My relationship with eye creams and serums has always been a little touch-and-go. Sometimes I’m of the mindset that they are, of course, a necessary part of any self-respecting skin care regimen. And other times I’m certain that nothing in a tiny bottle is going to miraculous wipe that desperate cry for sleep from my eyes—the one that comes with having two small children. But when TIA asked me to test out Mukit’s Age Defiance Eye Serum ($77.79), I was filled with hope.
Some background: I am 41 years old and I have pretty healthy, well-cared for skin. I’ve got some crow’s feet going on, which I am embracing. My skin is pale, and thinner around my eyes, so there’s often a blueish tint that peaks through. And in the past, certain eye creams have caused those little insy bumps, called milia. Another reason I often avoid adding eye products to my regimen.
Mukti is an intriguing brand. It comes from Australia, and it is filled with fully organic, bioactive native Australian extracts. The formulations are beautifully pure and well thought-out. They have lots of anti-aging heavy hitters, like CoEnzyme Q10, Argireline, and Hexapeptide-10 (“chain of amino acids that stimulate cell activity,” TIA). But there are also some more unusual ingredients like Emu Apple Extracts, Quandong, and Davidson Plum. The website claims that the serum combines “specific peptides, antioxidants, native Australian extracts and vitamins for dramatically visible age reversal around the delicate eye area.” How can you not be excited by that claim?
The serum is a very light—thinner and lighter than a lotion, but not translucent like an oil. It feels really lovely going on, and it has a delightful delicate, earthy scent. It leaves an ever-so-slight dewy effect to the eye area. It’s not a glisten that highlights any creases or lines. It just looks healthy and moisturized. From the very beginning I liked it—smells wonderful, feels silky, and no irritations. I was actually enjoying this additional step in my evening and morning routine. But I didn't want to draw any conclusions about its effectiveness until I gave it several weeks. I have been using it for about a month now in my simple regimen of MitoQ Moisturizing Anti-Aging Serum ($119 in the shop) (the absolute BEST product I have ever used. Ever.), Mukti serum on the eyes, and a facial oil if I’m feeling like I need a little extra moisture (usually one from Laurel Organics). And I must say I really do see a positive effect around my eyes. They look brighter, more nourished, and the skin looks less thin, more plumped. That really is saying a lot! Would I spend my own money to repurchase the product? Yes. I think it’s a truly fantastic find. Now only if it could help my babies sleep through the night.