- Product: Naturopathica’s Argan & Peptide Wrinkle Repair Eye Cream
- Vendor: www.Naturopathica.com
- Initial Review: 9/30/2015 (This product was bought about a year previous (9/1/2014), not opened and used til 9/30/2015)
- Price: 84.00 USD
- Reason for Purchase: Argan Plant Stem Cells were a topic of conversation I had with a friend, and we wanted to challenge whether or not natural stem cells could revitalize the sensitive area around the eyes. Naturopathica offered the challenge and I took it.
The product’s online description explains that the Argan Stem Cells will protect cells and promote cell rejuvenation. It also explained that the puffiness and redness around the eyes would be diminished.
They’ve highlighted the 3 main “Hero Ingredients”, and I will break them down here:
Argan Plant Stem Cells – Argan is a plant that grows in Morocco, and the oil from the pulp of the plant is used to moisturize and revitalize hair, skin, and nails. The stem cells of the Argan plant are supposedly able to promote the formation of collagen in skin cells, thus revitalizing the youthful appearance of skin. In clinical studies, it is said to have improved skin’s vitality up to 26% in two months, though this study has yet to be confirmed.
Edelweiss Plant Stem Cells – According to article writer Katie Bird, the Italian biotech company, The Institute for Biotechnological Research determined that Edelweiss plant stem cells can help the fight against anti-aging. The ingredient in the cells, Leontopodium alpinum stems, have high concentrations of Leontopodic acids A and B, Chlorogenic acids, 3 and 5-dicaffeoylquinic acid, which have anti-hyaluronidasic and anti-collagenasic activity (Source).
MATRIXYL® SYNTHE’6® – This is a product trademarked by Sederma, and is known for containing the peptide “matrikine” that can link to a matching skin cell receptor. Matrixyl is a palmitoyl tripeptide-38, a peptide produced from derivatives of the amino acids lysine and methione sulfone (the latter is synthetic). Palmitoyl tripeptide-38 is a matrikine-mimetic compound that regulates cell activity, wound repair and collagen tissue remodeling (Source).
The full list of ingredients and their benefits can be found in the 2014 article “Matrixyl Synthe’6: What is it?” written by Marta Wohrle.
This trial lasted 4 months. I doubled the time the product said I was to see results. I used the product once in the morning and once at night without any other product. I was to see a reduction in wrinkles, inflammation, and sagging.
So far, the product has been soothing around the eyes. There isn’t any burning associated with the product when it is applied. It also smells nice, which comes from the Daisy (Bellis Perrenis) Flower Extract.
Wrinkles – So far in my life, I have not seen signs of wrinkles. But the cardinal rule is that you do not use serums for wrinkles when you have them. By that time, the damage is done. These serums are technically meant to be used before they appear. So far, the delicate skin around my eyes is fortified and soft. There aren’t an appearance of wrinkles and the skin does feel smooth and elastic.
Inflammation – Sometimes I do get inflammation around the eyes due to lack of sleep. They become deep-set and dry because I am straining them. I haven’t been improving on sleep, but I have noticed that when I use this product in the morning, my eyes are not so sensitive to the air around me. That might be due to just having a serum there as a guard, or because of the Matrixyl® Synthe’6® keeping the skin soft and moisturized.
Sagging – So far there hasn’t been further sagging in my eyes. My cheeks have not dropped further and my eyes are not forming larger circles. This wasn’t one of my main concerns about my eyes (my fight is with dark circles), but I do notice that I haven’t been particularly dry or worn out around that area.
Application – The serum also blends very well into the eyes. It does not sit there on the eyes and then smudge makeup. Some serums do tend to be so oily that you cannot wear them or can only use the smallest amount with your daily makeup routine. However, this product blended easily and did not have an overpowering smell. The scent is minute and didn’t get in the way of my perfumes or colognes.
So far, the same applies for month 2 as it did for month 1. There has been a consistent strength around my eyes and I do not feel so exposed to the elements. When I apply concealer around my eyes, I do not feel as though I am exposing them to harsh chemicals as I am not burning or dry there.
I also feel both hydrated and firm. Some products that hydrate your skin might make your eyes feel oily or so soft that it feels saggy. The Argan & Peptide Wrinkle Eye Repair serum does not only make my eyes feel hydrated and protected, but firm and strong. The strength also does not put me off as it does not give that “botox effect” where the user feels as thought she can’t move her eyes through smiling and excitement. The firmness is more a bouncy-firmness as opposed to a brittle or immovable one.
Month 3 and 4
During this month, I have about used up all the serum. The serum has left my eyes feeling very soft and firm. The warmth and youth I feel I lose around that area during the harsh winter months in Chicago did not do nearly the amount of damage I would expect. I was sure to put this on morning and night all though January, and was pleasantly surprised that I was still seeing firmness results after the first couple of months.
Application – Overall, the serum does not get onto your pillows or makes a mess on the rest of your face. There is no oily residue and it does not get into your eyes overnight to cause a stinging or infected eye. It also does not splash anywhere. The only thing that can be annoying is that the serum hardens at the applicator’s tip and you have to pump that out first and then use the unaffected serum. But Naturopathica is now distributing the product in a new bottle, so this may no longer be an issue.
Anti Aging – I will argue that this product is great for anti-aging. The serum allows the skin to feel firm, elastic and smooth without feeling oily or cakey. The skin around the eyes can be preserved during the winter months, where the sensitive skin around the eyes can be severely dehydrated, thus speeding up the aging process. The skin is fortified against the elements and cosmetic products, leaving the skin continually strong on its own without using cover-up as a way to pass of the skin as youthful.
Medical Concerns – The only medical concern that might bother some users are those who are hypersensitive to scents. The Daisy Extract might be harsh to those who are not used to it, or who have allergies. This counts for any product that has scents due to flower extracts.
Inflammation – So far, my eyes are no longer itchy or puffy and do not feel strained. I have been getting more sleep, so that would be the main reason. But this product also has helped the skin around my eyes feel less dry and has hydrated it so that it is not open to particles and rough patches.
I would recommend this product to those who are looking for an anti-aging serum that makes eyes feel fortified. If a user wants their eyes to have a barrier from the elements, all the while using that barrier to reboot collagen, this product seems to be the right choice. So far, it has make my eyes feel strong, soft, and bouncy. They are not weakened from the cold winter months in Chicago, where winds can literally hurt your face and leave the skin extremely damaged. It is safe, easy to use, and does not leave oily residue on your skin, bed or ruin your makeup routine. It also does last for awhile, as I have been using it day and night for 4 months and I am halfway through the bottle. So the product should last from 8 – 12 months depending on how much you use.
INGREDIENTS/INCI: Water/Aqua/Eau, Squalane, Glycerin, Cocoglycerides, Glyceryl Triacetyl Ricinoleate, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, C10-18 Triglycerides, Candelilla/Jojoba/Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Sprout Cell Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Meristem Cell Culture, Superoxide Dismutase, Ascorbyl Dipalmitate, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Oil, Tamarindus Indica (Tamarind) Seed Polysaccharide, Porphyridium Cruentum (Red Algae) Extract, Phospholipids, Linoleic Acid, Linolenic Acid, Isomalt, Glucose, Pullulan, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Lactoperoxidase, Glucose Oxidase, Citric Acid, Sclerotium Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Phytate