It’s official, JeNu has earned a spot in my medicine cabinet.
As I mentioned in my earlier post, the nice people at JeNu gifted me their Active Youth System to take for a test drive and review. I was skeptical; there isn’t an eye cream I haven’t tried and how many novelty vibrating devices do I need?
Besides, between my retinol, hydroquinone, Rogaine and Latisse, I’m not sure my evenings can handle another beauty step without staying up past Stephen Colbert.
My relationship with eye creams has been a rocky one though, so I’m open. Too much vitamin C or retinol and my eyes become an inflamed, swollen mess. I need hydration, but if the formula is too greasy my mascara is half way down my cheek before lunch. What drives me nuts is wasting lots of money on eye creams that don’t seem to work as hard as my other potions (like prescription retinol, TNS Essential Serum, or SkinCeuticals C&E Feurlic).
Fortunately, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the JeNu Active Youth System.
Once I figured out how to use the wand (it doesn’t vibrate so it’s hard to tell that it’s on), it was a rather enjoyable experience. The eye cream itself was lovely and formulated with all the right ingredients; hylauronic acid, peptides, and anti-oxidants. My crepey eyes got the hydration they crave without being irritated in the process.
The before and after pictures don’t tell a dramatic story and to be honest, the lighting is off so the photos aren’t apples to apples, but the skin around my eyes feel more supple.
What JeNu does exceptionally well is hydrate the skin around the eyes, but it’s less effective on wrinkles, according to their own clinical study. Now, this doesn’t mean it isn’t effective on wrinkles, but you may want to add a retinoid into your regimen to stimulate cell turnover.
Speaking of JeNu’s clinical study, it’s important to note that it was made up of only 30 people, and that their claims weren’t subject to FDA scrutiny. This doesn’t mean JeNu isn’t a good product, just that the sample size behind the data is small and hasn’t been put thru harsh evaluative criteria.
The only downside is that JeNu claims the wand and the cream are dependent on one another. The ultrasound wand supposedly activates the microspheres in the lip and eye cream which carry the ingredients into the skin. The claim is that by combining the two, they’re able to penetrate the stratum corneum and thereby work more effectively.
The entire $245 system comes with the ultrasound wand, a charger, the eye cream and a wonderful lip balm (I’ll be JeNuing my lips all winter). So yeah, it’s expensive, although the refills aren’t too pricey, at $52 for the eye cream and $22 for the lip balm.
Other things you need to know:
- Do not use JeNu on your upper eye lids. The skin is too thin and can get irritated and swollen.
- You can use JeNu if you’ve had Botox or fillers. But, wait 3-4 weeks after having fillers and 2-3 days after Botox. Better yet, ask your injector.
- You can use JeNu with retinol or other products as long as you JeNu first. My doctor told me I should be using small amounts of retinol under the eyes, which I can do every third day. But, do not put it on first, otherwise JeNu will push it into the skin and likely irritate.
- It’s better to use JeNu at night. I couldn’t find a conclusive answer as to why, but I suspect it may have to do with the very small amount of retinol in the product, which you don’t want to use during the day.
- JeNu should be safe to use. Of course, we won’t really know for sure until more people use it, over a longer period of time, but the energy level is so low it’s unlikely to do real harm (just don’t use it on the upper eyes).
So does JeNu really work or is it gimmicky hype? In my opinion, it’s a great addition to treating your eye crinkles provided you do three things:
- Include a retinoid to address the wrinkles (if that is your concern).
- Protect your eye crinkles from the sun with sunglasses, or sunscreen for the eyes like Shisiedo.
- Use the JeNu; the biggest barrier to results will be people getting lazy and not using it once the novelty wears off.
As for me, JeNu’s a keeper.
Now, drumroll please as I announce the winner of the JeNu Active Youth System giveaway….
(sound of opening envelope)
And the winner is:
Take a bow Cheryl, and after you’ve enjoyed your JeNu, let us know how like it.