As someone with a less-than-perfect under-eye area, I like trying new eye creams. When we were sent Swissline’s Cell Shock Cellular Recovery Dual Eye Cream, I was excited to give it a try and see if the bags under my eyes would go away, along with the fine lines around my mother’s eyes. Swiss Line promises that its eye cream will reduce signs of aging, puffiness and wrinkles while acting against damaging bacterias, free radicals, and other environmental factors. It is also said to return skin back to normal function after cosmetic procedures, such as chemical peels, injections, or laser treatments.
The next time you pick up an anti-aging or skin-healing product you should see if it contains the extract madecassoide. Found largely in the centella asiatica plant from India, Iran, and the South Pacific, madecassoide has been of intense interest to researchers lately for its multi-faceted properties.
When coupled with manganese, zinc, and copper salts, madecassoide worked to significantly reduce the appearance/pain for wound healing in adults humans, by altering skin discoloration and increasing skin strengthen. This solution also quickened by healing time by encouraging faster cell reproduction and rejuvenation so the wound could close itself (Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology). So if you have ever had pesky around-the-eye pimples or given yourself a scrape from too-long fingernails, madecassoide is a great weal to discretely heal the wounds.
A study published in Experimental Dermatology revealed madecassoide to be of particular use in treating photo-aged skin. Photo-aged skin is basically skin that has been damaged by both age and environmental factors, and may not be as elastic, firm, or toned as it once was. Using a topical cream of Vitamin C and madecassoide, elastic fibers in the skin were significantly tightened, meaning that face appeared more firm and supple.
After about three weeks of treatments, many subjects had increased levels of collagen fibers running beneath the skin, which also would have made skin more full and smooth. Within six months, the appearance of deep wrinkles and fine lines were noticeably reduced — a likely result of increased collagen fibre production and elastic fibres.
There isn’t too much research surrounding the polymer galactoarabinan, but what little there is spotlights it as a great skin-enhancing agent. Galactoarabinan is good for reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), or retaining skin’s natural moisture amongst the outermost layers of skin. Some studies point to its forming a thin protective film over the skin, though this claim is not fully accepted yet.
Evidence also points to galactoarabinan as an exfoliating and anti-aging agent. The ingredients works to clear away dead skin cells that clog pores and skin’s surface, giving your face a more youthful and polished look. By encouraging cell rejuvenation and regrowth, fines lines and wrinkles should gradually lessen as newer cells begin to fill in the former creases (Lonza Inc). Plus, topically-applied galactoarabinan evenly disperses sunscreen lotion throughout the skin for more effective UV protection — more protection means less photo-damaged skin cells and premature signs of aging.
When I saw that this eye cream contained watermelon fruit extract, I was a bit befuddled — what on earth could a fruit that is over 90% water do for the skin? As it turns out, quite a bit. Watermelon contains the carotenoid lycopene, which is also found in pink grapefruit, tomatoes and goji berries. Studies have demonstrated lycopene to be an effect anti-UV agent, though it shouldn’t be used in place of sunscreen (it has a SPF of 3).
First of all, it inhibits UV-activated enzymes that alter and ruin our skin’s cellular DNA and cell nuclei that maintain cell health. By guarding against UV damage, this carotenoid also encourages proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA) that ensures regular cell reproduction and repair, and which UV damage often obstructs (Life Extension Magazine).
As if this wasn’t already great news, lycopene also inhibits collagen-destroying enzymes like collagenase, and concentrates itself in our cell membranes (the cell’s control center) so that it can fight best against free radicals and oxidative damage. It also promotes intercellular communication so that cells may exchange growth and reproduction information. The USDA notes how when ingested, carotenoid can similarly scavenge free radicals, and can even reduce chances of some types of cancer (though one should regularly factor in fresh produce anyway!).
Personal Use and Experience
Cell Shock’s Cellular Recovery Dual Eye Cream seemed like a great product — it contained many beneficial ingredients and even came in a chic little box. But that’s where my excitement ended. Right after I began rubbing the first cream beneath my eye (there are two creams), my skin began to burn and tingle for about 30 minutes afterwards, as did my mother’s. After just a few hours of wearing it, it clumped up beneath my eyes, despite my smoothly applying it before.
After about a week’s using it (despite all the burning), the circles underneath my eyes faded slightly and the fine lines around my mother’s eyes shrunk. While this product does follow through with its promises of reducing puffiness and fine lines, it certainly was literally a pain to use it.
Swissline Cell Shock Cellular Recovery Dual Eye Cream pairs lots of great skin ingredients, such as madecassoide and galactoarabinan, that have demonstrated themselves as great anti-aging, skin-healing agents. While the product did work to lighten the darker circles under my eyes, it burned the under-eye for about 30 minutes after I applied I, and quickly clumped up within two hours of wearing it — my mother also tried the product and got the same results. So while Cell Shock’s eye cream does what it says it does, it also stings quite a bit.
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