A damn good eye cream is the best investment you can make. The skin under the eye does not have much support structure, which is why it wrinkles easily and isn’t very elastic. The eye area is also surrounded by some of the thinnest and most delicate skin on the body. And then there’s dark circles, sensitivity and puffiness. The quest for the savior eye serum will never be over and this year’s Five Best has great choices to suit every wallet and issue. An honorable mention should go to I Pekar’s Eye Cream as this newcomer is one of my favorites. However, a recent reformulation means it is too soon to consider it for Five Best status until 2016. In the meantime, here’s 2015’s Five Best eye creams and serums.
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Your Best Face Correct
Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). Can you believe that this is the 8th year in a row that Correct has been a Five Best? It has a consistent presence in the Truth In Aging Reader’s Choice Awards as well. Tweaks to the formula over the years keep it at the cutting edge and the latest version is peptide packed with some of the latest anti-agers including Uplevity, Matrixyl synthe'6, and Eyeseryl to ensure Correct tackles sagging, crepiness, dark circles and slackness.
SkinOwl Eye+ ($46 in the shop). This welcome newcomer is a more of a solid gel than a cream. The best testament I can give it is that I am using it long after the end of my testing period. This is a hydrating eye cream for any age and for those showing signs of crepey lids and under eye area, it would be a very good choice. It certainly doesn’t stint on the antiaging ingredients — rarely have I seen so many amino acids in an eye product. The well-chosen ingredients include sodium hyaluronate and MSM.
E'shee Clinical Esthetic Alpha and Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream
E'shee Clinical Esthetic Alpha and Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream ($284 in the shop). This two-time Five Best winner has committed devotees amongst the Truth In Aging community — including me — due to results it delivers in the smoothing and firming department. The big gun in E’shee Alpha Omega Gene Therapy Eye Cream is trifluoroacetyl tripeptide-2. Known as TT2, this peptide can reduce “sagging and slacking.” This eye serum also has the intriguing Far Infrared Ceramic Powder (FIR), which assists with wound healing and collagen regeneration, and E’shee’s signature growth factor, FGF1. The tightening effects are so good that we have community members reporting off-label use on upper lips — and even the neck.
ExPürtise Effective Anti-Aging Eye Serum
ExPürtise Effective Anti-Aging Eye Serum ($65 in the shop). This is another newcomer that I was very happy to incorporate into my arsenal of regular products. I found that it is a great maintenance serum that keeps up the good work of the heavy guns I have deployed over the years. Skin brighteners, licorice and bearberry, share center stage with palmitoyl tripeptide-5, a newish peptide that activates an epidermal growth factor (TGF-beta) that stimulates collagen in the skin. Plus there’s Matrixyl 3000 and the newer Matrixyl Synth‘6 and tons of antioxidants. A word of warning, some users have noted pilling. However, this is avoided by using a very small amount of this little-goes-a-long-way serum.
AQ Eye Serum
AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). Another serial winner and runaway bestseller. Although it’s main claim to fame is wrinkle-reducing growth factors, this serum is an all-rounder that is great for under eye circles, depuffing, firming and smoothing wrinkles. Lids get a lift, and as a bonus, many of us have seen our lashes grow. The key active is AQ’s human fibroblast conditioned media. This contains growth factors — specifically, TGF-Beta, GM-CSF and PDGF. There are peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, and three ingredients that depuff the eyes and reduce dark circles.