Extreme Firming Eye Cream

by Ahava  
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$54 - 0.51 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
10/21/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is good, lightweight, fragrance-free eye cream that can be applied to skin anywhere on the face. Why? Because the ingredients it contains are the same ones that show up in many facial moisturizers, proving yet again that eye creams usually aren't necessary (really, we promise). See More Info to find out more!

As for extreme firming, forget it. Maybe some minor firming but even that won't be much to get happy about because this eye cream, like so many others, is packaged in a jar—which means the firming ingredients it contains, most of which are of the antioxidant variety, won't remain potent for long after this eye cream is opened. We explain more about the issues jar packaging presents in the More Info section.

Pros:
  • Smoothes and softens dry skin anywhere on the face.
  • Contains some good repairing ingredients.
  • Fragrance-free.
Cons:
  • Cannot provide "extreme firming."
  • Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of several key ingredients.
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Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.

You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.

Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

An innovative formula that includes cutting edge, active ingredients selected to provide intense hydration and significant wrinkle reduction. Additionally, this product provides an active shield for superior protection and imparts a "second skin" feeling, giving the eyes a youthful glow.

Aqua (Mineral Spring Water), Caprylyl Glycol & 1,2 Hexanediol& Sodium Hyaluronate & Aqua (Water), Cyclopentasiloxane& PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Silica & HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone & Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hydrogenated Soy Polyglycerides & C15-23 Alkane, Butylene Glycol & Hydroxyethylcellulose & Sorbitan Laurate & Acetyl Dipeptide-1 Cetyl Ester, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone & Propylene Carbonate Quaternium-18 Hectorite, Phenyl Trimethicone, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Cetraria Islandica (Iceland Moss) Extract, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin & Palmitoyl Tripeptide -38, Geranylgeranylpropanol & Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, Cyclopentasiloxane & Dimethiconol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Squalene (Phytosqualene), C30-45 Alkyldimethylsilyl Polypropylsilsesquioxane, CI 77891 & MICA, Phenoxyethanol & Ethylhexylglycerin, Maris Aqua (Dead Sea Water), Pentaerythrityl Stearate/Caprate/Caprylate/Adipate, Alanine & Caprylyl Glycol & Xanthan Gum & Ethylhexylglycerin & Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract& Proline & Sodium Phosphate & Sodium Hydroxide & Serine, Lycium Barbarum (Tibetan Goji Berry) Fruit Extract, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Rubus Ellipiticus (Himalayan Raspberry) Root Extract, Octyldodecyl PCA, Allantoin, Dunaliella Salina (Dead Sea Alga) Extract & Hydrogenated Polydecene, Phoenix Dactylifera (Date) Fruit Extract, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Porphyridium Polysaccharide, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate.

Ahava is the Hebrew word for love, and this group has adopted it for these skin-care products imported from Israel. Other than the endearing title, the point of difference for Ahava is that their products contain salts and minerals from the Dead Sea in Israel. So, you ask, is your skin going to love these products because they contain Dead Sea water? Supposedly, Cleopatra did, and, of course, she must have had skin to die for, or else Mark Antony wouldn't have risked everything for her. Is that a good enough reason to consider these products for your own skin-care routine? We hope not. Aside from the folklore, there is little truth behind the hype—why would anyone believe that Cleopatra knew any more about skin care than she did about computers or cell phones—and skin care in this millennium is indeed akin to rocket science.

Keep in mind the Dead Sea in Israel is called "dead" because nothing can live in it (technically, there are some bacteria and fungi that can). There are many environmental factors that contribute to making the Dead Sea one of the saltiest lakes in the world, but we won't get into that discussion. A comparison should give you an idea of just how salty it is. The seawater in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans has a salt content of 3–4%, while the Dead Sea has a salt content of 32%, as well as a large concentration of minerals such as sulfur, magnesium, calcium, bromide, and potassium. If you haven't been to the Dead Sea, we can tell you the aroma of the sulfur in the water is overwhelming. It is hard to imagine that anything so noxious would be considered a desirable beauty treatment.

Despite the smell and the high mineral content, there are no clinical studies or research showing that Dead Sea minerals have any effect on wrinkles, discolorations, sagging skin, or acne. There are, however, several studies demonstrating that Dead Sea minerals can have a positive effect on psoriatic skin, a practice known as climatotherapy (Sources: International Journal of Dermatology, October 2007, pages 1087–1091; Journal of Dermatological Treatment, May-June 2005, pages 308–313; and Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, September 2003, pages 451–457). Psoriasis is a skin condition characterized by rapidly dividing, overactive skin cells. How the Dead Sea minerals and salts affect psoriasis is still being debated. One of the more popular theories is that the mineral content of the water slows down the out-of-control cell division. Some research indicates that the benefit is cumulative and that the results can last for up to five months. Immersing psoriasis-afflicted skin in Dead Sea minerals is also a treatment that is better-tolerated than many conventional medical options.

Studies by the Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology and Dermatology at the Soroka Medical Center of Kupat-Holim in Israel and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev on psoriasis and other skin rashes noted that "improvement [in skin] was found when patients soaked in two pounds/one kilo for three baths per week, for a period of six weeks." Now that's a lot of Dead Sea water, and certainly not the amount you would get by using these products. Most important, however, if you are looking for Dead Sea water to heal wrinkles, think again, because wrinkles are completely unrelated to psoriasis or other skin rashes.

Even if Dead Sea salts could benefit normal skin in some way, the amount you'll find in the Ahava products and products from other Dead Sea–oriented lines are infinitesimally small in comparison with the amounts used in the published studies, and your skin deserves so much more than these one-note products can deliver. For more information about Ahava, call (800) 366-7254 or visit www.ahavaus.com.

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