Can an off-the-shelf product like Tria Beauty Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser truly reverse the visible signs of ageing? Paul Godbold investigates how it works and puts it to the test.
How many times have you looked at a beauty product and said, “Rubbish, it’s all marketing, it’ll never work”. I’ve done this frequently and had my ‘fingers burnt’ more than a few times, falling for the fancy words and promises, and feeling like a fool later. In my home, I have cupboards filled with gadgets which were used once and will probably never see the light of day for years to come and yet,
I still have faith that something will come along to wipe out my poor judgement.
Areas I needed the Tria eye laser to improve
So why is a middle-aged man investigating beauty products you might be thinking? For many years, I was referred to as ‘thick-skinned’, unfortunately, ageing means that this is literally no longer the case! I’m now in my late 40’s and things are now becoming more noticeable. My eyelids are drooping, parts of my face seem a little out of kilter, the wrinkles around the eyes seem deeper, so, enough is enough, I’m going to war!
As someone who was renowned for my looks in my early days, I’m now on a constant hunt for products to preserve what little of my looks I have left and make what I still have, look better.
As many of our readers will know, we recently went on a fun-filled day of buying beauty and skincare products to review in Luxurious Magazine.
Probably the most interesting product we came across and decided should definitely be put through its paces was the Tria Beauty Eye Wrinkle Correcting Laser.
I said to my wife, “If this doesn’t work, I’ll make sure that everyone knows about it”, it was one of those beauty products which when you read the words on the box really did sound too good to be true. As I held the box in my hands, I felt like Tria Beauty was challenging me to prove or disprove their claims.
What convinced us to purchase the product?
Before I handed over my money, I did load YouTube on my phone and watched a video from what I would regard as a ‘real person’, not one of those over-made-up young women who make a living out of batting their eyelids and pouting.
The ‘relatively normal’ woman in the video had thoroughly tested the Tria laser and then made a statement which made my decision to buy that much easier. It was something along the lines of “Since I’ve started to use this, I’ve given up on my Botox injections, this works out so much cheaper”. That’s all I needed to hear, she’d said it worked for her, and I’d potentially be saving money by having one!
How does your skin work?
Your skin is made up of many layers, it can generally be divided into three main parts:
- The outer part is called the epidermis and this contains skin cells, pigments and proteins.
- The middles part is called the dermis and this contains blood vessels, nerves, the hair follicles and oil glands. This part provides the necessary nutrients to your skin.
- Under the dermis is the subcutaneous layer containing sweat glands, fat, blood vessels and some hair follicles.
How does your skin change as you get older?
As you get older, the outer skin layer begins thinning even though the number of cell layers remains the same. Also, the subcutaneous fat layer thins out resulting in less padding. As if this wasn’t bad enough, your connective skin tissue loses its strength and elasticity resulting in sagging and drooping – damn those traits of ageing!
What does ‘Clinically Proven’ Mean?
One thing which is frequently mentioned in the Tria Beauty marketing is ‘Clinically Proven’. Although I could not locate a specific study on the eye laser, Tria Beauty had performed a study on the eye laser’s bigger sister, the Age-Defying Laser. This does provide some insight into how their laser products work on the skin and involved 34 subjects with, in the main, positive results.
All too often we see products stating they are clinically proven. What this means is that anywhere from one person upwards has tested the product in an experimental setting. Thirty-four subjects although by no means a large study, is certainly better than one involving a single person. Also, a certified Doctor is needed to trial the product and provide their seal of approval. In this instance, Zakia Rahman, M.D. Board-Certified Dermatologist, Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology, Stanford University has given this.
What the expert said:
“Tria’s SmoothBeauty™ Eye Wrinkle Laser delivers dermatologists-recommended technology in an at-home product specifically designed to smooth wrinkles around the eyes. This product is unlike any other on the market.”
(Dermatologists have existing, or prior, relationships with Tria, that may include consulting, research, and/or early investment positions.)
What ‘This product is unlike any other on the market’ actually means is open to debate. Is she referring to its design, its colour or the convenience of using salon-based technology at home? What consumers really want to read is that it’s been tested and it works.
We’ll know more on the next page as we put it to the test and reveal our findings.