Refresh contains a number of peptides and actives. Renu-Age is said to reduce puffiness and dark circles while protecting and strengthening the skin. Eyedeline is a marine ingredient that reduces extra fluid and boosts elastin and collagen synthesis. Eyeseryl is a tetrapeptide that reduces puffiness due to poor lymphatic circulation, and dark circles. Collageneer is an antiaging and firming ingredient. Haloxyl reduces under-eye circles. Caffeine is toward the end of the ingredient list and reduces under-eye bags. Chicory root increases collagen production and smooths fine lines. Sepilift DPHP smooths fine lines.
Directions: Apply a small amount and massage into entire eye area including eyelids.
I have dark circles, puffy eyes, some fine lines and generally look tired all the time. The ingredients and mechanism of ingredients sound promising. I’ve used this morning and evening for the last 5 months.
Refresh is a lightweight, serum-cream with no scent that applies easily and doesn’t leave a greasy or heavy feeling. It absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling immediately smoothed and moisturized. Makeup applies nicely over this.
Above, there might be a very slight reduction in puffiness and the dark circles look maybe a bit less blue, but I’m not sure if this is due to difference in lighting. This is a nice moisturizing cream and the eye area feels hydrated. On the side view photos, there is a reduction in fine lines and the skin has a generally smoothed appearance.
I think Refresh would make a nice preventative to target loss of elastin and collagen and is generally a nice moisturizer.
For me, I think I might need to make peace with the realization that my dark circles are genetic (so not much I can do about that), but I was hoping for more reduction in puffiness at least. I likely will not be buying the more expensive eye creams that claim to reduce dark circles, and should probably focus on hydration and prevention of fine lines and wrinkles (Refresh did a good job hydrating and reducing fine lines). I’ll be looking at the eye products from the Inkey List next.
Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel is a hydrating eye gel that claims to reduce puffiness, crepiness, sagginess, appearance of dark circles and gives eyes a well-rested look.
Biossance has added a recently new eye product called Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream and on Instagram has commented that the Marine Algae Eye Cream is richer and targets fine lines, wrinkles and loss of firmness while the Peptide Eye Gel is lightweight and targets puffiness and dark circles. If using both, the Peptide Eye Gel can be applied in the morning and the Marine Algae Eye Cream in the evening.
Going over some ingredients – Niacinamide is the fourth ingredient; this is vitamin B3 that, among other functions, can improve fine lines and wrinkles. Chondrus crispus extract is a seaweed extract full of vitamins and minerals used for skin conditioning and has the ability to protect against UV rays. Malus Domestica fruit cell culture extract, also known as Swiss apple stem cell extract, can protect the longevity of skin stem cells. Acetyl tetrapeptide-5 (Eyeseryl) is a humectant that can improve elasticity and smoothness and reduce puffiness. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline) is a neuropeptide claimed to relax muscles thus reducing expression lines. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a form of vitamin C. This eye cream contains caffeine (just over halfway down the ingredient list) that can reduce puffiness.
Directions state to gently dab around upper and lower eye area with fingertip, morning and night. Allow to absorb 1 to 2 minutes before applying makeup to avoid pilling.
I have fine lines under my eyes (luckily not much in the way of crow’s feet yet), dark circles and puffy eyes that generally make me look tired. I have used the Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel for 3 months now, morning and evening, dabbing around the entire eye area up to the brow bone. This feels like a mix of gel and light cream. It is lightweight, goes on smoothly and the under-eye feels smooth and moisturized to the touch all day. Makeup applies nicely over this eye cream.
The below photos were taken at the same time of day (a couple hours after waking up).
Above, looking at the dark circles and puffiness, I don’t notice a reduction in either. Depending on the cause of the dark circles, particularly if genetic, an eye cream may not help. I don’t notice any immediate or longer term well-rested look to the eye.
Above, looking at the fine lines, there is a bit of reduction on the lower outer side of the eye and perhaps toward the inner eye area; not so much under the eye. After a couple weeks’ use, I noticed, in the mirror, some reduction in fine lines, but on further use, they seemed to come back and did not reduce further. The puffiness toward the lower eye area is still visible. I don’t see any improvement in puffiness or dark circles in the mirror.
While Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel is a nice moisturizing product that makes the under-eye feel smooth and hydrated to the touch, I’m not seeing results in lines, puffiness or dark circles and would not repurchase. This might be good for those looking for a first eye cream who need hydration and moisture. I have since ordered Your Best Face Skincare’s Refresh Eye Cream.
Cocoon Apothecary is a Canadian company that creates plant-based skin care from ethically sourced ingredients in small batches. I purchased the Eyewaken Eye Cream, looking for something to help with my dark circles and puffy under-eyes.
Cornflower hydrosol is said to reduce eye puffiness and fine wrinkles. Rose hydrosol can calm irritation and hydrate. These hydrosols are said to give a cooling astringent effect. This product contains a few oils and moisturizing ingredients. Sodium anisate can soothe irritated skin and is used as a natural preservative. Sodium levulinate can be used as a preservative and conditioning agent. Glyceryl capraylate is used as an emulsifier and emollient.
This product claims to soothe tired eyes, combat fine lines and wrinkles, firm the skin and reduce puffiness and dark circles.
I used this morning and night, dabbing on the lower eyelid up to the brow bone for 4 months. It is light weight and absorbs fast leaving a silky feeling on the skin. It has a light herbal scent with a hint of rose.
While I like the ingredients and this feels silky on the skin, I feel like it does a better job moisturizing and protecting than anything else, so might be a better preventative rather than for someone with already quite puffy, dark eye circles. In looking at the photos, I see some reduced puffiness (my eyes look the same to me in the mirror though), but no reduced color or fine lines. In fact, the 4-month photo seems to have more fine lines towards the outer eye (because of the reduced puffiness, or some other variable?) On application, I’m not sure I felt a cooling effect.
The skin around the eye is thin and the first place to show signs of aging. After finishing YBF Skincare’s Correct Eye Cream, I was looking for an eye treatment that wasn’t such a heavy hitter, as my eyes are pretty good – a few fine lines and can look tired in the mornings with a bit of discoloration and a bit of puffiness especially after too little sleep.
Prairie Bliss Botanicals is a small Canadian spa company based in Saskatoon, SK that makes a number of all natural and organic skin care products. After reading the description of the Caffeine Fix Eye Serum, I wasn’t sure what the texture was going to be like. It’s called an eye serum, but the description says it is a “rich eye cream.” When I bought this serum, there was no ingredient list on the website or on the bottle I received, so I emailed the company asking for the ingredients. They responded to my email within the hour saying they couldn’t provide me with ingredients as it was propriety information. I see that the website now lists the ingredients; however, it is a hover list and has a copyright label, so I’m not sure I’d be allowed to list it fully here. Please see their website for a full list of ingredients. I’ll go through the primary ingredients though.
Primary ingredients: Organic coffee, vitamin E, grape seed oil
I’m not sure if the company uses coffee, coffee bean oil, coffee extract and/or caffeine. Depending on what is used, there are lesser or greater amounts of caffeine and fatty acids. For example, coffee bean oil has a small amount of caffeine, but is rich in fatty acids, and smells like coffee. Caffeine on its own has no smell. Caffeine can help reduce eye puffiness as it enhances circulation. Caffeine is an antioxidant and helps protect the skin against UV radiation.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant, fighting free radicals and helping prevent wrinkles. It is a good moisturizer for the skin.
Grape seed oil is an anti-inflammatory and an antioxidant. It has fatty acids, helping improve wrinkles and may improve scars and marks. It contains vitamins C, D and E.
Directions say to apply a small amount after moisturizing – after moisturizing the eye or face I’m not sure. It seems a bit redundant to use two eye products as the Caffeine Fix is plenty moisturizing.
The serum is packaged in a dark blue bottle, protecting it from light. It uses a pump which could have been better. I found that the pump was not very easy to push down smoothly, and way too much product would very suddenly come out as the pump eventually was able to be pushed down. It is very light yellow in color and is an oil serum, not a rich cream. It smells amazing; just like a cup of freshly roasted coffee. I didn’t really like to use it in the morning as it took a few minutes to absorb fully and if I got too much (which was easy to do with the pump) I found it could be a bit irritating if it got too close to my eye and just looked too oily, so I ended up just using it at night. I’ve used it so far for about 3 months. In the morning my eyes look less tired, less puffy and feel so moisturized, soft and smooth to the touch. I didn’t find too much difference in fine lines or under-eye darkness (may need to use it longer to see these results).
