An “eye wrinkle cream” is a term used for any anti-aging cream used around the eye area. Essentially, an eye wrinkle cream could be sold in a jar, like a standard wrinkle cream, in a tube, like a standard eye cream, or in a pump, like an eye serum. “Eye wrinkle cream” is simply a marketing buzzword that has become a popular internet search term when people start searching for an eye cream, eye serum, or wrinkle cream that is applied under the eyes. The product is typically marketed to a more mature audience, those that have deeper, more intense wrinkles and fine lines.
The biggest difference is that an actual “wrinkle cream” is usually associated with Retinol. Retinol is said to be one of the few repairing substances that is able to pass beneath the upper layers of the epidermis to the layers of skin containing collagen and elastin, resulting in what some would call “a face lift” on a much less dramatic scale of course. There are no creams that will actually provide the same results as a face lift. Retinol claims to be more effective than other products because it is:
- A special form of vitamin A
- A natural ingredient found in fish oils and liver
- An anti-oxidant that reduces the risk of cancer
- A free radical neutralizer
- A promoter of cell growth stimulation and reproduction
Retinol is not anything new to the skin care world. In fact, it’s been around for a very long time. Vitamin A’s chemical makeup was identified in 1931, by Swiss chemist Paul Karrer. He was rewarded with a Nobel Prize for his discovery. Retinol was a slightly rickety compound, prone to quick degeneration when exposed to oxygen and light. By the 1960s, researchers were metabolizing retinol into its more stable (and more active) cousin retinoic acid and were beginning to understand its tremendous power in skin-care applications.
There are many products on the market containing Retinol, perhaps one of the more popular products is the RoC line.
Other Retinol based products include:
- Revita-Lift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair Night Cream – contains Pro Retinol A
- Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream SPF15 – contains Retinol
Retin-A—a brand name for retinoic acid (also known as tretinoin)—was FDA-approved in 1971 as a prescription-strength treatment for acne, but skin care experts noticed almost immediately that a lot more than just breakouts were vanishing. Fine lines and wrinkles were disappearing as well!
Retinol can be very harsh on the skin and cause adverse reactions. Some Retinol products actually require a prescription from a dermatologist. Today there are three prescription-strength retinoids: tretinoin (brands include Atralin, Avita, Retin-A, Retin-A Micro, Renova), tazarotene (Avage, Tazorac), and adapalene (Differin). Many dermatologists find tazarotene stronger (and potentially more irritating) than tretinoin. Adapalene is the most gentle of the three, but may be less effective.
Consumers should use Retinol with care and caution and start with a small area before applying over the entire facial area or neck. Retinol can dry out the skin, as the primary function of retinol is turn over dead skin cells, allowing new skin to surface. In order to turn over dead skin, it must be sloughed off, but the only way to slough off dry skin is to dry it out! Contrary to popular belief, the use of a Retinol based product should not make you sensitive to sun light.
As with any product, you’ll have to determine if this is the right product for you based on the needs of your skin.