I am slowly but surely working my way through the KaplanMD range, having started with the Lip 20 Treatment ($30 in the TIA shop), then the Perfecting Serum. This, I must say, I really love and it has been promoted from test sample to daily staple. The Intensive Eye Cream seems to be a keeper as well. It is a gentle, but effective lid lifter, keeps crepiness at bay and is an excellent depuffer.

The texture is on the thick side, but in my experience absorbs perfectly well. Plus a little (I mean a squirt the size of a lentil for each eye) goes a long way.

A key ingredient in this eye cream is MDI Complex. In the ingredients this is listed as glycosaminoglycans. Its primary role is to maintain and support collagen, elastin and turgidity (bounce) in the cellular spaces and keep protein fibers in balance and proportion. It also promotes the ability of the collagen and elastin fibers to retain moisture, therefore remaining soluble. In skin care products, they are essential to the epidermal & dermal cells' metabolism and keeping the collagen and elastin of the skin in good condition. GAGs are important in the reaction of copper peptides to help repair wrinkles and scarring. Known as the water reserve of the viable epidermis and dermis, these carbohydrates are dependent on fluid intake. are also linked to the lymphatic system.

I attribute the lid firming effects of KaplanMD Intensive Eye Cream to methylsilanol mannuronate. This is an organic derivative of seaweed that binds moisture in the epidermis therefore firming and strengthening the skin. In vitro studies have shown that methylsilanol manurronate normalizes cellular metabolism, is a tissue regenerator and aids in the reduction of cellulite.

As to be expected with a KaplanMD product, there is his trio of estrogen balancing botanicals that include black cohosh, plus this eye cream also includes collagen building Matrixyl 3000 and phospholipids, an important component of cell membranes.

For more on Dr Kaplan and his approach to skincare, you can read our interview with him as part of our founders series.

Ingredients

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