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I received this as a free trial, so nothing to lose giving them a try. However, I would definitely not buy them based on the reasons below.
They were easy enough to use, very convenient idea that you squeeze the product on to the sponge and dab it on, so no mess and very easy to use. I quite like the idea of dabbing on with the sponge rather than having to rub with your fingers as the skin around the eye area is so delicate the less you can touch it the better I think.
I don't know if I was expecting too much; because they are such a novel idea and so expensive, somehow I expected to feel some benefit of using it, but I didn't at all. I didn't notice any difference, didn't feel any real benefits. Perhaps long term you would see some preventative effect, but given that they are £30 for 8 weeks use, it's a big gamble in my view.
I think the cost is an extortionate amount, and would expect to feel really good every time I used it, from the first time, so in that sense I was disappointed. I would not recommend or buy, way too expensive.
When Olay first brought out their eye derma pods they were heavily advertised on television, so I couldn't help but notice them. Even so, I wasn't interested in trying them because I felt they were gimmicky. A few months ago, however, I saw a link on the internet somewhere giving the opportunity to order a free sample, and never being one to pass up a freebie, I signed up.
I got a little sample box containing two of the eye derma pods, which I tried straightaway. I was amazed at the results after only one application and ordered myself a full box online.
So what is an eye derma pod? Well the derma pods are little sachets filled with an eye cream. They have a sponge attached to the base, so you simply squeeze the sachet and the product is dispensed into the sponge, and from there you can apply it around the eye area. It was the design of them that initially made me think these were a gimmicky product, and to some degree I do still think that - after all why not just apply the cream directly out of a bottle?
They are packaged in a black box with a window through which you can see the pods. You get 24 pods in a box which gives 8 weeks of treatment as you only need to use these three times a week rather than daily.
The pods are described as containing three treatments in one. Olay say that they will resurface the skin by regenerating surface cells, in turn making your skin look younger. They will also help get rid of puffiness, as the massaging action of the sponge helps remove excess under-eye fluids, and finally the contain 'micro spheres' (whatever they are) which will help smooth lines and wrinkles.
I'm 26 so I don't so much have the problems with ageing - although there are a few fine lines around my eyes - but having done night shift for over five years, constant lack of sleep makes my eyes quite puffy looking. Also, I have really bad dark circles and when I tried the sample box I felt that they brightened up the area under my eyes, so that was a big part in me purchasing these, but more on that later...
When it comes to using the pods you need to start off with cleansed skin. You then gently squeeze the pod and you can usually hear a slight pop as it bursts and begins to release the cream into the sponge. You then simply close your eyes (one at a time of course!) and dab the cream onto the closed eye. You only need one pod to do both eyes, and I find each pod contains more than enough to do this.
I find that the cream feels quite cooling on the skin and the sponge is a nice quality so that it feels soft on the skin and not dry or scratchy at all. It does say on the box you may experience some temporary sensitivity on application, but I haven't noticed that myself.
The cream sinks into the skin quickly, but I do find that for the first five to ten minutes following application my skin has a slightly tacky feeling, so I need to wait a little while before applying eye make-up. I sometimes find in the hours following application there is a slight tight feeling around my eyes, but it's not uncomfortable and disappears relatively quickly.
Now I said that I felt these pods helped my dark circles, and they do initially but it's an effect that quickly wears off. The cream in the pods is a peachy colour and I can't tell if it's just the texture of it or if it contains light reflecting particles, but it does appear to reflect light. This means that on the initial application of the product I find that the area around my eyes appears brighter. This is only a temporary effect however, and only really lasts a few hours.
I do find that the pods help to reduce puffiness, but I think that is more down to the cooling effect of the cream more than anything. There are other ways of getting rid of puffiness just as well - such as using the back of a teaspoon that's been in the fridge for a while - that are just as effective but much cheaper! I suppose though, this is the more transportable method, if you were going on holiday or just out and about.
The claims about resurfacing the skin cells and helping to smooth fine lines and wrinkles are the ones I am most dubious about. I haven't noticed my skin looking 're-surfaced' at all, but this does moisturise the eye area which of course helps the skin retain elasticity and makes it look healthier.
As far as reducing the fine lines around my eyes, I seriously can't see any difference. I've used nearly the whole 8 weeks worth of pods now and, my fine lines are still there and certainly haven't been 'filled in' as suggested by the box.
