Eye serums and eye creams are the most vital weapons in our anti-aging arsenals. I am forever on the look out for the best for firming, lifting and smoothing wrinkles (depuffing and treating dark under eye circles are important bonuses). For my 2013 Five Best eye serums, I am pleased that community endorsed AQ and Your Best Face are still firmly on our roster, while there are three new winners with great quality to price ratios.
Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream
Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ($80 in the shop). I never thought that I would take to retinol in an eye serum, but Amarte, a Korean cosmetic company that we’ve been getting to know, won me over. Retinol is here in Eyconic Eye Cream at a 3.8% concentration, no less. I like Eyeconic’s smoothing and firming effects so much that I would recommend it to anyone with crepey eye area skin issues. I do not find it at all drying or irritating. This is due to a well-balanced formula that includes glycerin and argan oil. There is also epidermal growth factor (EGF) that is nano-encapsulated. I am guessing that this makes the EGF more stable and efficient at penetrating the skin. The botanical extracts in Amarte Eyeconic include ginkgo biloba nut, which has high levels of quercetin, a common and powerful antioxidant. Nutmeg is an antioxidant due to an abundance of myristicin.
Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum
Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum ($49.95). Another very good eye serum it the “around 50 buck” price bracket. Honey bee venom contains at least 18 active substances. These include the peptides melittin and apamin, which are anti-inflammatories. Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum has, like all self-respecting New Zealand beauty products, a good dollop of the country’s famed manuka honey. Easyliance is a formulation of two natural polymers that is supposed to give an instant tightening effect. I think my lids looked a little lifted when wearing this serum. There is also Argireline, the peptide that helps restrict expression lines. For nourishment and hydration, there are fatty-acid-rich evening primrose and avocado oils, plus glycerin and sodium hyaluronate.
Your Best Face Correct
Your Best Face Correct ($150 in the shop). Second place winner in the recent Truth In Aging Reader’s Choice Awards and a long time go-to of mine, Your Best Face Correct is consistently one of the best eye serums out there with ingredients like Syn-Hycan to lift sagging skin. With peptides tetrapeptide-17 and Matrixyl 3000 and powerful radical scavenger hunters, Correct remains one of the most advanced anti-aging eye serums that I know of. Gina credits Your Best Face Correct for keeping her eyelids lifted and not having under eye bags. Vicky says the product has made the transition from her 50s to 60s more graceful.
AQ Eye Serum
AQ Eye Serum ($99 in the shop). First place winner in our recent Truth In Aging Reader’s Choice Awards and deservedy so. As Bess said: after using the eye serum for a year, she stopped using under-eye concealer altogether. The skin beneath her yes is firm and bright. Although great for under eye circles, it also depuffs, firms and smooths wrinkles. 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 no less than three ingredients that depuff the eyes and reduce dark circles.
Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment
Michael Todd True Organics Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment ($38). A rare eye cream with copper peptides and at a great price to quality ratio. Copper peptides’ anti-aging actions are backed up by botanical antioxidants in rooibos tea, pomegranate and acai. Ensuring it is a good all rounder, Michael Todd has added Eyeliss at 3% and Haloxyl at 3% for helping dark under eye circles and puffiness. As JustD put it: “It is a very good eye cream treatment that is affordable and is giving me the type of results I have been hoping for in a very balanced way.