If there’s something that arises my scepticism quicker than overblown cosmetic claims is all 5 star reviews on a brand’s website. Am I really supposed to believe that everyone who tried a certain product loved it so much to elect it to HG status? That no one experienced even just average results? Yeah, right.
One such product is Skin Authority Dramatic Eye Lift. Said to moisturise and firm skin and lighten dark circles, it is loved by bloggers, beauty editors, and pretty much everyone else, according to their website. So, I decided to investigate. Is it really that good?
What Skin Authority Says
Highly concentrated, protein-rich formula lifts and tightens the delicate skin around the eyes for a more youthful appearance.
Eyes instantly look brighter and more refreshed
Helps lighten dark circles
Helps firm and lift sagging eyelids
Moisturizes and conditions to leave skin soft and silky
Four natural body proteins (SGF-4 Technology™) help nourish skin for a visibly younger, more refreshed look.
Non-greasy, clean smell, and will not clog pores
Fibroblast Growth Factor
The topic of growth factors is very complicated, but I’ll try to keep things simple. Basically, growth factors are naturally-occurring molecules (although the type used in cosmetics is usually made in a lab) that boost communication between cells. They have several functions, including stimulation of collagen and aid in wound healing.
Fibroblast growth factor in particular helps promote the formation of new blood cells, so that oxygen and other nutrients are better delivered to the skin. They also stimulate collagen production, which may be helpful in treating dark circles caused by blood vessels showing through the skin.
How can you tell if that’s your case? Simply press on them. If they lighten, then they’re caused by blood vessels. This happens when the skin under your eyes is very thin, practically transparent, showing what’s underneath. By stimulating collagen production, you make skin thicker overtime.
Having said that, I haven’t found any studies claiming that fibroblast growth factor can help with dark circles. That’s probably because this is a fairly new ingredient in cosmetics. That brings me to my problem with them. We don’t know yet what long-term effects they have when applied topically. It’s unlikely they are dangerous, but why risk it? Just use retinoids. They too stimulate collagen production. And they are safe.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, & Palmitoyl Oligopeptide
Peptides are another controversial topic. In theory, their molecules are too big to penetrate skin, so they shouldn’t do much. In practice, studies (most of which were conducted by the manufacturers) say they work. It has been suggested they are able, from the surface of the skin, to signal to receptors present there how cells should behave.
Time (and science) will tell how and how well they work, but already, many brands, like Skin Authority, are including them in their products. Dramatic Eye Lift contains four different peptides.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is said to reduce wrinkles by inhibiting movement; Dipeptide-2 to improve lymphatic circulation, which may help with dark circles too; Palmitoyl Tetrapepide-7 to reduce inflammation; and Palmitoyl Oligopeptide to stimulate collagen production.
Although I think peptides make a nice addition to any serum, I wouldn’t purchase one just because of them. At least not until we know more about what they can really do.
Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone
Found in citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone “lowers the filtration rate of capillaries, and less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin potentially means that less hemoglobin would be oxygenated to cause the dark bluish discoloration under the eyes.”
Before you get too excited, let me point out that pretty much every study conducted on hesperidin methyl chalcone are related to oral supplements. We don’t know if it is has the same benefits when topically applied to the skin yet.
Final Considerations On The Formula
Skin Authority Dramatic Eye Lift serum is also infused with a few antioxidants, like green tea, which can help fight free radicals, and the premature formation of wrinkles. In addition, glycerin, attracting water from the environment into the skin, provides some much needed hydration to this delicate area.
Full Ingredient List
Water (Aqua), Fibroblast Growth Factor, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20 , Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Polysorbate 20, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Aminoethylphosphinic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Extract, Lactic Acid, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol.
The Bottom Line
Although Skin Authority Dramatic Eye Lift Serum contains some ingredients that may help treat dark circles caused by blood vessels showing through the skin, the jury is still out there on how well they work when topically applied. If you have already tried everything, and can afford the splurge, give it a go. But I wouldn’t expect miracles.
Have you tried Skin Authority Dramatic Eye Lift?