The results are all a little disappointing really. After the initial application the eye area looks so smooth and bright, I think it is easy to get sucked in to thinking that this is a wonder product, which is probably why I bought these following a trial of the sample pods. Long term however, I don't think these are going to make much of a difference, and they don't really fulfil their claims as far as I'm concerned.
Also I should mention that I feel the price of these is really quite a lot too. I had expected them to be around the £12-£15 mark, so was shocked to see that they retail at £29.99 in Boots. I personally think that's quite a lot for 8 weeks of use. It's worth noting that I got mine for a little bit cheaper online, so if you do want to try them I'd advise looking around.
Overall I don't think I would recommend these at all. They do have a brightening effect on the eye area, and they're quick and convenient to apply, but I don't really think the effects were good enough to justify the price and I certainly wont be buying another box.
In principle these sounded great as they were promoted as an easy to use one use only rejuvenating skin care product like no other on the market. I do wonder if they will be as long lasting as a product, only time will tell.
Well I found them really hard to use, as they are just a bit of thin sponge attached to a bit of harsh plastic coated paper that can catch on your skin when you use them, ouch! Its also claimed that they can help to fill in your lines & wrinkles, as they contain 'micro-spheres' which create a smoother look.
You only need to use one pod for both eyes and whilst you could use them on a daily basis, Olay say that for optimal results you only really need to use them 3 times a week, well thats 3 times too much faffing about for me. Why use these when a good eye cream or serum and light finger tips can do the job.
The derma pods cost a huge £25 ish for a box containing 24 derma-pod applicators, for up to 8 weeks of treatment. I think that they are fiddly and difficult to use, can catch on your skin and are really very overpriced for the amount of product you get.
There are other things on the market for eye area skin care which do the job just as well if not better. The serum within the pods is very nice and feels good when applied but the system is not a winner for me.
Recently I have noticed that in photographs my eye's are looking a little creased. I'm 28 now and I have to admit that I have not taken very good care of my skin. I spent too many nights falling asleep after nights out with a full face of make-up on, and in the later years I've had two small kids to keep me stressed and lacking in sleep, so I suppose I will never look as freshfaced as I did even as recently as four years ago!
I began to obsess about my eye lines. They are largely laughter lines which is a good thing I suppose. But I feel that they age me. I had seen the Olay Regenerist Derma-pods in an advertisement and I was sucked in by the gorgeous packaging and the innovative design. I felt that the expense would be justified if they worked. (These cost anything up to £20 for the small box depending on where you buy them)
I was really happy when they arrived in my letter box a couple of days after I had placed an order online. The box looked fab. Admittedly it is a complete waste of packaging, but you feel like you are getting a quality item. You take off the cellophane and push out the drawer and all of the Derma-pods are sitting in the box. There is an 8 week course in the box, you are advised to use the pods every three days. One pod will do both eyes.
On my first attempt I found it difficult to get the cream on to the sponge pad so that I could apply it to my eyes, but I eventually got the knack. You squeeze the cream out, pat it on to your eyes with the sponge then massage it gently in. It is quick and easy and the whole process takes seconds.
I was so surprised the next morning when the skin around my eyes already looked nourished and definitely less wrinkly. I was so happy. The skin around my eyes had literally soaked up all of the cream and was so healthy looking. I was converted.
That was at christmas. I now use the Derma-pods every few days. Probably slightly less than the recommended 3 days, but if I do leave it a few extra days without applying them, I immediately see the difference in my eye area.
I have read the other reviews about this product and I was so surprised to read that some other people were not so glowing about the Derma-pods. They have made a massive difference to my life, I feel so much more confident knowing now that I don't look 10 years older than I am.
I find the pods are convenient to carry around, there is an awful lot of packaging in this product but for someone like myself who is always on the go, I find it so easy to pop a pod into my make-up bag. The cream dries in quite quickly so you can apply your make-up after a few moments. Ideally you would leave it overnight but I have found that it can make an immediate difference to my eye area as and when I need it.
Of course, I would love to find a cheaper alternative and will be on the look out for something that works as well as this one, but in the mean time I am totally amazed by the results. It certainly gets my recommendation. It has given me my confidence back. I no longer feel like a little old lady.
OLAY Regenerist Eye Derma-Pod
The Olay Facts:
* Reduces Puffiness = True!
* Fills lines and wrinkles = Helps them appear smooth you mean!
