Eyelasticity, by the Tennessee-based company Skinception, promises the elimination of crows feet, dark circles under your eyes and puffiness. As they like to say, “your eyes may be the window to your soul. but you don’t need to tell the world that you’re an old soul.”
It’s a cute grabber (if you’re an “old soul” who isn’t easily offended) – but does Eyelasticity stand up to the hype? Here’s what we found out about what Skinception claims is a science-based breakthrough product in skin revitalization.
First, what does Skinception say the product actually does?
According to the manufacturer’s claims, Eyelasticity:
- reduces the appearance of crows feet and laugh lines
- helps eliminate the appearance of dark under-eye circles
- reduces puffiness
- “combats” wrinkles
- promotes the production of collagen and elastin
- moisturizes and softens the skin around the eyes
Eyelasticity is also said to “combat the three evils” of the look of aging in the eyes: expression lines, dark circles and puffiness.
Admittedly, we had a little giggle at the “three evils” descriptor, but again, it’s a nice, grabby phrase and it does “catch the eye” in the product’s marketing campaign. So, a point for creativity, anyway.
Of course, we never believe hype. We’re old souls ourselves, thankyouverymuch, and we’re way too smart to depend upon anything unless it’s tested, proven and has some hefty science behind it.
Our philosophy around here is:
- Claims = no more automatically scientific than cryptozoology;
- Reference to scientific studies = a little better but no guarantee;
- Actual independent trials with transparency = hey, maybe this product really is worth a look.
Okay, so maybe it’s not an airtight philosophy, but so far it hasn’t steered us wrong.
Doing our research, it looks like many of the ingredients in Eyelasticity have in fact been tested and have come out on top. So we’ll go through the active ingredients one by one.
Have you ever noticed that cosmetic preparations always seem to have funky (or horrifying, based on your point of view) space age-esque names to their ingredients? Well, Eyelasticity doesn’t disappoint in this area. Do these glamorously dubbed items actually do anything, though? Let’s check them out.
This ingredient (Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5) works by reducing puffyiness and dark circles in the eyes after 2 weeks, and improves skin texture and increases firmness after 2 months of use.
The patented formula was invented by Lipotec. It’s what is known as an anti-oedema, which means it drains fluid from the skin, reducing swelling. We’re admittedly a little put off (and suspicious) by the hyper-marketing-ly outline of this study. Also, there’s only 0.1% used in a solution, so there’s no saying whether the percentage of it in Eyelasticity is enough to really do anything.
Eyeseril is a tetrapeptide – literally, four amino acids in a chain. These have been used in some for some heavy-duty purposes, including pharmacological preparations. In this case the ingredient is supposed to reduce swelling and results were measurable. That’s a good sign.
This is a paraben-free complex of purified rice and soy peptides that produce an anti-oxidant enzyme known as a superoxide dismutase. Basically, it helps protect and strengths the skin under the eyes from everyday stresses that cause age lines.
It’s manufactured by DSM Nutritional Products, a Swiss-based research and manufacturing company for pharmaceutical, nutritional and cosmetic products.
There is at least one firm study cited on the Eyelasticity site that we feel is independent and reliable. Here’s a link to the full clinical trial and its results.
Tests were performed both in-vitro and in-vivo and reveal that the product appeared to improve microcirculation, protecting collagen and elastin in the skin and reducing the effects of free radicals (those pesky things, and we all know how bad those are for our appearance) by anywhere between 30 and 40%.
Twenty subjects ages 30 and over were used in the study. The subjects were said to show signs of aging. Twice-daily applications of either Regu-Age or a placebo were made on the subjects and results were studied after four and eight weeks.
The results were slanted heavily toward the Regu-Age users, with fairly good results (35% reduction of dark circles and 32% reduction of under-eye circles). However, please note that we were unable to determine whether this was an entirely independent study.
That’s important to know and we’d love to have the answer. If we find it, we’ll update this critique and let you know. Non-independent/market studies have the pesky habit of managing to produce magnificent and sometimes unbelievable results.
