If you regularly read my contributions around here, you know skin care is of the utmost importance to me. While I have a lengthy, well researched list of personal faves that I am quite loyal to, trying out new products remains one of my favorite hobbies. Which is why writing for this site is so fantastic! I dance with glee every time I get an email asking if I would be interested in trying out a new product. But when my lovely editor Jenny contacted me about trying out the Wrinkle Free Eyes 20 Minute Eye Lift System, I wasn’t sure. I am fairly young (28), and lucky enough to not be experiencing significant aging in the eye area. Jenny encouraged me to give the product a try anyway, and a few days later a nifty little kit arrived in my mailbox:
What I did not realize upon initially agreeing to do the review is that the kit contained two more fabulous products: Retinol Intensive Night Cream and the 24 Hour Facelift. Then I was excited. Why? Well, just like everyone else, I deal with dark circles from time to time. And this kit arrived at a particularly stressful time in my life. Even more distressing, I had recently discovered a few smile lines around my mouth that I (only kind of) jokingly informed my friends I was going to get Botox-ed.
So I first decided to tackle the smile lines- they aren’t exactly deep-set, but they do seem to collect make-up in them, making them more visible. According to the product literature, this product contains time-released Hyaluronic Acid which works within the skin’s surface all day long, visibly decreasing the look of fine lines and surface wrinkles. It basically acts as a line filler. Sounds good to me! I applied the product to these parenthesis lines at the beginning of the day. I was not quite sure what a reasonable expectation was with regards to a line filler. I did not notice any immediate change or reduction in the appearance of the lines. But what I did notice at the end of the day is no makeup collection. I used to have two small lines that were basically filled with a pool of foundation and powder. This product significantly reduced that effect at the end of the day. Score one for 24 Hour Line Filler!
Second, I decided to give the Retinol treatment a try. Now, I know the product is called “night time” and is supposed to be applied at night. But one morning, I woke up with crazy dark circles under my eyes due to some rough worry-laden sleeping. I decided to apply this product to my face because I knew that retinol is a dark circle reducer. So I patted a little into the skin below my eyes. What happened next SHOCKED me. I came back to the mirror a few minutes later to begin applying my makeup. The dark circles? Had ENTIRELY EVAPORATED. I was completely taken aback. The Retinol Intensive Night Cream is a much more affordable product than my normal night cream and it had an even more dramatic dark circle reduction effect. Consider me impressed. In my opinion, this was definitely the most impressive product of the bunch.
The last item I put to use was the Micro Charged Patches. These patches, which you place around your eye area for 20 minutes, are supposed to utilize a gentle micro-charge process which activates on contact with skin for faster, deeper, more effective absorption of retinol. After removing them, I closely inspected my eye area. Admittedly, it was a little difficult to discern exactly what the patches had done, as I do not have crow’s feet. However, I will say that you can definitely feel an effect as the patches do their magic. The area felt more moisturized for hours after I removed the patches. When I couple the highly moisturized feeling with the results I saw from using the retinol treatment, I feel pretty confident that the retinol coupled with the patches would be a highly effective delivery mechanism for this product. But again, as I do not have significant aging effects around my eyes, it was somewhat difficult for me to evaluate the effectiveness of the patches on wrinkles.
Overall, I was definitely impressed with these products. I will definitely continue to use the Retinol Night Cream, as well as the 24 Hour Facelift on the smile lines. I am not far enough along in the aging process to make use of the Micro Charged Patches, but if you are a victim of crow’s feet, I certainly would recommend trying this product! It is available at a long list of stores, and retails for$29.99, a skin care bargain! Learn more about the products at University Medical’s site today!