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Hello, Bright Eyes

by Matthew Wexler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Feb 1, 2013

Looking for a pick-me-up that doesn't involve a Botox-filled syringe that will leave you as expressionless as Cher? Turn back time with EDGE's top choices for maintaining that delicate skin surrounding the windows to your soul.

CEO of Definitions Skincare Tag Ceder tells EDGE, "More than ever, men are realizing that by taking care of their skin now by means of regular facials and a daily home care regimen, they can look and feel younger. When your skin and eyes are looking vivacious rather than dull and lackluster, it can make a huge difference in your appearance."

Taking care of your skin, particularly the super-delicate areas around the eyes, should begin far earlier than the 40s, according to Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl's Product Development Consulting Dermatologist.

"Many of my patients believe they don't need to worry about elasticity until later in life. This is a common misconception, as people feel that elasticity only relates to more profound sagging of the skin," Dr. Geyer said. "Loss of elasticity begins in our 20s with the progressive decrease and alteration of our elastin and collagen fibers. It is one of the fundamental reasons fine lines, wrinkles and enlarged pores begin forming. Maintaining elasticity is essential to preserving younger-looking skin."

Fortunately, EDGE has identified a trifecta of products that should have you ready for your close-up in no time.

Definitions Skincare Multipeptide Eyefirm

Specially formulated with clinically studied peptide technology and botanical extracts, this lightweight, ultra-hydrating, restructuring eye cream creates moisture while soothing and protecting the eye area to delay signs of aging.

What’s in it
Glycerin: a humectant used in moisturizers because of water-binding capabilities that allow it to retain moisture and to hydrate.
Algae extract: normalizes the skin’s moisture content and provides suppleness and firmness. Soothes and Improves skin’s condition.
Grape leaf extract: a potent antioxidant that helps mitigate sun damage.
Passionflower extract: anti-inflammatory properties decrease puffiness.
Tocopherol (vitamin E): an effective, lipid-soluble antioxidant that helps maintain the integrity of the cell membrane.
Matrixyl3000: promotes collagen production while stimulating fibroblast cells in the skin, enabling them to significantly reduce the appearance of wrinkles.


Kiehl’s Powerful Wrinkle Reducing Eye Cream

Imagine your face is a mattress. When it’s brand new, the coils are tight and the mattress is smooth. After years of use, that mattress has seen better days. Structural support is important to maintaining elasticity and keeping skin smooth, firm and moisturized.

Kiehl’s recently launched a series of products featuring copper, which is not found in skin, to help form and strengthen elastin, serve as a protective antioxidant and improve the skin’s moisture barrier.

What’s in it
Copper PCA: involved in a number of essential enzyme reactions, including helping to stabilize collagen and elastin fibers.
Calcium PCA: essential mineral in the skin that plays an important role in the integrity of the stratum corneum.
Ceramides: assists in maintaining and regulating skin’s water permeability.
Caffeine: a plant extract used to reduce eye puffiness.


Definitions Skincare Line Filler & Fighter

This product provides a targeted action against fine lines by way of a blend of peptides, hyaluronic spheres and antioxidants. You’ll see immediate results as well as cumulative improvement.

What’s in it
Dermaxyl (palmitoyl oligopeptide): a peptide that promotes wrinkle smoothing and better skin tone and elasticity.
Sodium hyaluronate (hyaluronic spheres): results in a smoothing effect on the skin.
Retinyl palmitate (vitamin A): most-effective form of vitamin A to repair skin’s DNA.
Ascorbyl phosphate (vitamin C,) citric acid: a potent antioxidant and a vital factor in the production of collagen and elastin.
Argireline: a unique Botox-like peptide derived from plants that both reduces existing facial wrinkles and is effective against the development of new wrinkles.


Matthew Wexler is EDGE's National Style and Travel Editor. More of his writing can be found at Follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @wexlerwrites.


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