Bottom line: we’ll concede that this particular clinical trial seems to have been performed under conditions satisfactory to producing a study. The sample size was small (only 20 subjects) so we’re reserving our applause for the time being.
(Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate) – In English – “synthetic snake venom.” Yup. It seems to have a similar action to Botox by “mimic(ing) the muscle-freezing activity of the venom found in the Temple Viper snake.”
While this ingredient is definitely jaw dropping (though I love the name!), note that millions of people use Botox, derived from the Botulinum toxin, one of the most toxic substances on earth. Both work the same way in freezing muscles, thereby preventing and tightening wrinkles.
The problem with this is that there are, as yet, no independent, peer-reviewed studies of Syn-ake. Yes, there is a study (found here) but it’s more of a company product sheet with information showing the (successful) test results on volunteers. But there was no mention of a blind peer review and no mention of a placebo to compare the results to.
Another question is now effective is Syn-ake when rubbed on the skin? As Botox needs to be injected, wouldn’t this product need to be, as well?
So, we have to give negative points to Eyelasticity for including this (or any ingredient) that has paralytic properties – particularly one with few studies to back up its effectiveness and no actual medical aftercare. This is serious stuff and we consider it a risk, period.
This is a collagen stimulator, and is a natural ingredient derived from soya. Collagen is the connective tissue that binds skin cells together. It’s a well-known scientific fact that as we age, our ability to produce collagen decreases, which causes wrinkles.
All high-end skin creams include some form of collagen booster, so it’s great to see this ingredient here. It is produced by Silab, a well-respected company based in France, which specializes in creating cosmetics ingredients derived from natural and organic sources.
Active Ingredients: Eyeseryl, Syn-ake, Regu-age, ProCollONe+
Partial List of Other Ingredients:
Aloe Vera – a moisturizer and anti-inflammatory
Caprylic Capric Triglycerides – derived from coconut oil, used to seal in moisture and thicken the cream
Beta Glucan – anti-inflammatory, a sugar derived from oats
Vitus Vinifera – grape seed oil, an antioxidant
Camellia Sinensis – green tea leaf extract, an antioxidant
Vaccinium Myrtillus – Bilberry extract, a skin conditioner
Silybum Marianum – Milk Thistle extract, a skin conditioner
Pinus Pinaster Bark – Maritime Pine extract, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory
Ginkgo Biloba Extract – An antioxidant that helps blood circulation
Cyclopentasiloxane – a silicone-based skin conditioner, used to plump up skin and fill in wrinkles
And some fillers and thickeners to create a creamy, rich feel.
The Bottom Line
We “old souls” investigated the ingredients in Eyelasticity and we conclude that with a few exceptions, they sound quite impressive (we’re still quite leery of the Syn-ake, though). The product seems to have primarily non-harmful ingredients and there are a few firm studies showing results. We also like the fact that it lists a lot of natural moisturizers, vitamins and antioxidants for your skin, such as green tea extract, milk thistle and ginkgo biloba.
However, not all of these results seemed overly impressive, and conclude that Eyelasticity is not a “miracle” cream by any stretch of the imagination. We’d love to see bigger studies on the active ingredients with larger, more varied test subject groups.
We do like that there’s a product guarantee. The price isn’t ridiculous (about $40/month). That’s on par with middle-tier skin care products.
Our advice: don’t be wowed and go for one of the Silver, Gold, Platinum, etc. offers. We simply don’t see good enough evidence of this product potentially working for a majority of users to take that gamble.
Another reason to try before you big-time buy is that a few of the ingredients may not work well with your skin, (venom, anyone?) but we also realize that Syn-ake looks to be a less expensive and less invasive option for those considering Botox injections. So it could just be our squeamishness.
For the price point and with a guarantee, I say it worth trying and investigating for yourself.
If you see definite results, then go for the silver, gold, etc offers to save some money per bottle. One bottle goes for $59.95, while the Diamond Package, with 8 bottles, is $36.24 per bottle.