IMHO, January is skincare month. The weather is cold and often dry and it does a number on my skin. In my blogpost last week, My Winter Beauty Musts, I mentioned a number the skincare products that I rely on to hydrate my winter dry skin.
Well, there’s another product that I wanted to devote its own review to: MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment. I was sent this product to try by Dynamis Skincare.
The Science Behind the Brand
As a brand, MEG 21 by Dynamis Skincare took a unique and initially unexpected scientific approach in developing their product line. It is based on scientific research uncovered by a research team at Fox Chase Cancer Center near Philadelphia studying diabetes, not skincare. The discovery was “glycation”.
Glycation takes place not only in diabetics but in everybody, and it takes place in our skin. It happens when we eat sugar – ether refined like white sugar or processed foods that are high in carbohydrates and also unrefined sugars/carbohydrates including orange juice. Both kinds of sugars turn into glucose that bind with proteins and ultimately can cause skin to become stiff and brittle. The glucose-protein binding creates large molecules that interfere with proteins including collagen and elastin. The Dynamis research team uncovered the relationship between these large molecules called 3DG (3-deoxyglucosone) and our skin. It was shown that glycation results in inflammation, decreased production of collagen, and the production of free radicals that create oxidative stress on cells. These conditions contribute to skin aging and are impediments to healthy skin.
In their research, the scientists discovered how to control the production of 3DG. Additional studies led to the development of Supplamine, a unique, patented combination of natural amino acids and a substitute sugar that does not cause toxic 3DG, oxidative stress, or free radicals.
MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment
MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment combines Supplamine with three botanical extracts:
- white lily
proven to reduce puffiness and dark circles under eyes. Overall, MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment has been developed to hydrate, renew, brighten, and firm the delicate skin beneath and around the eyes and help decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
MEG 21 Eye Treatment comes in a twist-top air-tight pump jar to protect the efficacy of the ingredients in the eye treatment. This is my favorite type of skincare packaging, hands down. It is elegant, sturdy, and the best protection for the goodies inside.
The eye treatment itself is a relatively lightweight beige cream. It applies easily and is absorbed almost immediately. As I’ve mentioned previously, I have an eye condition that makes my eyelids and the skin in the inner corners of my eyes very dry and sensitive, and MEG 21 Eye Treatment is non-irritating and gentle to my sensitive skin.
I’ve been using MEG 21 Bright & Firm Eye Treatment for more than 6 weeks and I like it a lot. Although I do pat it under my eyes, my real eye issues are tightening the skin above my lids and under my brows. I do believe the skin is a little firmer and less crepey there. My crow’s feet, at this point, are still firmly in place. But I intend to continue to use MEG 21 Bright & Firm because I like what it’s doing on my upper eye skin and it deserves more time to work on my substantial crow’s feet.
MEG 21 Bright & Firm contains 0.5 oz./15 g and is priced at about $75. A portion of the cost goes to cancer research. MEG 21 products are allergy-tested and recommended for all skin types. It is made in the U.S. MEG 21 products are sold through professional distributors, and you can search for a distributor in your area here. However, it can be found on a variety of websites such as skincarebyalana.com (a website that I like for purchasing skincare), skintrends.com where there’s currently a 20% off coupon, skinbeautymall.com, ebay, and Amazon. It is also available internationally in Mexico, New Zealand, Honduras, and Hong Kong.
INGREDIENTS: Water (Aqua), Pentylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Arginine HCL, Methylglucamine HCL, Ethylhexyl, Palmitate, Lecithin, Steareth-21, Dimethi- cone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate /Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Polyamide-5, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butyrosper- mum Parkii (Shea Butter), Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ptychopetalum Olacoides Bark/Stem Extract, Pfaffia Paniculata Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Flower Extract, Aminopro- pyl Dimethicone, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butyl Alcohol, BHT, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Steareth-2, Titanium Dioxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance