By Jenni B.
I presume anyone reading this is likely to suffer from the same ailment I do: desperately seeking youthful skin. As a self-proclaimed skin care junkie, I continually search for the magic potion to deliver those wishful results as claimed by an overwhelming array of products. Just like you, I’ve tried everything from drugstore shelves, department store counters, spa lines, direct sales (aka pyramid schemes) and online beauty stores until finally stumbling across an article by Marta that provided a brutally honest review. How refreshing!
After weeks of reading numerous other reviews by the Truth In Aging community, I was provided the opportunity to test Volante Skincare Transformative Eye Crème ($75). I am 35 years old and just starting to experience the onset of the dreaded eyelid sagging and crow’s feet despite years of meticulous care. I work long hours in the legal field and have come to realize the effect stress, too much caffeine and excessive time in front of a computer screen can take on your skin — hello dark circles under my eyes!
Upon my first application of Volante’s eye cream, I was cautiously optimistic. I instantly fell in love with the product's rich texture and quick absorption. Waking up the next morning, the skin around my eyes still felt hydrated but not greasy. I also experienced no irritation with this product, as I have found some sensitivity and stinging with other eye formulas in the past.
Just like with food, I tend to read every ingredient in a product prior to purchase. While I’m certainly not a purist, I’d at least like to be educated on what I’m absorbing through my skin (just as I like to know what I’m ingesting with a meal). Volante touts their patented 7Vitae botancial blend, which upon further research is packed with some of my favorite ingredients, including aloe vera, grape seed oil and bromelain (an enzyme sourced from pineapple and one of the best naturally-sourced exfoliants out there in my opinion).
One of the first five ingredients is also another top pick for dehydrated skin: jojoba oil. The combination of the first few ingredients of this water-based cream creates an emollient feel and maintains the level of moisture even after hours of wear. That being said, this product does include some synthetic- and silicon-based additives as active ingredients, such as pentylene glycol, dimethicone and polymethylsilsesquioxane (say that three times fast). Overall, these appear very low in toxicity and wouldn’t prevent me from future purchase.
So what’s the verdict after 30 days of religious use? I love the intensely moisturizing formula and will continue to use this every night as part of my evening routine. I say “evening routine” as the product tends to create a flaking effect, which I presume is due to mild exfoliation from the bromelain cocktail and so do not recommend for wear under eye makeup unless using an eye makeup base. I should also note that I did experience some smearing and flaking throughout the course of a normal day, as insist I need at least a stroke of eyeliner to look more awake.
I feel this eye cream has helped with the initial signs of sagging and has decreased the depth of those pesky fine lines. I also haven’t noticed the dark circles under my eyes nearly as much and don’t even bother with concealer unless I'm very sleep deprived. Did it give me that proverbial wow factor? No. But it did deliver some positive results, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next 60 days will bring. A little goes a long way with this product, and the container should easily last a few months, justifying the price tag. Bottom line: This one is worth a try!