Proving once again that products labeled as being special for the eye area are unnecessary (see More Info for details), this product contains almost all the same ingredients as seen in Decleor's Harmonie Calm Delicate Milky Cream Fluid. But unlike the Fluid (which is the better formula), this Gel-Cream for Eyes contains bitter orange oil, which contains numerous fragrance ingredients known to be irritating (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
As for Decleor's "Lacto Calm" complex, this eye cream contains some anti-inflammatory plant extracts (just like its facial moisturizer counterpart), but their impact on sensitive skin is muted due to the bitter orange oil and inclusion of fragrance (which shouldn't be in products designed for sensitive, reddened skin).
The bottom line is that none of this is unique or "decongesting" for skin around the eyes. If anything, the fragrant irritants can incite puffiness and encourage collagen breakdown around the eyes (see More Info for details).
- Contains several anti-inflammatory plant extracts.
- An eye cream for sensitive, reddened skin shouldn't contain fragrance; this does.
- Bitter orange oil isn't an ingredient to apply around the eyes, or anywhere else on skin.
Why You Don't Need an Eye Cream:
We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
Why Fragrant Ingredients are Problematic:
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).