CeraVe 's Eye Repair Cream is the brand's first foray into the eye-area treatment market—and it's an impressive debut! This is an excellent fragrance-free moisturizer for the eye area (or anywhere on the face). CeraVe's Eye Repair Cream easily rivals many high-end targeted eye treatments with its mix of ingredients such as niacinamide, ceramides, hyaluronic acid and multiple skin-repairing ingredients—an array that helps skin look and act healthier as well as minimizing signs of aging.
In terms of moisture, the Eye Repair Cream has a thick-lotion consistency, which is standard for eye creams, and most will find it sufficiently emollient for the eye area without being "greasy". Bonus: Unlike many eye creams from other brands, CeraVe packaged this in a squeeze tube to protect the light and air-sensitive ingredients.
However, we should note that despite the fact that products like this are marketed specifically for the eye area, a well-formulated facial serum or moisturizer would share the same types of anti-aging benefits for skin—i.e. cell communicating, skin-reparative and antioxidant ingredients. Before you invest is a separate eye-area treatment, try your facial serum or moisturizer around your eye area—you may find it's a perfect solution. However, some just want a separate product for their eye area (and if that's you), then Eye Repair Cream is certainly a good option to consider.
What you find most eye creams lacking (this one included) is sunscreen ingredients—without sunscreen to protect your eye area (and, of course, the rest of your face) you won't see improvement in signs of aging like wrinkles or discolorations (which will continue to worsen with continued unprotected exposure to UV light). See More Info for additional details on why you may not need a separate eye cream. The lack of SPF means this eye cream should only be applied at night, unless you're willing to apply an SPF-rated product on top of it.
Bottom line: This is a well-priced (and wonderfully formulated) moisturizer for the eye area and face. While there isn't a comprehensive mix of antioxidants here, that's a small quibble and can easily be remedied by applying this over your antioxidant-loaded serum or moisturizer.
- Contains a beneficial array of anti-aging ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Works well to moisturize skin around the eye (or the face).
- Packaged to keep key ingredients stable during use.
- Inexpensive for such a powerhouse formula.
- If you use this during the AM, you'll still need to use it under a sunscreen rated SPF 15 or greater.
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 (like this one) 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.
Dark Circles: Dark circles are caused by several factors, and unfortunately, there aren't any skin-care products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.
The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles aren't going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can
those stemming from irritation or allergies.
See our article, Shed Some Light on Dark Circles, for the hype-free facts about this concern, and possible solutions for some forms of undereye discolorations.