by Natalie K. Bell
Until this week, I didn’t use an eye cream. But after writing a post about whether eye creams were necessary and staying up late a few too many nights in a row, it occurred to me that something to take care of dark circles could be worth a try. I’ve always been curious just whether my dark circles would really look better if I used one. Revision Teamine Eye Complex ($43.82, Amazon.com) caught my eye (pun not really intended), so I decided to try it — and I can’t get over how great it is.
Avocado is just a magical kind of fruit. If you’ve ever touched on, you know how soft and oily they feel — which should give you and idea of what it does for skin. In fact, the oil in avocado has been found to absorb better into skin than traditional oils like almond and soy. That means it acts as a better carrier for active ingredients (Better Nutrition). It’s rich in vitamin E and helps to enhance sunscreens. And in one study it was, in conjunction with B12, found to work as a cream for psoriasis (Pharmacology and Treatment).
Vitamin C scavenges free radicals, enhances sunscreen protection, and helps boost collagen production. Though a 2006 study found that it wasn’t as good as Vitamin E — which Teamine Eye Complex also has — at reducing oxidative stress, it is increases the number of tissue inhibitors that go after collagen degraders (Cosmetic Dermatology). In a study using pig skin, it was shown to curb UVA-mediated phototoxic reactions (The Journal of Dermatology). It also protected the skin against UVB rays in another study (British Journal of Dermatology).
Green tea isn’t just good for sipping, it’s also good for your face. It contain EGCG, which, when applied topically decreases oxidative stress and increases antioxidants after UV irradiation (Carcinogenesis). One study found that it helped stop depletion of antioxidants in the skin’s lipid and proteins after UV exposure (Molecular Epidemiology). It’s also been shown to serve as an anti-inflammatory and has a soothing effect with no allergies reported (Muhktar, Cosmetic Dermatology).
Vitamin E is the top lipid-soluble antioxidant in human skin (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). It also helps protect against UV exposure (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology). In one study, of the antioxidants tested, Vitamin E had an environmental protection factor (EPF) of 80, the second highest next to idebenone (McDaniels et. al.). Vitamin E works along with Vitamin C as a network antioxidant, which means they’re more potent for being together in this cream (Cosmetic Dermatology).
Caffeine doesn’t just wake you up, it perks up your skin too. It works as a vasoconstrictor, so when applied topically, it reduces puffiness and dark circles. It can make skin look smoother by dehydrating the cells, which is why it’s in so many cellulite creams. And, finally, it can also enhance UVB protection and serve as an antioxidant (Carcinogenesis).
Personal Use and Opinion
I love Revision Teamine Eye Complex, and here’s why. In addition to having a ton of excellent ingredients — I didn’t even get around to mentioning the aloe, jojoba, grape seed oil, and Q10 — it also worked. Within a few minutes of putting it on, the ingredients went to work to make me look more awake, which was quite a feat today. Just to make sure I could believe my eyes (that pun was intended), I asked a friend and he said I looked livelier.
The cream itself has a mild floral scent that doesn’t linger and is firm enough that it’s easy to get the right amount on your finger. It goes on smoothly and feels refreshing. Eye creams should be thicker than regular creams so it doesn’t absorb as fast as my face cream, but it absorbed fairly quickly.
Revision Teamine Eye Complex has a lot going for it as an under eye cream. It’s soothing, reduces dark circles and puffiness, has a lot of antioxidants, and includes Titanium Dioxide — which blocks all UVB and some UVA rays. Sunscreen isn’t common in eye creams, so one with this many effective ingredients and sun protection makes it an excellent addition to a daily (and nightly) regimen.
Product Rating: 10/10
- High or optimized concentration of key ingredients: 3/3
- Unique formulation or new technology: 3/3
- Value: 3/3
- Sunscreen: 1/1
About the author: Natalie K. Bell is the former magazine editor of The Pitt News. She has nearly five years of experience in print and communications. She loves big sun hats and good grammar. For more, please visit our About page.