For decades retinol has been considered to be “pure magic” when it comes to anti-aging. Most conventional products out there use retinol in their anti-aging serums and creams especially for around the eyes.
What does it do?
Retinol slows down your body’s aging process.
Prevent Wrinkles: Smoothes current fine lines and wrinkles but minimizes new ones that form.
Brightens Skin: Considered to “exfoliate” on a cellular level, leaving behind brighter, smoother skin.
Fades Dark Spots: Over time it will even out your complexion and fade dark spots from sun or aging, and reduce scarring left behind from acne.
What’s the Catch?
Well as great as that all sounds, retinol can also negatively affect our eyes. At the cellular level it attacks our specialized oil glands, meibomian glands that exist in our upper and lower eyelidsnear out eyelashes. These glands are very important as they produce an oil that is secreted onto the surface of the eye forming the outer most layer of our tear film. This layer prevents our tears from evaporating so that our eyes stay moist and don’t feel like a fish out of water.
Decreases the production of cells required to produce the oil
Increases the death of the cells required to produce the oil
Suppress oil production up to 90%
These actions will lead to the glands becoming stale and they will begin to die off. A decreasein the meibomian glands will lead to a condition called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD). MGD will cause burning, red, dry, and irritated eyes, and our eyelids will look heavy, thick, and tired.
Eye Q Organics offers an anti-aging serum and firming eye cream that DOES NOT contain retinol. Both products offer the same great results minus the negative side effects.