Thursday, January 06, 2011

University Medical Face Lift Wrinkle Free Eyes Retinol 4x Intensive Treatment

Textbooks scare me, not only that they cost an arm and a leg (for only half a year of use) one of them also stated that the human function starts to go downhill in one's early 20s...Come on, I haven't accomplished anything yet and you are telling me that I have to worry about aging? Maybe it's time to do something about it...
University Medical Face Lift Wrinkle Free Eyes Retinol 4x Intensive Treatment became my first defense, as I have became an "aging woman" who tries to fight back with time. Just kidding, I picked it up because it seems like a novelty to me and the price was irresistible. (The clearance basket of my local, smaller-sized CVS is usually full of random fresh & new items for which they don't have too many stock for.It's kind of like if they end up with several lipsticks from certain seasonal makeup collection but don't get the rest. That couples of lipstick will end up marked down to a dollar...Don't ask me why, it just happens.)

According to the back of the box, this treatment cream has a time released formula/buffered solution. The difference it makes is that with the same amount of material(the retinol), the cream is a lot more effective and less likely to cause irritation.A little explanation on the box always help since you are paying for this kind of "technology" instead of a simple moisturizer but that wealth of products information also confused me a bit: On the box and tube, it says to use under eye (where I already have some dry lines) as well as the crow's feet area but inside the little booklet, it warns "Do not use the treatment at those delicate under eye areas".

Hello? It's called Wrinkle Free Eyes cream and I can't use it where there is fine line? Then, what is the point...Anyway, I did end up using it under eyes for a whole week(I mean, where else am I going to use it?).

The first two or three days was alright, I didn't notice any dramatic result (or any result at all for that matter) but it did give a nice,tingly sensation and a moisturized feel as I apply it before sleep. After the 3 days...peeling, aching and somewhat pinking/raw skin started to appear. I left no choice but to stop using this altogether.Being a beauty dare devil with observant eyes(as I like to call myself), I noticed that the peeling effect could be utilized somewhere where it's needed: Acne scars at my cheek. It provided the mini-peel for the targeted area without irritated my skin a whole lot (since they are not as delicate anyway)and didn't stop working if I stop using it.

Overall: A pleasant surprise (as a mini peel) but before trying this, make sure you are not allergic to the active ingredients and remember to wear sunscreen whe you go out.


  1. If you think about it, a lot of heavy duty retinol creams can get rid of acne too because it resurfaces the face (which is why they also recommend it for wrinkles: to produce new skin that hasn't wrinkled yet). If you go to a dermatologist for acne, you probably will get prescribed a retinol product. Most retinol products, you don't want to use around your eyes because it really hurts the area, and if you're getting sensitive, you should use it less frequently, because you can do more harm than good for your skin.

    One thing worth noting though, as my dermatologist told me, is that sometimes if you use retinol products (especially for acne) you will get breakouts because the retinol is digging out all potential acne, which is why now I choose chemical peels (tca, glycolic acid, lactic acid, kojic acid) to get rid of acne scars as opposed to continually using my retinol cream.

    At your age though, using a heavier moisturizer designed for the undereye area would probably work out better.

  2. I'm not sure in what position Retinol is on the ingredient list, but usually the peeling and raw skin side effects are normal when one first starts using it. Your skin needs time to get used to it so at the beginning (especially on such a delicate area like that around the eyes) it is recommended to use it on alternate days and increase usage slightly overtime. If your skin is sensitive though, it's probably best not to use it at all.

    I'm not sure what's the point of an eye cream that can't be used on the eye area though. Seems silly to me. But I'm glad you still found a way to put it to good use.

  3. Hayne P:
    Thanks for the advice and info. I think retinol treatment is slightly more suitable for me as a acne scar fading treatment since I can use the cream on smaller areas instead of a bit patch. And I am currently just using my normal night cream on my eye area. I wish it's slightly thicker than it actually is though...

    I thought the product is quite silly too. At least it's not pointless.


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