Five Best Eye Creams 2010

Last week when I rounded up our Five Best Affordable Eye Creams (all well under $50), I discovered that it has been a year since our last Five Best (at any price) Eye Creams. Since then, we have made a couple of really good new finds: KaplanMD's Intensive Eye Cream and Osmotics Renovage Cellular Eye Repair Cream. The other three - Your Best Face Correct (of course!), Optyma and Nurture My Body - have all stood the test of time since last year's round up and are - drum roll please - still amongst our very best eye cream finds.

KaplanMD Intensive Eye Cream ($95). Both Mark and I found that it lives up to its claims to “replenish, restore and firm delicate skin around the eyes.”  Tapping the eye cream on above and under the eyes morning and night, results began to materialize within about a week.  Mark reported that after four weeks, the fine lines the corners are gone and the skin is actually firmer, plumper and more elastic. And this has certainly become one of my go-to creams.

Osmotics Renovage Cellular Eye Repair Cream ($78 in the TIA shop). The 'it ingredient' of the moment may well be teprenone (also known as Renovage) and behind some cutting edge research on theories of aging. Renovage/teprenone is supposed to stabilize things called telomeres. It's pretty complex and you can read more in my post on telomeres, but in a nutshell, they allow cells to distinguish chromosome ends from broken DNA. There is another ingredient that may help extend the hayflick limit, carnosine. What makes it stand apart from other antioxidants is its potential ability to fight against, not just oxidative damage done by free radicals, but also damage done by sugar-related glycation.

Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the TIA shop). This is still my hands down favorite eye cream and I am pleased to be converting my friends one by one. I was glad to hear from one of them that Correct eliminated her dark under eye circles for the first time in her life. In addition, it is a great firmer and smoother. Say goodbye to crepe. Correct has been a Five Best several times in a row now and I've lost count of how many bottles I have been through. This is one potent potion with Matrixyl 3000 and a bunch of powerful peptides and free radical scavengers.

Dermophisiologique’s Optyma eye cream ($88 in the TIA shop). After three weeks of testing Dermophisiologique’s Optyma, I bought a bottle. The most impressive thing about it is that it tightens and it claims to last 24 hours and it does. If you have eyelid droop this is the eye cream for you. The key ingredient is poiesis, a growth factor, so there are long term benefits of skin and wrinkle repair. Amongst the botanicals, I particularly like the use of escin, which is a saponin found in horse chestnut and is responsible for extracts of that plant being able to mend broken capillaries. It is also a collagen booster.

Nurture My Body Isanna, Kim and Copley love this eye cream. Its whipped cream texture goes on smoothly. It has a visible effect on fine lines, crepiness and puffy, tired eyes. A Five Best eye cream in any price category. The formula is populated with too many lovely botanical infusions, extracts, and oils to mention. But worth a shout out are eyebright, which calms irritated eyes and reduces puffiness, and lavender and red clover with their anti-inflammatory actions, while comfrey root has the ability to stimulate cell proliferation by virtue of muco-polysaccharides.

Ingredients in Dermophisiologique

Water, PEG-30 dipolyhdroxystearate, dicapryl ether, zea mays oil, glycerin, caprilyc/capric triglyceride, cetearyl ethylhexanoate, sweet almond oil, beeswax, triethylhexanoin, aluminum starch, octenyl succinate, capryloyl glycine, olive fruit oil, silica, propylene glycol, magnesium stearate, magnesium sulfate, tocopheryl acetate, yeast extract, panthenol, wheat germ oil, coconut oil, poiesis factor, sylibum marianarum extract, lilium candidum extract, vaccinium myrtillus extract, malllow extract, helycrisum extract, centella asiatica extract, echinacea extract, hypericum perforatum extract, fragrance, linseed oil, hyaluronic acid, hydrolized glycosaminoglycans, glycine, escin, hexamidine disethionate, decyl oleate, sodium benzotriazoyl, butyphenol sulfonate, buteth-3, tributyl citrate, lecithin, ascorbyl palmitate, tetradibutyl pentaerithyl hydroxyhydrocinnamate, citric acid.

Ingredients in Nurture My Body

Purified Water, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter)***, Vegetable Glycerin, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Infusion**, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Flowers) Infusion**, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey Root) Infusion**, Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover) Infusion**/****, Avena Sativa (Oatstraw) Infusion**, Carthamnus Tinctorius (High Oleic Safflower) Oil**, Olive Squalane Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Seed) Oil**, Chondrus Crispus (Seaweed) Extract**, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Gel**, Rosa Damascena (Bulgarian Rose) Hydrosol**, Calophyllum Inophyllum (Alexandrian Laurel) Oil**, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil**, Borago Officinalis (Borage Seed) Oil**, Macadamia Ternifolia (Macadamia Nut) Oil**, Glycine Soja (Soy Lecithin), Matricaria Recutita (German Chamomile) CO2**, Tanacetum Annuum (Blue Tansy) Essential Oil***, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil**, Carota Sativa (Carrot Seed) Essential Oil***, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) CO2**, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) CO2**, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Extract

Ingredients in YBF Correct

Reverse osmosis water, licorice root extract, snap-8 (acetyl glutamyl hexapeptide-3), pepha-timp (polypeptide), cucumber extract, simugel (C16H34), syn-ake (tripeptide), haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chrysin, palmitoyl oligopeptide (and) palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), nutmeg butter, matrixyl 3000 (palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), dimethyl isosorbide, alpha arbutin, cyclomethicone (and) dimethicone copolyol, ethyhexyl palmitate, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), glycerine, l-proline, provitamin B5, raspberry seed extract, alpha lipoic acid, sepilift DPHP (palmitoyl-1, palmitoyloxy-4 proline), triglyceride, paraben du, sodium hyaluronate, caffeine, cetearyl isononanoate, ceteareth-20, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, cetyl palmitate, ceteareth-12, vitamin e, BHT, olive leaf extract, vitamin a, violet leaf extract, oakmoss absolute.

Ingredients in Osmotics

Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Butyrospermum Parkii Seed (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Tryglyceride, Squalane, Teprenone, Butylene Glycol, Aminoguanidine, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Peumus Boldus Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Glycerol Stearate, PDG-100 Stearate, Ubiquinone, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Dimethicone, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Cholecalcipherol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Carbomer, Titanium Dioxide, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Tromethamine, Phenoxyethanol.