I don’t think I’d buy this again, as I much prefer an eye cream to an oil serum, but Caffeine Fix is very moisturizing and helps the eyes look more awake. This will last a long time as such a small amount is needed and it is very fluid (however the pump is not as smooth as it should be which leads to wasted product).
I have now finished using Olluminate Intense Eye Repair and started Correct on September 14, 2015. Correct, from Your Best Face (YBF) Skincare, is an eye cream that can be used day and/or night and comes in an airless pump. The company came out with a new formula in the fall of 2014. This is a cream that contains antioxidants and peptides and, according to the YBF website, is the “end-all-be-all” of eye creams. This claims to reduce dark circles, brighten, moisturize, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, combat sagging skin, reduce puffiness and lift sagging lids.
Eyeseryl is a tetrapeptide said to reduce puffy eyes due to loss of elasticity and water accumulation in just 15 days (according to the manufacturer’s studies). It reduces the puffiness by inhibiting glycation. Glycation is the process that causes collagen and elastin to lose elasticity. Water accumulation is usually due to two things; poor lymphatic circulation and increased capillary permeability (ability of large molecules to pass out of the capillaries into the surrounding tissues; when this increases, it causes swelling). Eyeseryl works by decreasing the permeability of the blood vessels thus decreasing the amount of fluid accumulation. Haloxyl is designed to reduce dark circles caused by pigmentation and broken capillaries. It helps to thicken the skin, boost circulation and remove accumulated hemoglobin to lighten the dark circles. Leucidal is a natural preservative made from the radish root. Syn-Hycan is a tripeptide that lifts sagging skin by stimulating hyaluronic acid in the skin, increasing decorin and lumica (involved in the regulation of collagen assembly). Uplevity is a tetrapeptide that fights sagginess by over-expressing genes involved in cellular adhesion thereby enhancing collagen and elastin. Syn-Tacks is a combination of two peptides that interact with protein structures at the dermal-epidermal junction and stimulates laminin (a protein), collagen and integrin (cell adhesion receptors). Matrixyl Synthe 6 stimulates six major constituents of the skin matrix and dermal-epidermal junction including collagen, hyaluronic acid and laminin. Tego Pep 417 is said to boost the activity of collagen, hyaluronic acid and fibronectin (glycoprotein that binds to integrins). Dimethicone/vinyl dimethicone crosspolymer (and) silica increases viscosity and acts as a stabilizer. Alpha arbutin promotes lightening and whitening of the skin and promotes even skin tone. Matrixyl 3000 is made of two peptides that mimic the appearance of broken down collagen causing the skin to produce more collagen and elastin. Renovage, also known as Teprenone, is said to stabilize telomere length. Telomeres allow cells to distinguish chromosome ends from broken DNA. Telomeres shorten when a cell divides. When they become very short they trigger cell death. Cells can only replicate a limited number of times (this is called the Hayflick limit). So maintaining the telomere length could extend the Hayflick limit and delay cell death. While finding more information about Renovage (Teprenone), I found out that Trepenone is the brand name for a drug called geranylgeranylacetone used to treat gastric ulcers. It appears that geranylgeranylacetone works by influencing heat shock proteins. Heat shock proteins are a family of proteins that are produced by cells in response to exposure to stressful conditions. When heat shock proteins are reduced cells appear to live longer. So it seems that cosmetic companies have the theory that Teprenone may be helpful when applied to the skin. This is a bit confusing; does this work in the skin by maintaining telomere length or by influencing heat shock proteins. I found an article better explaining this here. Relistase is a peptide used to increase skin firmness and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Polyquaternium-10 is widely used in hair care because of its antistatic and moisturizing properties. It is also used as a film former, giving sheen and coating to hair strands. This ingredient can be seen in skincare as well. Caffeine has been shown to constrict blood vessels and can temporarily reduce swelling and contribute to less puffy under-eyes. Cupuacu butter comes from the cupuacu tree. It is related to the cacao tree, and used as a moisturizer. It has beneficial fatty acids. Aspen bark is an anti-inflammatory. Spin-trap is an antioxidant. Homeostatine acts as an anti-inflammatory and is said to prevent and reduce wrinkles. Tetrahydrodiferyloylmethane is a derivative of turmeric used as a skin whitening ingredient and is sometimes seen as an antioxidant. Sepilift DPHP works by firming tissues in the skin by stimulating the contraction of collagen fibers and protecting the skin fibers. This smooths wrinkles. Lipochroman-6 is a scavenger of free radicals. Dimethyl isosorbide works as a solvent and reduces the thickness of products.
