Multi-Task Eye Cream

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$38 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/18/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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Multi-Task Eye Cream makes the standard claims of firming and de-puffing skin, but it cannot do that, at least not to the extent you may be expecting. This has a silky, slightly greasy texture but lacks appreciable amounts of ingredients proven to generate healthy collagen production (hence the firming claim is dubious).

As for reducing puffy eyes, this won’t work because age-related puffiness cannot be fixed with skin-care products. We wish this wasn’t the case but the fact is the numerous factors that contributing to undereye bags or puffiness requires surgical, not skin care, solutions.

The vitamin K in here is often associated with ameliorating dark circles, but any positive effect in that regard has never been proven, at least not to the extent of dark circles going away for good.

Although this fragrance-free eye cream contains some beneficial ingredients, it really is not necessary. Here’s why: although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen and that would be serious problem because it leaves the skin around the eyes vulnerable to sun damage which will make dark circles and wrinkling 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.

A daytime eye creme formulated with pigment lighteners, firming lipoic acid, brightening antioxidants, protecting beta glucan, de-puffing cucumber, smoothing Chinese herbs and emollient shea butter.

Water, Cyclomethicone, Sweet Almond Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetyl Stearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Methyl Gluceth-20, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lipoic Acid, Green Tea Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitamin K, Jiaogulan Extract, Ginseng Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Shea Butter, Cucumber Extract, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta Glucan, Aloe Barbadensis Gel, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Panthenol, Carbomer, Glycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhyxylgycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tromethamine

Bioelements is a spa-and-salon sold skin-care line that was founded in 1991 by makeup artist turned aesthetician, Barbara Salomone. An interview with Salomone in the January/February 2006 issue of Renew magazine had statements from her indicating that aestheticians will soon be recognized as true skin-care professionals and her advice to newcomers is to get as much education as you can. To that end, Bioelements has seven education centers across the United States. However, if they're teaching established and upcoming aestheticians about Bioelements products, we are worried. Few spa lines subject skin to the irritating ingredients dispersed through well over half of the products this line offers. If that isn't bad enough, Bioelements ignores some fundamental aspects of skin care. That means no well-formulated AHA or BHA products (it's not a good formula if it subjects skin to needless irritation), and sunscreens rated below the standard SPF 15 recommendation (sun protection products are vastly outnumbered in this line by moisturizers and serums), not to mention the need to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as retinol, stable.

Company literature states that at Bioelements "We mean what we say. No gimmicks, no hype, and no false promises. We're professional skin care experts dedicated to keeping skin clean, clear, calm, and younger-looking." That sounds great but barely a word of it is true. This line definitely has its share of hype and false promises, from claiming that probiotics are a youth elixir, to regular references to what the line refers to as "Bioelements Adaptogens" and aromatherapist oils.

It's those very oils that causes havoc for skin, though in a spa experience their aroma can be pleasant. Skin-care experts would know better than to use any of Bioelements' numerous problem products, especially since, with so many irritants in most of the products, clear, calm skin is far from becoming a reality. Any company can establish its own education center, but what's key is the type of education provided and how the information is discussed. We have received countless letters from disheartened aestheticians bemoaning the "education" and classes they sit through, only to be spoon-fed information about skin-care products and practices they know are unhelpful and untrue. They ask me where to turn because they have a sincere interest in helping people take the best possible care of their skin, and are conscientious about the products they recommend. I hope this book helps such aestheticians, because Bioelements and many other spa-oriented lines are not creating products that epitomize state-of-the-art skin care, though they'd love for you to believe otherwise.

For more information about Bioelements, call 800.433.6650 or visit www.bioelements.com.

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