This article originally appeared in the September 21st, 2020 edition of *Harper’s Bazaar Online*
Written by Marianne Mychaskiw, Photography by: Mariano Restrepo
Simone Silverman, founder of interview platform The Silver Women, wanted to alleviate the crepey texture on her lids. Marilee Holmes, an attorney with a leadership position at a major fashion brand, wanted to improve her undereye circles and restore the moisture her concealer zapped from the area. Both women are hard-working entrepreneurs—and neither has time for skincare products that don’t work. Despite having vastly different skin concerns, we challenged the two to swap their current eye product with the StriVectin Peptight 360˚ Tightening Eye Serum, which promises to tackle all of them.
This serum’s triple-peptide formula mixes together oligopeptides, which, according to cosmetic chemist Ginger King, can target collagen to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles; dipeptides, which she says may help boost lymphatic drainage—along with the cooling metal tip—to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles; and tetrapeptides, which she says can have a skin-brightening effect. “When combined, the three different peptides are used to target different, commonly-seen issues around the eye area,” she says. She adds that the serum contains other complexion-improving ingredients including de-puffing caffeine and hydrating microalgae and algae ferment.
Holmes and Silverman test-drove the product for four weeks, recording the changes to their eye-areas.
Simone’s Eye Concerns: Crepey Texture and Puffiness
Silverman, who is in her early 50s, has noticed gradual changes to her skin as she got older—particularly the appearance of wrinkles and crepiness on her lids. According to dermatologist Marie Hayag, the eye area is prone to wrinkles due to the collagen breakdown that accompanies aging. “Collagen is what gives skin strength and resiliency to fight against gravity, which is why the thin skin around the eye area shows signs of stretching and sagging long before the rest of our skin,” she says. She suggests using a peptide-rich formula to combat these changes, as they are specifically designed to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and smooth crepey skin.
By week four, Silverman observed that her eyes appeared more awake. “My skin felt smoother and more refreshed—even now when I touch it, it feels nice and smooth.” The light wrinkles on her upper lids, which was most noticeable when she wore makeup, was less evident under a layer of eyeshadow and the texture appeared softer.
She also mentioned that the eye treatment made her eye area look less puffy. According to Hayag, the cool temperature of the metal applicator helps to constrict swollen blood vessels, which helps to reduce under eye bags.
After using the StriVectin Peptight 360˚ Tightening Eye Serum
Hayag notes that dark circles can be caused by a variety of factors like genetics and lifestyle. King says the product’s peptide blend and use of Kakadu plum extract can help alleviate this darkness. “Kakadu plum extract contains the highest level of vitamin C from fruits,” King says. “This can help to brighten the look of the eye area.” Hayag is also a fan of the antioxidant-rich Kakadu. “It helps to improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation of dark circles caused by rubbing, fluid retention, and lack of sleep.”
Marie V. Hayag, M.D.
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