Dr. Perricone’s Cold Plasma eye cream is so popular that it’s always selling out, so I was excited to start testing it a month ago. Truth be told, things didn’t start very well – the minute I opened the little jar, I gagged. It smelled like the codfish liver oil my grandmother used to force me to take regularly (now I thank her for my skin!). This is because one of the central ingredients, DMAE, has a fishy smell to it. Perricone MD recommends refrigerating it, which does help a little. In the name of beauty, I held my breath and quickly applied the cream, hoping that the boy and hubby wouldn’t refuse to kiss me goodnight. I have to say the smooth texture was perfect for massaging into the sensitive eye area (and the temple and above the brow – don’t ignore these areas), but my god, the smell! I would squeeze lemon juice into it if it didn’t cause my eyes to sting.
All that said, this is actually a great eye cream. It cuts down on puffiness while also creating a well-rested, healthy-looking plumpness. According to Perricone, the product tends to what he considers the seven most obvious signs of aging: lines, puffiness, dark circles, redness, a loss of elasticity, dryness, and a loss of brightness. It’s a cream-based serum, so I would recommend it to all ages since it’s not heavy (if you’re under 25 and use a rich cream, the weight of it will eventually age the delicate skin around your eyes). Try to use it in the morning, as well as in the evening. If you’re afraid of scaring away friends or co-workers with the smell, try my method – hold your breath, apply the serum, and then spritz a favorite scent onto your hair! Available at Perricone MD for $98.