When it comes to signs of ageing, the delicate skin under the eyes is often the first area to succumb. Although genetics and facial movements contribute to the appearance of wrinkles, bags and dark circles, lifestyle plays a major part: sleep depravation, sun damage, poor diet, smoking and staring at a screen for hours all accelerate the ageing process. I’m guilty of frequently rubbing my eyes and fiddling with my contact lenses, so I’m acutely aware of how sensitive the under-eye skin is. When I was invited to review the Acropass Ageless Lifter Eyezone Care patches (RRP £48*) I was only too happy to give it a go.
Hyaluronic acid is a natural component of the skin and is involved in tissue repair and hydration; it acts like a sponge to retain moisture up to 100 times its volume. As we get older the body’s ability to replenish hyaluronic acid diminishes, but restoring levels of it is difficult because the molecules are too large to penetrate the epidermis. Using a new technology called TransDermal Nano patch (TDN) – a patented process of microstructures – the patches deliver hyaluronic acid into the Epidermis without irritation or discomfort.
They contain perfectly shaped pointed microstructures (around one quarter the thickness of a human hair) that act as miniature needles. These penetrate the epidermis and gradually dissolve, delivering hyaluronic acid to the target area. Each patch contains 100% of the highest quality French hyaluronic acid and Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF) to moisturise, lift and rejuvenate the skin. Skinova cosmeceuticals are the first to bring this revolutionary technology to the UK.
The patches are really easy to apply: you just peel off the backing (being careful not to touch the microstructure) and pop them on the under-eye area. It’s a bit like applying a plaster, only not as sticky! The first time I used the patches I put them a little too close to my eye and had to reposition them slightly. But after that I got it right straight away.
The microstructures are fully absorbed after two hours and you can use them at any time of the day. But I find wearing them overnight is the most convenient. The patches leave a faint outline when you first remove them, which disappears after about ten minutes.
After the first application I noticed a marked difference: the treated area looked smoother and plumper. I’ve noticed further improvements after subsequent uses. Acropass ecommends using the patches twice a week for four weeks, then once a week for maintenance. Each patch delivers the equivalent of what an entire 30ml jar of hyaluronic acid would normally deliver to the skin; clinical studies have shown that after one month of use the effects can be seen for an additional four weeks.
This was my first experience of using under-eye patches so I had no idea what to expect, but I would certainly try them again. While the recommended four-week course of treatment will give a more long-lasting result, a one-off use is a great for a pick-me-up before a special event. If you’d like to try the Acropass Ageless Lifter Hyaluronic patches for yourself you can enter my giveaway to win a box of four pairs! A winner will be picked at random on June 6th. Best of luck!
*I was gifted a pack containing four pairs of patches (RRP £48).