What is it?
We've all been on the receiving end of someone saying, "You look tired," and it can really put a damper on your day. That's where Velamo's Advanced Retinol Eye Stick comes in. Puffy under-eyes and dark circles are often the culprits when it comes to an exhausted appearance, but the right skin care product can liven up your look. Many shoppers in their 50s and 60s have said they're amazed by how much brighter their eyes looked after a few applications. Plus, it's down to just $16 (was $30) at Amazon, so you really have nothing to lose by giving it a try.
Why is it a good deal?
Inexpensive but high-quality skin care is hard to come by these days, but this $16 stick has thousands of perfect ratings to back it up (over 4,000 and counting!). When you compare it to luxury brands or professional treatments — which can cost upwards of a thousand dollars — it's a downright steal, and we've never seen it drop lower than its current price.
Why do I need this?
It's no secret that retinol is a powerhouse ingredient when it comes to a wide range of skin concerns. Not only can it help unclog pores and exfoliate, but it's also effective at increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen production, which equals plumper, firmer-looking skin. This small yet mighty stick packs a punch in terms of eye-boosting power: In addition to retinol, it contains a power peptide complex, squalane and astaxanthin to preserve that delicate skin's moisture, firm up under-eye bags, brighten dark circles, reduce puffiness and even help smooth out the appearance of fine lines. We're lookin' at you, crow's feet!
One caveat: While this product was designed to be safe for sensitive skin, introducing retinol into your skin-care routine too quickly can cause irritation. To start, the brand recommends applying it every two or three nights, and then upping it to nightly after two to four weeks. And we do mean nightly, as retinol can increase the skin's sensitivity to sunlight. (Which reminds us: Definitely use sunscreen during the day.)
What reviewers say
Dark circles, be gone
"I absolutely love this product," said one repeat buyer. "My eye area is dry, and as I’ve aged I have gotten wrinkles and dark circles. This eye cream has worked miracles. My eyes are brighter and the dark circles have lightened. It feels amazing as soon as you apply, giving my eye area lots of moisture. I have tried several eye creams over the years and this one is by far one of the best. I definitely recommend."
"Brighter eyes within one week," raved another happy shopper. "I love how it doesn't sting, even [when] using my tretinoin at night. ... The only thing I wish is that it would have more product, because I already have used the whole stick within three and a half weeks ... but I am definitely buying again!"
Fine lines minimized
This five-star reviewer wrote: "I was so glad to find a product that really hydrates my 50-year-old eye area so that concealer doesn’t settle into the cracks. Plus, this product is a fabulous treatment for fine lines around my lips. I now always keep a tube on my nightstand for a pre-sleep application!"
Sun damage, you've met your match
"I didn’t have much faith, but to my surprise, this product works great," admitted one skeptic turned fan. "My pigment spots have faded to the point where I don’t need [foundation]. They are not gone, but so light that I can go without it. ... This stuff has a wonderful slip to it, making my skin feel soft and moisturized. The best part is that I have had no blemishes. I live in Florida and I’m in my early 60s ... I have had my share of sun damage, but thanks to this product I’m seeing much improvement in my skin."
Psst: Did you know retinol isn't just for your face? One Yahoo Life Shopping Writer swears by this affordable (and on-sale!) Gold Bond Age Renew Retinol Overnight Body & Face Lotion, in case you want to round out your collection.
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.
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