We are going to analyze a complete cream that serves both the face and the eye contour area. It is about Apivita’s Anti-Wrinkle and Anti-Fatigue Cream, a brand that is characterized by the use of 85-100% natural ingredients in all its formulas.
Also, always exclude silicones, parabens, mineral oils, propylene glycols, polycyclic musks, and phthalates.
At the moment it looks good, we are going to analyze its extensive list of ingredients to verify it.
And if you want, after reading this article I recommend that you take a look at this other one with an Analysis of the Best Anti-Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Creams for Men . It explains the differences between the skin of men and women, how to read an INCI, the best ingredients that a cream should have, etc.
Men´s Care Anti-Fatigue Anti-Wrinkle Cream Face and Eyes, Apivita
- Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate : Emollient used in skin care products for its properties as a skin conditioner and viscosity increasing agent. It is formed as a combination of neopentyl glycol (film-forming agent and solvent) and heptanoic acid (fatty acid made from grapes). Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate is considered a good alternative to silicones, and is light and velvety on the skin.
- Magnesium Aluminum Silicate : Analyzed in the Lancaster Skin Therapy eye contour .
- Candelilla / Jojoba / Rice Bran Polyglyceryl-3 Esters : A natural blend of polyglycerin-3, candelilla wax, jojoba seed wax, and rice bran wax that works as a stabilizer and emulsifier in cosmetics. It is known chemically as a transester because the ingredient contains three different components that combine chemically to create a new ingredient.
- Glycerin : Tested in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Zea Mays Starch : Starch obtained from corn and sometimes used as an absorbent in cosmetics, instead of or together with talc. Generally, in powders, cornstarch provides a silky but dry feel and some find it better at absorbing excess oil than pure talc-based powders. Cornstarch is also used as a thickening agent in skin care products.
- Butyrospermum Parkii : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream .
- Fagus Sylvatica Bud Extract : Beech bud extract with moisturizing properties to revitalize skin cells and give it a more youthful and energetic appearance. Beech bud extract increases cellular oxygen uptake, increases moisture retention and supports protein synthesis.
- Betula Alba Juice : Tested in Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Cream as Betula Alba (Birch) Extract.
- Cedrus Atlantica Oil : Relaxing and antiseptic Atlantic cedar oil helps clear bronchial tubes, oily skin, and can be effective in skin disorders such as acne and psoriasis.
- Cetearyl Alcohol : Tested in Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Contour .
- Citrus Medica Limonum Peel Oil : Lemon peel oil that has an astringent, antibacterial, refreshing and tonic function for the skin. Highly beneficial in the care of oily skin. It also has a very light, fresh and sweet aroma. Lemon oil contains numerous chemical fragrances that can cause a skin reaction that is subsequently exposed to sunlight.
- Coco-Caprylate / Caprate : Analyzed in the Caudalie Premier Cru eye contour .
- Elettaria Cardamomum Seed and Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil : Cardamom seeds and cardamom seed oil. Rich in vitamin C and manganese, it works as a powerful antioxidant that helps fight harmful free radicals, premature aging, and keeps skin toned and young. It also has antiseptic properties, very useful in treating skin infections.
- Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract : Extract from the sprouts of garden cress, rich in phytonutrients. Sulforaphane, with its ability to neutralize reactive oxidants, is the predominant phytonutrient in garden cress, but the sprouts are much richer in phytonutrients than the mature plant. In addition to inhibiting the formation of melanin, it brightens the skin, blurs the appearance of discolorations, reduces the effects of pollutants and evens the skin tone, making it a natural anti-blemish.
- Glyceryl Linoleate : Linoleate is a salt or ester of linoleic acid that is used as a skin conditioning agent in beauty and skin care products; and it is combined with glyceryl to enhance its effect.
- Glyceryl Linolenate : Glyceryl Linolenate is a monoester of glycerin and linolenic acid that is used as a skin conditioning agent, emollient, surfactant, and emulsifier.
- Glyceryl Stearate : Analyzed in the Powder Blossoms anti-wrinkle cream .
- Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil : Tested in Shiseido Men’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream .
- Hydrolyzed Cicer Seed Extract : Hydrolyzed chickpea seed extract that revitalizes the appearance of the skin for a healthy appearance. Rich in purified oligopeptides, it reinforces the bioenergetic potential of the skin and promotes cell renewal. Increases skin tone, reduces fatigue and improves complexion.
- Lecithin : Tested in Fiori di Cipria anti-wrinkle cream for men .
- Ethylhexylglycerin : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream .
- Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract : Honeysuckle flower extract that acts as a soothing agent for the skin. It is a very good source of flavonoids and saponins, constituents found in many plants and transmit antioxidant benefits.
- Manganese Aspartate : Magnesium aspartate is the magnesium salt of aspartic acid, a mineral transporter for metabolizing cells, assisting in the metabolic process by replenishing vital electrolytes, thus contributing to efficient energy production. It can be used in cosmetics to aid in this transport and deliver minerals to skin cells, however there is little research available on the actual use of magnesium aspartate in these formulas. It is generally only stated to be a skin conditioning agent, or a binding and chelating agent.
