Tested on animals:Yes
This standard eye cream’s label tells you what you want to hear (“fades dark circles,” “helps smooth fine lines”), but its formula is truly disappointing and it can’t deliver. An eye cream usually isn't necessary (check out More Info below to find out why), but if you’re intent on using one, this isn’t the one to consider.
The main problem with this cleverly named product is the amount of film-forming agent. As the second ingredient, it can make skin feel smoother and temporarily tighter, but it also puts your skin at risk of irritation. Irritation around the eyes makes wrinkles, sagging, and dark circles worse, not better! Maybe that’s what Benefit means by “It’s Potent!”?
The rest of the formula fails to impress; there’s more preservative and alcohol than state-of-the-art anti-aging ingredients, including the peptides that are supposed to improve dark circles.
Adding to the formulary woes is the fact that this eye cream is packaged in a jar, which won’t keep any of the potentially helpful ingredients stable. Please see More Info below to learn why jar packaging is a problem.
- Jar packaging.
- High amount of film-forming agent is potentially irritating.
- Contains only a dusting of anti-aging ingredients.
- Like most eye creams on the market, this one can’t live up to its claims.
- Completely ordinary, out-of-date formulation.
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.