Wrinkles are an unmistakeable sign of aging and those pesky lines around the eyes, whether you call them “laugh lines” or “crow’s feet”, are something most people would prefer to avoid. But now there is some good news – a new home kit, called WrinkleMD, which claims it can effectively deal with wrinkles in simple treatments in the comfort of your own home.
The U.S. study, led by dermatologist Dr Robert Harper, followed a sample of 22 women aged between 35 and 65 who used WrinkleMD for a month. Weekly silicone ‘impressions’ were taken of their crow’s feet and, after four weeks, their lines had reduced by an average of 41.7% — though it was 80% in one case. This was compared to a control group testing a luxury eye serum whose wrinkles improved only 2.7 per cent.
WrinkleMD uses a process called Iontophoresis. A mild electronic current is run through a disposable pad infused with hyaluronic acid and a muscle-relaxing peptide, pushing the particles deep into the skin. Two 40-minute treatments a week are recommended for the first fortnight, then the eye pads should be worn once a week for another 40 minutes for the next fortnight. After this, the manufacturers recommend a weekly top-up treatment to maintain results.
The positives of the treatment include the fact that it does not involve needles so there is little chance of infection. On the other hand the sample group was quite small, the treatment may be regarded as somewhat expensive and how long lasting the results are is still unclear.
Whatever the pros and cons, it seems that this treatment may be another weapon in the arsenal to fight the signs of aging and the treatment seemed to work very well according to one of those who took part:
“…I was very impressed by the results. I looked in my magnifying mirror after just one treatment and saw the lines on my left eye had vanished and the ones on my right had significantly faded. Even my husband agreed the pads had done something.
I’ve not had such instant results from anything else. Botox would probably last longer but this way my eyes look more natural. They still crinkle a bit when I smile, but the lines are virtually gone when I relax. So finally I have crow’s feet I can live with — and laugh at.”
Time will tell if this treatment becomes a major player in the fight against wrinkles and it should also be noted that this is the first generation of this treatment, further development may well perfect it, and even lower the cost, in the future.