Eye Repair Cream

by CeraVe  
$12.99 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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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.

  • 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.
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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.

Developed with dermatologists, it's designed not only to visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness, but also to help repair and restore the delciate skin barrier around your eyes-leaving you with brighter, smoother, healthier looking eyes. Non-greasy and fast absorbing formula.

Purified Water, Niacinamide, Cetyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Propanediol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Jojoba Esters, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Zinc Citrate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Tocopherol, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sorbitol, Triethanolamine, Laureth-4, Butylene Glycol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Tetrasodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum.

This small collection of skin-care products keeps things gentle and effective with fragrance-free formulas that can be considered more state-of-the-art than any other product in its price range or pricier versions at the drugstore. CeraVe uses a delivery system the company refers to as Multivesicular Emulsion Technology, which releases key ingredients such as ceramides (they actually include three different ceramides: I, III, and VI, which is rather unique and great for skin) and hyaluronic acid over a period of several hours. Although this technology is undoubtedly helpful, such time-delayed delivery systems aren't unique to CeraVe, and the fact remains that most of the ingredients they use are very helpful on their own, no matter what delivery system you use. The important point is that ongoing, consistent use of this kind of moisturizer designed to repair the skin's barrier function will result in smoother, softer, healthier skin. An interesting element for this product is the inclusion of phytosphingosine. It is an ingredient that research shows is effective in regulating damaged or diseased epithelial cells. It seems this ingredient can be a cell-communicating ingredient, albeit one that is best for compromised skin. However, given CeraVe is positioned for those struggling with psoriasis, eczema, or rosacea, that's a great addition. (Source: Journal of Investigative Dermatology, October 2003, pages 1135–1137).

It is for these reasons that all the CeraVe products are definitely worth considering, especially at this price.

For more information about CeraVe, call 866-819-9007 or visit www.cerave.com.

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  1. Mariya p
    Reviewed on Saturday, July 19, 2014
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    A little concern
    • I've just bought this eye cream recently and though it feels lovely on (it's been too short a while to notice any visible difference) I do have a little question. A lot of Paula's choice reviews state how harmful alcohol is to the skin. Why has that not been mentioned in this review? There seems to be a lot of alcohol on the ingredients list. Is it in a safe form? Am I worrying over nothing? Please help!

    Paula's Choice Research Team Response
    Replied on: Monday, July 21, 2014

    Hi, and thanks for your question! There are alcohols in this cream, but they are what are considered "good" alcohols, or fatty alcohols. They're not drying and are perfectly safe to use. We hope this information is helpful!

    —Paula's Choice Research Team
  2. Stephanie K.
    Reviewed on Tuesday, June 24, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    The skin around my eyes has never looked better
    • I've tried many eye creams (including a very expensive Guerlain product) and this is the best yet. It moisturizes beautifully and works very well under makeup. I had a couple of fine lines under my eyes, but this product has dramatically reduced their appearance. Not only that, I've had a few people tell me that my dark under eye circles have noticeably improved. I wasn't expecting this result since I know they're genetic and very little helps, but my eyes have never looked better.

  3. Marie
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 24, 2014
    • Recommend
      2 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    Not for me, caused little bumps all around my eyes
    • I have used every single one of Cera Ve's products, and I think they make really great, affordable, gentle products. I've tried this eye cream twice, however, and both times I woke up the next day with little skin colored bumps in the areas I applied the cream. Not itchy or bothersome, and they went away 2-3 days later. Maybe it is too thick for my skin; however this never happened with the regular cream, which is my favorite. I'll stick to the facial lotion pm and the body cream.

  4. Ash
    Reviewed on Saturday, April 19, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Love it!
    • Very nice, love the way it feels around my eye area. It's very hydrating and gentle!

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