My husband has a penchent for really bad puns. One vacation, when we were touring Belieze in a VW bug, he would become incohate with laughter whenever he saw a government-sponsored poster that said "if a toucan, you can".  When we came across "you'd better Belieze it", we nearly veered off the road. So, it was with Pascal in mind, that I wrote off for a pot of Pept-Eyes by Mark Lees.

As the name would suggest, the highlight (or, in the spirit of the Belizian government's and Mark Lees' marketing departments, perhaps I should say eye-light) of this eye cream is a handful of peptides. There is dipeptide-2 and palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7. Along with hesperidin methyl chalcone (which is also in Pept-Eyes), they go to make up something that is marketed as Eyeliss. Hesperidin methyl chalcone is flavonoid from citrus plants and it helps stop blood vessels from leaking, which is supposed to help reduce dark under-eye circles.

You could, if you wanted, by Eyeliss neat for under $10 from a website that sells ingredients, such as Lotioncrafter.com. But then you'd be missing out on a few other things in Pept-Eyes that are worth considering. First there is another peptide called palmitoyl oligopeptide. This is marketed under the name of Matrixyl and it has a good anti-aging pedigree. Then there are glycosphingolipids are regulators of cell growth and activity. They seem to be fairly complex entities made up of sugars and 400 different types have been identified. Meanwhile, phospholipids are a major component of all cell membranes and I found a study that found that a phospholipid cream healed radiation-damaged skin better than an aloe-vera solution.

At $65 for half an ounce, Pept-Eyes is a tad pricey, but it could be worth trying out. I have sample and will report back after using it for a few weeks.

Ingredients:

Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Octanoate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Olive (Olea Europea) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cetyl Ester, Sodium Polystyrene Sulphonate, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf, Sodium PCA, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Tribehenin, Ceramide 2, Glycosphingolipids, Phospholipids, Cholesterol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Hydroxysuccinimide, Disodium EDTA, Chrysin, Hyaluronic Acid, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Tocopherol, Laureth-4, Laureth-23, Polysorbate 20, Dimethicone, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Polysorbate 60, Behenyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Sorbate, Steareth-20, Methylisothiazolinone