Uplifting Serum Eyelids Definition

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$82 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
8/27/2013
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No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Darphin describes this gel-like eye-area treatment as being "an eye architect," able to reshape, tighten, and renew "from every angle." While we love the metaphor and admire the company's marketing team, we suspect an inside joke, although anyone who spends this much on an eye-area product shouldn't be laughing!

Uplifting Serum Eyelids Definition is not going to reshape or remodel your eye as claimed. At most, this product will hydrate skin around the eyes, though not without the risk of irritation from fragrant ingredients like orange flower water, rosewater, and the oil of sandy everlasting (Latin name Helichrysum angustifolium). The essential oil from this plant is a source of the fragrant ingredients limonene and linalool, both known skin irritants.

Like many fragrant plant extracts, sandy everlasting has benefits, too: It's an anti-inflammatory because it contains antioxidants (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Although that's helpful, it's better to seek products with plant extracts that offer benefits without the potential risks of irritation, and there are plenty of such ingredients around; there's no need to get a big dose of fragrance, too! See More Info to learn why daily use of over-fragranced products is bad for skin.

Although the formula contains some good anti-aging ingredients, they're not uniquely appropriate for the eye area, which is why we maintain that eye creams (or, in this case, an eye gel) usually aren't necessary. See More Info to learn more about why a special eye-area moisturizer is not a must in your skincare routine.

Last, we know it's tempting to shop for eye-area products when you start seeing wrinkles and sagging appear in this area. Unfortunately, when it comes to sagging, all eye-area products, as well as facial products, have significant limitations. See More Info to find out what you can do via skin care to combat sagging.

Pros:
  • Provides light hydration.
  • Contains some very good anti-aging ingredients, but none that are unique for the eye area.
Cons:
  • Cannot make good on its rebuilding and lifting claims.
  • Overly fragrant formula poses a risk of irritation.
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Why Daily Use of Highly Fragranced Products is Bad: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

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.

What You Can Do to Help Sagging Skin: Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn't possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that's exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. Remember, no single product can do it all; it's the combination of products that has extensive research showing it can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You'll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

A toning and eye-enhancing serum for more vibrant-looking eyes. Considered an eye-architect, it helps reshape eyelids by opening the eyes from every angle as it renews, tightens and protects skin supports fibers while providing a more alert, smoothed and flawless eye contour.
Water\Aqua\Eau, Glycerin, Propanediol, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sodium Hyaluronate, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Peucedanum Graveolens (Dill) Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Helichrysum Angustifolium Flower Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Caffeine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Pentylene Glycol, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tris(Tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citronellol, Geraniol, Phenoxyethanol.

From its beginnings as a spa line developed for French aestheticians in the late 1950s, Darphin's core belief is that beauty comes from inner balance and harmony of the body, mind, and soul. This vision was truly new decades ago, and while it sounds great as an image-enhancing philosophy, it never translated, either back then or now, into progressive products that will make a significant difference in the appearance of your skin. In fact, among all of the skin-care lines espousing natural ingredients and botanical extracts, Darphin is the least impressive, with inadequate, dated formulations. Close competitor (and forerunner) Clarins at least includes several daytime moisturizers with sunscreen and also offers a complete collection of sunscreens for the body. Not so with Darphin, whose sunscreen selection is limited at best. Apparently, inner balance involves putting your skin at risk for wrinkles, discolorations, sagging, and, potentially, cancer.

Estee Lauder acquired Darphin in 2003, but that investment has resulted in little improvement or change to this line, options that are desperately needed. Almost without exception, Darphin products are vastly overpriced for what you get. Many of them contain problematic ingredients or plants whose benefit for skin is unknown or merely anecdotal.

As you might expect, most of the anti-aging claims Darphin makes for its products stem from the exotic to commonplace plants and plant extracts they contain. Although it's appealing to think that familiar substances such as ginseng, sandalwood, and corn can firm skin and improve the signs of aging, they do no such thing. Adhering to Darphin's skin-care routines (all of which involve multiple products, most with redundant formulas) would leave skin vulnerable to sun damage, and the many fragrance components found in products throughout the line increase the chance that skin will suffer a phototoxic reaction when exposed to sunlight. Considering the premium prices of these products, that's a lot of potential for a literal and figurative burn!

For more information about Darphin Paris, owned by Estee Lauder, call (866) 880-4559 or visit www.darphhin.com.

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