Recently, some of my clients asked me if I had heard of an “anti-aging product” made in the United States that has become a hot topic on YouTube. In fact, one of my clients even ordered it immediately from the US. The origin of this product is a viral marketing video that shows a woman in her fifties with bags under her eyes applying the product on a TV show, and within a few minutes, the bags magically disappear.
Of course, this incredibly fast and effective product has attracted the attention of many women, including myself. I immediately searched online for its ingredients, which are:
Water (Aqua), Sodium Silicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline), Phenoxyethanol, Ethylexylglycerin, Yellow 5 (Cl 19140), Red 40 (Cl16035).
Now, let’s analyze how these ingredients can create such a miraculous effect.
Water: used as a carrier and solvent for other ingredients.
Magnesium Aluminum Silicate: used in cosmetics as a tightening, oil-absorbing, and thickening agent to increase product viscosity.
Yellow 5 (Cl 19140) and Red 40 (Cl16035): used as colorants to give the product a certain color.
Phenoxyethanol and Ethylexylglycerin: commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and have antibacterial properties.
None of the above six ingredients can make eye bags disappear instantly. Therefore, the remaining two ingredients are the key players:
Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 (Argireline): a protein that is claimed to reduce the appearance of fine lines with continuous use. However, no matter how effective the protein may be, it cannot improve eye bags in a matter of minutes. Moreover, this type of ingredient can only improve fine lines and not eye bags. Therefore, it is not the true “magic” ingredient. I believe that the manufacturer intentionally included this ingredient to deceive consumers and divert their attention.
Lastly, there is Sodium Silicate. Sodium Silicate is a thick, solid substance that is soluble in water and also known as liquid glass. It is generally used for industrial purposes, such as bonding different materials, as a dyeing auxiliary, in repairing leaky industrial equipment, and even as an adhesive in refractory building materials and ceramic slurries. It is rarely used in cosmetics and skincare products. In short, it is an industrial adhesive! When applied to eye bags, the effect seen within a few minutes is simply the result of the “glue” solidifying. However, the so-called effect will disappear once the product is washed off. The biggest problem is that this substance can easily cause sensitivity and skin inflammation.
In fact, online reviews of this product can be found, with some people claiming that it created dimples with even a slight facial expression, caused allergies, and even led to eyelid granulomas. I believe that all these situations were caused by Sodium Silicate.
In conclusion, the mystery is finally solved. If you want to try this product, you need to be aware of its potential side effects.