This eye cream is nearly identical to Avene’s Eluage Cream, which is sold as a facial moisturizer. The eye cream is fragrance-free, and that’s great, but that’s the most significant difference (and it must be said that, whether around the eyes or elsewhere, skin does better with fragrance-free products). Given its strong similarity to the Eulage Cream facial moisturizer, we’re reminded once again that eye creams aren’t necessary (see More Info for details). Otherwise, the same review applies: The only anti-aging ingredients of note in this moisturizer for normal to dry skin are sodium hyaluronate and retinal, the latter also known as retinaldehyde, an effective derivative of vitamin A. Unfortunately, both ingredients are present only in teeny-tiny amounts, so this isn’t what we’d consider anti-aging, and it has no special ability to improve signs of aging around the eyes; there’s more red dye and preservative in this ordinary formula than either of the beneficial ingredients. On the plus side, this is packaged so that the retinal remains stable during use.
This misses the mark by not including a range of anti-aging ingredients that help repair skin, encourage healthier cell production, and soothe irritation. It’s little more than an average cream, and your skin deserves (and, in fact, needs) better.
- Contains some good ingredients for dry skin.
- Anti-aging superstar ingredients sodium hyaluronate and retinal are present in nearly insignificant amounts.
- Expensive considering its mediocre formula.
- Lacks the range of anti-aging ingredients skin needs to look and act younger.
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.