Aqua Cream®

1.7 fl oz - 50 ml
Aqua Cream® is an antioxidant-rich rejuvenating moisturizer with 1% retinol that uses the ActivExtract arbutin to brighten and enhance skin clarity. Functional organic ingredients help deliver a smooth radiant glow. 
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Key Ingredients


Arbutin is a skin conditioner with whitening, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Derived from blueberries, bearberries, cranberries, and pears, arbutin inhibits melanin formation via tyrosinase inhibition resulting in cosmetically relevant whitening properties.

Brightens skin naturally.

Nanoencapsulated 1% Retinol

Retinol is a retinoid that enhances skin's radiance and is considered to be a skin revitalizer.  Retinol is one of the most effective cosmetic antiaging ingredients and is scientifically proven, via rigorous studies, to improve conditions associated with chronological aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. It alters the behavior of aged cells so they act in a more youthful manner, and stimulates the production of new blood vessels in the skin while improving skin tone. Useful in the management of acne, rosacea, oily skin, and actinic keratosis, retinol also helps decrease skin damage associated with UV exposure.  Amarte products contain nano-encapsulated retinol for improved stability and absorption, efficacy, and tolerability.

Enhances radiance, helps diminish fine lines, revitalizes.


Allantoin is a botanical extract said to be healing, calming, and soothing. An excellent temporary anti-irritant, allantoin helps protect skin from external factors such as wind burn and may aid in healing damaged skin by stimulating new tissue growth. It is appropriate for sensitive, irritated, and acne-prone skin and is non-sensitizing. It may be synthesized or derived from the comfrey root.

Heals, calms, soothes.

Full Ingredients List

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  • water

    Water is a fundamental ingredient for skin care products and life itself. Amarte products contain spring water sourced from a Korean nature preserve.

  • Zea mays (corn) starch

    Zea mays (corn) starch is a fine, soft moisturizing surfactant powder used to smooth, polish and physically exfoliate skin.

  • sodium cocoyl isethionate

    Sodium cocoyl isethionate is the sodium esther of a fatty acid derived from coconut oil. It serves as an oil stabilizing surfactant that creates a wet feeling and aids in foaming to promote a soft skin after-feel.

  • sodium lauroyl aspartate

    Sodium lauroyl aspartate is a surfactant that enhances the spread of cleansing products.

  • titanium dioxide

    Titanium dioxide is an FDA approved physical sunscreen ingredient. It remains on the skin surface, scatters UV light, and is often used in conjunction with other sunscreen chemicals to boost SPF values, thus enhancing overall product attractiveness. The finer the particle size of titanium dioxide, the less obtrusive and whitish the product will appear. Many authorities believe that titanium dioxide in an ideal UVA/UVB protection component given its chemical, cosmetic, and physical characteristics. Titanium dioxide also serves as a white pigment and opacifier in skin care products and cosmetics.

  • Phaseolus radiatus seed extract

    Phaseolus radiatus seed extract is a legume-based extract rich in vitamins B1, B2, provitamin A, and flavonoids and boasts smoothing and brightening functions.

  • Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract

    Oryza sativa (rice) bran extract is a rice extract with mechanical exfoliant properties.

  • Triticum vulgare (wheat) bran extract

    Triticum vulgare (wheat) bran extract is a fine, soft powder obtained from milled grain of wheat and used to smooth, polish and physically exfoliate skin.

  • Salix alba (willow) bark extract

    Salix alba (willow tree) bark extract facilitates gentle natural exfoliation while soothing, calming, and moisturizing irritated skin.

  • Pinus densiflora (pine) extract

    Pinus densiflora (pine) extract is a resinous compound with stimulating and bactericidal properties. It contains proanthocyanidins which are flavonoids credited with good health and longevity, and is reported to strengthen capillaries, rebuild collagen and help defend against UV rays. Possessing an antioxidant capacity derived from the facilitation of vitamin C recycling, vitamin E regeneration, and antioxidant enzyme activation, this extract is optimized by fermentation and is reported to have more antioxidant potential than green tea extract.

