Showing posts with label Eye Treatment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Eye Treatment. Show all posts

Monday, November 4, 2013

Favorites: Eye Treatments from Dr. Perricone, Kate Somerville, and Le Métier de Beauté

You have asked me to describe my skin care - what I use and why. I thought I'd start today with eye care. Before I tell you what I've been using lately - and I do mean lately - I need to explain a blogger's routine.

I often switch products. A company will send me a product to use, and I normally test skin care for a full month before I will write about it. As a result, it's rare that I use a single product for a year or more. Right now, I am using three products around my eyes - products I have used a year or more - but I continue to test new things. One new-to-me product that impresses me (so far) is Laura Mercier Flawless Skin Repair Eye Serum. I love the glow it gives my under-eye area. It may make its way onto my more permanent list.

I usually wear a serum and a hydrator. I start with Perricone MD Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum ($115). I have been using it for over a year, and I love it. Claimed to be a first in skin-care technology, Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum topically replenishes the skin’s glutathione levels around the eye to dramatically reduce the visible signs of aging in the upper eyelid area and deliver a youthful, more awakened appearance. Additional benefits include dramatic tightness and firmness of droopy eyelids, smoothing of fine lines and wrinkles, and minimized redness and dark circles anywhere around the eye. The light, fast-absorbing texture of Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum also enhances make-up application by acting as a primer to help makeup glide on more smoothly and improve its wear throughout the day.

A patent-pending molecule, acyl-glutathione replenishes the glutathione levels in the skin. Glutathione is the chief, master antioxidant that rapidly depletes with age, stress, the environment, and less-than-optimal health. Its replenishment is critical to help the skin defend itself against accelerated aging. Glutathione deficits show up on the skin as fatigue, dullness, severe loss of elasticity, deep wrinkles, extreme loss of hydration, and visible change in skin texture.

Had I participated in the Perricone's test group, I would have been among those who saw dramatic results. I use Acyl-Glutathione Eye Lid Serum day and night. My concern was crepiness in the inside lid above the crease, closest to my nose. It happens to everyone with age, but I hate it. This serum clearly and significantly reduced that crepiness.

Dr. Perricone recommends applying the serum directly to the eyelid, working up to the brow bone in gentle patting motions. Also apply it to crow's feet and lower contours of the eye area. It takes only a few moments to absorb and then you can follow it with an eye cream if you wish (I do). There is no fragrance, and it is so lightweight, I cannot feel it on my skin. Additionally, a very tiny amount is adequate for coverage around both eyes; a light-handed pump is all you need. In short, it works!

I have been topping the serum with one of two eye creams/hydrators. One is Le Métier de Beauté's Revive Eye Concentrate ($175), which I adore. Revive Eye Concentrate with Syntoc Actif + HydrationPlus Complexe (to use its extended name) is an innovative eye treatment featuring a hydrating protein-peptide complex that penetrates the dermis to reduce puffiness and improve lymphatic circulation and elasticity. It's designed to repair and plump the delicate skin around the eyes. Using Le Métier de Beauté's exclusive Syntoc Actif delivery system, which delivers the active ingredients directly to the dermis where they are needed, it offers these key ingredients.
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone decreases capillary permeability to reduce edema (water retention that causes puffiness and even worse, slackening skin).
  • A state-of-the-art dipeptide improves lymphatic circulation and further reduces edema.
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide, a regenerating peptide that has been shown to improve elasticity and strengthen the skin around the eyes. It can slow or inhibit glycation and inflammatory damage too.
In the past couple of years, I have found eye creams with peptides to be enormously effective, and I'm a proponent of anti-glycation products. The experience of using Revive Eye Concentrate is extremely pleasing. I really like the pump container, although I'll admit I had to learn to use a light hand. The first few times I pumped, I got too much product. I used the excess around my mouth because I didn't want to waste it. I've got the touch perfected now. The only thing I might request to improve the container is the addition of a window. I'd like to know how much I'm using and when I'm approaching the day I need to buy a new one. One day I'll pump and get a spurt, and it's only then that I know I need to buy more.

