Tested on animals:Yes
This eye cream's formula is very similar to Ahava's less expensive Time to Hydrate Gentle Eye Cream. Despite the capricious price difference the same review applies: Although this eye cream has a silky texture, it isn't what you want to reach for when the skin around your eyes "thirsts for more moisture," as this product claims. The formula lacks emollients, plant oils, and the skin-repairing ingredients dry skin anywhere on your face needs to look and feel hydrated and younger.
In terms of gentleness, this doesn't contain fragrance or fragrant plant extracts like so many Ahava products do, which is good. But then we must ask: Why does the eye area get the benefit of a fragrance-free product while skin on the rest of the face gets irritated from products containing fragrance? Skin does best without the burden of fragrance. Both synthetic and natural fragrance ingredients cause irritation for all skin types, which in turn causes collagen to break down and hurts the skin's healing process.
It's great that this product contains antioxidants, but disappointing that it is packaged in a jar because jar packaging allows the antioxidants to lose their effectiveness (see More Info for further details).
- Silky cream texture feels great.
- Jar packaging compromises the effectiveness of the antioxidants.
- Doesn't contain ingredients that provide rich moisture for dry skin around the eyes.
- Cannot make skin tone around the eyes look more even (it doesn't contain ingredients that lighten dark circles).
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.
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.
The Dead Sea water in this product offers no special benefit for skin. If anything, because water from the Dead Sea is so salty and because it also contains sulfur along with other irritating minerals, it ends up being drying and irritating for all skin types. Soaking in Dead Sea water can have benefit for those with certain types of skin rashes, but there is no research showing it has benefit as a skin-care ingredient.