* Resurface Skin Appearance = Very well.
Olay Derma Pods I recently bought as I heard good things about them. I never usually believe the hype on the new skin cream or anti aging brand, as a lot of them that say they are good and aren't usually. Demagogical brands are good for your skin but certain products I have purchased haven't helped my clients or me. As a Beauty Therapist I have mixed views on these types of products. Though this product has changed my opinion.
The pods don't need to be used too often I would say save them by using them only three times per week. They should last you 8 weeks if you use 3 a week and they are priced by Boots at £29.99 not as cheap as I first though but good enough for eight weeks of toned eyes!
The eye area can be sensitive so I would advice not to try straight away. First use a tiny bit on the fold of your inner arm 24 hours before you use them on your eyes. Just to see if you have any reaction to them. If you don't have an irritation then try them on the eyes but it's best to be safe first. Its not likely people have reactions but hey everyone is different.
I took off my entire make up went ahead to squeeze the derma pod like you would squeeze that last bit of toothpaste out of the toothpaste tube, do it in the same way with the derma pod. Then see the cousin end of the pod go slightly pink which means it's ready to use. Gently massage in a circular pattern across the upper eye area. It has a lifting effect; don't worry when the skin feels slightly tight that just means it is doing its job.
You will feel the tone effect to your skin. Still you can feel the eye area toned days later. That is remarkable and one thing I never expected from Olay. The pods don't need to be used too often remember.
This product I would still make use of even a few years down the line as they do actually do something an then they may even come down in price. Good little invention I think and a plus that its not phoney and does work for you eye/ crows feet.
Great product Olay.
Olay Regenerist Eye Derma-Pods.
24 pack x 0.5ml each. 8 week course.
Currently £17.48 from Amazon.co.uk with free delivery.
- a triple action anti-ageing system for eyes. Radiant, dramatically younger looking eyes;
- resurfaces the skin's appearance: the gentle exfoliating pad helps regenerate surface cells;
- reduces puffiness: massage removes excess under-eye fluids;
- fills lines and wrinkles with microspheres
Dosage: For best results, use 1 pod for both eyes; to be used 3 times a week. Dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested.
I am not a fan of the new Olay products and the same goes for this one. Here is why:
You could use a good cream and apply it with your ring finger by slightly tapping under your eye. Why is this gimmick / ridiculous packaging needed? It's a waste of product and environmental resources.
The "gimmick" in question is a supposedly "innovative" foam pad applicator that allegedly helps to "gently resurface skin appearance", and that the "gentle massage with the applicator encourages under-eye lymphatic drainage for reduced puffiness and revitalised appearance". Yeah, right. The reality is that you squeeze this thing and most of the product still stays in the package. I tried to massage the very delicate area under my eye with it and it SCRATCHED it instead. The feeling was very uncomfortable and I gave up. I tried to gather all cream I could on my finger and massage it like this under my eye instead.
The first and very powerful ingredient on the package is ... "aqua" = water!!! For almost 20 pounds, I'm sure you can do better than that. Another ingredient high on the list is several "dimethicone" variations = silicone! This thing is so cheap, you can buy 500 ml for a quid.
An important question, by the way, is WHY are the ingredients slightly different on the package than on the Amazon list? It's the second time I've noticed such discrepancies with Olay [see my other review of Olay Regenerist Continuous Night Recovery Moisturiser ] Isn't there a set formula of what they put into their stuff and the order/ amount they use?? Or maybe they think consumers are idiots and we won't notice such things?
Better and potentially active ingredients are: niacinamide = a form of vit B, panthenol = the provitamin of B5, caffeine, pentapeptides, tocopheryl acetate = vit E, camellia sinensis = tea, cucumis sativus = cucumber, aloe and hamamelis virginiana water = witch hazel.
I think it is a very uncomfortable product to use. There are cheaper and better products out there. Invest your money in a more honest, if less "glamorous" looking, product.
I experienced a major allergic reaction after using this product. The entire eye area was covered in itchy bumps, and I experienced tight skin, puffiness and general swelling from above the eyebrow to below the cheek bone. Even now, some 4 days later, my face is still very uncomfortable and itchy, and I look like I've aged prematurely, which is ironic given the claims made by the manufacturer.I have returned the remaining pods together with a letter and photos to Procter & Gamble, and am now awaiting a reply. Please use with extreme caution!