Keats once wrote, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever,” and that line could certainly apply to most of Erno Laszlo products. Its new Phormula 3-9 Eye Repair is no different.
The classic “pHormula” line started in the 1920s in Hungary with the creation of formula 3-1, the precursor to today’s 3-9, which saved many a celebrity’s (including Hungary’s princess Stephanie) face.
Priced at $175, this new rich and emollient cream comes in the brand’s signature black and white jar, the colors reminiscent of a half-moon cookie or a box of chess pieces. It is a gel formulation, so it’s as light as jelly, and it contains active ingredients. One of the gel’s salient features is that it cools on contact so it helps stimulate micro circulation.
The formulation aims to repair the delicate eye area, hydrate with sweet almond oil, and protect the area using pine extract. With such a hefty price tag, I wanted to see results almost immediately, and I noticed with consistent use that my dark circles were definitely less after a few days. Since I don’t have too many wrinkles, I did not look at this from an anti-aging perspective, although it should be noted that the late legend Marilyn Monroe swore by the brand exclusively.
Compared to many eye creams that I have used that fall into the luxury umbrella (i.e. priced above $50), this cream looks and feels fabulous. It is light, rich, and does the job. Would I say that it pales in comparison to others? It definitely ranks as one of my all-time favorites with respect to its look and feel: marula and tamanu oils also help with the mix to increase its potency. If you look at other eye creams (e.g. Shiseido WrinkleResist 24, which costs $55 or Lancome’s Renergie Lift Multi-Action Eye, priced at $68), there are some aspects that I find interesting to note. All three promise to tighten but the Erno Laszlo’s Phormula also has an anti-inflammatory component, and calms skin irritations (thanks to its artichoke extract). It therefore makes me trust that it will be more suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin (which the label says it does).
So, do I think it’s worth the price tag? Definitely yes.
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Serums, as it turns out, are more diverse than a pack of M&Ms. From light as a feather to heavier and protective, serums offer easily absorbed solutions for face and body. Recently, a slew of serums crossed my desk—and if you think serums are just anti-aging boosters applied under moisturizers, think again.
Dennis Gross MD, creator of Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare agrees. “Serums are here to stay,” he says. “Serums are generally light, water-based liquids that deliver a large dose of ingredients into your skin. Their point of difference is in their composition. Serums contain no emollients, which means there is nothing to interfere with the concentrated ingredients as they reach the skin.”
The benefit of serums is that they ensure that ingredients, in a very pure form, reach their target. The lack of emollients makes it easier for the serum to travel through the various skin layers. Dr. Gross advises to incorporate ingredient laden serums into your skincare regimen early on (beginning in your 20s) to make a significant difference vending off signs of premature aging. “Look for a serum that contains multiple active ingredients, antioxidants, and retinol,” he adds.
Juara Clove Flower and Turmeric Anti-aging Serum ($62) is a fragrant, natural ingredient-based, anti-aging serum from the Indonesian skincare brand. A mix of clove flower, turmeric, goji berry and an age-reversing palm peptide, this lightweight serum hydrates and reduces the appearance of fine lines and also can serve as s a primer. I loved the fragrance best of all, and the fact that it’s as natural as a face serum gets these days. It also adds a rapid boost of radiance to your skin.
ZO® Skin Health Ossential® Growth Factor Serum ($135) is a serious anti-ager, powered by epidermal growth factor, retinol, proprietary peptides, and amino acids. Apply at night to your face and neck to boost collagen production and stimulate cellular repair. The result is a clinically proven reduction in the appearance of lines and wrinkles, improved skin tone, and increased skin thickness. Developed by a Beverly Hills dermatologist, this serum is the real deal.
Wilma Schumann Body Contouring System ($60.00) includes a serum created to improve the appearance of cellulite. Formulated with a CoAxel complex that increases skin resiliency, it aims to provide an overall firmer and toned look. I used this serum morning and night and saw a more toned appearance on my skin. Of course, nothing beats cardio, but this helps.
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Tammy Fender Quintessential Serum ($175) is the brand’s best seller, and with good reason. This is the thickest and most fragrant serum I have come across, putting aside the notion that “serums are lightweight.’ Ideal for sensitive, mature, and dry/dehydrated skins, this serum is an ideal answer to the harsh winter weather. It has been used as a liquid healer for scars and other burn marks.
