When it comes to skincare, we might falsely deem that skin is all the same across the body. Facial skin is thin and frequently exposed to environmental aggressors, typically UV rays and pollution, rather than the rest. Therefore, it’s more likely to be susceptible to different issues, like wrinkles, discolouration, redness or congestion. Lots of beauty brands are crushing the market with tons of skincare products that claim to put your best face forward.
We master every step, but there is still one step that many of us seem to fail at. That is taking care of the skin around the eyes. Sadly, this may be way down on the list of priorities in our daily beauty routines. The eye area is the most sensitive and shows the very first signs of aging. Then, it needs a specialized treatment that is concentrated on taking out major problems, while being gentle to the eyes.
So, in this post, let’s get down to my review on Erno Laszlo Firmarine Eye Serum and see what makes it sovereign other than skincare products in general.
1. Loaded with Water-Binding, Skin Repairing and Rejuvenating Properties
This beautifier harnesses nourishing bioactives to relieve and de-puff the delicate skin around your peepers. At the same time, recover suppleness and firmness for a refreshed, youthful look.
Enriched with Spirulina Maxima (Algae) Extract and Maris Aqua (Sea Water). Full of age-defying, healing and moisturizing properties to mitigate lacklustre, slack looking skin and revitalize damaged skin cells with moist, refreshing feels. Not to mention that Spirulina Maxima (Algae) extract is abundant in protein, essential amino acids (peptides) and vitamins. It helps stimulate the regeneration of collagen and elastin in the skin to ward off wrinkles, fine lines and sagginess. Also, Spirulina Maxima (Algae) extract can work as a thickening agent to make the consistency less runny.
In addition to marine extracts, there are Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract and Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract. These ingredients boost soothing, hydrating and anti-aging properties to alleviate irritation and minimize the appearance of fatigue.
Formulated with Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycosaminoglycans and Phospholipids (fatty acids) as water-binding and skin-replenishing agents. They attract water to the skin, rebuild the moisture barrier, plump up the sunken under-eye areas and fill in wrinkles.
I bet Glycerin and Hyaluronic Acid have been so familiar to beauty obsessives. Sodium Hyaluronate, a sodium salt of Hyaluronic Acid, is water-soluble and capable of holding 1000 times its weight in water. The salt form of hyaluronic acid is stable and less likely to oxidize.
Compared with Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate has a lower molecular weight that enables it to penetrate the skin more effectively. It tends to ultimately improve moisture retention and rejuvenate skin by promoting collagen synthesis. Glycerin and Sodium Hyaluronate is safe and gentle to the skin.
Next, Glycosaminoglycans (GAGs), known as Polysaccharides or amino sugars, are naturally occurring in the dermal layer of the skin, such as Hyaluronic Acid. They quench the skin’s thirst, but also boost the production of collagen and elastin, which are integral for the skin’s resilience and firmness as well as able to trap moisture better.
In the same league with GAGs, there are Lysine and Serine. These peptides (amino acids) are nutrition for the dermal fibroblasts, producing protein fibers to maintain the skin’s hydration, texture, tone and defence system against external aggressors.
Alongside those energising ingredients, the formula contains Retinyl Palmitate and vitamins C and E.
Retinyl Palmitate, a vitamin A palmate, is made of palmitic acid (fatty acid) and retinol. It works as an antioxidant to trigger cell turnover and strengthen the building blocks of the skin. Commonly found in anti-aging products to treat wrinkles, fine lines and loss of firmness.
In terms of Retinoid, the more potent it is, the more irritating it can be towards the skin. Retinyl Palmitate is the weakest form of Retinoid and on the plus side, it’s very gentle to the fragile skin. Though it has been controversial regarding vitamin A toxicity, after all, it’s considered a generally safe ingredient by the approval of the FDA.
Ascorbyl Palmitate and Tocopheryl Acetate are derivatives of vitamins C and E with hydrating, brightening, protective and anti-aging activities. Tocopheryl Acetate can be used in place of preservative to protect the integrity of the formula from external oxidative stress. The combination of peptides, vitamins A, C and E (antioxidants) and water-binding agents tend to encourage the renewal of proteins in the skin, diminish puffiness and perk up shadows.
Other skin conditioning agents and humectants are Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lactate, Urea, Allantoin, Lactic Acid, Pentylene Glycol and Sorbitol. They aim to restore the moisture reservoir and provide a smooth texture on the skin’s surface.
Besides, Butylene Glycol also functions as a solvent and a viscosity decreasing agent. It keeps other ingredients dissolved to maintain consistent spreadability and creates a thin coating for better absorption with a soft feel to the touch.
Sodium Lactate and Urea are also used as pH adjusters or buffers to neutralize the pH of the product since it has a huge impact on the skin’s acid mantle.
Pentylene Glycol additionally does its job as a solvent and a preservative with antimicrobial properties.
Move on to other chemical compounds in the formulation. Magnesium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Chloride and Carbomer act as viscosity-increasing or thickening and gel-forming agents. Besides, Carbomer can be an emulsion stabilizer or an emulsifier to hold other ingredients together.
