When using a new eye treatment, should you expect to see results within a day, week, or month? The answer to this question depends on the actives in your skincare.
You buy skincare to get results, but just how long should you have to wait until you see them? When exactly is the magic window for analysing whether a new investment is a prizewinner or a dud?
The answer to these questions depends on the active ingredients in the product. Eye treatments usually focus on treating one of the following symptoms:
.To remedy these symptoms, eye creams usually contain one or more of these types of ingredients:
These items are listed in order of how long they take to show effects. With the ingredients at the top of the list, you're likely to see results within a day. The ingredients at the bottom of the list show results after about 4 to 6 weeks of regular use.
The difference in the time it takes to see results is directly linked to how these ingredients work.
If you want to see an immediate improvement in your under-eye area, then you should incorporate a highly hydrating eye cream into your skincare routine. Such creams contain a variety of ingredients that behave like hydration magnets.
Humectants attract several times their own weight in water, thereby plumping and lifting the treated skin. The most famed hydrator, known for attracting up to 1,000 times its own weight in water, is hyaluronic acid.
Plumping of the skin temporarily irons out fine lines and wrinkles whilst also helping to treat dark under-eye circles by reducing the visibility of blood pooling.
We recommend the following hydrating eye creams:
Although deeply hydrating eye creams show immediate results, they're only temporary. Continued application is needed every day to achieve the same effect. This is why it's best to combine such an eye cream with longer-term actives such as retinoids or antioxidants.
Retinoids and antioxidants work on a deeper, cellular level, which means they cause semi-permanent changes to the biological makeup of your skin. Results don't fluctuate daily, and once you've achieved your desired result, you may be able to decrease your application frequency to a maintenance 'dose'.
Creams containing these sorts of actives generally take 4 to 6 weeks of regular use to produce noticeable results. Changing cell function is not an overnight process. Ultimately, this process is unique to your skin biology and, to some extent, requires a bit of experimentation.
We recommend the following retinol-based eye creams for long-lasting, semi-permanent results:
- StriVectin-AR Advanced Retinol Eye Treatment
- Medik8 Retinol Eye TR
- Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex
The specific actives in your eye cream (and other skin creams!) will determine how long you should wait to conclude whether the product is effective. If you're not sure what ingredients are in your products, a member of our trained skincare team is always available to help via our skincare recommendations form or by calling us on 03 9486 7179.