Can Peptides Get Rid Of Dark Circles And Puffy Eyes?

by Gio

ice skincare 4p max eye gel

You can get rid of blackheads. Fight wrinkles. Fade dark spots.

But dark circles and puffy eyes? They’re still at large on your face. Nothing seems to rid you of them. *sighs*

Wait, what about peptides? The new kids on the skincare block are said to do all kinds of miracles. They can fight wrinkles, reduce inflammation, moisturise skin… Could they be the answer to all your eye problems, too?

To test this theory, I’ve put Ice Skincare 4P Max Eye Gel to the test. It’s loaded with several peptide complexes + antioxidants – a one stop shop for all under eye needs. Or… not?

Here’s what it did for me:


Eyeliss is one of those annoying ingredients that’s made of a bunch of stuff. It has:

Eyeliss is a promising ingredient: it definitely moisturise and soothes but the jury’s still out there on whether it can do anything for dark circles and puffy eyes.


Haloxyl is another “lego” ingredient, i.e. a skincare ingredient made with several other ingredients:

Another promising ingredient. The science here is just at the beginning so we’ll have to wait a few years to figure out just how effective it is.


Yep, here we go again. Regu-Age is made up of:

This is my fave “lego” ingredient so far. Everything here is proven to moisturise and fights wrinkles. 🙂


Superoxide Dismutase isn’t the only antioxidant you’ll find here. The serum also has green tea, algae and a sprinkle of other antioxidants thrown in for good measure.

Together, they fight the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles and soothe inflammation.

Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion

Ice Skincare 4P Max Eye Gel has a lightweight texture that sinks quickly into the skin and feels very refreshing on.

If you have dry skin, this alone won’t be moisturising enough for you. I layer this under my facial moisturiser (yes, I use my facial moisturisers on the eye area, too). Problem solved.

I find the serum does a great job at smoothening out my undereye area. When I use it, the skin there is softer and my fine lines look that little bit smaller. Plus, it helps depuff my eyes so I look more awake.

But, I can’t say it did it anything for my dark circles. I wasn’t too bummed about that. If yours aren’t caused by blood pooling, this serum may not help much.

Stil, the addition of superoxide dismutase makes up for that for me. This is one of the most powerful antioxidants out there and so few products have it. When you find one, do sneak it into your skincare routine. It’ll help you keep those dreaded crows’ feet away for as long as possible.

But what really bothers me is the packaging. That pump splurts out way too much product. Every. Single. Time. I use the excess on the rest of my face (yes, that’s totally fine). But, at this price point, you don’t want to waste a single drop.

Available at: $160.00 at Amazon

Are you using any eye creams/gels at the moment? Share your picks in the comments below.

Ingredients: Water, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Glycine Soja Protein, Superoxide Dismutase, Glycerin, Tetrapeptide-21, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Ascorbic Acid, Niacinamide, Tocopherol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Algae Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethylhyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate-20

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Maja January 7, 2018 - 6:26 pm

I love your thorough reviews, excellent blog!
I would be extremely interested in a review of the Ziip Beauty tool (nano current skincare device). Is it possibly worth the whopping price?
Kind regards from Switzerland!

Gio January 19, 2018 - 3:18 pm

Maja, thanks for your kind words. Glad you like my blog!

I’m afraid I’m not familiar with this device. I’ll do some research and write a post about it with my findings. Stay tuned!

Kim V February 25, 2018 - 12:24 am

I didn’t put much faith is eye creams either until I tried Timeless Skin Care’s Hydrating Eye Cream. It got rid of the crepiness on my eyelids. Planning on trying their Dark Circle Eye Cream soon if it works as well as the Hydrating Eye Cream I will be a happy camper! Great blog, I love how you present all the information and make product recommendations at multiple price points. Thank you!

Gio March 2, 2018 - 5:11 pm

Kim, glad to hear it’s worked so well for you. The Dark Circle Eye Cream shares many of the main ingredients with the Hydrating Eye Cream so I’m positive you will like it.

Thank you so much for your support and kind words. Means a lot.


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