Product Type: Boots body care
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Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Reduce Eye Cream
Member Name: dawnmarywhite
Boots Time Delay Wrinkle Reduce Eye Cream
Advantages: Absorbs well, has really worked for me
I bought this a long time ago when I received the frequent £5 off voucher in store. It is only in the last 8 months however that I have been using it semi-religiously, as I have started taking proper care of my skin. I'm 28 currently and don't have any wrinkles as such around my eyes, but I can of course see the fine lines at the corners that crease when I smile or laugh and I figure it's never too early to start protecting and fighting them! Especially as I am a smoker also. I do plan to grow old gracefully but I would like to keep my skin nice; after all, everyone sees your face. Plus, with my voucher I only had to put about £2 to the cost of it which was definitely a reason this ended up in my possession!
~~~ Ingredients - the what & why ~~~
Well, since I have looooooong thrown out the outer box, I consulted the Boots website to see what this cream actually contains. We are told it has an "antioxidant skin-firming complex" and "light diffusing particles" for radiance. Combing through the ingredients list, this is what I found.
--- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is derived from coconut oil and glycerin, and is present in the second highest quantity, after water. This is primarily used in skin care to prevent moisture loss by leaving a barrier on the skin. Interestingly, it has a very long shelf life.
--- Mica is a natural mineral with a very 'flat' chemical structure and light refracting qualities; the flatness lets it against the skin, where it reduces the appearance of lines by reflecting light. Mica is present in the third highest quantity. Sounding pretty good, right?
--- Vitamin C (in a decent quantity and a stable form), which has antioxidant qualities and also aids in the production of collagen. It is important though for vitamin C to be present not only in relatively high concentrations, but also as a stable form. Otherwise it will have no positive effect and can actually have potentially negative effects on the skin - beware of ultra cheap vitamin C creams!
--- Hydrolysed wheat protein is included, in the first 50% of the ingredients list, for its nourishing, smoothing and firming properties. It also apparently has pore minimising capabilities so sounds a bit magic!
--- Vitamin A derived from palm oil, again for claimed general anti aging properties.
--- Saccharomyces lysate extract, also known as live yeast cell derivative or dermal respiratory factor, is thought to promote collagen synthesis, act as an anti inflammatory and to soothe and moisturise, but there is in fact not much to back this up at all.
Now, at the end of the list are some other extracts, they and their claims are as follows - white lupin (plumps, firms and tones); ginseng (tones and invigorates) and white mulberry (skin lightener).
Whew. And that's not even the entire ingredients list.
~~~ First impressions ~~~
This cream comes in a 15ml transparent tube with a very thin nozzle. The nozzle is covered securely with a silver screw on cap. The tube is very plain, only having the product name on the front and a little blurb and directions for use on the back.
The cream itself is a pale pink colour, which I think is quite attractive and girly. It's not actually important what colour these things are but it does give me a positive feeling and makes a nice change from the usual white/off white. It's a very smooth cream of a 'middle of the road' consistency. I just popped a blob on my hand to look at it better for the purposes of this review, and it did quickly start to 'bleed' around the edges and seemed to fall in on itself. However, when applying it to the eyes this is not a problem as you simply dot it around the area, each dot being very small.
It has very little fragrance; before rubbing it in I detect a slight chemical-y smell, but this quickly disappears once absorbed and leaves literally nothing behind. So nothing offensive there.
The tube should be discarded 6 months after opening, but I have to admit I have not done this. I opened it for the first time shortly after I bought it (I couldn't even tel you now when that was, but it was before I moved back here from Oxford so must be pushing 3 years!) but then it stayed resolutely closed for a long time until I started using it recently. On the whole, this is not something I would recommend everyone does, as it may cause you problems, or the product may not keep as well for you as it has for me. But there is nothing to indicate, to me anyway, that this product has reached the end of its shelf life. In fact with the 2 main ingredients having an almost indefinite shelf life, perhaps it is a ruse to get you to buy more!
~~~ Use & results ~~~
The tube is fairly pliable, meaning that the cream is easily squeezed out. You don't need to squeeze too hard as you only want a very small amount. If you overload the delicate eye area with creams, even those designed for the purpose, you may get little white headed spots. When I use this, I place tiny dots both under and above my eyes then using my pinkie fingertip I gently blend it in, using a mix of patting and small strokes. I rub it from the outer corner of my eyes towards my hairline, making sure I cover the whole area.
It feels nice and light on this delicate skin and does absorb pretty well. I'd say it takes a good 5 minutes though to fully absorb. If I have any residue left on my fingertip I will rub it down the sides of my mouth (from my nose, downward in a triangle shape) and around my lips. I have no idea if it's designed to be as effective in these areas, but being a smoker I am paranoid about those dense, tiny lines around my lips.
I remember seeing on a TV show (10 Years Younger maybe?) that you should always use your pinkie or your ring finger when applying eye creams, as you don't have the same strength in these fingers and are therefore unable to do any damage. That's something that has stayed with me all these years and I never fail to follow that bit of advice!
So since I've been using this, have I noticed any difference? Truly, honestly, yes I have! The whole area feels firmer and hydrated and though my lines were still at the barely noticeable stage, they genuinely do look smoother. My skin does indeed look more radiant after applying this, so I do believe in the light reflecting particles. It also just looks plumper and generally healthier. I have never had any real trouble with dark circles (I never lose sleep!) but the tone is a lot more even and matches the rest of my face much better. I can't say how good this would be at reducing noticeable wrinkles that were already present on your face, but I think it would do something to hep the overall appearance, since it does seem to do a lot of what it claims. I guess most people who want to use products such as these will start the fight before anything becomes too noticeable anyway!
I mentioned that I use this semi- religiously; this is because quite often I do use a cucumber eye gel that I keep in the fridge in the mornings; this gel refreshes as well as hydrates and is a bit lighter so it's nice to use in a different way. I use this one every night though, since the night is when skin does most of its maintenance work. So even not using it twice daily I have seen a difference.
~~~ Recommend? ~~~
I would. I am really pleased with the results I have got from this, not to mention that i still have most of the tube left. A little goes a long way and by its very nature you only need a little anyway. It is currently selling for £7.14 in Boots (28 Advantage card points), but as I mentioned I used a £5 off voucher. I would buy this again (especially with a voucher), but knowing me when it eventually runs out I will probably try something different.
A lot of people don't believe that separate eye creams are really necessary, that a small application of your usual facial moisturiser is fine enough, but I do prefer to use creams that have been formulated to be light enough for the eye area. The skin here is so much thinner and fragile. This one definitely delivers on all counts for me, so I am giving it my full recommendation, and I hope it works for you as well as it has for me!
Summary: A really lovely eye cream with a sensible price tag