- Neoruscogenin : Pure product obtained from butcher’s broom (Ruscus aculeatus) that has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Lonicera Japonica Flower Extract : Japanese honeysuckle flower extract, with similar properties honeysuckle flower extract (Lonicera Caprifolium Flower Extract), mentioned above.
- Citric Acid : Analyzed in the Fiori di Cipria anti-wrinkle cream for men .
- Panax Ginseng Root Extract : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream .
- Propolis Extract : Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees produce from the sap flows of trees. When they mix the sap with beeswax, they create a sticky greenish-brown product that is used as a coating to build their hives, as well as working as a natural disinfectant against bacteria. The use of propolis in skin care products provides a similar defense for our skin. It is antimicrobial, and it can be very effective in fighting acne. It is also known as an antioxidant, an emollient, and for its healing, antiseptic, and restorative abilities.
- Panthenol : Analyzed in the Fiori di Cipria men’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Butylene Glycol : Analyzed in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Phospholipids: Phospholipids are composed of two types of fatty acids (lipids) that are organized in bio-layers, which gives them a structure similar to that of the skin. For this reason it is said that the products that contain them have affinity with the skin and high tolerance. And what’s more, phospholipids retain their structure when applied, which is why they are sometimes called “second skin.” They are used as an emulsifier because it dissolves oil in water. In addition, a study reveals that phospholipids are carriers or transdermal delivery systems that can help other ingredients penetrate. Phospholipids also act as an antioxidant. Among all the phospholipids, phosphatidylcholine is unique in its shape.It has a hill “head” and a chain of fatty acids that form the “tail.” It is considered the queen of phospholipids for cosmetic use due to its smaller molecular size. It contains choline, therefore, it is a precursor of messenger molecules that go from cell to cell. Furthermore, it can enhance and protect cells and membranes damaged by free radicals.
- Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate : Tested in Fiori di Cipria anti-wrinkle cream for men as Polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate.
- Hydrogenated Polyisobutene : Analyzed in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Copper Aspartate : Aspartate is an amino acid that is used to increase the absorption of the minerals with which they are combined, in this case copper. According to several studies, a copper-binding peptide called GHK improves skin elasticity, firmness, and thickness, while reducing wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and sun damage in 50-year-old women.
- Ruscogenin : Product similar to Neoruscogenin, previously discussed.
- Salvia Sclarea Oil : Roman sage (amaro) oil used as a fragrance ingredient in cosmetics and personal care products due to its “hay-like” smell. It also reduces excess oil from an excessively oily complexion, and has antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and bactericidal properties.
- Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil : Analyzed in the Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye contour .
- Sodium Acrylates Copolymer : Analyzed in the anti-wrinkle cream Vita Lift 5 from L’Oreal Men Expert as Acrylates Copolymer.
- Sodium Hyaluronate : Analyzed in Nezeni Cosmetics anti-wrinkle cream .
- Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate : Analyzed in the Fiori di Cipria anti-wrinkle cream for men .
- Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate : Analyzed in the Fiori di Cipria anti-wrinkle cream for men .
- Tocopherol and Tocopheryl Acetate : Analyzed in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream as Tocopherol Acetate.
- Xanthan Gum : Analyzed in L’Oreal Men Expert’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Zinc Aspartate : Zinc bound to aspartic acid, provides protection against free radicals, and tissue repair.
- Phenoxyethanol : Tested in Clarins Men’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream .
- Perfume .
- Benzyl Benzoate : Tested in Clarins Men’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream .
- Citronellol : Tested in Shiseido Men’s Anti-Wrinkle Cream .
- Limonene : Analyzed in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream .
- Linalool : Analyzed in ClarinsMen’s anti-wrinkle cream .
Apivita has managed to formulate a cream with a large number of active principles, most of them natural, such as shea butter, beech extract, cardamom oil, or the extract of garden cress sprouts, among a list much longer.
There is a bit of everything, soothing, antioxidant, emollient, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, restorative, firming, and anti-blemish ingredients. It even has hyaluronic acid, albeit relegated to the bottom of the list.
But there are some things that I don’t like. For example, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate is safe as long as it is used in low proportions, but being in third place, its ratio is worrying due to aluminum, a known neurotoxin.
Lemon extract can be irritating or sensitizing, especially for sensitive skin, and at the bottom there is a preservative that can be toxic, and fragrances.
If it weren’t for these worrisome ingredients, it would be a pretty good cream, with a good ratio of active ingredients. It would only lack sun protection, but this can be remedied if we apply it later.
Although it is not a bad cream, right now I am looking for the best I can find, and I have found another better wrinkle cream, the one from Nezeni Cosmetics.
It is the one I am currently using, and you can read the analysis and my opinion in the article on the Best Anti-Wrinkle and Anti-Aging Creams for Men .
Kathie Sand always saw the world of beauty as the terrain on which to build her professional career, a goal that was clear to her when she was only 15 years old. Her great concern to expand knowledge led her to settle in Paris where she studied hand in hand with the best beauty professionals and with the most advanced techniques for skin care.