Monday 22 January 2018

Give Dr. Gross all your money

I’ve always had unrealistic expectations of eye creams.

I wanted an eye cream that’d lighten my dark circles, reduce puffiness, keep fine lines at bay, and prevent all signs of ageing forever. I also wanted a cream that’d stop me feeling self-conscious about said raccoon eyes, and that wouldn’t break the bank. Nothing’s worked in this very realistic way.

But I’d never re-purchased an under-eye treatment until Dr. Dennis Gross.

Right now, I’m friends with the Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream. Before this, I went through two bottles of the Ferulic+ Retinol Eye Serum before it was taken off the market for ages to be reformulated (I think it has been) and repackaged (it’s back in stock now).

This is a firming and hydrating treatment, with retinol and the antioxidant, ferulic acid. As per Cult Beauty, this cream has “an advanced ECG Complex – containing ellagic and gallic acids alongside collagen – works to iron out creases, crows feet and ‘eleven’ lines, while the cocktail of actives trigger an immediate firming, tightening and lightening effect.”

So what else is in it?

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Isododecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Lauryl Dimethicone, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glyceryl Behenate, Ceteareth-20, Collagen Amino Acids, Ferulic Acid, Gallic Acid, Ellagic Acid, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Retinol, Aminobutyric Acid, Caffeine

For me, it’s made my under-eye area look healthier. My fine lines are less noticeable, and it’s lifted some of the darkness. My texture has improved, it no longer looks papery and tight, and there’s a fullness I appreciate that lasts for days. If I could just get more sleep, I’m sure my skin would appreciate that.

I’ll admit, I preferred the delivery system of the serum, but at this stage pots are hard to avoid. Just don’t stick your fingers in it every night. I use a clean cotton bud instead. It’s hard to know how quickly ingredients degrade with opening a pot, but what can we do? Pots, pots everywhere!

At £59 for 15ml, it’s a bit pricey. But if there’s one thing I’m okay with investing in its eye creams.

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