The light pink, creamy serum smells like rose hip oil. It's a very light, pleasant fragrance that I smell on application, but not long after. I use it over and under my eyes. The concentrate absorbs rapidly, leaving the feeling and look of moisture on my skin without any greasiness that can interfere with makeup or trap water overnight. I have found that it's perfect for use on its own; I don't need any additional cream around my eyes. I am also enamored with the fact that my concealer or other products do not pill over it.

Even better, it works - really well. Since I started using it, I've noticed two major changes. The crepiness on the inner side of my eyes over the crease has been reduced significantly, making my eyes look younger and better, and the fine lines under my eyes have been blurred. I can crinkle my face (or smile) and force them to reappear, but they have definitely diminished. I've also experienced no puffiness in the morning - even after one nine-hour night sleeping on my side.

Early in my use of this product, I found the effects to be somewhat miraculous, so I tested it. I used a hydrating cream without peptides on one day and nothing on the next, a hide-out weekend day. I certainly noticed a difference. My areas of concern were back. That little test told me two things: 1) I need to use Revive Eye Concentrate every day, twice a day, as directed, and 2) a month's duration may not have produced lasting effects at the cellular level. That stands to reason, given a skin cell's life cycle. I've been using this product for two years. I would recommend Le Métier de Beauté Revive Eye Concentrate to everyone.

Another eye cream I love is Kate Somerville's KateCeuticals Multi-active Repair Lifting & Lineless Cream ($195), shown at the top of this feature. Rich and powerful, KateCeuticals Multi-Active Repair Lifting & Lineless Cream delivers unmistakable anti-aging results. This potent formula uses a proprietary blend of collagen-building peptides (there's that word again) to effectively tighten and lift the look of sagging skin, dramatically reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles with instant relief of dryness and long-term moisturization. Designed to renew and rejuvenate, this powerful formula creates a lifted look and bright, youthful glow. The following description from Kate Somerville describes the cream's merits.
  • A proprietary blend of peptides stimulates collagen production, helps prevent the breakdown of elastin, increases skin’s moisture levels, and dramatically reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkle.
  • Commiphora Mukul resin extract (from an Indian tree well-known in Ayurvedic medicine) produces a volumizing effect to plump the skin from within.
  • Blackberry leaf extract inhibits the breakdown of collagen.
  • Natural sugar beet root extract promotes collagen production and long-lasting hydration.
  • A unique brightening complex, featuring natural herbal extracts, improves luminosity and evens out skin texture and tone.
  • A special blend of soybean lipid extracts repairs the skin’s lipid barrier for long-term hydration.
Why do I love it? For the same reasons I love . It works. Not only that, I like the container, which dispenses just enough and not too much cream for one application. Press on the top and out pops a "dose." My makeup never rolls off in sheets when applied over it. You wouldn't believe how many eye creams can't handle normal color products like concealer or foundation.

I must mention another product that have pleased me enormously when I tested it: HydroPeptide Eye Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate ($60). I am currently testing a new product that's already showing me great results: RéVive Intensité Volumizing Eye Serum ($350).

There you go. Part 1 of my daily skin care. Bored yet?

Photos courtesy of Kate Somerville, Perricone MD, and Le Métier de Beauté's Revive Eye Concentrate

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Le Métier de Beauté Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo

There they go again, making skin care that's amazingly great. Le Métier de Beauté's new Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo ($150) is magnificent. I can't wait for you to try it and send feedback. The mask was just added to Le Métier de Beauté's awesome skin care line.

I was pumped when I learned that Le Métier de Beauté was introducing an eye mask. I am a pushover for anything that will erase the subtle signs of aging that are creeping in around my eyes. This new Ultra Hydrating Eye Mask Duo instantly delivers superior hydration. Inside each disposable pack. there are two translucent eye masks that form a moisture-sealing bond with the skin, allowing intensely hydrating ingredients to permeate deep lines into the delicate eye area.

After 15 minutes, the soothing benefits are immediately visible. The cooling mask has recovered dehydrated cells and boosted the skin's ability to retain moisture (so it keeps working after removal). My skin feels refreshed and restored - perhaps like a time capsule took me traveling back in time by about five years. I was extremely impressed.

