The claims for this eye cream sound scientific, but a quick glance at the formula proves once again why we generally maintain that you don’t need an eye cream if your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum are also state-of-the-art formulas (see More Info to find out why). More cream than serum, Bio-Moisture Eye Serum contains some great ingredients to fight signs of aging around the eyes. The thing is, those same ingredients are found in great facial moisturizers, which you can (and should) use around your eyes, too!
If you choose to try this eye cream (again, it's mislabeled as "serum"), it is best for normal to dry skin. The formula contains enough of the mineral pigment titanium dioxide to have a subtle brightening effect, which can make dark circles less apparent (though a good concealer goes even further). We also like that this eye cream contains some good antioxidants and soothing plant extracts, and it's fragrance-free (which is preferred for skin anywhere on the body).
What about the claims of proteins and peptides combined with "DNA precursors" to improve the eye contour area? That's merely marketing language to make this product sound like it is rebuilding the DNA in your eye, but it isn't, at least not any more than any other well-formulated moisturizer because there is nothing unique or special about the ingredients. In truth, this contains a fairly standard roster of ingredients, including many you'll find in the eye-area products from Olay Regenerist and Pro-X (DDF and Olay have the same parent company, Procter & Gamble). That doesn't mean this isn't a well-formulated product (it absolutely is), just that the claims are more pseudo-scientific than factual.
Note: The small amount of witch hazel in this eye cream is likely too low to be cause for concern, even for use around the eyes.
- Contains a good range of anti-aging ingredients to fight signs of aging around the eyes or elsewhere on the face.
- Titanium dioxide provides a subtle brightening effect to improve the look of dark circles.
- Expensive, plus you may not need an eye cream if you're already using a well-formulated serum and/or facial moisturizer.
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.
A proprietary complex of proteins and peptides combined with DNA precursors and antioxidants to restore a youthful looking eye contour. Helps minimize the appearance of fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, and helps to improve tone and firmness.
Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Squalane, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Caffeine, Petrolatum, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Lupinus Albus Seed Extract, Polysorbate 80, Stearic Acid, Tocopheryl Acetate, Titanium Dioxide, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Panthenol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Isohexadecane, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Crocus Sativus (Saffron) Flower Extract, Tumeric Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Betaine, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium PCA, Sacchromyces Lysate Extract, Witch Hazel, When Germ Protein, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Sorbitol, Serine, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Glycine, Glutamic Acid, Lysine, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Alanine, Arginine, Threonine, Proline, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Caramel, Titanium Dioxide
This skin-care company's Web site has it right with the statement that "before the beauty world discovered dermatologic skincare brands, there was DDF." Launched in 1991, well before it became common practice for "known" dermatologists to create their own skin-care lines, pioneering dermatologist Dr. Howard Sobel began and is still behind this brand. This is a long-standing line that has the backing of a dermatologist (and later that of nutritional consultant Elaine Linker), so you would expect DDF to be just what the doctor ordered. In some respects, it is. However, more often than not, products from dermatologists are just as prone to outlandish claims, exorbitant prices, and use of unproven ingredients as products from any other cosmetics line. A founder's medical background isn't a guarantee that every product he or she creates will do exactly what it claims or even be sensibly formulated. In that sense, DDF falters more than it succeeds. Sobel's credibility for creating treatment-based skin-care products is diminished when inappropriate ingredients (alcohol, menthol, and others) are included in products positioned as prestige products with a medicinal slant. Still, there are some very impressive options available (particularly in the moisturizer and serum categories) that, price notwithstanding, are worthy of consideration.
The line's success has not gone unnoticed by larger companies eyeing the growing trend of anti-aging skin care and the popularity of niche lines. It will be interesting to see how things shake out for DDF now that it is owned by consumer product giant Procter & Gamble. P&G released a statement that they intend to "infuse the line with a steady stream of innovation", add marketing expertise, and level its global reach and go-to-market capability to drive future growth (Source: www.cosmeticsdesign.com). They certainly have the money and staff to accomplish these goals, but it's worth mentioning that P&G's Olay brand, although mass market and at a lower price point, features many products that rival the best of what DDF offers, and with far fewer missteps.
For more information about DDF, call 1-800-818-9770 or visit www.ddfskincare.com/.
As of Summer 2011, DDF launched a new website and reformulated many of their products, but their new site contains incorrect and incomplete ingredient lists for most of their products. We've alerted DDF to the issue and are continuing to research these changes in store. In the meantime, we urge anyone considering a DDF purchase based on our recommendation to double check the product's ingredient list against ours in case the product has been reformulated. We will update the brand as information becomes available to us.