I’ve had dark undereye circles my entire adult life. I’ve tried a plethora of eye creams over the years, but nothing has been able to eradicate them. I hoped to change that with Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème, which promises to help “reduce visible signs of aging like dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, and lax skin to restore a firmer, vibrant, and more youthful appearance to the eyes (imageskincare.com). It aims to achieve this with a blend of phytonutrients, peptides, and botanical brightening agents.
I’ve learned (through FutureDerm) that there are two causes of dark circles: blood pooling and hyperpigmentation. To figure out which is the culprit, gently press on your undereye skin. If the dark circles temporarily go away, it’s blood pooling. If they don’t, it’s hyperpigmentation. Haloxyl is a recommended ingredient for blood pooling, and vitamin C and niacinamide both help with hyperpigmentation.
I have determined that my dark circles are due to hyperpigmentation. I use a daily vitamin C facial serum, but have never used a vitamin C formulation designated for the eyes. I was pleased to see that Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème does indeed contain vitamin C — in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate. Tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate is a vitamin C derivative (meaning that it is not L-ascorbic acid) that has been shown to penetrate both the epidermis (the uppermost layer of skin) and the dermis (the deepest layer of skin). As a derivative, though, it needs to be converted to vitamin C within the skin (FutureDerm).Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème also contains Illumiscin, which consists of olea europaea leaf extract, ascorbyl glucoside, and zinc PCA. Illumiscin has been shown to be effective against age spots and produce illuminated, even-toned skin. Its components help to combat the two pigments responsible for the development of age spots: melanin and lipofuscin (Cosmetics & Toiletries).
You’re also in luck if your dark circles are caused by blood pooling as Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème contains Haloxyl as well.
Another ingredient listed is Image’s own Vectorize Technology®. This is a delivery system that enables ingredients to more effectively penetrate the skin. Vectorize Technology® is composed of special spheres, which are made up of up to 100 layers that encapsulate active ingredients. Once the skincare formula is applied onto the skin, the spheres are released and eventually “peel off” like an onion to release their ingredients (imageskincare.com).
All of this sounded exactly like what I need, so I had high hopes.
I used Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème every day for 4 weeks. Here are my results:
As you can see, there wasn’t much of an improvement. The only discernible difference I noticed was marginal brightening of the undereye skin. Luckily, I don’t have any wrinkles around the eye area yet, so I cannot report on the cream’s anti-aging effects.
In my opinion, Image Iluma Intense Brightening Eye Crème is better than nothing and does have a slight brightening effect on the skin. With a price tag of $69 though, I would recommend (and plan on) looking for an eye cream that contains a different, and hopefully more effective form of vitamin C. The eye cream search continues!