Deciem’s The Ordinary (TO) Caffiene Solution 5% + EGCG

 
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Deciem’s The Ordinary (TO) Caffiene Solution 5% + EGCG
(for eyes) 

Cost: $6.70

According to Deciem, this “Reduces Appearance of Eye Contour Pigmentation and of Puffiness.” I definitely think this has made a difference to my dark under-eye circles. It’s a fantastic value, and you only need one drop for both eyes combined.

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 Left: April 11, 2017. No routine, except for R+F's Lash Boost, which is why I took the awkward-angle-of-a-picture. Light makeup. Right: July 8th, 2017. I'd been using Caffeine since the end of May. No makeup.  Forgive the different angles, but I hope you can see a bit of the difference I see. 

Left: April 11, 2017. No routine, except for R+F's Lash Boost, which is why I took the awkward-angle-of-a-picture. Light makeup.
Right: July 8th, 2017. I'd been using Caffeine since the end of May. No makeup.

Forgive the different angles, but I hope you can see a bit of the difference I see. 

Update 12/20/17:

Hi again Freaks,

I wanted to let you all know a bit more about my experience with using The Ordinary's Caffeine. I used it for months until I cut it out of my routine because I suddenly became suspicious of something...milia. I have never had milia anywhere on my face, but suddenly I was getting them. They were growing. They were starting to pop up in my eye area, and they were coming up at an increasing rate. So I decided to try one thing first--stop using the concentrated Caffeine--to see if it would make a difference. I read over Caroline Hirons' article about milia (here) and decided that I wasn't afraid to sterilize a super sharp needle and try to extract the build up around my eyes on my own. I wanted to remove them to see if after I stopped using TO's Caff, they would be gone forever or continue to grow and multiply. 

They stopped. They didn't come back. I haven't gotten another one yet. For reference, I started using it on June 8, 2017, the last day I used it was September 14, 2017 (total of 9.5 weeks), and I've been off of it for 14 weeks. 

Obviously many, many, many people use this product without incident, and it really can do a fantastic job lightening under-eye circles that aren't structural. For me, the irritation of having tiny white growths on my eyes was more important to mitigate than dark under eyes circles, and I'm very happy with my choice to omit this product from my routine.