We're disappointed that Repairwear Anti-Gravity™ Eye Cream earned only two stars, because although it can't defy gravity and lift sagging skin, it does contain an impressive roster of ingredients for dry skin around the eyes—and some of these fight signs of aging, too! The downside is that this fragrance-free eye cream is packaged in a jar. We explain why this matters in the More Info section.
Not everyone needs an eye cream (that explanation can also be found in the More Info section) but if this one was packaged differently, such as in an opaque squeeze tube or pump bottle, we would happily sing its praises. If you have dry skin around your eyes, and many of us do, a moisturizing formula like this can feel wonderful. Clinique mixed shea butter with tried-and-true emollients plus numerous plant-based antioxidants and a nice list of repairing ingredients, too.
We also want to point out that the mineral pigments of titanium dioxide and mica work to softly and temporarily brighten undereye darkness. It's not a solution for dark circles—you'll still need your concealer—but the cosmetic effect helps and hey, if you're going to apply an eye cream anyway, why not?
The creamy texture absolutely improves the look of dry skin and smoothes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, but so do lots of other eye-area moisturizers whose packaging doesn't compromise the long term effectiveness of its light- and air-sensitive ingredients. See our list of Best Eye Moisturizers for eye creams whose ingredients and packaging combine to create a product worth your beauty dollars.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, 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 that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013 & Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012 & The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn't have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many 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 a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren't wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse. Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.