  • pearl powder

    Pearl powder is a multi-functional aesthetic ingredient that boasts an incomparable historical record spanning millennia. The cosmeceutical benefits of pearl powder had, until recently, been obscured by the fact that pearl powder has pleasing mica-like surface aesthetic properties. A collaborative 2009 scientific publication from three Taiwanese universities, however, has confirmed pearl powder's substantial antioxidant, hydration, and brightening properties.

  • arbutin

    Arbutin is a skin conditioner with whitening, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Derived from blueberries, bearberries, cranberries, and pears, arbutin inhibits melanin formation via tyrosinase inhibition resulting in cosmetically relevant whitening properties.

  • genistein

    Genistein is an isoflavone derived from soy. This potent antioxidant inhibits tyrosine kinase activity and thereby contributes to skin brightening and lightening via modulation of melanin production. It has also been shown to limit cellular damage from UV exposure at the molecular level.

  • elemental sulfur

    Elemental sulfur is a periodic table element that is an essential part of all living organisms. A broad spectrum antimicrobial with unique anti-inflammatory and exfoliative properties, purified elemental sulfur is very effective in the treatment of acne, rosacea, and seborrheic dermatitis. A multi-tasker, this element is also a skin brightener that helps decrease sebum production. Amarte uses two nanometer diameter pure sulfur particles to create revolutionary efficacy and cosmetic elegance.

  • dipotassium glycyrrhizate

    Dipotassium glycyrrhizate is also known as licorice root extract and may benefit oily skin. This extract reduces skin flaking, redness and inflammation and restores suppleness. It possesses calming, soothing, and anti-irritant properties and brightens and lightens via modulation of melanin production.

  • sodium palmitate

    Sodium palmitate is an emulsifying surfactant that refines the viscosity of cleansing formulations.

  • phenoxyethanol

    Phenoxyethanol is a viscous, oily, liquid preservative with a faint rose-like scent. It has been extensively studied by the United States FDA and the Consumer Federation of America-backed Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel on two occasions, including most recently in 2007. Consensus scientific data assessments have confirmed its safety as a cosmetic ingredient; the European Union Cosmetics Directive concurs with this safety assessment. Phenoxyethanol prevents or suppresses microbial growth and thus protects cosmetics and skin care products from spoilage. It is also used in fragrances.

Why, When, How

Provides concentrated brightening, anti-aging and rejuvenative benefits. Use anytime. Apply to face, neck, and décolleté until absorbed.


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  • This product seems so fresh and light. Does it really contain lots of arbutin for brightening along with 1% retinol?

    Yes, Aqua Cream®  demonstrates a rare mastery of skin care formulation technology and skill.  It is, at the same time, profoundly moisturizing, pleasantly light, and intensely brightening with arbutin richness and 1% retinol.

  • What are the main differences between Aqua Cream and Aqua Lotion?

    Both Aqua Cream and Aqua Lotion function as brightening moisturizers and provide exceptionally light and pleasant application experiences.  Both absorb in seconds leaving a fresh moist feel that is never sticky, oily or heavy.  Aqua Cream contains 1% retinol yet is gentle enough to use twice daily.  Although high percentages of retinol may tend to impart a stickiness, Aqua Cream's sophisticated light formulation remains soft, smooth, and absorptive.  Aqua Lotion is retinol-free and even lighter in texture and feel than Aqua Cream.  Aqua Lotion is ideal for a.m. use, particularly for those with oily and blemish-prone skin.

Acacia collagen (ActivExtract®)

Acacia collagen is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless dried extract from the stem of the acacia tree grown in Africa, the Near East, India, and the southern United States. Widely used for over 4,000 years as a soothing and anti-inflammatory agent and a product thickening agent, Acacia collagen dissolves rapidly in water and is typically included in products recommended for dry, sensitive or delicate skin.