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I love eye creams. I find them to be one of the easiest and most enjoyable parts of my skincare routine, and I’m never too tired to apply one or enjoy the feeling of massage the cream or serum in. And having used them pretty regularly for the past seven years, it’s probably one of the reasons I’ve yet to experience much in the way of fine lines around my eyes (long may that continue).
While I’ve tried my fair share of eye creams over those years, I’ve never actually used the previous formula of this one from Dermalogica (I’ve always been a fan of the Multivitamin Power Firm which works a charm on both eyes and lips). I cannot personally compare the old to the new so my opinions are purely based on my experience with the renovated complex. The difference between the old formula and the new one? Think bigger, better, faster!
As well as the AGE Reversal Firming Complex, it contains 0.1% microencapsulated retinol to improve skin thickness and stimulate collagen and elastin, as well as microencapsulated niacinamide which acts as an anti-inflammatory and reduces the appearance of darkness under the eyes (something I do tend to suffer with, particularly when I’m stressed and not sleeping well enough).
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of applying it too liberally for the first week due to complete underestimation on how far a little really goes. At first I would squeeze out a pea-sized amount (which they recommend) and find halfway through application that I had bitten off more than I could chew (not that it went to waste, but this is expensive stuff and the longer you can eke it out the better). One of the downsides of being over generous with my applications was that I started to develop a dry patch under my one eye after the first week, probably due to the over-supply of retinol I was subjecting my skin to. They say you should allow your skin to adjust slowly to it, only using it every second or third night for the first two weeks, and this was definitely proof I was being over eager. I also really feel that a smaller amount is perfectly adequate.
The dry patch soon went away of course after being less frequent with my applications and I’ve realised a tiny squeeze of the tube that produces a drop about half the size of a pea is more than enough to pat all around the eyes. It applies easily and doesn’t make my eyes water at all as some creams can do (usually when applied too close) and it smells pleasantly clinical, as most of the brand’s products do.
They call it tougher on the lines and easier on the eyes: so far I’ve been pleased with the results and my eyes are looking more awake and brighter than usual, but only time will tell and I’m interested to see the results of using it for a good few months.
Tip For an even better result, pair this with Overnight Retinol Repair which uses 0.5% microencapsulated retinol plus peptides, Vitamin C, and a copper complex to reverse multiple signs of ageing on the face, neck, and décolletage.