Advanced Eye Recovery Pro Eye Cream with DermaBind is Aloette's product designed primarily for those concerned with dark circles. Unfortunately, it contains no ingredients with a proven track record of helping this common malady.
We wish there were truly effective ingredients for those battling dark circles, but almost all products like this have only a cosmetic effect, helping the skin in that area look better either by increasing moisture content or by optically reflecting light away from shadowed areas, so this isn't anything special or unique.
The DermaBind complex is most likely the blend of peptides in this product. As helpful as peptides can be, they aren't a panacea for dark circles (or puffy eyes or wrinkles). Although this isn't a slam-dunk remedy for dark circles, it's is a very well-formulated moisturizer loaded with beneficial ingredients for skin, including some unique antioxidants, beneficial non-fragrant plant oils, and soothing agents. It contains a small amount of fragrant rose extract, most likely not enough to be cause for concern.
Despite this product's enticing formula, we generally maintain that you don’t need an eye cream if your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum are also state-of-the-art formulas. See More Info below to find out why most eye creams aren’t necessary.
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.
The latest breakthrough in age-defying eye treatments, Advanced Eye Recovery Pro Eye Cream utilizes the revolutionary peptide DermaBind to firm, plump and smooth away the look of dark circles, under eye puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles. Advanced Eye Recovery Pro also contains Regu-age—an active soy and rice peptide complex specifically designed for dark circles and puffy eyes—sodium hyaluronate to plump up sagging skin, moisturizing shea butter and aloe vera, multiple vitamins and retinol to resurface uneven texture for a more uniform look and feel.
Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glyceryl Stearate, Pseudoalteromonas Ferment Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/ Capric/ Stearic Triglyceride, Shea Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Soybean Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Willowherb Extract, Pomegranate Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-9, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Phytonadione, Coneflower Extract, Oxido Reductases, Silica, Hydrocotyl Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Rosa Damascena Extract, Polyacrylamide, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Allantoin, Tetrasodium EDTA, Carbomer, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Methylparaben, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Laureth-7, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Xanthan Gum, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides
Founded in 1978 and now based in Atlanta, Aloette is a direct sales line that offers its customers an opportunity to become part of the franchise, assuming they're willing to host parties and promote the products to friends, family, and coworkers. The products are also available on some home shopping channels, including The Shopping Channel in Canada, where owner Christina Cohen (herself once an Aloette salesperson) promotes the brand in person. You may hear her drive home the point that Aloette products are "scientifically formulated using the latest technology" and "are manufactured to meet the most stringent quality standards," shop talk that sounds distinctive but is in fact a hallmark of any cosmetics company that takes its products and commitment to its customers seriously. As you will see from the reviews below, Aloette is in no way as technologically advanced as they would like you to believe.
Not surprisingly, aloe does play a big role in Aloette's products. Before we get into discussing why aloe isn't the best ingredient to build an assembly of products around, it is worth noting that in recent years Aloette has realized on their own that it takes more than this well-known plant to create good skin-care products, and the good news is that the line has launched other formulations with more variety.
As for aloe, is it as beneficial for skin as the hype would lead you to believe? Aloe can serve as a water-binding agent for skin due to its polysaccharide (complex carbohydrate) and sterol content (another sterol that's beneficial for skin is cholesterol). Although research has shown aloe also has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial qualities, no study has proven it to be superior to other ingredients having similar properties, including vitamin C, green tea, pomegranate, and many other antioxidants (Source: www. naturaldatabase.com).
In its pure form, aloe is a consideration for soothing skin, likely due to its refreshing and non-occlusive texture, and for treating minor inflammation. However, when mixed into a cosmetic it is doubtful those qualities remain, though it still plays a role in binding moisture to skin (Source: Skin Research and Technology, November 2006, pages 241–246). Those facts didn't keep Aloette from including aloe in virtually every product they sell; yet their newest products include several other (much more modern) ingredients known to improve skin functioning and enhance its appearance.
For all Aloette's attempts to modernize their skin-care offerings, there's an overriding problem in their efforts to appear more "pure and natural." This came about from the addition of several irritating ingredients, so that more often than not an otherwise well-formulated product (claims notwithstanding) is sullied by one or more potent irritants. Using such products won't make good on Aloette's promise of smooth, radiant skin. Overall, there aren't many compelling reasons to begin your skin-care search here, but for those so inclined Aloette does have some worthwhile products, many sporting reasonable prices.
For more information about Aloette, call (800) 256-3883 or visit www.aloette.com.
Aloette Makeup: Aloette's makeup is known as Color Blends. This well-rounded collection presents some viable options for foundation, eyeshadow, loose powder, blush, pencils, mascara, lipstick, and brushes. Yet viable doesn't mean exciting or worth your while. In contrast to our review of Aloette's makeup products for the previous edition of this book, we found that their products haven't improved or kept up with similar top picks among drugstore and department-store lines that are often available for less money. What happened? It's clear that not enough of the products were updated, and those that were didn't keep pace with the best of the best. One more note: If you attend an in-home Aloette show, you will hear how their makeup is "vitamin-infused, mineral enhanced and has the benefits of aloe vera in it." Although many of the makeup items below do contain vitamins (typically vitamin E), they are present in very small amounts that pale in comparison to the numerous standard cosmetic ingredients that precede them, meaning they won't benefit skin, they just support the content claim. As for the minerals, they must be referring to standard mineral pigments such as titanium dioxide and mica, because they're the only ones present. Aloe does make an appearance in most of Aloette's makeup, but as we mentioned in the skin-care product introduction, it functions primarily as a soothing and water-binding agent, not a miracle.