At 58 my biggest complaints about my skin are crepiness and lack of firmness. So I was excited to try Kenneth Mark MD Tighten and Lighten Eye Cream with peptides ($69).
The Kenneth Mark website states the following benefits of the cream: improves and prevents fine lines and wrinkles, decreases puffiness and under-eye bags by up to 50%, helps lighten dark circles, restores elasticity and firmness. Bring it on!!
I did not receive an insert with my sample and the website lists only four ingredients in this product. (I can't believe that this is the total ingredient list, so I can't comment on the presence or lack of any "nasties." I would like to see a complete listing on the site.) But I did a little research on each of the four listed.
Hesperidine is a bioflavonoid found in citrus fruits. While it is purported to be a remedy for everything from PMS to cancer, the study I found most interesting was on hemorrhoids. The group that used it reported significant improvement compared to the placebo group. If it works on hemorrhoids, why not puffy under eyes?
Valine tryptophan dipeptide is considered a "natural moisturizing factor." These are components that occur naturally in the skin and can be applied topically to lessen dryness. It is also supposed to reduce puffiness and dark circles by improving lymphatic circulation.
Lipopeptides is quite a wrinkle reducer. It penetrates the skin easily because of the fat/water combo, increasing elastin fiber thickness and improving collagen regularity.
Lipoic Acid is said to be a potent antioxidant that inhibits cross-linking between proteins and other molecules. It's this crosslinking that causes arterial disease, joint stiffness and guess what...wrinkles. It's akin to Retin A without the irritation.
Whew! So, how did this product work? Quite well! First of all, the delivery system is good. The pump delivers a controllable amount and is still working after a month. The cream goes on smoothly and absorbs quickly. However, on days I wear eye makeup, I like to apply my primer and concealer before it is quite dry. The products go on more smoothly this way, without pulling on fragile tissue. It also helped keep the concealer from settling in the, ahem, wrinkles.
I have been using good eye creams for several years, so I didn't see a vast improvement in my "smile lines.” (I'll be keeping that Botox appointment.) But it really did decrease the eyelid crepiness. As for dark circles? Keep the concealer handy; I can't say I noticed any improvement. I think my shadows are caused more from thinning skin than leaky vessels, so it may work better for others.
But what was jaw-dropping amazing was the effect it had on under-eye puffiness. I don't usually suffer from this, but my poor husband (who’s 59) does. He's a good sport, so I coerced him into trying it on one eye. (This is a man whose skin care routine consists of a bar of soap — if only Dial is handy, so be it. So, his application was a bit sporadic.) Wow! Within two weeks, his right bag was half the size of the left. After taking a picture, I'm now allowing him to use it on both eyes!
So, this is a great eye cream at a fairly reasonable price. Consider it for improving your fine lines and crepey eyelids. But, if like my husband, you suffer from bags under the eyes, order it today!
Oh, one more thing: Rub that excess cream around your lips. It seems to help with those fine lines, too.