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Erno Laszlo Firmarine Eye Serum ($120) refreshes the under eye area with key ingredient spirulina maxima, which feeds collagen growth to the delicate eye area all the while preventing sagging. Aloe extract too, does some heavy lifting by diminishing the tell-tale under eye puffiness, and also calms. This is one for the permanent collection.
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Artistry Youth Xtend Serum ($115), the star product of the new Youth Xtend line, is the reason why 92% of women in a clinical study experienced reduction of fine lines in 12 weeks. In other words, it’s your Harry Potter wand-like wrinkle zapper, without the scary side effects. Formulated with African baobab (an exceedingly long lived tree), as well as LifeSirt (extracted from Mediterranean myrtle) and Micro-X6 Peptide. This goes on beautifully and is slick-free, and helped substantially with my forehead furrows.
Are you tired of looking like you are in need of some solid shuteye? The skin around the eyes is usually the first place to show signs of aging such as lines and wrinkles, under-eye bags, and puffiness. The good news is that there are many ways to reverse these signs thanks to potent multi-tasking eye creams, collagen-building treatments offered by dermatologists, and the right makeup. Here, in honor of BITB’s five-year anniversary, we give you five ways to make eyes standout and look younger.
Use an Eye Cream Daily
Lines and wrinkles form from years of squinting, sun damage, and the breakdown of collagen. Eye creams can help plump delicate skin and tackle a variety of issues without being harsh. One we like is vbeauté Eye Never Nourishing Repair Eye Crème (ARV $43), containing caffeine to reduce swelling, alpine rose botanical technology to repair cell damage, and sensytens (a muscle relaxer) to instantly fill in fine lines. Lumixyl Revitaleyes Brightening Eye Cream (ARV $65) contains decapeptide-12 to treat dark circles without irritation as well as botanicals and moisturizers to fight inflammation and crepiness. Apply eye cream along the orbital bone in the morning and evening for best results.
Conceal Discoloration and Brighten
As we age, skin loses elasticity and blood vessels begin to show through, revealing darker under-eye circles. A creamy concealer camouflages darkness, illuminates the under-eye area, and makes eyes appear well rested. “Add concealer to the inner and outer corners of eyes for an instant wake-me-up effect,” says celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal. Stila All Day Concealer ($23) gives full coverage while going on smooth and stays put throughout the day. Apply Mally Beauty Lightwand Eye Brightener ($25) after eye makeup to fake eight hours of sleep. Use the creamy pencil in the inner corners of the eye to brighten, and the illuminating powder under the brow bones to make eyes appear more lifted.
Get An In-Office Treatment
While makeup and eye creams can help the appearance of aging eyes, in-office treatments will give dramatic results in little time. One of the top treatments for crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles is Pellevé, which uses radio-frequency energy to heat up tissue deep in the skin, making it contract and produce new collagen and elastin.
“Pellevé is a great treatment for people in their 40s, 50s, and maybe 60s, who don’t want to go under the knife,” says Massachusetts plastic surgeon Christine A. Hamori. “It gives you an immediate tightening of the skin, and in response, the body makes new collagen in the dermis that is more compact. If you treat the forehead to shrink it, the brow goes up and it can be significant. And better yet, it is not painful and you can go to the work or to the gym right after you have had a Pellevé treatment because there is no downtime.”
Results are noticeable after just one treatment, but a series of three treatments spaced out a month apart may be recommended. Cost can range from $500 to $800 for one treatment around the eye area.
Pump up Lashes
“Mascara can really make your eyes look awake,” says Roncal. Choose a formula that is both volumizing and lengthening with bristles that lift and separate. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara (ARV $23) is a glossy formula that lifts and lengthens with short and long bristles. To get an eye-opening effect, Roncal suggests taking the wand and stroke it onto the lashes towards the bridge of the nose (instead of the outer corner). Just because it’s been around for practically forever, don’t forget Maybelline Great Lash, one of the great all time selling mascaras. A new one from Maybelline, Volum’ Express Falsie Big Eyes Washable Mascara (ARV $9.49), offers a dual-ended brush that pushes up top lashes and grabs the tiniest of the bottom lashes.
Accentuate with Liner
Choose a dark-colored creamy liner on lids to make the white in eyes pop. Roncal likes to draw some eyeliner on the back of her hand and with a small brush dip smudge it onto the top and bottom lash line. “This softer, smudgy line will make eyes appear larger.” Try Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner ($4.49) for soft, deep color. Or for pure drama, use Lancôme Artliner 24H Precision Point Eyeliner ($30) for a dramatic and long lasting vinyl finish.