The words “organic” and “natural” always attract me when I’m searching for particular products that target skin concerns, but these descriptive labels are not enough to prompt my purchase. However, ingredients like peptides, retinol, matrixyl 3000, resveratrol and ceramides are. So, when TIA asked if I wanted to try out SkinQR Organics I*Lift Bio-Restorative Radiance Line Smoothing Essence ($32 in the shop), I gladly accepted.
I temporarily put aside the great (though pricey) serum that was currently working fabulously for my 50-something eyes so that I could focus on the new potion. This one from Skin QR Organics is worth sampling because of its superb ingredients and surprising affordability. It comes in a white cylinder with an airless pump, plus a flat circular tip/applicator should you choose not to use your ring finger.
This product is formulated with powerful botanical anti-aging plant-derived peptides such as argireline and matrixyl 3000. TIA subscribers often mention these two peptides as key ingredients in community-endorsed products, raving about their moisturizing and nourishing properties that help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and expression lines and also restore skin elasticity and firmness. The other key ingredients listed are the vitamin A derivative, retinol, which is seen in most anti-aging skin care products; caffeine for taming puffiness and dark circles; resveratrol for its antioxidant properties and multiple skin lightening mechanism; and numerous botanical oils and extracts known for antioxidant and anti-aging benefits. Perhaps the overall goodness of these powerful ingredients can excuse the use of phenoxyethanol as a preservative.
I was pleased to observe that the area around my eyes (especially on my lower eye lids) remained unaffected by the sudden product switch, and there were really no new wrinkles or lines that developed. After the first two weeks, the few fine lines that were already present appeared to gradually soften and smooth out with this light, pleasantly-scented eye lotion. It also effectively moisturized and seemed to have brightened my eye area.
The four weeks of using the Skin QR Organics I*Lift Bio-Restorative Eye Essence kept the skin around my eyes looking so smooth and firm that it was easy to apply make-up, even without using primers. This product is definitely a good alternative to the higher priced ones on TIA’s Best List for Eyes, and it’s one that can be recommended for its efficacy and affordability.