The science of skin care has progressed by leaps and bounds over the past 2 decades. But there are certain skin issues that we still can’t treat. At least, not without cosmetic surgery. An example? Eye bags.
Under-eye bags are the bane of many women’s existence. They can be genetic, or caused by the fat around our eyes moving as we age, a normal process that happens when skin starts to become thinner and lose elasticity. So far, the only effective “cure” is blepharoplasty.
For those who don’t fancy the idea of going under the knife, Living Proof, the beauty brand co-owned by Jennifer Aniston, has created Neotensil. Described as an “invisible shapewear film,” Neotensil does for your undereye bags what Spanx does for your body: it flattens out the desired area.
How does Neotensil work?
Neotensil’s secret is called Strateris. That’s a “a two-step system wherein a proprietary dispersion of functionalized polydimethylsiloxane polymers [fancy term for silicones] in an aqueous medium is applied to the face and then activated with a w/s emulsion that causes the polymers to cross-link and form a flexible film. This film reduces the appearance of aging under the eyes until it is removed.”
This film adheres well to the skin. It then begins to shrink and tighten, flattering the fat pads and reducing their appearance. Because the film is flexible, it won’t crack as you move your face (although touching the eye area while you have it on is not recommended).
Another benefit of this film is its ability to slow down water loss, thus keeping skin hydrating. At the same time, it still allows it to perspire.
Are there any side effects?
While Neotensil is safe for our health, it can be dangerous for our wallet. This stuff retails at a whopping $500! That’s for one’s week supply. But do you know how long the effect of each application lasts? Only 16 hours. Once you remove the film (Living Proof has created a remover for it too), your eye bags are still there, as prominent as ever. Now, if the results were permanent, I may be tempted to splurge that much. But, as it is, I think I’ll keep my bags.
The price is not the only con. Neotensil is a pain to use. Not available in shops, it can be purchased only from a physician’s office, so they can teach you how to use it properly. That’s not enough. It needs to be applied on clean skin and you can’t wear makeup or any other products under your eye (although the brand sells a powder for added coverage that’s compatible with it). Something so expensive shouldn’t be such a hassle to use, imo.
Water/Aqua, Vinyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Silica Silylate, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trisiloxane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-10/7/Dimethicone Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxide.
Water/Eau/Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Nylon-12, Glycerin, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Platinum Divinyldisiloxane, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Bis-Isobutyl PEG/PPG-10/7/Dimethicone Copolymer, Dimethicone PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol.
Water/Aqua, Dimethicone, Trisiloxane, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Maltodextrin, Caprylyl Glycol, Poloxamer 184, Propylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1, Red 33.
The Bottom Line
Neotensil provides only a quick fix, not a cure for undereye bags. If you can afford the high price tag and can put up with the application process, it may be worth a try for you. But I won’t be splurging on it anytime soon.
Have you ever tried Living Proof Neotensil? If not, would you?