Since the eye area is so delicate and is often the first to show signs of ageing, I’ve always been good about using a quality eye cream as part of my skin care routine. For years that has been Lancome products of various types. Unfortunately, recently I’ve noticed that my Lancome Hydra Zen eye cream has been irritating my eyes. Sometimes they just felt stingy but sometimes they were red, which is never a good look. So, I’ve been looking for a new product to use that would be compatible with my suddenly sensitive eyes. Luckily for me I got a sample of Vichys Liftactive Serum 10 for Eyes and Lashes in my April 2014 Glossybox.
I actually had my sample tube of the Serum 10 for a few weeks before I really started to use it much, but once I did I was totally hooked. I loved it so much that I decided to get the full sized bottle after just a few days of using it. One of the biggest differences between this eye product and any other I’ve tried or heard of is that you can use it on your entire eye area, including the lid, without it causing your eye irritation or problems. In fact, that is the way you are supposed to put it on even. It doesn’t irritate my eyes at all, even when I have my contacts in or haven’t gotten enough sleep. The best thing, of course, is that my eye area looks better and I have noticed a definite improvement in my eye lashes too.
Vichy has formulated this to fight wrinkles, as well as strengthen your lashes. The serum contains Rhamnose, ceramides to help with anti-aging in the long term, and instant light reflectors to help instantly with radiance of the eye area. As with all of the Vichy products, it also contains the Vichy Thermal Spa Water. It is free of parabens too. If you’re like me you have no idea what Rhamnose actually is and why you would want it in your eye cream. Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Rhamnose is a naturally occurring deoxy sugar. Rhamnose can be isolated from Buckthorn (Rhamnus), poison sumac, and plants in the genus Uncaria. High-rhamnose extracts from the latter have found use in anti-wrinkle creams.” Err, okay. It turns out that Rhamnose, which is an anti-inflammatory, has also been shown to help make skin more elastic and plump by targeting the papillary dermis, a fragile layer of cells found directly underneath the dermo-epidermal junction. From there it does its magic by signalling all three layers of the skin to do certain things that encourage improved regeneration of the skin, and thus help improve the look of the skin and decrease the appearance of wrinkles. You can read more about this in this article from Cosmetics magazine. So, while I’m starting to see some results right now, apparently I’ll really start noticing the improvements after 28 days (full cell regeneration time frame).
The bottle is really tiny, just 15 ml, with a pump top. The first few times I used it the pump was really stiff and I certainly got too much out. Thankfully, it absorbed and I didn’t have to feel like I was wasting it. The good thing is that the pump has gotten easier to control now so I’m able to dispense the right amount now. The texture is very smooth and light, so you don’t want to use too much. All you do to apply it is put a drop on your fingertips and pat it all around the eye contour area, as you do with any eye cream. After that, close your eyes and smooth it across your entire eye area, from the inner to outer corners, including your entire eye lid and lashes. The light texture helps it to absorb quickly and leave you with a better looking eye area right aways thanks to the light reflectors. I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and have noticed a definite improvement in my lashes and I think my entire eye area looks smoother and clearer. I use this during the day under my makeup without a problem, and I also apply it at night.
My one complaint about the Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes would be that the bottle it comes in is opaque so you can’t see when you are running out of it. I would love it if it were in a tube with at least a little translucent strip. I think a tube would be great so that I could more easily control the amount I get out, and be able to fully use the product and tell when it was getting low. But the product itself is great and I’m glad I’ve found it, as are my eyes.
I purchased mine from FeelUnique, of course, for the full price of £25.00 for the 15 ml bottle. And while, I feel like it is totally worth that price, you can get a great deal on it right now since FeelUnique is having their French Pharmacy brands sale right now. Throughout the rest of the month you can get the Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 Eyes and Lashes for £16.66, with free shipping, during the FeelUnique sale. I like it so much that I ended up buying a second bottle of it since it was such a good deal right now. You can also find this at Boots for pretty much the same regular price. Or, you can probably find it in a host of French (or other) pharmacies on your next trip.