Find the best eye wrinkle cream by researching the key ingredients and considering your particular skin type.
According to a recent consumer report, Americans spend over a billion dollars on anti-wrinkle products every year. With all that money, you’d think there’d be a national consensus on the best eye wrinkle cream. Unfortunately, it seems that the more popular the products become, the more products are manufactured. This makes it even more difficult to figure out which the best one is for you.
The same report found that out of 107 people who tested creams from the cheapest to the most expensive, no one cream worked better than the other. That is, some people had amazing results with drugstore brands, while others experienced no results. At the same time, some people found designer creams to be absolutely miraculous, while they didn’t work at all for others.
The two keys for choosing your eye wrinkle cream
1) Focus on the ingredients- not the price! The actual ingredients found in the eye wrinkle cream can be present across different brands and products. Researching and finding the best ingredients is one of the keys to choosing the best anti-wrinkle cream for you.
2) The second tip is: testing. Different skin responds differently to the same cream. How well the cream will work depends on the person—everyone has a different reaction, although some creams yield more positive results across the board than others.
Peptides are similar to Retinol (described below), but less aggressive and less likely to cause irritation on sensitive skin. A collection of short-chain amino acids, peptides are tiny enough to get through to your skin to stimulate collagen production, cell regeneration, and activating fibroblasts responsible for maintaing elastin production. Peptides don’t just moisturize your skin like other anti-wrinkle creams (although moisture is definitely important), they are synthesized to specifically target the root causes of wrinkles and, hopefully, begin to repair them. Peptides are usually more expensive than other anti-wrinkle ingredients, and while expensive doesn’t always equal effective, these little amino acids seem to do the trick for a large swathe of customers.
On the higher end, we have Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Peptide Complex, a specially-formulated peptide complex serum gentle enough for sensitive skin but which also takes a hard line on wrinkles. Formulated with hydroxytyrosol, or olive fruit extract, and oleuropein, olive leaf extract, it seems by many accounts to be worth the price tag. One user writes that it diminishes fine lines, tightens, and brightens the skin: “Finally! An anti-aging treatment that is gentle and works! I get compliments on my skin. I am glowing and smoother.” (Spreckles, Sephora) However, another reviewer writes that it is mainly good for “preventative” care, as “I haven’t noticed a dramatic change. It’s more of a maintenance product.” (depechelover101, Sephora)
A less drastic approach to peptides would be a BB cream, popular in Asia and now sweeping the West off its feet. Dr. Jart+ produces a Premium Beauty Balm SPF 45 PA+++. The “pluses” in the name stand for bio-peptides in the formula, which are admittedly in small doses, but nevertheless improve firmness and elasticity. The rest of the product acts as a moisturizer, sunscreen, treatment serum, and primer or light foundation. Another good preventative or a treatment for very fine lines and early signs of ageing.
The big daddy of anti-wrinkle products, retinol is the most popular and the most misused of them all. Derived from Vitamin A, retinol increases cell production, which means your skin will turn over dead cells much more quickly to reveal a new, less wrinkled layer of skin that is also brighter, dewier, and more glowing. In too high a dose, however, Retinol can cause peeling or redness, so make sure to choose a branded product rather than the straight stuff, which is sold for aestheticians and dermatologists. It can also irritate sensitive skin, so do a spot test and choose a low concentrated formula if your skin needs something extra gentle. Always remember to wear sunscreen when you use a retinol product, as it makes skin particularly sensitive to the sun.
Shiseido offers an unusual retinol treatment in the form of their Benefiance Pure Retinol Instant Treatment Eye Mask. Formulated with the brand’s “exclusive” retinol delivery system, this complex claims to visibly improve fine lines, crow’s feet, and other around-the-eyes wrinkles in 15 minutes. It can also be used around the lips to smooth them. For something that looks like a pack of cleansing wipes, this product has gotten rave reviews. One user writes, “Looking for pure retinols? This is your product hands down! Use it once a week or before an event to brighten up crow’s feet and minimize the fine lines and wrinkles.” (Juliastaggs, Sephora) Another writes more cautiously: “My eye area looks so much smoother after using these. I haven’t used them long enough to give an opinion on permanent effects, but they certainly have immediate benefits.” (girlguidejones, Sephora)
For those looking for a more traditional anti-wrinkle cream, Philosophy’s On A Clear Day Retinol Clarifying Lotion is a good introduction to retinol. Reactions from sensitive-skinned customers vary, however, so beware when taking the plunge for this one. One user wrote “My skin is sensitive so I really only use this a couple of times per week. In the morning my skin looks clearer and feels smoother. A little goes a long way.” (alafia3, Sephora) while another wrote that it was “too harsh for my skin.” (smpyt, Sephora)
Antioxidants work in the exact opposite way that retinoids or peptides do. Rather than buffing the skin, anti-oxidants build up the skin’s strength and offer unparalleled protection from environmental free radicals from pollution and harsh weather. Unfortunately, do to the instable nature of anti-oxidants and vitamins, you’ll have to splurge to get the effects. Skinceuticals CE Ferulic contains Vitamin C, E, and Ferulic acid—a derivative of a fern plant—to rejuvenate skin, reduce scars and discoloation, and enhance collagen strength. As a serum a few drops go a long way and it ends up lasting quite a while. Almost everyone who has tried it gives the impression that it’s the best anti wrinkle cream available. One reviewer writes, “ ‘You’re skin looks great!.’ Someone actually said that to me today, 57 year old me whose acne scars are coalescing with my wrinkles.” (Judith Paley, Amazon.com) Another reviewer says that it’s the “best out there!” and “I swear it’s helped take years off my face. Now using it again, people comment all the time on how good my skin looks and I’m almost 40.” (Jen Fish, Amazon.com) This is a serum, however, so make sure to follow it up with your favorite moisturizer; and since it has a high concentration of Vitamin C, use sunscreen, too, as your skin will be sun-sensitive after use.
Wrinkle Prevention and Care
Early fine lines are much easier to prevent—and easier to stop from worsening— compared to removing them- even with the best under eye cream. So whether you are worried about getting wrinkles or already have a few, make sunscreen a part of your daily life. Anything below SPF 30 is unsuitable. Wear it in the sun, wear it on grey rainy days, wear it when it snows. The growing hole in the ozone layer means that even in cloudy weather harmful, ageing UVB and UVA rays can penetrate the atmosphere—and your skin. Weekly exfoliation also helps your skin turn over dead skin cells that can build up on the skin and cause an ashy, dull appearance. Avoid smoking and excess alcohol, which can age the skin, too.
And while you should always practice these prevention tips, if the wrinkles have already progressed: choose the best eye wrinkle cream based on its ingredients and test to find the right one for your skin.
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