So who’s currently a stressed out train wreck? It’s kind of like my default setting these days as I’m working multiple gigs to save for a house plus have a li’l extra to hit up the Philippines, hopefully later on this year. Stress generally isn’t my friend, but hey, what can you do.
According to Dermalogica, however, stress isn’t always a bad thing. They say you get two types – eustress, which can be positive and distress which is not. I don’t feel like I have to fill you in on distress. If you’ve every tried to get Telkom to come on over and install an ADSL line you’ll know all about it. Eustress, on the other hand, is more interesting in that it requires a perception shift that sees you view the ‘stress’ of a tricky situation as a challenge and using it as a motivator to focus our energy and improve our performance. An example? Starting a new job and feeling nervy about it, but using it to do good things like upskill before you start.
Anyway, it’s eustress that’s inspired Dermalogica’s new eye treatment, Stress Positive Eye Lift (R1 210).
A ‘use-it-when-you-need-it’ instant eye improver, Stress Positive aims to help blitz the signs of a stressed out eye, namely dark rings, puffiness, dullness and the dreaded droop you might get when you’re feeling moeg.
So, what’s in the mix? A cooling, cream-gel formula, it relies on wild indigo seed to illuminate, fermented yeast and hyaluronic acid to lift plus sea water and arctic algae to de-puff.
I don’t know much about wild indigo seed, but do know that fermented yeast is a nice temporary tightener (it contracts to pull your skin taught as it dries) and mega-moisturising hyaluronic acid is stellar for plumping. As far as algae goes (also known as seaweed), it’s a good source of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties.
Like I said, I’m a stress ball right now and that means I’m not getting as much sleep as I should so there are days when I wake up with puffy eyelids and I used one of them to test drive new Stress Positive. To apply it, there’s a bit of a method that’s easier to show you than it is to type.
Being a lazy cow, I used the special massage method a few times and have since gone rogue, applying a few dots around my eyes, swirling it around with the metal tip (which really does feel lovely and cool) and then leave it on for a few minutes while I reply to e-mails before massaging in any excess. I’m actually ‘wearing’ it right now as I type and, even though the cooling tip isn’t on my skin any more, it really does feel nice and cool on my skin. At first I wondered if they were using something like menthol to get that right which would be awful as menthol’s a top not irritant and not suited for eyes but it turns out Dermalogica’s cleverer than that as there’s nothing minty, eucalyptus or camphor-related in the formula at all but it still manages to feel fabulously ‘cool’.
Results-wise, it doesn’t help with my dark circles but that’s because mine are caused by the fact that the skin under my eyes is super thin (thanks dad!) so you’re always going to see the vascular stuff through it unless I apply concealer. What it does do, however, is soothe, speed up the de-puffing process and minimise the look of any fine dehydration lines. After using it, my eyes really do feel a lot more ‘awake’.
I reckon this is a nice pick for anyone who loves pampering masks, but now wants to extend the treat to their eyes. This is the kind of thing I’ll take with me when I travel and reach for when I wake up feeling tired (or hungover!) but need to look and feel better.
But ja! Let’s get to the bit I know you’re excited about… I’ve got two Dermalogica Stress Positive Eye Lift tubes to give to one lucky winner so you can
hoard it all for yourself share it with a bestie. To enter, simply take Dermalogica’s super quick, surprisingly fun stress test to see how you handle it. (It turns out I’m a ‘fighter’) and leave me a comment below telling me your results.
If you’re on Instagram, there’s another way to enter too! Simply follow @DermalogicaSA and tag them as well as me (I’m @lipglossgirlxoxo) in a pic of how you handle stress, be it with a quick workout like me or a marathon session of Vanderpump Rules like my flatmate. Oh! And don’t forget to use the hashtag #stresspositive.
This competition is open to South African residents only and closes on 15 May at 5pm. A winner will be drawn from both pools of entry.
Good luck girls!
This competition is now closed. Congrats to winner Tracy Jacobs.