In the past few years I have reluctantly come to terms with the fact that most creams and serums are never going to produce the results they claim to. I find this to be particularly true when it comes to eye creams. Despite all the diligent work I have put into my skin since a young age, my eyes really began to show my age by the time I was 34. This led to years spent scouring department store beauty counters (working free samples out of sales girls was a sport to me), browsing Sephora, and surfing the Internet for the holy grail of eye creams.

I’m 38 now, and the closest contender I’ve found thus far is ReLuma ($90 in the TIA shop). I am convinced this product healed a cyst under my left eye. A great product, but not even ReLuma can begin to approach the results that the PaloVia has so far yielded

Using the PaloVia Skin Renewing Laser ($499) is unsettling at first, but well worth it! My eyes are lifted, plumped, and look refreshed. I have also been experimenting with other areas of my face with some success noticed, such as plumping of the nasolabial folds. I don’t think there’s any reason you couldn’t get results like that anywhere on your body! At any rate, I dare say I’m starting to recognize the same face I wore during the noontide of my youth. This groovy little device is awesome!

I know I’m gushing, but there are some things about PaloVia that have given me pause: The reviews on Amazon are mixed, it caused some pretty gnarly bruising/red marks when used on the highest setting, and the serum is little more than mineral oil and a paraben. The serum is also costly at $30 for a replacement, and is impossibly difficult to wash off. Not to mention, I read a pretty damning opinion from a board-certified dermatologist that the PaloVia’s laser wavelength isn’t enough to produce long-term permanent results.

The limited 25 zaps every 8 hours is also kind of a downer, mostly because I want to share it with friends and family. However, I can see why they implemented this rule; it’s tempting to go a little crazy with the device once results are noticeable.

While it still may not be the miracle product we’ve all been searching for, at the moment this is my desert island product. Another unexpected outcome, due to the PaloVia’s effectiveness on me up to now, is that I find myself visiting TIA less and less (no offense, TIA team!), hoping one day I would visit the site and Marta would have discovered a breakthrough. Barring that miracle breakthrough ingredient, maybe the future of anti-aging lies in tools: PaloVia, Clarisonic, Sirius Aurora LED ($149 in the TIA shop), etc. I’m looking forward to an at-home Ultherapy-type machine. Sounds unlikely, I know, but who would have thought five years ago that we would have at-home fractional lasers?