The eyes may be the window to the soul—but they're usually the first sign that we've been out all night partying and got no sleep. Of course, the obvious way to remedy the situation is to, you know, get a full eight-hours in bed. But if you're as committed to your extracurriculars as we are, it's hard to not become intrigued by beauty products that promise to give an extra boost. So I spent a week with tubes of Glow By Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream and Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On, and kept to a strict regime of late-nights and early morning meetings. The results? Keep reading to find out how my peepers fared.
The Promise: Give your eyes the same luminous glow as the rest of your face, thanks to a combination of retinol, micronized ruby crystals, and hard-working hydrating agents.
The Result: Ultra-moisturized eyes without the feeling of heaviness that you get with some creams--not to mention enough firmness to play it off like I didn't go to a late-night concert the evening before. One other bonus is that this product was developed by dermatologist Dr. Fredric Brandt as an at-home alternative to his in-office Ruby Laser treatment, and it really couldn't be easier to use. In fact, the tube is so cute that I kept it displayed prominently on my bedside table and applied it before I rolled out every morning.
Use It: If you like the ritual of applying your beauty products at the start and end of your day. Also, if you're feeling like your skin has been particularly dry because of the winter weather.
The Product:Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On - $12.99
The Promise: Soothe and relax tired eyes with a swipe of this roller (enhanced with skin-boosting Pro-Vitamin B5).
The Result: At first, I just used this tube during that 4 p.m. slump when it felt like my eyes would not stay open and my under-eyes were getting a bit too puffy. But the combination of the refreshing metal roll ball and the energizing cucumber-extract formula had me using the Simple Roll-On like it was lip gloss. In fact, I've taken to just keeping it on my desk so that, whenever I need a little boost, I just give the tube a squeeze.
Use It: If your eyes are more prone to puffiness than dark under-eye circle-ness. Or if you'd rather skip the Five Hour Energy and keep your energizers all-natural.