I purchased the eye mask the second it arrived at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie - about a week ago. It comes in a box of eight - a two month supply. Then Le Métier de Beauté sent me a single-use packet. Heck yes, I accepted it! This stuff is fabulous. I pride myself on being pretty smart.

Why is the Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo special? Let's start with the patented shape, which applies like a second-skin. It soothes and cools on contact. Because the masks are individually wrapped, Le Métier de Beauté suggests you can take them with you and use them on the commute to work. during flights, or post-workout. True, but I have to admit, I would feel particularly crazy wearing the mask in public. What if a police officer stopped me for some reason? I'm sure he's be thinking, "Oh oh, I've got a whacko." I really don't recommend the mask be worn in public - perhaps in-flight is OK because a lot of people apply skin-care treatments at altitude. The masks look like two, transparent plastic pads stuck to your face under the eyes. Not an invisible or normal look.

I have tested mine resting on the bed and sitting at my computer to write. It doesn't seem to matter how or when you use the mask. It works any way. There is no slippage if you are sitting up.

So let's talk about results. On one occasion, I wore the mask for the prescribed 15 minutes. On the second, for about 25. I was on a roll writing a blog feature when I neglected to remove it after 15 minutes. On both occasions, I easily removed the two under-eye pads and looked in the mirror in shock. All the little lines around my eyes were gone. Just gone. The skin was plumped - that has to be how the expression lines were eliminated. Janice at Neiman Marcus told me the results would last, and she was absolutely right. I used the mask in early evening yesterday, and this morning, my eyes look just as good as they did when I finished up with the treatment. That tells me the area was significantly hydrated.

The most surprising thing I saw, other than the magnificent moisturizing effects, is that the area under my eyes was radiant. I can't explain it, but I saw that my skin was glowing - smooth and radiant. I wasn't expecting that, so I was doubly pleased. At that point, I wanted to call the owners of Le Métier de Beauté and suggest they really need to supply over-eye masks as well. These little miracles shouldn't be confined to the under-eye area.

You can see in the photo above that they come in a little tray. The tray is contained in the black envelope, which I opened by cutting with scissors across the top (carefully). As Janice had suggested, I removed the tray carefully and pulled back the clear plastic covering that was protecting the mask duo. It was all very easy. I then applied the masks and checked the clock. No problems at all! Janice felt customers should be warned to do all that carefully, but unless you are a total ditz, you shouldn't have any trouble removing and using the masks. Lay the packet on a flat surface logo side up, then peel back the left corner and carefully remove the individual masks from their trays. They will have added serum around them. Try to transfer it with the moist masks. Don't waste any time applying them after you open the packet. You will see the first time that they are large and cover the cheekbones.

Here are some facts Le Métier de Beauté supplied.The skin under the eyes tens to be thinner than the rest of the facial skin, making hydration a crucial factor in protecting the delicate eye area. Regular hydration prevents dryness and flaking under the eyes. This in turn reduces the look of wrinkles, dark circles, crow's feet, puffiness, and other not-so-attractive issues. Hydration is the first step in preventing the look of aging under the eyes.

They say you can use the masks daily, but to do that, you would need to have a healthy wallet.  With eight packets in each box, each treatment will cost $18.75. I don't know about you, but I couldn't use them every day. Would I love to? Yes, definitely, but I think I'll see how long the results last (fortified by eye cream, of course), and judge from there. Le Métier de Beauté does recommend that you follow the mask treatment with Revive Eye Concentrate (or your favorite eye cream). When the two products are used in combination, the eye area will show the added hydration for an extended period of time.

You can place them in the refrigerator for added cooling, which can help reduce puffiness. Put them in about 20 minutes before use. You'll get that frozen peas effect. You know that trick, right? Put frozen baby peas in a plastic bag, cover your eyes with gauze, lie down with the peas over the gauze, sinking into the crevices around the eyes, and rest for 20 minutes with your head on a pillow. Any puffiness will be gone.

