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Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser promises to visibly reduce the appearance of dark circles, crow’s feet, and undereye puffiness. Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser also promises to increase skin’s firmness and elasticity, and plump and hydrate, in the delicate undereye area.
This last point is where I start to call shenanigans. When dealing with the undereye area, you typically see women either hollow out underneath their eyes, experience puffiness, or not change at all. The approach to handling hollowed-out areas under the eyes and puffy areas under the eyes are, as you would imagine, quite different:
- For hollowed out areas underneath the eyes, you want hydration and collagen-building. Period. You want to use ingredients like hyaluronic acid and glycerin (to hold and retain moisture), and reported collagen-building and preserving ingredients like vitamins C and E (by day) and retinoids or AHAs (by night).
- On the other hand, for puffy areas under the eyes, you want almost the opposite: drain it out (if not the skin, the underlying area), and focus on reducing blood flow to the area. You want to use ingredients like vasoconstrictors, which reduce the blood flow (and hence hydrating fatty acids and other nutrients) to the area. Caffeine is common. Another approach is to use mild anti-inflammatory ingredients like cucumbers, which can also be drying (African Journal of Biotechnology).
So I honestly am skeptical of any product that promises to treat both hollowed-out, wrinkled areas around the eyes and undereye puffiness.
And let’s be honest: The “star” ingredients in Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser aren’t likely to do much, at least not when compared to the heavy hitters for dark circles like retinol and vitamin K (Cosmetic Dermatology), or Haloxyl if the dark circles are caused by blood pooling, wrinkles/fine lines like retinoids or AHAs, or caffeine and cucumber for puffy eyes. I honestly can’t find any studies to support the use of yeast or plankton extract for dark circles, nor do I know of any research that supports that white lupine and alfalfa help combat puffy eyes (except, maybe, if you eat them — more fiber generally correlates with less puff-inducing sodium in a diet).
Probably the only redeeming quality of Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser for me is HA³, which is three different sizes of Hyaluronic Acid. This is pretty cool, because different sizes of hyaluronic acid plump and hydrate the skin in different areas to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. That said, if you have puffy eyes, it might actually make it worse.
Look, I’m not a fan of Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser, not at all, and I don’t recommend it. Sorry.
Ingredients in Kate Somerville Wrinkle Warrior Eye Gel Dark Circle Eraser
Water/Aqua/Eau, Propanediol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Plankton Extract, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Methylglucoside Phosphate, Copper Lysinate/Prolinate, Disodium Acetyl Glucosamine Phosphate, Chondrus Crispus Extract, Adenosine, 1,2-Hexanediol, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Lecithin, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Gluconolacctone