IIn all my years of using anti-aging skin care, my biggest challenge has been finding products that deliver results around the eye area. Crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness are endlessly stubborn, so I’m always on the lookout for exciting developments that could address these concerns.
My latest discovery: SkinCeuticals AGE Advanced Eye ($116), a next-generation eye cream and the brand’s second product with revolutionary antiglycosylation technology (the first was a face cream). The eye cream fights multiple signs of ageing, including puffiness, crow’s feet, dark circles, dullness and lack of firmness, and was so highly anticipated that there was a waiting list months before its launch.
How SkinCeuticals AGE Advanced Eye works
Skin glycosylation is a natural, multiphase physiological process that occurs when excess sugars in the body bind to key skin proteins like collagen, she explains Sherry Ingraham, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Advanced Dermatology in Sugar Land, Texas. While glycosylation may not be a beauty buzzword, it is a major contributor to the visible signs of aging, and the eye area is particularly sensitive to its effects.
“Collagen plays a vital role in youthful-looking skin, acting as a scaffolding that provides the necessary internal support for smooth, firm skin,” says Dr. Ingraham. “When sugar molecules bind to collagen and other proteins that support the skin, the glycosylation process creates advanced glycation end productsor AGEs’
These AGEs degrade collagen, compromise the skin’s ability to repair itself, and cause its fibers to become weak and brittle, resulting in visible signs of aging like wrinkles, sagging, sagging, and a dull tone, says Dr. Ingraham. The skin around the eyes is more susceptible to glycation-related aging because it is significantly thinner than elsewhere on the face, he adds.
“The thin, delicate skin around the eyes is often the first to show visible signs of intrinsic and extrinsic aging,” explains Dr. Ingraham. “This anti-wrinkle eye cream improves the appearance of dark circles, puffiness and crow’s feet associated with skin glycation and AGEs Its technology not only corrects the signs of aging caused by already formed AGEs, but also helps preventing the formation of new AGEs. to help fight enhanced signs of aging.”
The cream includes 7.5 percent Proxylan Concentrate, a trademarked ingredient developed by L’Oréal (parent company of SkinCeuticals) that is clinically proven to stimulate and support collagen production. Other heroes in the formula are wild fruit flavonoids and glycyrrhetinic acid to help repair and defend against glycosylation, Matrixyl 3000 to support the integrity of the skin’s matrix, and caffeine to immediately reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. eyes and brighten the eye area.
The product is free of parabens and fragrances and is designed to deliver results immediately and over time for all skin types and tones. In clinical trials, users experienced immediate brightening results, along with improvements in crow’s feet, puffiness and under-eye wrinkles after eight weeks of use.
What happened when I tried it
Dr. Ingraham advises using the eye cream twice a day, which I’ve been doing for about four weeks now. The formula is thick with a satin texture, blends easily and feels soothing on my usually tired eyes at the end of a long day.
I experienced the promised instant brightening effect, but I really started to notice results after about three weeks of use. My legs got smaller, my dark circles opened up and the skin under and around my eyes was firmer. The best way I can describe it is that my eye area in general felt and looked smoother and younger. It made me feel like if I forgot to wear under eye concealer, no one would notice. One caveat: I don’t recommend applying the cream right before heavy eye makeup. I did this before a night out and had a hard time putting my eyeliner on because the pen kept sliding.
I look forward to using the product for the recommended eight weeks to see continued improvement. Even though my legs, dark circles and other signs of aging are stubborn, it turns out that anti-glycosylation technology is no match.
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