4 Ingredients Your Eye Serum Must Have

Eye serums and creams monopolize the beauty marketplace, so it's not hard to find one. But finding one that works is a different story. I've been seeing aesthetician Kimmy Williams of Acqua E Sapone in San Francisco for a few months now and she singlehandedly changed my face with her innovative products from her own line that are effective, no-nonsense and affordable. So, I was curious to get her take on what makes a smart eye product. Williams shared the four key ingredients that she includes in her Glyco-Peptide Eye Serum and why she recommends you choose an eye product with these four qualities. 

Glycolic acid. This natural exfoliant is derived from sugar cane and acts as a keratolytic which means that it speeds up the rate of skin cell turnover and exfoliates dead surface skin cells that can make the skin appear dull and uneven, making wrinkles appear smoother. Another benefit of glycolic acid is that it has a small molecular size that allows it to penetrate past the epidermis to stimulate collagen production, plumping up the skin.

Peptides. These chains of amino acids trigger different cell functions. There has been some evidence to support peptide acetyl hexapeptide acts as kind of a topical botox by relaxing facial muscles and smoothing out wrinkles.

Hyaluronic Acid. This is found naturally in the skin and acts as part of a supporting structure as well as a humectant (moisturizer). As we get older, hyaluronic acid levels decrease and the supporting structure starts to crumble which is why we start to get wrinkles, sagging, etc. As a topical, hyaluronic acid fills in the space between elastic and collagen and allows the skin to keep drawing in moisture.

Vitamin K. Dark circles can be tricky to treat because there are a number of possible causes including nasal congestion, smoking, allergies, pigmentation issues, and thinning skin. Lessening the appearance of dark circles requires addressing the cause and you cannot expect to diminish their appearance with a cream if they are caused by smoking and you keep smoking. Vitamin K is one of the few topical ingredients that studies have shown can lighten dark circles.
 
Kimmy Williams is the owner of Acqua E Sapone, a skin clinic at 222 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, 415-871-0237. Her Glyco-Peptide Eye Serum sells for $24 for 1 ounce at aesbeauty.com/shop.