Earlier this year Kaplan MD launched four new collections of skincare products created by clinical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Stuart Kaplan, MD, including a Luxury Concentrate Collection. This particular collection contains his new Intensive Eye Concentrate ($135/0.5oz).

I’m not a newcomer to Dr. Kaplan’s skincare products, as I’ve used his Intensive Eye Cream for the past couple of years as my go-to eye product with very good results. It actually became a staple after I tested and found it to do a really good job of hydrating, firming and improving fine lines.

How could this new formula improve upon the old? While the old formula had a smattering of plant extracts, the new Eye Concentrate goes far beyond with a lengthy roll call of around 30 botanicals contributing varied properties. The ingredients heal, reduce inflammation, moisturize, soften, tone, and serve as an emollient and antioxidant, to name a few. The new Kaplan Eye Concentrate lists its key ingredients as: 22 USDA certified organic extracts, BioFusion-3S, Juvinity, Matrixyl Synth’6, soy, Hyasomes, Glycosaminoglycans, Algisium C, Haloxyl, avocado oil, vitamin E, and Hawaiian sea extracts. According to Dr. Kaplan, this formulation is intended “to treat multiple causes of skin aging including chronologic aging, environmental damage and natural hormonal progression.”

Already familiar with the old formula, I decided on a side-by-side comparison to measure it with the performance of the Intensive Eye Concentrate. (I applied one to each upper / lower eye area, a.m. and p.m. for five weeks. Only a small amount is needed and based on my use, I estimate the container to last about six to seven weeks.)

First, there are similarities – both are unscented and lightweight creams that applied easily (lightly tapping the product around the eye area) and were quickly absorbed. Neither left any residue or tackiness and neither caused any breakouts. Closely watching both sides, the first difference I noticed was apparent at the end of the second day. The new concentrate side stayed a bit more hydrated and actually felt lightly moisturized to the touch throughout the day. At the start of the fourth week this same side also showed a slight improvement in a couple of very fine lines. Now, these were subtle changes most likely more noticeable to me than others, so I can’t say I saw a drastic difference. However, it was the previous formula that got me to where I am now by firming, improving elasticity and skin tone, and diminishing fine lines. The Intensive Eye Concentrate continued doing all of this with the couple of improvements noted above, so this product performed well. I think it would be suitable for most everyone, especially those needing a bit more moisture around the eye area.

Kaplan Intensive Eye Cream ingredients (old formula):

Water (aqua), Butylene Glycol, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Jojoba Esters, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Alcohol, Algae Extract, Cetyl Phosphate, Dmiethicone, Glycosaminoglycans, Soy Isoflavones Aglycones, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohosh) Root Extract, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Polysorbate 80, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Tocopherol, Palmitoyl Olihopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, Peg-10 Rapeseed Sterol, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Lentinus Edodes (Shiitake Mushroom) Extract, Glycerin, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Peg-6 Isostearate, Hesperetin Laurate, Steareth-20, Panthenol, Disodium Edta, Sodium PCA, Aspalathus Linearis (Red Tea) Leaf Extract, Peg-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Aminomethyl Propanol, Diopotassium Glycyrrhiazate, Polysorbate 20, Carbomer, Maltodextrin, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Kaplan Intensive Eye Concentrate ingredients (new formula):

Water (aqua), Butylene Glycol, Methylsilanol Mannuronate, Caprylic/Capric/Myristic/Stearic Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Jojoba Esters, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil Unsaponifiables, Geranylgeranylisopropanol, Cetyl Alcohol, Algae Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Carthamus Tinctorus (Safflower Oleosomes), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetyl Phosphate, Glycosaminoglycans, Sodium Hyaluronate, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Rhododendron Ferruginiem (Alp Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Malis Domestica (Swiss Apple) Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Gamay Tenturier Freaux Grape) Fruit Cell Extract, Cucumus Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit (Rose Hips) Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Matricara Flower Extract, Trifoliumpratense (Red Clover) Extract, Ilex paraguensis (Verba Mate) Leaf Extract, Borago Officnal (Borage) Extract, Macrosystis Pyrfera (Kelp) Extract, Citrus Grandis, (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Panax Ginsing Root Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Malva Sylvestris (Mallow) Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Porphyra yezoensis (Algae) Extract, Punica Granatum(Pomegranate) Extract, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Extract, Sambucus Nigra (Elder) Flower Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sclerotium Gum, Lecithin, Silica, Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Steareth-20, Diopotassium Glycyrrhiazate, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Niacinamide, Disodium AdenosineTriphosphate, Disodium Edta, Xanthan Gum Isomalt, Sodium Benzoate, Aminomethyl Propanol 1, 2-Hexamedol Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein