An internet favorite, Jeunesse Instantly Ageless, shows dramatic results within minutes due to its use of the peptide, Argireline (sometimes known as “Botox in a bottle”), combined with several silicates. Ploeger cedes that using products like these, “you will notice the appearance of tighter, lifted skin.” However, for a well-hydrated, smoother appearance, this type of product does not deliver. “Once you put makeup on the area, the effect is gone immediately, because of the emollient ingredients in makeup.”
While no one ingredient can simultaneously tighten and plum, its the combination of effective ingredients which make all the difference. Dr. Shah explains, “Retinoids work great to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and help boost collagen production,” while Vitamin C is a great antioxidant to reduce free radical damage, while brightening the skin. Ceramides hold skincells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and retains moisture. “Ceramide levels decrease as we age which leads to loss of hydration, less skin turnover and dryer, more damaged skin,” he adds. “Replenishing the skin’s ceramide levels will help restore moisture and fortify the skin’s natural barrier, helping skin look and feel younger.”
There is also the glycation process. When proteins combine with sugars in skin cells, they weaken and become less-supple, losing the ability to support the skin’s structure. This causes laxity and sagging, particularly visible in the face. Tightening effects can also be supported with the use of topical ingredients, including Hyaluronic acid, plant stem cells, and Vitamin C. “This can help to reverse and/or prevent the glycation process, which can support firmer skin,” shares Ploeger.
Ploeger finds that magic combination in Instytutum Truly-Transforming Brightening Eye Cream because it features silk tree bark extracts and St. Paul’s Worth, which create a lifting effect on the eyelid while relaxing crow’s feet. Hyaluronic acid plumps and tightens the skin, providing a smoother appearance, as raspberry stem cells aid in the production of ceramics while combatting the glycation process. The cream also features Retinol, Ash Bark Extract, Peptides, Vitamin E, and Shea Butter. Together they brighten the complexion, while hydrating and calm ingthe skin. However, Instytutum is not the only line Ploeger praises; she is impressed with plumping ingredients found in Sunday Riley Autocorrect Brightening and Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, Dennis Gross Hydra-Pure Intense Moisture Cream, and, of course, Instytutum’s Exceptional Flawless Cream.
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