Skin Care

Empty & Review: SK-II R.N.A. Power Eye Cream

In all my years of being a skincare junkie, not once did I not think about getting older and getting wrinkles. It’s crazy to think that in your teens, you might experience acne all over your forehead or entire face and maybe even on your chest and back, too, so your main focus when buying skincare products is to target acne (and maybe even an eye cream that targets dark under-eye circles or dryness). But as you grow older, you have to factor in adult acne and preventing premature signs of aging. Don’t they always say, ‘It’s about prevention, not finding a cure’? Well, something like that. It’s inevitable for us to see signs of aging, like fine lines even at a younger age. I actually didn’t have any until I was in graduate school. What really helps prevent them from getting worse is internal hydration, good sleep and effective skincare products. For me, I only have the luxury of effective skincare products.

I bring to you my “holy grail” eye cream: SK-II’s R.N.A. Power Eye Cream. Before I found this pot of youth, I was using the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream. It’s effective at hydrating dry under-eyes, but I needed an eye cream that has powerful anti-aging ingredients to eliminate or reduce the appearance of fine lines. Like many of us, we learn about brands from beauty YouTubers. I never knew about SK-II until they started sponsoring pretty much all of these YouTubers at one point (and they still do) to promote their essence. What made me ultimately decide to bite the bullet and try one of their products is my trust in Japanese skincare. I’ve always been a loyal fan of Shiseido because their products work for me. They also worked for me when I was nearing my 20’s. This eye cream didn’t let me down. At $135 for just 0.4 ounces, it really packs a mean punch.

Ingredients (from Sephora’s website)

-Pitera™ (Glycerin and Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate): Allows the skin´s natural surface rejuvenation process to function at its prime with vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.
-Radical New Age Complex
-Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4
-Chlolleragen

Water, Glycerin, Galactomyces Ferment Filtrate**, Niacinamide, Isohexadecane, Butylene Glycol Pentylene Glycol, Isopropyl Isostearate, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vinyl Dimethicone/ Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Phytosteryl/Behenyl/ Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Behenyl Alcohol Tocopheryl Acetate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Panthenol, Nylon- 12, Benzyl Alcohol, Dimenthiconol, Methylparaben, PEG-100 Stearate, Laureth- 7, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Mica, Disodium EDTA, Propylparaben, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Ethylparaben, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Decyl Glucoside, Medicago Sativa Extract/ Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lactic Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Polyquaternium-7, Tin Oxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Palmitoyl Dipeptide- 7, Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein, Acanthopanax Senticosus Root Extract/ Acanthopanax Senticosus (Eleuthero) Root Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Methylsilanol Tri-PEG-8 Glyceryl Cocoate, Ammonium Polyacrylate, Methicone, Tocopherol, Cynara Scolymus Leaf Extract/ Cynara Scolymus (Artichoke) Leaf Extract, BHT, Parfum (Fragance), Limonene, Linalool, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide, Cl 77492 (Iron Oxides).

Yes, the ingredient list is long and there are a lot of things in it that’d probably steer you away from it if you’re into cleaner products. But, rest assure, I felt the same way until I gave this cream a try. Of course, there are a lot of brands that could do without certain ingredients, but just remember that science is our friend.

What the Cream Does For My Under-Eyes

Now, of course I could insert a picture of my fine lines before applying this cream. But, I never let my under-eyes be without moisture after cleansing–ever. Once your skin loses moisture from the water you used to wash your face with, your skin starts to dry up. If I can’t get to this cream or if I’m going to apply a face mask, I use my DIY hydrating spray or my go-to moisturizer for my under-eyes, which is coconut oil. I never let my under-eyes dry out.

If you can see from the picture, those fine lines are exactly where you’d get fine lines. Mine are pretty deep-set. The purpose of this cream is to ‘create visible firmness around the eyes while enhancing natural skin surface renewal’ (from Sephora’s site). It does that and more. The cream plumps up the entire area, moisturizes the heck out of it, diminishes the appearance of those lines and brightens my under-eye circles (which are purple) and it does these things all at the same time. And remember, eye cream can be used anywhere else on the face, too! If you have super dry laugh lines like I USED to, use your eye cream there. This eye cream did the same for my laugh lines that it did for my under-eyes.

This cream is thick but is easily spread all over the eyes. It’s almost like room temperature butter. If you turn the container upside down, it won’t fall out, but it’s still moveable enough to where if you leave it on its side, the cream will settle there. The feel when applied is lightweight, even though it’s a heavier/thicker cream. It adds a bit of an oily look, but I always blot my face with a tissue before applying makeup to soak up any oil.

How I Apply The Cream

 

I love that this cream comes with a spatula! I place the cream on one ring finger and then mash the cream between that and the other ring finger to get the cream on both (I do not warm up the product) and pat it into my under-eyes, outer corners, inner corners, and lids, and then into my laugh lines. TIP: Get whatever eye cream you’re using into the outer corners to prevent crows feet! What helps me to get there is looking up.

Need I Say More?

No, but I will add two things. This tiny container lasted me almost an entire year. I was using this day and night. Yeah, I said it. It lasted me for that long. You only need a pea-sized amount for both eyes. I even have enough leftover to pat into my laugh lines. The smell of the cream is a beautiful floral scent. It’s not nauseating and overpowering to me. In a way, I find it very soothing and pampering.

I recommend you to try this product. If you’re a skincare junkie and you just want to experiment, I say don’t try this cream. It’s expensive. But, if you’re looking for an effective anti-aging eye cream, I definitely say to give this a go!

What’s your holy grail eye cream? Let me know!

Thanks for reading<3

Until next time,

 

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