-Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Carbomer, Fragrance, Lecithin, Alcohol, Lipoic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Potassium Sorbate, Coenzyme Q10, Sodium Hydroxide, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalciferol.[/su_spoiler]
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