MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion 0.5 oz

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My initial response on receiving the MD Solar Sciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion ($82) to test was one of great skepticism. TIA has introduced me to several truly remarkable eye treatments (the terrific AQ Eye Serum, $99 in the shop, being the most recent), so it was hard to imagine that this one would make the grade. But not for the first time, my skepticism was misplaced. I am really enjoying this eye cream through a season of spring allergies that are not doing my eyes any favors. It seems to have a way with wrinkles and is definitely hydrating, firming, and even helping reduce my allergic puffiness.

MD Solar Sciences, as the name obviously implies, starts with the premise that sunscreen is “the ultimate anti-aging product.” I’d assumed the product line thus only included sunscreens, and I know they’ve been well-regarded by TIA. But the brand also offers a simple array of three basic skin care treatments – a daily moisturizer, and nightly serum, and the Eye Repair Emulsion. These products are focused on reversing sun damage and reducing the signs of photo-aging, and are founded on what MD Solar Sciences calls its proprietary technology: “ProVention-R™ Anti-Aging Complex delivers cutting-edge antioxidants, pigment lighteners, biomimetic moisturizers and humectants and science-based signaling peptides using a proprietary ProVention-R™ liposome delivery system.” Helpfully, in describing the Eye Repair on its website, MD Solar Sciences characterizes the ingredients into categories: collagen repair/peptides, antioxidants, “calming,” moisturizers, and the proprietary ProVention-R.

So I did use it. The first thing to note is that the packaging is attractive but smart: the pump opens and closes by twisting the top. I particularly liked its texture versus most other eye creams I’d tried: it’s so light and nearly gel-like that it is really, really easy to apply without pulling or tugging – it just sort of glides right on, and of course a little goes a very long way. (In terms of texture, it’s very similar to the AQ Serum.) It feels soothing right away. I have used it once or twice a day for about four weeks, and as I mentioned, I feel it does help combat lines and puffiness. My overall eye area looks smoother and firmer, in spite of allergies. It’s harder to comment on the longer-terms benefits in terms of prevention of additional damage, antioxidant protection, and so on – but I feel it’s off to a very good start in only four weeks.

MD Solar Science’s Daily Eye Repair is priced competitively, at $82 for 0.5 ounce (15 ml). It’s obviously well-suited for my age group (I’m 57), but I would recommend it to anyone 40 and up who wants to try a richly formulated anti-aging eye cream. While AQ is distinguished in including growth factors, I am thinking about alternating between the two to get the benefits of both.

Ingredients: Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Propanediol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Niacinamide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Callus Culture Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Proline, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hesperedin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Diatomaceous Earth, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Ferric Hexapeptide-35, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Panthenol