This lightweight eye-area moisturizer is packaged in a small component outfitted with a brush-on applicator. The packaging may seem convenient, but there’s no reason you can’t just dab or pat it on with your fingers.
The formula contains an impressive blend of smoothing ingredients along with the antioxidant soy and the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. Beyond this, you get a film-forming agent for additional smoothness and a tiny amount of water-binding agents, plus fragrance, which shouldn’t be in products designed for use around the eyes (see More Info for details).
This doesn’t contain ingredients that add shine so we’re not sure how the light-diffusing technology claim comes into play, but in the end this is just a good, lightweight moisturizer for slightly dry skin anywhere on the face. The ingredients in this product hold no special benefit for the eye area; in fact, most eye creams are not necessary (see More Info to find out why). The soy and niacinamide may have a lightening effect on dark circles related to sun damage, but you don’t need a special eye-area product to see if those ingredients will benefit dark circles, because they appear in plenty of facial serums and moisturizers, and in higher concentrations.
- Lightweight, silky texture makes skin appear smoother.
- Contains an impressive amount of the anti-aging ingredients soy and niacinamide.
- Packaged so key ingredients are protected from light and air degradation.
- The brush applicator is clever, but unnecessary.
- Doesn’t offer a light-diffusing benefit as claimed.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
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.
Why Fragrance is A Problem for Use Around the Eyes
Daily use of eye-area products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin and, ideally, any product applied around the eyes should be fragrance-free (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).