by Vickie Florschuetz
You’ve probably heard that “eyes are the windows to the soul,” but the old cliché should really be they are “windows to display how well we take care of ourselves over the years.” I often ignored my eyes, treating them the same as the rest of my mid-forties skin with whatever product I had on hand. From sleeping in makeup early on to rubbing, squinting in the sun, too much salt, not enough water, the list goes on. It’s no wonder the delicate skin around our eyes suffer from dryness, wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness. It’s only been recently that I’ve begun to pay attention. I started to worry that it might be too late for change until Truth In Aging allowed me to review Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum ($68 in the shop).
If you are a regular visitor to Truth In Aging, then you are in the know. You understand the importance of retinol for cell turnover to help smooth skin. This vitamin A is in many products, but not all are equal. Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum also contains ferulic acid, an organic antioxidant found in the seeds of coffee, nuts, seeds and fruits that provides sun damage protection. Combined with the exfoliation of retinol, ferulic acid effectively helps to firm and smooth out the dreaded crepiness. In addition to this dynamic duo, Bearberry extract, a natural hydroquinone alternative, brightens the skin to reduce hyperpigmentation. Just what my poor neglected windows need.
After a month of using the serum each morning and night, I certainly felt it. The serum is a silky gel texture and glides easily over the skin to soak right in. About a couple of weeks of use, the skin under my eyes felt temporarily sensitive when taking my eye makeup off (one bad habit conquered). This makes sense since the serum includes ingredients like salicylic acid (BHA), AHA glycolic acid, and mandelic acid that gently support exfoliation. Since its fragrance and paraben free, I did not have negative reactions. Any irritation from rubbing was gone within moments.
Other ingredients like licorice root extract and caffeine help combat puffiness, although I only noticed very minor improvements here (more bad lifestyle habits to work on). The best result for me was a reduction in fine lines, improvement in brightness, and my concealer went on nicely in the morning. Now if I can just cut back on sodium in my diet and get more sleep, these peepers of mine might have a greater chance to hide my age for a while longer.