One of my favorite things to do in Paris is check out the pharmacies and beauty stores. They have so many great brands worth checking out, several that you can't get here in the United States. So I was actually pleased when I found out Leirac ( a sister brand of the well-known Phyto) not only launched a men's line but also in the United States last year. The Homme Diopti Anti-Pouches Under Eye Gel ($32) is perhaps the most noteworthy of the brand, giving an instant lift to dull, fatigued eyes that are haunted with dark circles. Lierac's claim to fame is its Dioptigel, which was specially created for puffiness in 1977.

What was interesting for me about Lierac Homme Diopti Under Eye Gel was the ingredients featured, generally not the most common when it comes to eye creams. The main ingredient here is alchemilla vulgaris extract, and lots of it considering its at the top of the ingredient list. Alchemilla is an anti-free radical that contains UV absorption ability for both the UVA and UVB spectrums. In other words, the sun has less of an effect on quickly aging your eye area when this is applied daily. Furthermore, alchemilla (also known as Lady's Mantle, for some reason I still can't find), helps heal and, as you would expect, is an anti-inflammatory. It completely nourishes the skin (it's truly safe and beneficial), supports cellular health and strengthens natural restorative processes. The interesting note about this ingredient is that when it's combined with horsetail, magic happens. Horsetail, another active ingredient, contains properties that stimulate, soothe, heal and soften. Studies have shown that it is able to increase the skin's defense mechanisms and regulate the skin's minerals. So when alchemilla and horsetail unite (kind of sounds like two mythological characters, no?), they work together to strengthen the connective tissue, therefore working synergistically to prevent and treat wrinkles.

Immediate results are felt with the chamomile extracts (soothing and an anti-inflammatory) but long term benefits can be seen with the ivy. This vine plant has anti-parasitic, decongestant, analgesic and astringent properties, so it goes the whole mile to improve skin elasticity. Another advantageous botanical is arnica, which helps remove toxins with it's anti-coagulant, circulation stimulating and healing properties. It's hard for me to imagine this working without some sort of activity, like the rubbing of the eye until it is warmed (weird image, I know) but the quick absorption of the product works well enough.

Lierac Homme Diopti Anti-Pouches Under Eye Gel also has this unusual (but effective) complex called Skinpower. It's a functional eye-benefiting concoction of minerals (iron, magnesium, copper, zink and manganese) that help protect the skin externally, so your eyes are getting more than they bargained for.

It's scentless and, as stated earlier, quick to dry. You definitely feel an instant relief to the eyes with the absorption and if you ignore the parabens, it's almost all beneficial for your eyes by preventing future or further damage.

www.lierac-usa.com

Water (aqua). alchemilla vulgaris extract. hedera helix (ivy) leaf/stem extract. propylene glycol. chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract. equisetum arvense extract. ruscus aculeatus root extract. ferric glycerophosphate. zinc gluconate. potassium gluconate. calcium gluconate. copper gluconate. manganese gluconate. magnesium gluconate. sodium mannuronate methylsilanol. arnica montana flower extract. tocopherol. carbomer. tromethamine. ppg-1-peg-9 lauryl glucol ether. phenoxyenthanol. methylparaben. ethylparaben. propylparaben. butylparaben. isobutylparaben. botanical origin (d’origine vegetale)