The instant smoothing effect you get from this fragrance-free eye cream is due to the silky silicone it contains, an ingredient that’s not unique to Biotherm (indeed, almost any eye cream with an elegant, silky texture contains one or more silicones).
If you’re wondering about the first part of this eye cream’s name, “rides” is French for “wrinkles,” but in many ways this product is antiwrinkle in name only. Although the formula contains some skin-smoothing emollients and an impressive amount of vitamin E (tocopheryl acetate), its jar packaging won’t keep the key ingredients stable during use. See More Info for details on why jar packaging is a problem.
Ultimately, this eye cream is just further proof of why most eye creams aren't necessary; this contains nothing that is special for the eye area and, in fact, is merely an all-around ordinary product. (See More Info for why a separate eye cream as part of your skin-care routine isn't a necessity).
One more point, Biotherm’s claims and advertised ingredients would lead you to believe their products are all about natural formulations, and that is absolutely not the case. These products are steeped in synthetics, some that are great for skin, but also some that are definitely problematic.
Note: This contains a tiny amount of mica for shine, but shine isn’t skin care, and it doesn’t reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eye, either.
- Silky texture helps smooth the appearance of wrinkles anywhere on the face.
- Contains a good amount of antioxidant vitamin E.
- Jar packaging won’t keep key anti-aging ingredients stable during use.
- Contains a sunscreen ingredient that can be sensitizing when applied close to the eye.
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.
The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).