Tested on animals:Yes
This fragrance-free emollient eye cream makes all the usual claims of reducing wrinkles while diminishing dark circles, puffiness, and the vague "signs of fatigue." Yet it isn't "complete" in the least, or even helpful if you use it during the day because it doesn't contain sunscreen. Many of the problems around the eye are caused by or made worse by exposure to the sun. The eye area needs sun protection to stay young, just as much as skin on any other part of your face or body.
While this does contain some very good anti-aging ingredients, the choice of jar packaging means they won't remain stable once this eye cream is opened. Please see More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.
This eye cream contains several types of seaweed, all of which have water-binding properties for skin. That's nice and the formula itself is suitable for dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere, but the truth is, a separate product labeled an eye cream to take care of the eye area isn't a necessity (See More Info to find out why).
While this product also contains peptides and antioxidants, none of them, including the seaweed and algae, will remain stable thanks to the jar packaging. Once these kinds of ingredients are exposed to air they begin to break down and lose their effectiveness.
As for the anti-aging claims made for alguronic acid (listed as algae exopolysaccharides), it's not the miracle worker it's made out to be, at least not when measured against published research proving the benefits of many other anti-aging ingredients. Refer to More Info for details on alguronic acid.
- Contains some great emollients and skin-repairing ingredients for dry skin anywhere on the face.
- Jar packaging won't keep the most beneficial anti-aging ingredients stable during use.
- Alguronic acid isn't a must-have (or even a proven) ingredient for looking younger.
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.
Alguronic acid is present in every product from Algenist. The story about this ingredient is similar to that for the algae included in Creme de La Mer products. In Algenist's case, alguronic acid was derived from a specific type of micro-algae originally studied as a source of renewable energy. Not surprisingly, the only information about this ingredient being effective for skin comes from Algenist. There is no independent, published research supporting the anti-aging claims being made, and the studies Algenist claims to have carried out are not available for full review (plus most of the studies were done in a petri dish, not on human skin).
Please keep in mind that, regardless of the claims, skin needs more than one ingredient to help it look and act younger—there is no miracle ingredient that can do it all. Alguronic acid isn't a harmful ingredient, but how beneficial (or not) it is for skin remains to be seen.