The formula of these new Ultra Hydration Eye Masks is seaweed-based. The ingredients include glycerin, algin, sodium hyaluronate, collagen, licorice root extract, citric acid, and other skin-friendly, hydrating ingredients.

Le Métier de Beauté has a little "game" set up. They want you to mention Best Things in Beauty when you go to the store - or call - to purchase the Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo. I'm really not sure why we are playing this game, but if you would please mention my blog - especially at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie when you call Michael or a member of the team - I'd be grateful. You can reach Michael at (202) 966-9700, extension 2258 or 2236. Are we doing a study of the selling power of blogs? I suspect the answer is yes. I could have provided the answer with data, but, whatever.

You can purchase the Ultra Hydration Eye Mask Duo at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. I do not know when the launch will extend to other stores that carry the line.

I do highly recommend these little wonders. They work - even better than I expected. I'm going to lunch with an old friend today, and I won't have to worry that I look two years older than when he saw me last. That makes me very happy.

Photos courtesy of Le Métier de Beauté

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Natura Bissé Diamond Extreme Eye

I'll admit to being an eye cream connoisseur. I have tried everything in hopes of finding the best of the best. I have developed a very short and exclusive list of the best of the best. My most recent addition to the list is Natura Bissé's Diamond Extreme Eye ($195).

Let's get this out of the way, it's pricey. You pay for luxury. I've grown accustomed that that - whether it's for fashion, cosmetics, skin care, fragrance, or art and jewelry. I fell for Diamond Extreme Eye immediately, seeing effects within days of my first use, and I've been hooked for months. When I fall, I fall hard.

Natura Bissé has translated the "language of luxury" into an eye cream that does it all. This eye treatment is considered an energizing lift for the eyes. It offers a dual lifting effect under the skin's surface and externally. My fine lines and wrinkles (hush) have been notably minimized. They aren't gone, but I don't see them as often. The area around my eyes is much more hydrated - and the effect lasts all day and all night. I apply it morning and before bed. I don't really have dark circles, but Diamond Extreme Eye is said to help with them too. It definitely helps take puffiness out from around the eyes by improving microcirculation and banishing the excess moisture under the skin. Mine is caused by sleeping on my right side most of the time - a no-no, but you do what you have to do to sleep at night. Applying Diamond Extreme Eye makes the skin around my eyes look smooth and healthy, and it feels much silkier than it did before I started using it. My initial applications were from a generous gift I received after my Pure Air Bubble Diamond White Facial. I bought it after I ran out of the sample.

Why is it so good? Science explains it. The formula presents a combination of active ingredients that fight the signs of aging in our most vulnerable skin - around the eyes. This extraordinary cream fights sagging on both the upper and lower eye lids and basically makes the skin more resilient. I expect to use my eye creams both over and under. I have little patience for eye creams that I can only use above my eyes or below my eyes. My attitude is, "Oh please...develop a formula that won't creep into my eyes when applied above them, or forget about it." There's just no reason to have different products for "over and under."

Diamond Extreme Eye contains artemia salina, a bio-energy source derived from plankton, a marine extract considered to be a high-energy precursor that stimulates cell metabolism. It also contains an innovative regenerating molecule called Epidermal Self-Modulator to reinforce the skin's natural barrier by targeting the nucleus of aging skin cells for maximum results. Created through biotechnology procedures and tested using DNA technology, it has a proven capability to modulate the renewal process of the skin, resulting in radiance and luminosity.

That's not all. Diamond Extreme Eye contains other ingredients plentiful in Natura Bissé's Diamond Collection, including ursolic acid, amino acids, soy proteins, sweet pea extract, and vitamins. The ingredients that reduce puffiness are carefully selected botanical extracts, such as gotu-kola, nori, white water lily, edelweiss, and licorice - a wide variety of natural ingredients that protect and strengthen the area's circulatory and lymphatic systems. Other eye creams may contain one of these ingredients. Diamond Extreme Eye offers a full complement of them.

This eye treatment contains skin-identical lipids found in amaranth oil, as well as mango and shea butters. These active ingredients provide a protective barrier that protects against moisture loss and dehydration. My skin was softened from the first application - and that was during the harsh end-of-winter months.

