Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel promises to be a “quick, innovative solution for aging, tired-looking eyes.” Upon application, the parent company claims “it provides a tightening effect and smooths the under-eye contour to visually reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and dark circles for an immediately brighter, well-rested look.”
Unfortunately, if you read the claims on the box and compare them to the ingredients label, you’ll find pretty quickly that the reasons why Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel works is because of caffeine, hesperidin and light-reflective silica — not the clever-sounding “Fimatrix”, Botanical Extracts Cocktail, or peptides. Yes, of these, peptides do have a long-term effect, but they will not cause your eyes to depuff like caffeine and hesperidin.
Cosmetically, caffeine is a vasoconstrictor and a diuretic, so it will temporarily reduce the appearance of undereye puffiness/dark circles caused by vasodilation and smooth the skin. These effects don’t take very long — just about 10 minutes, actually, and you’ll get the effects of caffeine. (Interestingly enough, applying caffeinated tea bags under your eyes has a similar effect). On the other hand, hesperidin may strengthen collagen and skin structure with regular use over time (TIA).
So while I definitely prefer ingredients like retinoids, AHAs, antioxidants like green tea, vitamins C and E, and peptides to the high concentration of caffeine and hesperidin in Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel, I wouldn’t say Dr. Brandt Needles No More No More Baggage Eye De-Puffing Gel is a bad product. It will do the job, and if money isn’t a concern for you, it’ll keep the problem at bay.
Water, Sodium Magnesium Silicate, Propanediol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Caffeine, Synthetic, Fluorphlogopite, Acetyl Glutamine, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Caesalpinia Spinosa Fruit Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Steareth-20, Sh-Oligopeptide-1, Sh- Oligopeptide-2, Dipeptide-2, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sh-Polypeptide-1, Sh- Polypeptide-9, Sh-Polypeptide-11, Bacillus/Soybean/Folic Acid Ferment, Boswellia Serrata Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tin Oxide, 1,2- Hexanediol, Potassium Sorbate, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Peg-12 Dimethicone, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Iron Oxides (Ci 77491, Ci 77492).
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