It’s Electric: The New At-Home Gadget To Zap Eye Wrinkles
Hyaluronic acid is often touted by dermatologists as a “youth serum” for its ability to plump fine lines, especially those delicate crinkles around the eyes. But most topical applications of the miracle ingredient merely sit on the surface of skin, which is why dermatologists typically rely on high-tech devices to help “push” the serum further into the tissue. Does it work at diminishing crow’s feet? Yes. But it’ll cost you—about $1,000 for ten visits, to be exact. There is another way, though. The new Ion-Infusion Eye Renewal System aims to get the job done at a fraction of the cost—and in the comfort of your own home. The kit comes with contoured patches soaked in medical-grade hyaluronic acid, which stick under your eyes and hook up to “buds” that emit microcurrents to send the molecules deep into your complexion. After 40 minutes of painless tingling, the system turns off automatically. “It’s pretty remarkable,” says Washington, D.C.-based doctor Tina Alster, who was impressed enough with the clinical trials that she agreed to endorse the product. “We’ve seen a 41 percent reduction in eye wrinkles when people use the system for a month,” she says. “Do two sessions twice a week for the first two weeks, then once a week for the remaining time to maintain the effects.”
The system, which costs $179, comes with ten sets of eye patches along with a vitamin C eye serum and ion eye moisturizer. So how do the results compare to in-office procedures? “This is the first system I’ve seen to really bridge the gap between home and the doctor’s office, and in some ways, I think it works better than even lasers or fillers, which can’t always get at those fine wrinkles around the eyes,” Dr. Alster says. “In fact, it works so well, we’ve had patients apply the patches to other parts of their body—like the hands or around the mouth,” say Alster. “There’s no risk but I tell people to wait a bit. We’re working on patches for other areas.” Stay tuned.