As if all that weren't enough, Diamond Extreme Eye has light interfering pigments that alter the way light is reflected on the skin. That's one way it helps with dark circles and radiance.

This amazing cream even comes with directions for application that depend on your major concerns.
  • To smooth those fine lines and wrinkles, apply Diamond Extreme Eye directly on the wrinkle(s) by holding the skin between two fingers and performing gentle circular movements. 
  • To increase firmness and elasticity, apply the treatment by performing circular movements, working from the inner corner of the eyebrows and finishing by gently tapping the eye contour area with the tips of your fingers.
  • To prevent dryness and dehydration, apply a generous layer on the upper and lower lids and massage with circular motions until fully absorbed.
  • To diminish the appearance of under-eye circles, gently massage from the inner to outer corner and back, repeating at least three times.
  • To diminish signs of signs of fatigue and puffy eyes, apply the cream through gentle, slow pumping movements from the inner to outer corner and back, repeating at least three times.
Seriously, who's going to do all that? I tap or lightly blend Diamond Extreme Eye all around my eyes and let it absorb. I might give any puffy area a few extra taps to stimulate lymphatic drainage. That's it. It works magnificently, without the extra application help.

Where can you find this wonderful eye treatment? I purchased my latest at Neiman Marcus. It's also available at Natura Bissé's Web site and specialty boutiques, such as SPACE.NK. Try it, particularly if you have aging or dry skin like I do. I think you will be delighted. If you don't have dry or aging skin, Natura Bissé has multiple targeted lines. You should learn more about the brand. Finding Natura Bissé is like finding Wonderland. Do you keep your anti-aging secrets to yourself, or do you share them with friends?

Photos courtesy of Natura Bissé

Monday, April 30, 2012

Natura Bissé Eye Recovery Balm

Natura Bissé's new Eye Recovery Balm ($95) has quickly established itself as an essential in my skin-care routine. I'm an eye treatment "enthusiast." I prefer that term to other terms that suggest a dependency requiring intervention, even though those other terms may be appropriate here. This ultra-restorative treatment is fabulous.

Our eyes give away our thoughts, mood, and yes, unfortunately, age. The first telltale signs of aging often appear with fine lines around the eyes. While those lines don't terrify me (no Botox for me, thank you), I do prefer to minimize them and keep the fragile skin around my eyes looking refreshed and young.

When I had my wonderful Natura Bissé oxygen facial in February, I was introduced to Eye Recovery Balm by Michael Ann Guthrie, the National Director of Sales. Subsequently, she sent me a much larger sample, so I've been using this wonderful eye balm for about two months. That's plenty of time to see (and feel) results. Michael Ann knows that my skin is ultra-sensitive, and she knew I'd "take to" the NB•CEUTICAL line, which is tailored to sensitive skin - a pro-tolerance and intensive recovery solution. The product line contains protective and recuperative ingredients to help the skin increase its tolerance to internal and external elements and enhance recovery when affected. NB•CEUTICAL products are allergen-free and paraben-free.

Eye Recovery Balm contains a rejuvenating peptide complex formulated with state-of-the-art ingredients that visibly soften expression lines and wrinkles while strengthening the skin around the eye contour area and increasing elasticity. It soothes the skin through Sensorphine, a neuropeptide that provides immediate relief to the eye contour area and strengthens the skin's own self-defense mechanisms.

The formula also contains decongestant agents, such as a biotechnology extract rich in Vitamin PP that contains anti-fatigue properties; sugar extract from biofermented Zea Mays, which helps the eye area look rested; soothing and anti-stress ingredients, such as Allantoin, a-Bisabolol, d-Panthenol, and organic aloe vera, all of which improve the resilience of the eye contour area and prevent itching, tightness, and irritation. There are also anti-free radical ingredients, such as Betaine and Vitamins E and F that keep the skin hydrated, soft, and protected throughout the day.

