How to Get Rid of Under Eye Lines - My Review of Eye Lift Serums

Those lines under my eyes never go away! So I searched for an eye lift serum that offers immediate results.

In this article, I compared the effectiveness and active ingredients in two different eye serums to see which one worked best for me.

I've been dealing with fine lines under my eyes since high school and have tried the best eye creams and serums I could afford, but nothing worked.

And, now that I'm over 50 I'm starting to notice crinkly loose skin, eye puffiness, and the slight appearance of dark circles too.

But I think I finally found a solution, see my pictures below...

Hide under-eye wrinkles & lines - Here is what I've tried

Different Skin Care Products

I tried so many eye products like dark circle creams, eye masks, eye concealers, and natural home remedies like cucumber extract and green tea bags. Even tried vitamin C & vitamin E creams hoping to slow the aging process.

But, in the long run, nothing reduced the appearance of fine lines or eye bags!

Of course, I followed a good skincare routine and made sure to protect delicate eye skin from uv rays and minimize sun exposure as much as possible.

Invasive Procedures

I even resorted to painful cosmetic procedures like laser skin resurfacing because I was told it can stimulate collagen production. OUCH! Laser skin resurfacing treatments really hurt took almost a month to heal and was expensive. I wanted to try dermal fillers (hyaluronic acid fillers) but my dermatologists suggested against it, she didn't think it was an effective way to solve my under eye issues.

And, after all of that, I still had wrinkles and crinkly lines under my eyes!

It's like I'm back where I started! I finally decided to just live it, but never gave up my search for an effective eye treatment product that would at least minimize the look of under eye lines and puffiness. 

Good news for my tired eyes 

Back in 2012, I came across a product called EES Instant Eye Tuck Serum and I loved the results.

This temporary instant eye lift serum - that offers immediate results - seems to agree with my delicate skin and provides the quick solution I'm looking for. And compared to other eye wrinkle products I've tried - this had one of the best price points.

How to reduce fine lines under eyesBefore and After comparison using EES fine lines under eye treatment. Eye on YOUR left is without treatment.

How it works for under eye lines

How it works

This serum is almost clear and light and forms a soft, flexible band across the thin skin under eye area helping to:

  • lift sagging lower lids
  • reduce the look of puffiness
  • minimize dark eye circles
  • hide tiny crinkly lines on upper cheeks
  • reduce the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes

And it does not feel tight and dry like some of the other under eye lift serums I've tried. 

PROS:

  • works well on dry or sensitive skin
  • can be applied over a moisturizer
  • won't leave whitish film or flake with facial expressions
  • does not irritate delicate eye area

CONS:

  • can't be use on upper eyelids
  • Does not work on crow's feet 

Seriously, I love it! Click here to see it works to reduce lines and puffiness.

Lines under eyes - Eyelift serum comparison

Now just because I found an eye lift product that works - doesn't mean I won’t keep testing other new eye lift creams or gels. After all, you never know when you’ll find something EVEN better.

I thought I'd try a very popular instant eye lift firming product by Peter Thomas Roth called FirmX and compare it to my now favorite EES Instant Eye Tuck Serum. I applied one skincare product on my right eye and the other on my left eye. Unlike the EES, the FirmX is a thick, opaque, sticky gel. So I had to work quickly because it hardened and dried out quickly, sometimes before I finished applying it. The picture below shows how drying it can be.

The eye on your left is wearing Peter Thomas Roth FirmX. The eye on your right is wearing the Instant Eye Tuck Serum.

My first impression was that this would be a good option for my eyes. Upon application on my lower eyelids, both eyes look smooth with a noticeable reduction in the look of fine lines and dark circles. But that is where the comparison between these two different products stopped.

If you notice the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX left a whitish film all across the lower portion of my left eye. I didn't like that! Plus, the skin under my left eye felt very dry and tight. At times, it would feel itchy too.

But, the Peter Thomas Roth FirmX eye serum does work to tighten up the under-eye area. But maybe too much? If it was just a little less flaky and wasn't so drying, it wouldn't be a bad product.

So, I tried it again - this time using less product hoping to get better results, but still got the same whitish film and dry flaky feeling across the lower lid. Finally, I used so little gel that I didn't see any results at all.

PROS:

  • tightens and firms up under-eye area
  • reduce the look of dark circles and fine lines

CONS:

  • cannot use on upper eyelids
  • cannot use on crow's feet 
  • cannot be applied over moisturizer
  • not good for dry or sensitive skin
  • cracks and flakes when you move parts of your face

NOTE: It's important to understand that this comparison is based on my personal experience. Peter Thomas Roth makes a fine line of products. The FirmX - with it's heavier gel and more intense tightening effects - may be perfect for some people. It's important that you test and compare products for yourself to see which works best for your particular skin type.

Final note on serums to reduce fine lines under eyes

Most instant lift eye serums recommend that you do not use moisturizers or makeup around the eye area for best results. Even a lightweight eye cream can be a problem and cause these serums to flake and peel off.

However, if you have fine lines or dry skin, like I do, you need to use a good eye cream daily. So I need an eye lift serum that will work with any eye cream product.

That’s one of the many reasons why I like the EES Instant Eye Tuck, it can be used with many different eye creams, moisturizers and makeup and concealers.

To ensure you get the best results with the EES Instant Eye Tuck, make sure you let your moisturizer or makeup soak in the skin's surface for 5-10 minutes before applying the serum. This is very important for good results. If you do decide to try this product please make sure you follow this one important tip! 

So, for now I’m back to my favorite instant eye lift – the Instant Eye Tuck Serum – to help reduce the appearance of lines under the eyes and puffy eyes. If I find something better, I'll be sure to post it here on the Beauty Product Review page.

Check out this comparison of 3 different under eye lift serums including Plexaderm, Sudden Change and Preparation-H!

Under eye lines serum Ingredients List

Ingredients list for EES: 

  • Water (Aqua) 
  • Propylene Glycol
  • Sodium Magnesium Silicate 
  • Sodium lactate
  • Glycerin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Green Tea)
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract
  • Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract
  • Centella Asiatica Extract
  • Panthenol
  • Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract
  • Hydrolyzed Yeast Protein
  • Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chesnut) Bark Extract
  • Ammonium Glycyrrhizate
  • Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Phenoxyethanol
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Hexylene Glycol

Ingredients List for Peter Thomas Roth FirmX: 

  • Water/Aqua/Eau
  • Glycerin
  • Butylene Glycol
  • Sodium Silicate
  • Sodium Magnesium Fluorosilicate
  • Magnesium Aluminum Silicate
  • Dipeptide-2
  • Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7
  • Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract
  • Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone
  • Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein
  • Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate
  • Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract
  • Tocopheryl Acetate
  • Ascorbic Acid
  • Panthenol
  • Sodium Citrate
  • Carbomer
  • Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract
  • Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract
  • Chlorhexidine Digluconate
  • Ethylhexylglycerin
  • Steareth-20
  • Carrageenan
  • Sodium Phytate
  • Potassium Sorbate
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Citric Acid
  • Phenoxyethanol

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