There is nothing like a presidential election for testing out an eye cream. We may have sent Palin with her bags packing back to Alaska, but my bags were threatening to be a permanent under-eye fixture when I stumbled into the new dawn of November 5 after only a few hours of sleep. Derma Radiant's Ageless Eyes ($39) proved to be a winner.

The secret sauce in Ageless Eyes that sent my bags packing is something called Eyeliss. This is made up of hesperidin methyl chalcone, a flavonoid extracted from citrus fruits that helps reduce capillary permeability (so the little blood vessels around your eyes don't leak) and a couple of peptides. Incidentally, you can, should you feel a DIY urge, buy Eyeliss neat and add it to a cream or serum of your choice.

Ageless Eyes does more than provide quick relief. There is the antioxidant peptide formulation, Matrixyl 3000, which along with retinol, encourages collagen synthesis. I now know thanks to Gessato (see my earlier post) that aloe is also helpful in the collagen department. Derma Radiant, for what it's worth, claims to use mid-leaf aloe, which it says is where the most potent properties reside.

Amongst the botanicals is euphrasia officinalis. As this also goes by the name of eyebright it should need no further explanation. Humulus lupulus (hops) has been clinically established to be an anti-depressant. Since this is what goes into making beer, it puts a whole new meaning to happy hour. Fascinating though that is, it doesn't explain why it is in an eye cream. It turns out that hops come with prenylated flavonoids that are antioxidant.

Perhaps one of these days, Derma Radiant will find some alternative preservatives to the two parabens. Then they really will have a winner.

Ingredients in Derma Radiant Ageless Eyes

Deionized water, ceteraryl alcohol, ceterearyl glucoside, glycerin, hesperidin methyl chalcone, montmorillonite, steareth 20, dipeptide-2, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-3, caprilyc/capric triglyceride, hydroxyethyl acrylate/sodium acryloydimethyl taurate copolymer, squalane, polysorbate 60, butylene glycol, palmitoyl oligopeptide, polysorbate 20, carbomer, sodium hyaluronate, retinol, lavender extract, licorice extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, centella asiatica, euphrasia officinalis, biotin, hops extract, L-tyrosine, rosacanina fruit extract, citric acid, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, methylparaben, propylparaben.