Five Best Eye Creams 2011

I love updating our Five Best roundups as they remind me of all our new greatest finds and every year the quality just gets better and better – a tribute to how the cosmetic industry (at least at the boutique end) is improving, as well as to the ever demanding standards of the Truth In Aging community. The 2011 Five Best eye creams herald in some new and notables as well paying tributes to those that stand the test of time.

SenZen Double Dose ($84 in the TIA shop). Deservedly a new entry to Five Best eye creams, Double Dose was launched only last year and already has a lot of love from  TIA users (eg see Sunday’s review ). A dense cream that is nonetheless gentle and massages in easily. This is super hydrating for eye area skin that has become dry. Its mostly natural ingredients include fatty acid rich macadamia and copuacu with lots of antioxidant flavonoids. Dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline, a plant-derived amino acid that provides firming action to the skin. There is also a collagen-boosting peptide, tetrapeptide-17. Read my review for more on SenZen Double Dose.

ReLuma Eye Cream ($95). Another impressive new launch that is Five Best worthy. The key active is obviously ReLuma’s signature stem cell conditioned media, a complex of growth factors that signal cells to go off and do good things such as repair wrinkles or wounds. I have also found ReLuma good for puffy eyes due, I imagine, to Eyeseryl. This is the marketing name for a peptide that is supposed to reduce water retention and ensure lymph drainage, while protecting collagen from cross-linking and causing baggy eyes. Eyeliss also helps puffy eyes. ReLuma touches all bases with haloxyl, a dark circle fader, peptides for inhibiting expression lines as well as collagen forming (Matrixyl 3000). Read my full review on ReLuma Eye Cream.

La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream with R-Lipoic Acid ($60 in the TIA shop). La Vie Celeste is a line that really manages to balance high quality natural/organic ingredients, a luxurious feel and effectiveness. The eye cream does a very good job of hydrating the eye area and helping smooth creepy skin. While perfect for 30-40-somethings, when pushed some of us more mature types felt that it lacked a bit of oomph. La Vie Celeste responded by bringing in the heavy guns in the form of an anti-aging ingredient called ChronoLine based on the peptide, caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3.  It works with laminin 5, a glycoprotein in our bodies that plays a key role in the epidermal basement membrane (think scaffolding).  Of course, the new formulation still has R-lipoic acid, a chirally correct form of alpha lipoic acid, a “universal antioxidant”.  There’s a host of other good things including skin brightening bearberry. Read my review of La Vie Celeste

Your Best Face Correct ($153 in the TIA shop). Yep, its still a Five Best. For the simple reason that I have a newly bought one in my bathroom cabinet and still turn back to it. Plus, the vast majority of those that try Correct become converts too. It is especially good for smoothing crepy skin and fading dark under circles, as well firming the eyelid. A peptide powerhouse with expression line inhibitor, snap-8, collagen building syn-ake and Matrixyl-3000. There’s soothing cucumber and antioxidant raspberry. Hyperpigmentation is held in check by alpha arbutin. At the cutting edge, there is Sepilift, a plant derived amino acid that boosts collagen and the radical scavengers spin trap and lipochroman-6. Rediscovering Your Best Face with Emily. According to numerous reviewers, Your Best Face’s newest eye cream Refresh, also does a great job – especially if you don’t yet need Correct’s heavy guns.

Osmotics Renovage Cellular Eye Repair Cream ($78).  Star of the show here is 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. Osmotics has another ingredient that may help extend the hayflick limit, carnosine. There are plenty of independent studies on another ingredient here, aminoguanidine. It seems that it inhibits the cross-linking of proteins that cause signs of aging such as break down of elastin. Resveratol has been isolated from polygonum cuspidatum root extract, also known as Japanese knotweed. Read the full review.

Ingredients in SenZen Double Dose

Water, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Theobroma Grandiflorum (Cupuaçu) Fruit Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Dipalmitoyl Hydroxyproline, Tetrapeptide-17, Passiflora Edulis (Passion Fruit) Seed Oil, Oryza Sativa (Rice Bran) Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Orbignya Oleifera (Babassu) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Propanediol, Dimethicone, Caffeine, Phytonadione (Vitamin K), Sodium Hyaluronate, Bisabolol, Silk Amino Acids, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Oxido Reductases, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, SENZEN Energized Liposomal Blend, Dimethiconol, PEG-75 Stearate, Ceteth-20, Steareth-20, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Cellulose Gum, Xanthan Gum, Butylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in ReLuma Eye Cream

Human adipose derived stem cell conditioned media, DI water, acetyl hexapeptide-8, hydroxyl acrylate/sodium, acryloy dimethyl taurate copolymer, jojoba oil, glycerin, Eyeseryl (acetyl tetrapeptide-5), pentapeptide-18/caprylyl glycol, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, Eyeliss (Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone/steareth-20/dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7, polysorbate-20) Haloxyl (steareth-20 N-hydroxysucchimide/chrysin/palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7), shea butter, DL-alpha tocopheryl acetate, squalane (olive oil), niacinamide, phenoxyethanol, dimethicone, grape fruit extract, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate, Roxisomes (lecithin, arabidopsis thalana extract, green tea extract, sodium hyaluronate, co-enzyme Q10, alpha arbutin, licorice extract, DL panthenol.

Ingredients in YBF Correct

Reverse osmosis water, Eyeseryl (water, acetyl tetrapeptide-5), licorice root extract, Haloxyl (hydroxysuccinimide, chyrsin, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), Snap-8 (water, acetyl octapeptide-3), olivem (cetearyl olivate), Matrixyl 3000 (glycerin, butylene glycol, water, carbomer, polysorbate-20, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3), cucumber extract, Renovage (triglyceride, teprenone), nylon-12, triglyceride, Syn-Tacks (glycerin, palmitoyl dipeptide-5, diaminobutyroyl hydroxythreonine, palmitoyl dipeptide-5 diaminohydroxybutyrate), alpha arbutin, nutmeg butter, caffeine, olive leaf extract, vitamin E, ethyhexyl palmitate, vitamin B5, dimethyl isosorbide, spin trap (phenyl butyl nitrone), Lipochroman-6 (dimethylmethoxy chromanol), Sepilift DPHP (dipalmitoyl hydroxyproline), idebenone, alpha lipoic acid, sodium hyaluronate, c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, violet leaf absolute, oakmoss absolute, triethanolamine, paraben du.

Ingredients in LVC

Water (Aqua), Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Plumeria Acutifolia Flower Extract, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Hyaluronate, r-Lipoic Acid, Coffea Arabica (Green Coffee) Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Billberry) Extract, Spirulina Platenis Geitler Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol (Vitamin E, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Heliantus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Dextran, sclerotium Gum, Potassium Hydroxide, Citrus Paradise (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide

Ingredients in Osmotics Renovage

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.