Aren´t we all human?
When I grew up, I had an amazing family doctor. In fact, I still have her, now that I moved back to my hometown. I grew up with a lot of faith in her decisions, recommendations and in her as a person. Problem is: I extended that to all the other doctors I would consult. Be it my dermatologist for cystic acne aged 12, my gynecologist once I turned 14 or, later in life, my tutors and teachers when studying medicine myself.
But I assure you, I learned. Doctors are only humans. And while that is not a problem per se, not all of them are humans I personally want to spend my time with. In fact, I have very few doctor friends. But the ones I have are amazing.
Now whenever I see a doctors brand in skincare, I am on the fence: Is this the brand of one doctor human being that knows his stuff and brings us scientific expertise? Or is this the brand of a human being that would label utter crap with “doctor” for the sake of money? Believe me, I have seen both.
Today I am introducing Doctor Duve Medical Skincare, a brand founded by Dr. med Stefan Duve in 2009. Doctor Duve Boosting Eye Cream * – did it convince?
What Doctor Duve claims:
Fatigue, stress and environmental influences can take a visible toll on the eyes, leaving behind dark shadows, fine lines and swelling. This is because the skin around the eyes is ten times thinner, more sensitive and drier than anywhere else on the face. This rich, nourishing treatment smoothes and boosts the skin around the eyes. BOOSTING EYE CREAM uses a combination of the best ingredients, such as vitamins A and E, retinol, plant-based stem cells, botanical triglycerides and MariGel extracted from red algae. It ensures optimum moisture levels in the skin, prevents damage caused by UV rays, boosts collagen production and fills in wrinkles. Light-reflecting particles also soft-focus the eye area, ensuring an even and natural-looking finish.
Prize and size
One pot contains 30 ml and retails for 99,50 € on the website here. Yes, that is expensive.
Texture and smell
The cream feels lightweight, sinks in quickly and works well under makeup. I did not notice a strong scent.
Application and effects
Application is easy, the cream does not feel heavy and spreads beautifully. I did notice a little stinging when my skin was already irritated due to cold weather or several times of applying and removing makeup (the joys of having a You Tube channel). As far as results go, it did not get rid of my fine lines, but I don’t think any cream ever will. It did, however, visibly lighten a spot of hyperpigmentation I had close to my left eye.
- Glycerin: Moisturizing
- Olus oil (vegetable oil): Rich in antioxidants, moisturizing
- Myristyl myristate: Rich in fatty acids
- Squalene: Natural occurring in our skins barrier, strengthening
- Chondrus crisps extract: Hydrating, rich in antioxidants
- Tocopheryl acetate: Vitamin E
- Retinol palmitate: Precursor of retinol, promotes collagen production
- Retinol: Vitamin A, promotes collagen production
- Daphne odora callus extract: Acts like a growth factor, repairing damage, anti-inflammatory
- Ubiquinone: Coenzyme Q10, antioxidant
Does it live up to its claims?
It is nourishing, hydrating and contains all the right ingredients to back up the claims of fighting UV damage and boosting collagen production.
A word on the two different kinds of retinol: I explained it all here in this blogpost. Short story: It is great to have both and retinol is the one clinically proven anti-aging ingredient.
Would I repurchase?
That is a tough question.
I really, really like that cream. I like the ingredients, I like the effect, I like the way it feels on my skin. But for 100 € (lets ignore the 50 cent, shall we?), I want perfection. And there is one thing about the product that bothers me. A lot. It is the packaging. All these lovely ingredients, for that price, and they are packed in a jar? One that I screw open and am supposed to stick my fingers in? Come on. Even if I were to use a spatula, the ingredients are exposed to air and light every time I open it. Once or twice a day at least. I am sorry, but for this price I expect air tight and with a pump.
Who do I recommend it to?
If you want a doctors sign of approval, you have it. His and mine.
If you want a luxury feel and look to your skincare, here you will get it. Because no matter how much I rant about the jar, it sure does look pretty on my shelf.
And if they would decide to update the packaging, I´d happily extend this recommendation to: Anyone with aging skin.
So back to the initial topic: Dr. Stefan Duve seems to be the kind of human that knows his stuff and brings us scientific expertise. Prepare to see more of him on the blog soon!
The products in this post were send to me for consideration, but all opinions are honest and my own. Some links used above may be affiliate links.
This is not a sponsored blogpost.