Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream is a lightweight, oil-free brightening and anti-aging eye cream that is said to hydrate, brighten, and perk up your look. Like many eye creams, Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream contains caffeine, a natural stimulant and antioxidant. Applying caffeine to the skin causes vasoconstriction (constriction of the blood vessels), which helps to reduce the amount of blood that accumulates under the eyes (a major factor that contributes to dark circles). Additionally, vasoconstriction can firm the skin due to the removal of excess fluids and possible stimulation of the lymphatic drainage system. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream also contains several different types of peptides, which work by sending signals to cells to produce new collagen. Over time, increased collagen levels promote firmer skin with less fine lines and wrinkles.
There are numerous moisture-retaining ingredients in the Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream, including glycerin, shea butter, squalane, dimethicone, algae extract, and sodium hyaluronate. These ingredients help to increase the skin’s hydration, which promotes a smoother complexion and may help decrease the appearance of fine lines. Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream includes many plant-based antioxidants that can help protect skin against free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Lastly, Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream contains very small amounts (less than 1%) of the light-reflecting pigments mica and titanium dioxide. These ingredients would normally help to provide a brightening effect, however, they are present in such small amounts that their effects will most likely not be noticeable.