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Raise your hand if you’ve ever said the words “I don’t need an eye cream, I have a multi-tasking facial moisturizer for that.” It’s understandable how you might arrive at that thought, given the sheer amount of facial creams, gels, serums, and tonics promising solutions to a multitude of skin care concerns. But we’re here to tell you that your precious peepers deserve a whole lot more love than just a few dabs of your favorite facial moisturizer, because the eyes need more targeted treatment based on your skin type and complexion needs. Moisturizers will be made with different ingredients to address the needs of the skin on the face (whether your complexion is drier, more oily, or acne-prone), and the same applies to the eyes.

Repêchage makes products designed to treat the eye contour area based on your unique skin profile. For example, creams are better suited for dry skin, while gels and serums are better suited for oilier complexions and/or an eye contour area that tends to get puffy. So, to answer the question “Should I invest in a targeted eye-zone treatment?” We say “100 percent, YES” for the following reasons:

  • The delicate eye area (where skin is ultra-thin and vulnerable due to constant muscle use) is the  first place on the face to show signs of aging — dark undereye circles, sagging skin, and crow’s feet 
  • Since the eye contour area is vulnerable to dryness, it can lead to premature fine lines as well as swelling and puffiness 
  • Products that are specifically formulated for the eyes keep the area looking soft, smooth, and supple,without irritation like stinging, burning, and inflammation 

What ingredients are particularly beneficial for the eye-zone? There are several key actives that work best for the eye area, but these are the regulars we infuse into many of our best-selling Repêchage eye remedies :

Caffeine 

Puffiness can be caused by fluid building up in the undereye area or — just as easily — from blood vessels dilating under the ultra-thin eyelid skin. The best kept secret for combatting puffiness is caffeine (found in coffee plants and tea leaves), which is known to help constrict the appearance of blood vessels. When used, it helps reduce the appearance of swelling and brightens the appearance of dark circles. 

Peptides

With the more fragile undereye area, a big issue as you age is loss of collagen. Elasticity and fibers in the skin break down and contribute to wrinkles, fine lines, and general skin crepeness (when the skin resembles crepe paper in thinness and proneness to wrinkles). Peptides; however, are powerful amino acid agents (protein building blocks) that work to help improve skin’s texture and promote greater skin elasticity. At Repêchage, we use Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, and Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, most frequently. 

Chrysin

The eye contour area is also subject to hyperpigmentation and an appearance of dark circles or bags under the eyes. That’s why a naturally skin-conditioning compound like Chrysin is something to look out for. The flavonoid simultaneously brightens and evens skin’s tone as it helps improve circulation and diminishes the look of shadows in this fragile area. 

Here are five of our absolute favorite products that zero in on unique eye concerns (be it dark circles or puffiness, wrinkles or crow’s feet, or overall dullness, dryness, and fatigue): 

  1. BIOLIGHT® Frost Bright™ Eye Contour Gel: Cooling and refreshing, this illuminating gel brings Caffeine, Cucumber Oil, and two potent peptides together to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and instantly awaken tired-looking eyes. The inclusions of Daisy Flower extract and Licorice Root extract provide bold brightening effects, which beautifully complement the anti-aging eye wins.   
  2. Opti-Firm® Eye Contour Cream: This lightweight eye cream is a treat for ALL skin types. Packed with three powerful peptides, our exclusive seaweed extracts (plus an extremely effective marine bio-peptide, Ulva Lactuca), hyaluronic acid, ginkgo biloba, and chrysin, the soft and silky formula restores the delicate skin around the eyes, promoting a much more refreshed, youthful-looking, and stress-less glow. 
  3. Vita Cura® Opti-Lift Serum: Once you’ve cleansed and toned, apply this lightweight and non-sticky serum around the eyes and let it sink in (literally). The patented formula utilizes a three-dimensional biopolymer from Pure Almond Protein, Ulva Lactuca to restore the appearance of elasticity, and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 to diminish the appearance of crow's feet and other signs of premature aging.
  4. Hydra Dew Pure™ Eye Contour CreamFollowing cleansing and moisturizing, apply ths luxe, but light eye cream composed of four Seaweed extracts, hyaluronic acid, caffeine extracts, and Peptide to the eye contour area in a circular motion. The ingredients work together to reduce puffiness and ameliorate the appearance of wrinkles, all while creating smoother, younger-looking skin. Not to mention, it’s clinically proven to reduce lines and wrinkles by up to 44 percent in just two weeks’ time. So, if you need any additional ammunition to start your eye care game, this is it. 
  5. Eye Rescue Pads With Seaweed and Natural Tea Extracts:  And when you just want to give your eyes a break and a little R & R, these convenient, pre-saturated pads are just what the esthetician ordered (no, really, though, these are actually used in every single Repêchage professional, in-spa treatment). The cotton pads are soaked with nutrient-rich Seaweed, Cucumber, Aloe, Caffeine, and a powerful, antioxidant-rich Yerba Matte and Green Tea and Rooibos blend. Your eyes will feel like they’re on vacation while you let them steep under the pads — and once you remove them from your eyelids (after 10 minutes or more), you’ll see a reduction in the appearance of dark circles, fatigue, fine lines, and puffiness. We say rescuefor a reason! 

And one last pearl of wisdom from Shiri Sarfati, Repêchage Executive Vice President, wellness guru, and skin care expert (+ licensed esthetician) when it comes to the importance of massage and effective application of eye care products:  

“Manual finger-pressure massage will help with puffiness and dark circles as well as wrinkles. If you can’t go for a  professional eye treatment that includes an eye contour massage, at home use light tapping movements, also known as tapotement, with your fingers when applying your eye contour cream to decrease the appearance of wrinkles. You can also utilize the mini silver ball massage applicators included with the eye contour cream. Not only do these mini massagers reduce the amount of friction when applying cream to this delicate area, they also provide a mild cooling effect on the skin., Avoid rubbing or moving the skin back and forth that further enhances skin wrinkling.” 

That’s right, our Opti-Firm® Eye Contour Cream comes with a free mini Silver Ball Massager! So, don’t miss out!


1 Response

Cynthia Carroll
Cynthia Carroll

March 28, 2022

This is a wonderfully informative article. Thank you for sharing all the information included.

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