Skin 2 Skin is a skin care company that has a disciplined focus on natural plant extracts with some cutting-edge versions that tackle specific issues, as well as heavy hitting peptides. Revitalizing Eye Gel ($49 in the shop) is a very good example of Skin 2 Skin’s philosophy and turns out to be a very good eye serum. It’s so good, in fact, that I’ll defer my nerdy tendencies to swoop straight into a description of the actives and talk about my results.
This eye serum is a lightweight gel, making it a good choice for anyone that has a tendency to milia. Within days, I fancied that the skin under and around my eyes was looking a little brighter. Within a couple of weeks of using it morning and evening, I was seeing a definite smoothing and lifting of the lids. At 30 days in, I am delighted with the results, especially in the context of the price point.
My hunch is that this eye gel’s success is in large part due to Chronoline. This is a firming peptide that came on the scene a couple of years ago, and I have been wondering when we’d see more of it. Incidentally, it is also in Skin 2 Skin’s 27/7 Rejuvenation. Chronoline is the peptide caprooyl-tetrapeptide-3, which is derived from a growth factor, namely TGF-ß. It stimulates production of laminin 5 (as well as collagen VII). Tetrapeptide-3 is also supposed to be pretty good at beefing up fibronectin (by 60% apparently). All of which means it is good at firming and lifting. I’ve also worked out that the instant (well, almost) gratification that I noticed within a few days is likely down to Osilift, a film former made from oat kernel that adheres to the surface of the skin to give it a tight feeling.
An intriguing ingredient is Aldavine 5x, derived from two algae. It is supposed to “normalize the excessive increase of microcirculation” caused by UV exposure, thus improving skin elasticity and resiliency. The manufacturer also claims it reduces dark circles and puffy eye bags. Another that piqued my interest is Lanacrys 2B. This is another plant extract that is said to have a “draining” effect and can reduce eye bags (it can also be used to treat cellulite, according to the manufacturer).
There is a myriad of antioxidants from plants such as white tea, rose hip and blackberry. Best of all there is nothing nasty and even the preservative is radish root extract. All in all, this is a formula that takes being natural very seriously, but doesn’t simply rest on those laurels. Skin 2 Skin ensures it meets the needs of an effective eye serum to address the challenges of dryness, sagging, puffy eyes and wrinkles around the delicate area — a great find!