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Biossance Peptide Eye Gel
A weightless eye gel that reduces puffiness and dark circles.
Country of Origin
Where does it fit in your routine?
This is a serum for the skin around your eyes. I use this after toning as I would other serums. I apply both below and above my eye.
Size and Price
15ml for $54. Eye products are like wedding products. They’re 3X more expensive than they should be for no reason. Available on Sephora and Biossance.
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Green, opaque plastic pump dispenser. Plastic feels very lightweight.
Color and texture
Standard gel-serum texture. Lightweight but not runny. No stickiness.
Squalane is the centerpiece ingredient of Biossance’s entire brand, and for good reason. Squalane is one of the most common lipids produced by human skin cells. It accounts for 13% of the composition of sebum and is an excellent emollient. This squalane in this oil is extracted from sugar cane, which is good because it means it’s not extracted from shark liver.
Niacinamide is one of those ingredients that does a little bit of everything. It strengthens your skin’s barrier by reducing transepidermal water loss (TEWL), increasing resistance to irritants such as SLS and the rate at which your skin syntheses barrier components, and with repeated daily application increases the thickness of the stratum corneum. It also has the potential to reduce the depth of wrinkles, especially when combined with other anti-aging agents such as kinetin, N-acetyl glucosamine, or palmitoyl pentapeptide, and has been shown as effective in treating hyperpigmentation
- Peptides: ACETYL TETRAPEPTIDE-5 and ACETYL HEXAPEPTIDE-8
Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5 is also known as Eyeseryl®. In vitro, acetyl tetrapeptide-5 is able to inhibit vascular permeability meaning in theory it should help avoid water leakage from blood vessels and therefore decrease water accumulation in eyebags. In vivo, a cream containing .01% acetyl tetrapeptide-5 was applied to 20 female volunteers aged 18 to 65 was shown to decrease eye puffiness in 70% of volunteers in 15 days. This study was conducted by the manufacturer of Eyeseryl and did not have a control group, but the results are still promising.
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, also known as Argireline, is a muscle relaxer peptide. In Chinese subjects it has been shown to notably reduce the depth of wrinkles, and in mice it improves the morphology of skin tissue and increases the amount of typelcollagen fibers.
-Other Noteworthy Ingredients————-
- Extracts: ALGAE, SWISS APPLE STEM CELL, CUCUMBER, GREEN TEA LEAF, GOJI FRUIT, and GRAPE SKIN
- TETRAHEXYLSDECYL ASCORBATE (an oil soluble form of Vit C)
Water/Aqua, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice*, Squalane (Material), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Panthenol, Algae Extract, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Tocopherol, Pentylene Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Lycium Barbarum (Go Ji) Fruit Extract, Lycopene, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Skin Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Acacia Senegal Gum, Dimethicone CrossPolymer, Carbomer, Lauric Arginate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Caprylyl Glycol
Cosdna identifies butylene glycol (1) and tocopherol (2) as acne triggers and tocopherol (2) and carbomer (1) as potential irritants.
I have extremely fussy eyes. Eye products like to irritate the skin around my eyes, cause my eyes to water, and/or give me milia. This eye gel does none of that, which already puts it far ahead of most eye products I’ve tried!
Unfortunately, not irritating my eyes is pretty much all this gel does for me. This gel claims to reduce puffiness and dark circles. I’m 28 and my eye area is in pretty good shape, but I do have noticeable dark circles and struggle with occasional puffiness, so I really wanted this gel to work.
On my dark circles, this eye gel did nothing. It also doesn’t really include any ingredients that seem targeted towards dark circles. Eyeseryl targets eye bags and puffiness, caffeine targets puffiness, and everything else is more or less geared towards general hydration. Where are the capillary repairing ingredients, like Vitamin K? As far as puffiness goes, my issues with puffiness are mostly with my upper eye lids. A few times a month, I will wake up to one or both of my upper lids being noticeably puffy. During these occurrences, I made sure to apply this eye gel extra generously around my eyes but it still made no difference. This eye gel made no difference to the severity of the puffiness or the speed at which the puffiness went away.
To be fair, skincare products, particularly ones with ambitious claims, take time to work. I have only been using this eye gel (twice a day) for 5 weeks so it’s very possible I’m jumping the gun on this review but I’ve been increasingly frustrated with this eye gel and wanted to get this review off my chest, so to speak. I still have a ton of product left so if after a few months, I completely change my mind about this eye gel, I will be sure to keep you guys posted. In the meantime, if you have any eye product recommendations, I am all ears!
Overall Score: 2/5