Not only is it starting to get colder outside, I’m just not getting enough sleep with a new bundle of joy who likes to wake up often during the night. Some days I look half dead. So when I heard about Kiehl’s latest launch, Midnight Recovery Eye, I knew I had to give it a try! Kiehl’s claims it will help the eye area refresh and regenerate overnight, repairing damage from the day’s chilly air, UV exposure, and other environmental aggressors. A new formula designed to address puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles overnight? I’m in!
Studies show that skin under eye area is significantly different than the rest of our face (it’s 1/3 as thick, contains 1/3 fewer oil glands, and the blood vessels are extremely fragile). These physiological differences make the delicate skin around the eyes thinner, more translucent, severely dehydrated and puffy – making the eyes the first place to show signs of aging. Bummer. So prevention and proper skincare at night is really important.
“Eye treatments high in anti-inflammatory properties and replenishing lipids are essential to maintain healthy and younger looking under-eye skin,” said Dr. Adam Geyer, Kiehl’s Consulting Dermatologist, and founder of Tribeca Park Dermatology in New York City.
Dr. Geyer recommends a nightly regimen, saying, “Much of the skin’s energy during the day is used to protect itself, with less energy to spare on repair. Therefore, the primary activity of the skin during the night, when one is sleeping and not exposed to as many damaging free radicals, is to repair itself, especially in the fragile eye area, which is prone to puffiness and early signs of wrinkles.”
Midnight Recovery Eye is a paraben-free, sulfate-free, fragrance-free, mineral oil-free solution that works overnight when skin is at rest to provide younger looking eyes by morning. The ingredients in the product (which include: Butcher’s Broom Extract, Squalane, Evening Primrose Oil and Natural Essential Oils) work synergistically to enhance microcirculation of blood vessels and boost hydration in the under-eye area, at a time when skin is naturally programmed to best absorb active ingredients, typically between midnight and 4am. At some point I am usually sleeping some of those hours!
Do my eyes look younger in the morning? I think so…but I do know I look better rested than I actually am!
– Lauren Dimet Waters
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