I love everything about Eye Recovery Balm, from the way it feels, to the way it keeps my eye area looking moist and hydrated, to the pump-top container that dispenses exactly the right amount for an application. It's definitely a keeper - one I'd highly recommend. The balm actually looks like a thick balm, not a cream, but it absorbs quickly, preparing the way for makeup.

You can purchase Natura Bissé's Eye Recovery Balm online or at Natura Bissé counters, such as Neiman Marcus or SPACE.NK.

Photo courtesy of Natura Bissé

Thursday, November 17, 2011

iS Clinical YOUTH EYE COMPLEX

After several months of testing, I can proclaim iS Clinical's YOUTH EYE COMPLEX ($148) a definite keeper among the hundreds (probably thousands) of treatment products for the skin around our eyes. iS Clinical is an INNOVATIVE SKINCARE product. INNOVATIVE SKINCARE was developed by physicians, pharmacologists, and other medical and scientific professionals to bring effective, clinically validated skin care to the market.

YOUTH EYE COMPLEX uses "intelligent proteins" to combat the signs of aging at a cellular level. The proteins are called intelligent because they are clinically proven to target damaged cells and regenerate the skin, strengthening the dermal structure and encouraging the formation of collagen and elastin. Powerful peptides, key growth factors, and potent antioxidants are among the ingredients in the mix to rapidly reduce wrinkles, puffiness, and dark circles and keep the skin hydrated, smooth, and protected all day long.

Here's a photo of improvement shown on iS Clinical's Web site. Photos like this always leave me suspect. For one thing, I can't tell if the subject is smiling in one picture, but not the other. I can see a difference in eye makeup, with the before photo showing a much heavier application of a brown crease color, which can be aging. I could be totally snarky and suggest that the folks at iS Clinical airbrushed the 12-day photo, but I won't because I've used YOUTH EYE COMPLEX, and I've seen its results on my own skin. So have physicians and aestheticians.

Here is the bullet-point summary of what you can expect from YOUTH EYE COMPLEX.
  • Rapidly smoothes, hydrates, and reduces under-eye wrinkles
  • Reduces puffiness and dark circles
  • Improves skin hydration, firmness, and elasticity
  • Strengthens and thickens the delicate skin around the eyes
  • Offers immediate and long-term results
I like the creamy, lightweight feel of YOUTH EYE COMPLEX. To me, it feels like a milky serum. It absorbs almost instantly, leaving me with obvious hydration. I sometimes forget to apply an eye cream over it (something I would normally do over a serum) because the skin around my eyes feels moist "to my mind" and looks moist to my eyes. I use it morning and night, and I plan to keep it in my eye treatment rotation.

As you might expect from such a hydrating product, it contains sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid (HA) spheres. HA is nature's sponge. It's also filled with moisturizing ingredients, such as glycerin, dimethicone, and urea. Even more exciting, it has a cocktail of peptides, proteins, growth factors, and other state-of-the-art skin-care ingredients. It was clearly designed to work quickly and for the long haul.

What amazed me is that it contains retinyl palmitate. The rep had assured me it didn't before I started to use some samples he had provided. Retinyl palmitate usually turns me into a red hot mess, but I've never had an adverse reaction from YOUTH EYE COMPLEX. It's a good thing. I would have hunted him down if I had developed red, scaly eyelids. I use YOUTH EYE COMPLEX "over and under," but I don't use it below the crease on my eyelids.

It doesn't take much product for me to completely cover the skin around my eyes, and even though the container appears to be small, I've been using it for months (with one interruption to test another). I like the fact that the container is "packed" with product.

I like every iS Clinical product I've tried. To find out more about them, you can visit the INNOVATIVE SKINCARE Web site. Make sure to read about the science and the skin conditions that interest you.

INNOVATIVE SKINCARE is sold primarily at the practices of cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists, but the products are also available online. After I tried samples of the YOUTH EYE COMPLEX, provided by the company, I purchased more from SkinCareRx, a Best Things in Beauty advertiser. You can find a complete list of sources at this link.

Photo courtesy of INNOVATIVE SKIN CARE

Monday, September 26, 2011

In Depth: Le Métier de Beauté Revive Eye Concentrate

I promised an in-depth look at Le Métier de Beauté's fabulous new skin care after I had a month to try some of the products. Today, I'll report on the Revive Eye Concentrate ($175), the first product I purchased.

