Which Ingredients to Look For in an Eye Cream/Gel

One of my goals for 2016 was to get serious about my skin care routine. This may have been brought on by the fact that I’m now 24 and am starting to take an interest in the wrinkles forming around my eyes but I also feel like my skin has changed dramatically since I’ve been in the UK.

I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather, the hard water or central heating (or a combination of all three), but my skin in general is not happy.

(For the newbies, I’m South African – the only thing I had to worry about was putting sunscreen on my face. The water is soft and the air is humid ALL the time. A light moisturiser was enough for me.)

Now, my cheeks have gotten so dry, that they flake. Ewe.
All of a sudden I started noticing new wrinkles that I swear were not there 6 months ago. I’ve read that dry skin exaggerates existing flaws and boy, do I need to start slathering on the anti-aging cream! My freckles that used to hide the majority of my acne scars have faded so the truth is slowly becoming more and more apparent.

I’ve been researching / reading A LOT about skin care over the last few months and have bought so many different products since January, I’m not sure I’m going to be able to use them all before they expire.

Today I’d like to talk about my biggest concern; the wrinkles around my eyes.

Aging and wrinkles are a part of life but I’m going to do everything I can to slow down the process, starting with a good eye gel. I’ve been using OZ Naturals’ Super Youth Eye Gel*

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Skin takes months before it shows improvement so I am not going to do any before and after photos. I’ve only been using this gel for three weeks and expect to see real results in April (three months from now). Instead, I’m going to tell you why I’ve been using this gel, what’s in it, and if I like it.

Why am I using this particular eye gel?

I was intrigued by the ingredients. I’m a firm believer in four things when it comes to skin care: Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. If a product has any of those four ingredients, then I want in on it because I KNOW they work.

This product is also 75% organic, vegan and cruelty free. It is non-comedogenic, does not contain parabens, sulfates or alcohol.

The ingredients

Featured:
Hyaluronic Acid
Vitamin E
Peptide Complex
Matrixyl 3000
Plant Stem Cells

Full List:
“Organic Aloe, Matrixyl 3000, Palmitoyl Triepeptide-3, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Plant Stem Cells, Cucumber Hydrosol, Organic Jojoba Oil, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Carrageenan Gum, Silk Amino Acid Blend (Sodium L-Pyrrolidone Carboxylate, Sodium Lactate, L-Arginine, L-Aspartic Acid, L-Pyrrolidonecarboxylic Acid, Glycine, L-Alanine, L-Serine, L-Valine, L-Proline, L-threonine, L-Isoleucine, L-Histidine, L-Phenylalanine), Wildcrafted Periwinkle, Organic Licorice, Wildcrafted Eye Bright, Wildcrafted Reishi, Organic Gotu Kola, Frankincense, Vitamin E, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin” **

Jumps for joy that it contains Aloe! My skin loves Aloe!

Claims

“Addresses every single eye area concern:
dark circles, wrinkles, sagging, puffiness, dryness… it’s all taken care of by this Super Youth Eye Gel!” **

Directions

“Dab around eyes, including eyelids. You may or may not wish to follow with a moisturizer depending on your skin’s needs as this eye gel can also act as a light moisturizer. Can be applied multiple times per day.” **

Some of you may be going ‘Matrixyl 3000 whaaaaaat?’ So here’s a quick science lesson.

Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid is a natural structural component of skin and is found in our connective tissue. It is excellent at retaining moisture.

It’s an anti-aging super hero because it
improves skin’s moisture content,
strengthens the outer layer of skin,
reduces inflammation and
defends against free radicals.

Since it increases the moisture content in skin, your skin will look plumper and this will smooth fine lines. Hyaluronic acid mostly comes in a watery gel form that is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive and oily skin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is antioxidant – it helps to stop free radicals.

A free radical is an oxygen molecule that has lost an electron, making it unstable. Free radicals cause cellular damage. Antioxidants donate the missing electron, making the molecule stable and stops it from causing damage. This is why antioxidants in all forms (food, skin care etc) are so good for you, except when you have cancer, in which case you need to avoid them as they help the cancer cells repair themselves too. (This is what my mom’s oncologist mentioned.)

Vitamin E is also easily absorbed by the skin so it is often included in products to help the other ingredients with absorption. The ingredients hitch a ride down into the skin’s layers with the Vitamin E.

Vitamin E is also
an excellent moisturiser,
anti-inflammatory and
repairs damaged skin.

Peptides

A peptide is a molecule consisting of 2 or more amino acids and are smaller than proteins. When amino acids form long chains, they are called proteins.

Most peptides act as moisture binding agents and assist will cell communication so that it (the cell) can repair itself better.

Collagen is a protein, so peptides boost collagen production which firms and plumps the skin. Although they smooth the skin, it is not the answer for deep set wrinkles – you will need Botox or filler for those.

Peptides take three to four months to work and you have to be consistent. When you stop applying them, the process starts reversing.

Matrixyl 3000

This is just a trademarked peptide combination. Part of the combination was synthesized in a lab.

Plant Stem Cells

This is the only ingredient that I am skeptical about. I’m not sure it it’s because I’ve never, to my knowledge, used a product containing it, up until now, but I just don’t know about this one. I’m not staying it doesn’t work – I just don’t know enough about plant stem cells and their benefits to humans to comment on it.

According to an article *** I read, most plant stem cells for cosmetic use are derived from apples and they support the skin’s cellular turn over time.

That concludes today’s lesson!

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What I like about this product

I mentioned earlier that if it contains Retinol, Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamin C or Vitamin E, then I will buy it. This product has two of my four holy grail ingredients in it (Hyaluronic Acid and Vitamin E) as well as Aloe for good measure.

It’s cooling on the skin and I think it would be a great idea to keep this in the fridge so that the cooler temperature further assists with puffy eyes. If I kept it in the fridge though, I’d forget about it so this gel lives on my night stand.

It has the faintest melon smell that I actually love – I didn’t think I would.

I really like the simple, unassuming little container. The push pump is convenient and it doesn’t get clogged.

It is still too early to say, without a doubt that ‘this works’. It will take months before I can answer that, but so far I have noticed an improvement of the skin texture around my eyes. My skin looks smoother, more radiant and even. The wrinkles I’ve been watching still seem the same but at least the tiny ones have filled up.

I apply this before the rest of my moisturiser and I let it soak in completely. My makeup sits well on top and acts as a light weight primer.

It’s cost effective ($20 or £14 for 15ml) and if you have Amazon Prime then you get free shipping! I can’t see inside the container, but I think I am a third of the way through after three weeks so this will last you 2 months at least.

I cannot fault this eye gel at all and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Where to Buy

You can order it online from their website or on Amazon.

Stay Sparkly!

 

* PR Sample
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