What’s the deal with … EYE RETINOL?

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Retinol, the wrin­kle-slay­ing A vi­ta­min, is SO back, it’s even ap­pear­ing in eye creams. But isn’t it fa­mously ir­ri­tat­ing? Oh, yes. You should see the welts on my face if I go any­where near it. Those with dry, thin, pale or del­i­cate skin will have more trou­ble with retinol than those who have none of the above. Why risk it? Be­cause it re­news skin from deep within and is prop­erly proven to fade lines and spots. Best of all, new for­mu­las prom­ise re­sults with­out the red-eye. Such as? Olay Eyes Pro-Retinol Eye Treat­ment doesn’t just have some de­cent proof that its gen­tle retinoid, retinyl pro­pi­onate, is al­most as good as retinol, it also has im­pres­sive doses of niaci­namide, pan­thenol and pep­tides, which crow’s feet won’t like. And Mu­rad Retinol Youth Re­newal Eye Serum has an in­ge­nious retinol de­liv­ery sys­tem de­signed to mit­i­gate itchy, flaky side ef­fects; pos­si­bly still too much for me, but it should nuke nor­mal peo­ple’s lines. What else? Medik8 has launched an eye treat­ment that I’m très ex­cited about. It fea­tures retinyl retinoate, a retinoid that doesn’t ir­ri­tate – but works: I’ve used the face-cream ver­sion for years. The serum com­bines with ‘mi­cro-chan­nel’ eye patches that punch tiny holes into your skin to help the ac­tives pen­e­trate. The lit­tle ‘nee­dles’ are made of hyaluronic acid and dis­solve af­ter a bit, adding ex­tra hy­dra­tion. Now that’s the kind of mul­ti­pronged (sorry) ap­proach to wrinkly eyes I have faith in.

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