This product has a lot of ingredients including many actives and peptides. Peptides are relatively new in skincare and many of these peptides do not have independent studies done on them, but rather studies done by the company that manufactures the peptides.
My eyes look okay for my age. I have dark circles and a couple fine lines. My eyes can sometimes look a bit puffy in the mornings. I probably didn’t need to buy this eye cream; for something like this to work, it needs something to repair. However, I get pretty excited by new skincare ingredients and sometimes can’t help purchasing new items. So, I got my husband to help with the review of YBF Correct. He’s a year older than me and has puffy eyes, dark circles, crow’s feet and wrinkles. He often gets comments that he looks really tired. I was surprised that he agreed to try the eye cream; I’m pretty sure he thinks I’m crazy for all the skincare products I have and he just splashes his face with cold water and uses bar soap for cleansing.
My husband and I have been using YBF (Your Best Face) Correct eye cream for one month four days (September 14 to October 18). This cream comes in an airless pump and has a thin consistency that spreads around easily. It has the almond-nutmeg smell similar to other YBF products. We used this every morning and evening around the whole eye area up to the brow bone. The first few times I used this it had a sticky feeling that lasted about 5 minutes. My husband said he felt that there was a film on his eyelids. Once we started using less at a time it was only slightly sticky as it was absorbing, only for about 30 seconds. A little goes a long way; about a quarter pump covers both eyes. The eyelids felt moisturized to the touch for hours after application, not a sticky or heavy feeling, but a silky moisturized feeling.
Top photo Sept 14 Bottom Oct 18
Left photo Sept 14 Right photo Oct 18
The top and left photos are from September 14 and the bottom/right photos are from October 18.
In looking at the before and after above, I notice a very subtle difference in the larger crease on the under eye and a bit less puffiness. It’s hard to tell a difference in the color as the lighting is unfortunately not the same (used a smart phone camera and a flashlight app). I was hoping that the freckles around my eyes would begin fading, but not the case yet. It looks like the after photo had better focus so I see more fine lines, but the bottom eyelid definitely has less of that larger crease and the overall color looks more uniform.
I’m not sure my eyes are “old” enough to warrant the full benefit of this eye cream (which is why I got my husband’s help), but I see a subtle difference in my under eye color and fine line on the lower lids.
Top Sept 14 Bottom Oct 18
Left Sept 14 Right Oct 18
I’m pretty impressed by my husband’s after photos. There is definitely less puffiness and there is a reduction in the dark under eye circles. The eyes looks brighter and less tired.
A close look at the above photos shows reduction in some of the smaller wrinkles and lines.
We are going to use this for another 2 months and will post another review. The results thus far are definitely promising.
My husband and I have now been using Your Best Face Correct Eye Cream for three months, September 14 to December 19, 2015, morning and evening.
I don’t really notice much more of a difference between one month (September 14 to October 18) of use and two further months (October 18 to December 19) of use in the above pictures. There is perhaps a bit more reduction in a couple fine lines.
Above, the eyes are a bit more discolored in the after photos, but there is further reduction in the fine lines and wrinkles. I think with continued use the wrinkles will smooth out even further. I am disappointed that the yellowish under eye color seemed to come back (though could be due a number of variables).
When my eyes need it, this will be the eye cream I would try again. It is expensive but there’s still some left in the bottle after two of us using it twice a day for three months (six months for one person).