I’ve never paid much attention to my eye area. I just apply my facial moisturizer there, and that’s it. It’s worked quite well so far, but, now that I’m approaching 34, I figured it may be the right time to try a more targeted treatment.
Especially since my insomnia has come back with a vengeance, and my eyes look so tired and puffy all the time. * sighs *
So, when Skinova offered to send me their new Acropass Hyaluronic Acid Eye Patches, I jumped at the chance. Not that I need much convincing to try anything with hyaluronic acid, anyway.
Hylauronic acid is one of my favourite ingredients because it is a magnet for moisture. It can attract, and bind to the skin, up to 1000 times its weight in water – you’d be hard pressed to find anything more hydrating than this!
And, unlike other ingredients that do a similar thing (but on a smaller scale), like glycerin, hyaluronic acid works well even when the humidity is low. In this scenario, glycerin and co usually take water from the deeper layers of the skin, rather than the environment, which only dries out the skin even more. Hyaluronic acid doesn’t. It still attracts it from the environment.
But, to work its best, hyaluronic acid needs to penetrate the skin. And, that’s what makes these patches so different from other products with hyaluronic acid: the delivery system.
They use a new technology called AcroPass TransDermal that, according to Skinova, form patches “using Droplet – born air blowing. These form perfectly shaped pointed microstructures that acts as miniature needles that can penetrate the epidermis,” delivering hylaornic acid into the skin.
I can’t measure how deep this technology really allows the hyaluronic acid to go, but, I can tell you how they worked for me. I put the patches on at night (because going around with patches under your eyes during the day is just plain weird), and, in the morning, I’d wake up to softer and smoother skin. My eyes were also less puffy, but more plump – basically, after the treatment, the eye area just looks healthy and rested.
Now, when I say after the treatment, I don’t mean just one session. Yes, I saw an improvement after the first night, but it was subtle. This is something you have to use regularly to see a real difference. Skinova itself recommends you use the patches every 2 to 3 days for full efficacy, and I completely agree.
The eye patches are very easy to apply. I’d thought they’d be sticky, and infused with essence, but nope. They are dry and they stick well to the skin. They’re a bit stiff, though, and you can definitely feel you’re wearing them.
Skinova says you may experience discomfort the first time, and that this unpleasant sensation will go away after 5 to 10 minutes. Maybe it’s because I’m particular sensitive or something, but I feel the discomfort until I fall asleep – every time. I don’t feel they’re comfortable, but they work, so I don’t mind using them.
The only thing that really bothers me is the packaging. It’s pretty, but SO huge. It tricks you into thinking you’re getting 3 months’ worth of patches, but there are only 4 sets in there! I hate it when that happens cos all that extra packaging is just a good and unnecessary waste. Or is that just me?
Still, you can’t fault their performance, and I guess that’s the most important thing?
Fancy trying the patches yourself? Skinova has kindly offered one of BWB readers the chance to win a box of the Acropass Hyaluronic Acid Patches.
You can enter the giveaway via the app below. There are 9 ways to enter, including daily tweets, so you have lots of chances to win. But, hurry up! Giveaway closes on 6 June.