Friday, February 28, 2014

Retinol Eye Cream

Q. The skin under my eyes is getting so wrinkly. What can I use? 

A. Retinol. It is a great ingredient for reducing wrinkles. It can't get rid of them, but it can lessen them. 
Retinol is a vitamin A derivative. It's is found in prescription skin care creams such as Retin A and Renova. It is also found in non prescription skin care cream in a lower concentration.

 Retinol increases cell turn over and stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the skin making the skin younger and firmer looking. Retinyl acetate, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, retinyl aldehyde, and retinal are some of the form of retinol used in anti aging creams.

Look for an eye cream containing retinol that is in a tube or a pump bottle instead of a jar. Retinol loses it's strength when exposed to air. 

You can also use an eye serum before you apply your eye cream for a double shot of wrinkle fighting retinol. A serum is a thinner liquid than a cream. A serum quickly penetrates the skin. It is more of a treatment than a moisturizer so a moisturizing eye cream goes on top.

Retinol can be irritating. Look for retinol palmitate and retinol linoeate on the ingredient list if you are sensitive. Use your retinol eye cream everyday unless you are sensitive. If you are sensitive and get irritated, try using it every 2-3 days. It is a good idea to use a soothing nourishing eye cream on the days when you are not using the retinol cream to keep the eye area hydrated.

Here are some retinol eye treatments that get high ratings:

Dr. Dennis Gross Age Erase Moisture with Mega 10 for Eyes. It contains retinol palmitate. $35. Less on Amazon:

Click here to shop for Dennis Gross eye cream.

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic and Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum $68. Less on Amazon:

Click here to shop for Dr. Dennis Gross eye serum 

Murad Intensive Wrinkle Reducer. It contains retinol palmitate. A bit pricey at $95. Also less on Amazon, of course:

Click here to shop for Murad Eye Cream.

Have a Younger Looking, Beautiful Day!

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