Do you need an eye cream?
Contrary to popular opinion, not everyone does. My skin, for example, has never been bothered by the lack of one.
But now I’m approaching my mid-30s, I’m wondering if I should up my antiaging eye game and add that extra step to my skincare routine.
Well, there’s only one way to find out. Start using an eye cream and see how it goes. The guinea pig (apart from me)? Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex.
Retinol: An Antiaging Powerhouse
Why Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex? Well, for one, it landed on my desk, free of charge. For two, it’s made with microencapsulated retinol, an antiaging powerhouse. If retinol doesn’t make the cream work wonders, then there’s no hope for other eye creams.
Retinol works in 3 ways:
- It prevents wrinkles by fighting free radicals
- It reduces wrinkles and dark spots by accelerating cellular turnover
- It firms skin by boosting collagen production
There’s only one problem. Retinol can irritate skin if you’ve never used it before. And the eye area is super delicate. So it may still irritate it even if the rest of your face is used to it.
The fix? Well, Dermalogica has microencapsulated retinol. That makes retinol behave a bit differently. Rather than hitting your skin at full potency all at once, microencapsulation releases it slowly into your skin over several hours.
It’s much gentler that way. It hasn’t irritated my skin at all.
Even so, if you’re a retinol newbie or have super sensitive skin, start small. Use this cream only a couple of times a week and build up frequency gradually.
An Antioxidant Cocktail
Your skin needs retinol. Period.
But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need anything else. Like all antioxidants, retinol works best when in the company of other antioxidants.
There are plenty here. Vitamin C. Green tea. Caffeine. Algae extract. They all fight the free radicals that cause those annoying premature wrinkles and dark spots. Loading up on this stuff is key to keeping them away from your face.
Retinol and antioxidants work. But, they take their sweet time. In the meantime, you can rely on plain old dimethicone to fill in those wrinkles and make them look smaller.
Dimethicone does a lot more, too. It gives your skin that silky soft feeling, helps prevent moisture evaporation and helps the cream glide smoothly on your skin.
Best of all? It doesn’t suffocate skin. Silicones have a weird molecular structure that’s made up of big spaces between each molecule. That’s how they’re able to create a breathable barrier on the skin.
But, yeah, there’s a catch. Its effects are only temporary. But, hey, you’ve got retinol to do the long term job.
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use And Opinion
Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex is a faint yellow, light-textured cream that glides smoothly on my skin.
It didn’t do anything for my dark circles, but it moisturized my skin pretty well. It makes it softer and smoother and keeps it hydrated all night long.
After a few weeks, I’m finally starting to see a tiny reduction in the size of my fine lines. Retinol works SLOWLY, which can be very frustrating. But if you have the patience to stick around, you’ll be rewarded, eventually.
Plus, the cream is fragrance-free. Fragrance is one of those things you really DON’T want around your eyes. So, if your fave retinol moisturizer or serum is scented, this eye cream would be a good way to give your eye area its retinol fix, too.