Why was it first? I love eye area treatments. I see signs of aging around my eyes. I have those pesky expression lines that prove I smile too much and have not been injected with Botox. I have a little crepiness over the crease - normal at my age, but annoying nonetheless. Additionally, my dry skin is particularly dry around my eyes. My eye area is the first to show dehydration. So, I started with Revive Eye Concentrate. Even though I wanted all the products, I couldn't afford to buy them all at once.

Revive Eye Concentrate with Syntoc Actif + HydrationPlus Complexe (to use its extended name) is an innovative eye treatment featuring a hydrating protein-peptide complex that penetrates the dermis to reduce puffiness and improve lymphatic circulation and elasticity. It's designed to repair and plump the delicate skin around the eyes. Using Le Métier de Beauté's exclusive Syntoc Actif delivery system, which delivers the active ingredients directly to the dermis where they are needed, it offers these key ingredients.
  • Hesperidin methyl chalcone decreases capillary permeability to reduce edema (water retention that causes puffiness and even worse, slackening skin).
  • A state-of-the-art dipeptide improves lymphatic circulation and further reduces edema.
  • Palmitoyl tetrapeptide, a regenerating peptide that has been shown to improve elasticity and strengthen the skin around the eyes. It can slow or inhibit glycation and inflammatory damage too.
In the past year or so, I have found eye creams with peptides to be enormously effective, and I'm a proponent of anti-glycation products. I was eager to get my hands on the Eye Concentrate, and I purchased it the first day in August it was available at Neiman Marcus. I've been using it twice/day since, about a month, except for a two-day test (read below).

The experience of using Revive Eye Concentrate is extremely pleasing. I really like the pump container, although I'll admit I had to learn to use a light hand. The first few times I pumped, I got too much product. I used the excess around my mouth because I didn't want to waste it. I've got the touch perfected now. The only thing I might request to improve the container is the addition of a window. I'd like to know how much I'm using and when I'm approaching the day I need to buy a new one. I imagine one day I'll pump and get a spurt, but it would be nice to know when I must head to the store. I will buy this eye treatment again!

The light pink, creamy serum smells like rose hip oil. It's a very light, pleasant fragrance that I smell on application, but not long after. I use it over and under my eyes. The concentrate absorbs rapidly, leaving the feeling and look of moisture on my skin without any greasiness that can interfere with makeup or trap water overnight. I have found that it's perfect for use on its own; I don't need any additional cream around my eyes.

Even better, it works - really well. Since I started using it, I've noticed two major changes. The crepiness on the inner side of my eyes over the crease has been reduced significantly, making my eyes look younger and better, and the fine lines under my eyes have been blurred. I can crinkle my face (or smile) and force them to reappear, but they have definitely diminished. I've also experienced no puffiness in the morning - even after one nine-hour night sleeping on my side.

I found the effects to be somewhat miraculous, so I decided to go two days in my test period without it. I used a hydrating cream without peptides on one day and nothing on the next, a hide-out weekend day. I certainly noticed a difference. My areas of concern were back. That little test told me two things: 1) I need to use Revive Eye Concentrate every day, twice a day, as directed, and 2) a month's duration may not have produced lasting effects at the cellular level. That stands to reason, given a skin cell's life cycle. I'm just now nearing a turnover, at one month, and I hadn't finished a complete cycle when I ran my two-day test.

The verdict? I would recommend Le Métier de Beauté Revive Eye Concentrate to everyone. I think it will work well for any skin type because of its lightweight texture and rapid absorption. It's one of the best eye treatments I've ever used. Those of us who know Le Métier de Beauté would expect nothing less. Topping it will be tough for the competition.

You can purchase Le Métier de Beauté's Revive Eye Concentrate at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. Neiman Marcus has a live chat tomorrow, September 27, with a Le Métier de Beauté expert from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm CT. You can get to the chat from this link if you have any questions you'd like to ask.

Photo courtesy of Neiman Marcus