Anti-Aging & Cosmeceutical Corner
completely alter puffy eyes. Alcohol consumption and a diet high in salt can cause
water retention and increase the puffiness
around the eyes.
What’s Out There?
Products are designed to be light enough
for the eye area, yet deliver optimum
moisturization. The eye area is usually
dry and more sensitive, which is why
eye creams are normally formulated with
higher levels of emollients and lower levels of humectants. Eye creams tend to be
thicker than regular moisturizers, too.
Eye creams are ophthalmologist-tested
to reduce the chance of stinging or burning the eyes. Eye area skin is very thin,
and if it is plumped up, it makes eyelids
Unfortunately, eye creams often cause
irritation and allergic reactions. Some of
the key actives that are used in these types
of formulas include kojic acid, low-level
hydroquinone, alpha hydroxyl acids, reti-
nol and peptides. A particular blend of
peptides (palmitoyl oligopeptide and
palmitoyl tetrapeptide) works by helping
tighten the delicate tissue. It is better not
to use Retin-A near the delicate eye area,
as it tends to migrate and could irritate
eyes or even damage them.
The best time to apply an eye-area
treatment is at night, when skin is resting.
Once the sun goes down and hectic lives
quiet down, there are no external aggressions and cells are more absorptive, thus
deep hydration and surface moisturization
are both accomplished.
More Topical Ideas
Topical products mimic the effect of an
injectable product or a surgical eyelift
by firming and tightening the skin for a
youthful look. One unique topical prod-
uct called Neotensil offers new technol-
ogy that temporarily flattens out eye
bags and wrinkles in just two hours. The
product contains a blend of polymers
and when the product is applied on the
skin, these polymers cross-link and con-
tract, making the skin appear smooth.
Product residue on the skin eventu-
ally transforms into a crusty film, which
could be easily pulled away from the
skin like plastic wrap, offering a tem-
porary fix, not a permanent solution.
Patricia Farris M.D., a clinical associ-
ate professor of dermatology at Tulane,
describes this product as a fairy-size
Spanx-for-theFace, which compresses
and reshapes the skin, the likes of which
we have just never had before.
The market place is full of products
that smooth, lift, brighten dark circles and
treat puffy bags. Ultimately, however, the
responsibility lies with consumers because
to a large extent, both of these conditions
are avoidable, and are clearly a reflection
of one’s lifestyle.•
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