Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream — An Oldie But a Goodie

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Peter Thomas Roth Powder K Eye Rescue for Dark Circles and Fine Lines FutureDerm Review

Dark circles are unfortunately a certainty for many of us. Which is why Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream ($127, FutureDerm/Shop) is one of my all-time favorites.

The Science Behind It

Vitamin K + Vitamin C + Retinol

There are few things in this world I think are worth $100+ for 0.5 ounces — maybe rare gems, a couple of collector’s items, perhaps a Chanel bag.  Unfortunately for my wallet, Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue is also one of them, particularly if you have dark undereye circles caused by excess melanin production or blood pooling (see below).  A 2004 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that a combination of vitamin K, vitamin C, and retinol provided moderate alleviation of dark circles better than any other formulation of those tested.  I’ve eliminated my dark circles from late nights studying in high school with this product, and it kept dark circles at bay during college.  Definitely a must-have!

How I Use It

Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream

Note that Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue doesn’t actually contain vitamin C or retinol, like in the above study. I cleverly get the effects of all three ingredients with a specific regimen.

Each morning after cleansing and toning, I normally apply a thinner eye cream with vitamin C, such as our FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0, then I apply the gel-like Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue over the top.

At night, I apply a retinol eye cream, such as Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes, then apply the Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue over the top.

Is It For You?

How to tell what is causing the dark circles under your eyes test FutureDerm graphic

Not sure if your dark circles will be helped by this power punch regimen?

To find out the source of your dark circles, do the following test, from Heidi Waldorf, M.D.: If you apply light pressure to the circle or shadow and it disappears, your problem is due to blood pooling under the eyes, so this product will not help you. (Vitamin K is a coagulant, so it may actually cause more blood pooling!) Similarly, if the shadow forms at the inside corner of your eye, where a tear would flow, it’s probably due to a deep tear trough, so this product won’t help.

If the color doesn’t disappear, however, the darkness is caused by excess pigment (time for some Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue!).

Bottom Line

Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream

I love Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue, and I use it twice daily. I get skin issues from time to time from trying so many different products, but dark circles are never one of them. Definitely a fan!

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  • Lisa

    Hi! I’ve been scouring your site reading eye cream reviews. I’ve learned so much! I have been battling dark circles and dry skin my entire life. After reading your eye cream reviews, I feel like I still haven’t found the best solution for dark circles (due to pigmentation, I believe) and under eye dryness. What products would you recommend? Thanks!

  • Tayler

    Hi! I am hoping to get help with a different eye problem. I have under eye bags and puffiness. While the puffiness is a little easier to minimize, is there any hope for my under eye bags besides surgery? I love your site, thanks so much!

  • Jess

    Hi Nicki,

    What regimen do you recommend for dark circles due to blood pooling?

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