Another pH adjuster in the formulation is Sodium Hydroxide, a highly alkaline ingredient.
Disodium EDTA functions as a chelator to bind the trace metal ions and inhibit them from deteriorating the product and causing rancidity.
Zinc Chloride, known as an oral care agent, is a cosmetic astringent and cosmetic biocide. It induces tightening and tingly effects on the skin as well as retarding the growth of germs in the product.
Moreover, Phenoxyethanol and Methylisothiazolinone are two main preservatives to prevent microorganisms from spoiling the product. However, Methylisothiazolinone is considered a moderate to high hazard ingredient which is more likely to aggravate skin and eyes.
Finally, the formula includes synthetic colourants, Blue 1 (CI 42090) and Ext Violet 2 (CI 60730).
What else do you need to know about the product? It’s neither cruelty-free nor vegan.
2. Amazingly Gentle and Lightweight with Hydrating Effects
This supercharged formula contains key ingredients, like peptides, retinol and vitamins C and E, for ultimate eye treatment. The eye serum and the Erno Laszlo Firmarine Lift Essence Lotion have pretty the same consistency, which is clear, gel-like and incredibly lightweight with a hint of blue. More precisely, the eye serum gives a much thinner and more blendable texture.
Gliding on the skin’s surface and extremely easy to diffuse. A little goes a long way, a pea-sized amount is enough for both eyes. Apply it with the ring finger along the orbital bone from the outer to the inner corners and make your way up to the eyelid. However, avoid rubbing it in roughly and getting close to the eyes.
A lot of eye creams terribly burned and irritated my eyes. Gotta admit that the Firmarine Eye Serum is one of the most gentle products I have ever used. The eye serum does bring about a little bit of tingly feeling, which is just fleeting. After 40 seconds, it imparts genuinely refreshing, hydrating and damp sensations.
Since the texture is very sheer, it’s inclined to soak in and be absorbed rather than leave greasy chunks sitting on top. This is what I’m really digging, I totally find comfortable with it on a daily basis. It’s not like rich, heavy eye creams, which possibly lead to blockages in the pores and even provoke milia-prone skin.
One more thing I’m into is that it does not have any fragrances or particular scents. This is awesome and necessary. Eye treatments should not contain any fragrances, which are more likely to aggravate the fragile skin. I believe the product is a go for all skin types.
Otherwise, its light texture seems quite lacking in lubrication, not able to solely keep creases at bay and provide long-lasting moisturization. To beef it up, I apply my moisturizing cream to a bare minimum over the eye serum, holding moisture in and filling the creases. Moreover, it sits well under makeup.
My skin is kind of prone to dry and sensitive at times. Stress and staying up late have driven me nuts and exacerbated fine lines and dark circles under my eyes.
During a month of use, fine lines improve somewhat, looking less noticeable. But, when heading outdoors more often, they become more persistent because my skin tends to be very tired and dry. It may take a long time to get rid of them. Plus, the product helps moderately de-puff bags underneath my eyes. To be honest, I’m not plagued by serious puffy, swollen peepers.
So, for me, it’s a judgement call to conclude that this eye serum is top-notch at treating puffiness. There are numerous reasons for it. That could be caused by eating too much salt, drinking too much alcohol, sleep deprivation, smoking or eye allergies. I believe that aside from the eye serum, we should try to take a realistic approach toward healthy habits in order to expedite the healing process.
Speaking of dark circles, which are my hard-to-fix under eye concern. The full night of shut-eye is not enough to suppress dark shadows once and for all. Use the product day and night. Its cocktail of vitamins C and E, retinoid and peptides supposedly lighten the pigmented areas.
In spite of that, I still barely see the difference. Anyway, in fact, following the product description, it does not get the word out that it’s going to reduce darkness under the eyes. Therefore, folks may switch to other eye treatments for dark under-eye circles.
3. Very Sanitary and Simple Packaging Design
Housed in an airless plastic pump bottle in double wall. The outer bottle is transparent, whereas the inner bottle is opaque in a light blue colour. The opaque part contributes to prolonging the shelf life of the product by foiling sunlight. On the minus side, you have no idea how much it’s left inside.
The container looks high quality. Perfectly sanitary to protect the content from air and breeding microbes. Small and weightless for on-the-go uses. The aluminium pump functions very well.
4. My Results Seem Not Worth the Price
It delivers undeniably nice hydration. However, overall, I have not seen any WOW factors of it. The eye serum (15ml/0.5oz) retails for $85. I think this is quite expensive. Based on the results I got, I don’t think it’s worth that price. Or, maybe I should be more patient, waiting for an additional four weeks. I’m still working on it. I’d like to give it 8 out of 10.
I really hope my review is informative and helpful to you all. If you have any questions or ideas, please let me know. This is my great pleasure to hear you out. Thank you so much for your time and interest! Stay strong and beautiful as always!