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I recently did a giveaway for Dr. Perricone's No Foundation, Foundation. In talking with the rep at Perricone, I expressed an interest in trying some of the products for myself. The generous rep at Perricone sent me a product to try that I have been lusting after for quite some time. The product?
Dr. NV Perricone High Potency Eye Lift
As you may or may not know. I'm a tad obsessed with eye creams. My eyes are showing signs of age, fine lines, slightly saggy skin on the eyelids. Thankfully I have very little darkness under my eyes but there is many a morning when my eyes are puffy and droopy all at the same time. There was an eye gel by Sisley that I adored, but I found it too expensive and slightly unstable as the natural botanicals in that product have a fairly short shelf life. I have been searching for a great alternative and I think I may have found a nice one with the Dr. Perricone High Potency Eye Lift product.
Dr. Perricone describes this as a "fast absorbing intensive eye treatment....helps repair the advanced signs of aging around the delicate eye area...". According to Dr. Perricone the High Potency Eye Lift is supposed to actually lift your skin around the eyes while also minimizing deep wrinkles and nags under the eyes. It is able to do this by using "patented anti-aging ingredients: DMAE and Phospholipids....[and] Pycnogenol...".
DMAE has been used for several years in the skin care industry, but there have not been many tests done that actually prove it is good for you...alternatively there haven't been many tests done to prove that it's bad for you either.
DMAE is a short for dimethylaminoethanol, a naturally occurring substance that facilitates the synthesis of a neurotransmitter acetylcholine.
Well I'm no chemist, but I'm not a rube either. A lot of the articles about DMAE on the web are either advertisements or scare tactic articles provided by organizations with an ulterior motive. the most objective article I found was one from SmartSkinCare.com HERE It also provides an secondary article about safety concerns with using DMAE products HERE
Here is an expert that gets to the point about DMAE. "DMAE is better known and researched as a "smart drug" than a skin firming agent. In a number of studies, DMAE has been shown to reduce age-related decline in cognitive causes some degree of skin tightening. However, despite speculation it remains unclear how ability and memory." "The DMAE-skin connection is less researched. It has been demonstrated that DMAEDMAE firms the skin..." "Whatever the mechanism, the effect of DMAE is often noticeable although seldom dramatic. Besides, even though DMAE can't fully reverse the existing facial sag, it may reduce its further progression. Some people report a cumulative effect with continued use of DMAE. "
OK. Sorry to get all technical on you, but when talking skin care and special chemicals I like to get as detailed as possible. I promise not to bore you with any other chemical speak for the rest of this post.
I used this product for 45 days. I used it twice a day morning and evening. I noticed that there was a slight, tightening of the skin around my eyes and on my lids. I did notice a slight reduction in the puffiness in and around my eyes at the end of the 45 days. My eyelids seem slightly less hooded. I do not have deep wrinkles around my eyes, but I did not notice an increase in the fine lines that already formed around my eyes.
The product itself was fairly light and liquidy. It comes in the Perricone signature brown glass bottle. It has a pump top that can be easily locked for travel. The pump dispenses too much product. It took some time to get used to how far I needed to press the pump down to obtain the appropriate amount of product. If I used a full pump's worth I would have enough product for three sets of eyes or a ton of product that wouldn't skin into my skin for one set of eyes. I liked that the product itself felt lightweight absorbed quickly, providing one does not use too much. I could easily apply eye makeup over the product and it was moisturizing enough that I didn't feel the need to have a stronger product around my eyes....however, the formula may not feel moisturizing enough to those with very dry skin. I did not experience any milla or breakouts from the product and trust me, I have had eye creams do terrible things to my skin. This is NOT one of those creams.
Do you NEED this? Well at $95 USD for 0.05 fl oz I'm hesitant to say one way or another. After 45 days of use at two times a day the eye cream is a little less than half way finished. I am taking into account that in the beginning I overused the product from the pump that dispensed too much. I think that I can get another 3 or more months of use or more out of the rest of this product. Spending $95 every 5 months or so seems awfully high to me. However, the results justify the price and I expect things to only improve after continued use. Since I have noticed an increase in the firmness of skin on and around my eyes I will be buying this once I run out. Yes. It did seem to lift the skin around my eyes. Yes. I didn't notice any new lines or deepening of existing lines around my eyes. No. I'm not convinced that DMAE is effective or unsafe or safe. There has not been enough credible research done. But I'm going to throw caution to the wind and continue to use this product.
Aqua (Water), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Undecylenoyl Phenylalanine, Phosphatidylcholine, Isopropyl Palmitate, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimethyl MEA (DMAE), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Seed Oil, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Glycerin, Resveratrol, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Disodium EDTA, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydroxydecyl Ubiquinone, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Tocopherol, Copper Gluconate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Astaxanthin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7.