There are a few events that cleanly, clearly slice the timeline of one’s life into “before” and “after.” For those of us born prior to 1995, there was a time before the Internet. For everyone else, there is the time before you use retinol. The rest is “after.”
I clearly remember the textural change in my skin that occurred when my dermatologist first prescribed me a silver tube of tretinoin (a prescription-strength form of retinol used to fight acne). My complexion went from bumpy and porous to smooth and nearly reflective in a matter of weeks. From then on, I was the proud owner of “good skin” as surely as I was the bearer of brownish-black hair and eyes and one freckle on the very tip of my nose.
StriVectin’s Advanced Retinol Eye Cream does that same unforgettable, transformative “good skin” thing for the area around your eyes by delivering the skin-smoothing, collagen-stimulating ingredient in an ultralight cream that’s gentle enough to use both morning and night, without irritation. (That's because it's way gentler than tretinoin, so I didn't see any of the peeling, flaking, or redness I saw when I first started using retinol on my T-zone.)
And it really works. Unlike an ingredient such as, say, marshmallow extract, there is a firm and total consensus within the dermatological and chemical communities that retinol can reduce the appearance of wrinkles you have and even prevent new ones from forming. Same (though to a lesser degree) for this eye cream’s combination of peptides, which stimulate collagen growth. Of course, you won’t notice all of that. All you’ll notice is that the cream feels impossibly smooth, rubs in without any effort, and makes the skin around your eyes look and feel hydrated (that’s the shea butter and glycerin). I certainly did. And that if you keep using it, you’ll look like maybe, possibly, you don’t remember a time before the Internet at all.