At first glance, Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence is just a fancy-sounding green tea serum. A quick look at the ingredients list reveals six ingredients, including three hydrators, green tea, and two dual preservative-hydrators. Not that green tea isn’t great for your skin — it is, being found to reduce oxidative stress and signs of aging with topical application (Carcinogenesis). But green tea skincare is, honestly, nothing out of the ordinary.
However, it is not the green tea itself, but how it’s extracted that makes Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract Essence worth a second look. The green tea is extracted using a Full Body Extraction™ process that promotes prebiotics into the skin (Amore Pacific). This gets me semi-interested in this serum, although not convinced it’s worth the $145 price tag.
Prebiotics are the non-digestible part of foods, like bananas and onions, that feeds bacterial colonies within the gut. Probiotics, on the other hand, are the beneficial bacteria themselves, found in foods like yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut. Probiotics are able to improve the appearance of the skin by essentially strengthening it, a term in dermatology known as “improved barrier function” (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2011). There is also limited research that suggests probiotic strains used in probiotic skin care improves symptoms of atopic dermatitis (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 2011).
However, aside from its effects on dry and inflamed skin, probiotic skincare still leaves me feeling cold and uninspired at this point. I don’t see it as a be-all-end-all on the skin like probiotics are for the gut. That said, if you’re suffering from hard-to-treat dry or inflamed skin, Amore Pacific Vintage Single Extract might be a great product for you. But if you’ve got normal or oily skin without any inflammation, I don’t recommend it.
Ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Ethylhexylglycerin.