Tested on animals:Yes
This eye-area product makes the usual claims of fighting aging along with dark circles and puffiness, yet its formula isn't unique for the skin around the eyes in any way.
Although the formula does include several beneficial ingredients for aging skin anywhere on the face, it also contains a potentially problematic amount of skin-damaging alcohol. Even more disappointing is that the antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients it does contain will degrade once the jar packaging is opened and exposed to air. Please see More Info below for details on why jar packaging and alcohol in skin-care products are problems.
What about the claim of helping puffiness? The lightweight, silky gel texture may feel good on skin surrounding irritated, puffy eyes, but it will not help with age-related puffiness (which happens when fat pads shift beneath the skin, leading to undereye pouching) and will not protect against fatigue (no skin-care product is going to help you with that).
None of the ingredients in this eye gel are proven to help dark circles. In fact, the best way to keep many types of dark circles from getting worse is to use sunscreen, which this eye-area product is sorely lacking, leaving the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage if you use it during the day.
The antioxidants in this product can help stimulate healthy collagen production to improve fine lines and wrinkles, but definitely not in this type of packaging and absolutely not in the presence of alcohol.
Last, it isn't great that this product contains fragrance. Fragrance isn't helpful for skin, and can be even more troublesome in products that are applied close to the eye itself.
- Contains several antioxidants and helpful plant extracts.
- Niacinamide offers multiple benefits for your skin.
- Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable once it is opened and exposed to air.
- The amount of alcohol is potentially problematic, and it's especially disappointing that it's present in a greater amount than the beneficial antioxidants.
- Does not contain ingredients to help improve puffiness or dark circles, such as sunscreen for use during the day.
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.
The alcohol in this eye gel has the potential to irritate your skin , which causes collagen breakdown, free-radical damage, and dryness. Alcohol is definitely NOT an anti-aging ingredient.
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 first ingredient in this moisturizer is bamboo water. Just like aloe water was for a time supposed to be the answer to your skin-care problems, AmorePacific now wants you to believe bamboo is the answer. It isn't. Bamboo has a good marketing spin, though, because it has the capacity to transport large amounts of water between its various parts. But, bamboo's ability to transport water as a living plant has nothing to do with what it can do when it is dead and put into a skin-care product. It simply doesn't have any special hydrating benefit for skin.