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LNKN: Is JeNu The Answer To My Under Eye Crepiness?

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Since I’ve learned that the bulk of my under eye dissatisfaction comes from plain old thin skin – the byproduct of early menopause, lack of estrogen and genetics (thanks mom and dad) – I’ve been on a quest for the perfect eye cream.

There’s no shortage of opinions, and Lord knows its been written about a thousand times over by every beauty editor on the planet.

But like Goldilocks, there’s a lot of trial and error of finding the one that is just right for me.

Take for instance my latest adventure, where I tried using retinol under my eyes.  Every doctor I’ve spoken to insist that this will help my crinkles provided I use a teeny amount and give my skin time to get used to it.

As you can see, I took the more is more approach, and yikes.

retinol irritated eyes

Never use too much retinol

So knowing I was on a quest for a magic wand for my eyes, the nice people at JeNu gifted me their version:

The JeNu Ultrasound Wand with Active-Youth Eye Treatment.

Interesting set up, ey?

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I haven’t tried it yet, I’m still unpacking all the gear.

There’s been some positive buzz about JeNu, but questions I’m asking myself include:

  1. How many vibrating devices does a girl need? Between my Clarsonic and my Philips toothbrush, my sockets are full.
  2. Will I continue to use it after the novelty wears off, or will it collect dust in my basket of regrettables?
  3. Is the ultrasonic wand of real value or is it just an application gimmick?  They claim it helps product penetrate 12x more deeply than with application alone and that people who use it experience a much deeper level of hydration, but I want to dive a little deeper to understand the methodology.  Was it compared to a norm of nothing, or other products?  I always like a good head to head.
  4. Is the eye cream any good?  How would this stack up against other eye creams without the wand?  Did they focus the technology on the wand or the cream?
  5. How does this interact with other products like Retinol?  Girl does not live by one product alone.
  6. Will the ultrasonic wand interfere with Botox or fillers? I don’t have any fillers under my eyes right now, but I do have Botox around my crows feet and don’t want some freakish side effect to happen.
  7. Is there any potential downside to the ultrasonic wand?  JeNu is insistent you don’t use it on the upper part of the eye.  I mean they scream “don’t put it there”.  So I wonder why, and what, if any downside might be lurking in this mystical wand.
  8. Has the FDA evaluated any of their claims? 

The team at JeNu know I’m a harsh critic and that a free product doesn’t guarantee a spot in my blog or my heart, so I appreciate their transparency and generosity in letting me see for myself.  No strings attached.

So tonight I’m going to charge up my JeNu and see if at $249, JeNu earns a coveted spot on my already crowded sink and might be worth a spot on yours.  For reference, here are my eyes at Ground Zero (yes, I know I need my eyebrows tweezed).  I’ll report back in two weeks.

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Smiling

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Relaxed

 

 

Curious about this JeNu? Send any questions, hopes, fears, doubts or commentary my way.

14 Comments

  1. I’ll look forward to reading/watching your progress.

    How long are you supposed to use this gizmo under each eye?

    • Two magical weeks.

  2. The JeNu sounds similar to the concept behind the Clarisonic Opal (http://www.clarisonic.com/shop/opal_sonic_infusion_system/) which you CAN use any eye cream with that unit – of course they try and sell you their eye serum, but I’m not a big fan of any of the Clarisonic cleaners & creams as much as their brushes.

    I’ve learned from my esthetician that the tapping or vibration gets the active ingredients of the creams to penetrate deeper into the levels of your skin, so you not only get more of your money’s worth with expensive eye creams (!!), but better results because it’s not staying on the top layer being spread around – better absorption.

    I’m so interested in how you like it!

    • Thanks for the insight Holly. I agree, at first glance I thought it was like the Opal, but as I dig deeper it seems there are some differences, albeit I’m still figuring them out:) So far I actually like the eye cream and I’m a harsh critic with eye creams.

  3. I look forward to the results, but am also dying to know what else is in your basket of regrettables? Any advice on things to avoid? I have a lovely set of depressed, indigo-coloured circles around my eyes, and am worried some products will highlight that.
    Thanks, and I really love your site and in my head respond to way more posts than my lazy ass gets around to!

    • Great question about the regrettables and I will share for sure in my follow up piece. But, I’m trying to get a doctor’s opinion before I declare any product to be “meh” in a general way. I’ve only had a few that have reacted badly, but most were just impulse purchases that didn’t make a darn bit of difference, despite their claims of magic. I will share though!

  4. Hello!
    I think I read recently that you don’t wear sunscreen directly under your eyes or on your eyelids. Sunscreen is the only way to ensure your ‘under eye crepiness’ doesn’t get worse. Using sunscreen will also help the skin to repair itself. A mineral only sunscreen would be the best way to go because it will not sting your eyes unlike synthetic sunscreens which many people react too. Paulas’s Choice has some great mineral only sunscreens, which you could use around your eyes. Because I’m really fair, I can use mineral sunscreens without any tint but you may want to try their tinted options. I like their RESIST Super-Light Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 (which has the slightest tint merely to counteract the whiteness) and because the skin under my eyes is dry I just layer some moisturiser underneath this sunscreen. Also you don’t need a separate eye moisturiser. Apparently they have the same ingredients as facial moisturisers but they have been put into tiny pots and sold for triple the price.

    • Thanks for the tip about Paula’s Choice Esther. I’ve heard her stuff is good, but haven’t tried it personally. I’ve actually be using Shiseido’s under eye sunscreen and I LOVE IT. The only downside is it that it’s a bit too white, but hey, I guess you don’t need Touch Eclate after using it:) I also wear prescription sunglasses religiously which has mitigated the damage a bit.

  5. Greetings!

    Loved the straightforward review :) – was wondering now that it’s Oct 20 if the JeNu is sitting forlornly in your regrettables pile? I just got one on eBay for $100 but should have read more reviews before buying, because I have yet to find someone who feels it is worth using long term. I plan on selling it without opening if I can’t find at least a couple serious fans. Thanks!

    • You know, I think it’s a great device and does a great job of moisturizing my lower eye area. BUT…I don’t reach for it the way I do my Clarsonic. It’s kind of sitting there. I think it’s because out of all my stuff I need to do at night – Retinol, Latisse, Rogaine, etc – the last think I want to do is take another minute to put on my eye cream. Still, I would buy it off eBay for $100. The other great use for it is with their lip treatment.

      • Thanks for the quick reply! I just needed to know if it was worth opening up and trying or just reselling it new/unopened if I was just going to use it a few times then abandon. I also have a lot of stuff already, so it sounds like it isn’t a MUST HAVE. If you don’t really see enough of an improvement to need to continue, then I may just list it on Amazon and keep looking for a more dramatic answer to aging :). Thanks again!

        • I will say though that eye creams in general disappoint me, so put in that context, JeNu is pretty darn effective at moisturizing which is where I need help. It’s just overcoming the daily laziness of actually using it. It does work when you use it though, and I love it on the lips.

  6. Hi narcissista1! Do you use latisse for your brows? If so, have you found that it works well?

    • No, I don’t use it on my brows because I’ve been told it just makes your hair grow longer, not thicker (which would just mean I would see my eye brow artist more often, more $$$). I do know they’re working on a formula for brows and hair though. In the meantime, I swear by Viviscal and Rogaine to make all my hairs thicker. And on my brows I’ve been loving Benefit’s Gimme Brow and also Clea de Peu’s eyebrow pencil (but that last one is $$$).

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