Evenly Radiant Dark Circle Eye Creme

by Derma E  Evenly Radiant
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$27.95 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/25/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

The core ingredients for this eye cream differ little from what Derma E uses in their Evenly Radiant facial moisturizers, proving once again why eye creams aren’t necessary. Yes, this contains some novel plant extracts the facial moisturizers lack, but none of them are proven to reduce dark circles or puffiness. In fact, some of them (such as yarrow, arnica and witch hazel) can cause irritation that makes puffiness and dark circles worse.

Because this eye cream contains a good amount of niacinamide, you may see some improvement in dark circles if they are caused by sun damage. If the circles are hereditary or the by-product of too little sleep, don’t expect to see much, if any, improvement.

This eye cream contains a small amount of zinc oxide, no doubt used for its subtle whitening/brightening effect. That can make dark circles less apparent, but it’s a cosmetic effect, not skin care, and you’ll get even better results using a great concealer instead.

Ultimately, although this eye cream contains some impressive ingredients, it isn’t worth the splurge and the problematic plant extracts it contains are definite cause for concern in a product meant to be applied so close to the eye itself. Note that there is no evidence that the Madonna lily (also known as white lily) has any benefit for skin, around the eyes or elsewhere.

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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 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.

Intensive Skin Brightening Complex with Madonna Lily helps diminish the look of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines and wrinkles.

Water, Glycerin, Propanediol, Capric/Caprylic Triglyceride, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Pinus Pinaster (Pycnogenol) Bark Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid: Actimoist Bio-2), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Achillea Millefolium (Yarrow) Extract, Hamamelis Virginia (Witch Hazel) Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Canadian Willowherb) Extract, Lilium Candidum (Madonna Lily) Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Seed Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Organic Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (.1%), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane Zinc Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Potassium Sorbate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

"Formulated for results" and "We're serious about skin care" are phrases you'll see throughout the Derma E line—that and a heavy accent on all things natural. In business since 1984, this California-based, family-owned skin-care company's products are often seen in health food stores. We suspect the numerous questions we've been asked about the Derma E line are tied not only to their use of natural ingredients, but also to their emphasis on antioxidants, which they include in almost every product. In many cases, there are antioxidants aplenty; however, more often than not, the choice of jar packaging spoils the benefit the antioxidants Derma E chose could provide (air-tight packaging is critical because antioxidants deteriorate in the presence of air).

More so than any other line weve reviewed so far, where packaging is critical to ingredient efficacy and stability, Derma E has seemingly turned a blind eye to this glaring error. Because of that, there are very few products to extol or recommend, even though the line is priced fairly and some of the products have good formulations. But, just as you shouldn't eat food that no longer has any nutritional properties, the same goes for skin care, why bother if your skin isn't getting what it needs to be healthy?

The company's founders talk openly about their commitment to formulating quality products, often using proprietary ingredients (meaning ingredients unique to Derma E). Yet a quick look at the ingredients on the label shows that isn't true. Even if it were true, the notion that you would be getting something better for skin is sheer nonsense. There are lots of brilliant ingredients for skin available in the cosmetics world, and there is no single company that has a secret lurking in its laboratory that is a must for skin. It can be a very compelling story unless you know better, and if you don't already know better, you will after reading the reviews. Product after product either disappoints or comes in below average based on packaging issues or on problematic natural ingredients, the claims for which are based on folklore and anecdotal experience, not on solid science.

It all gets rather muddled where Derma E is concerned because several of their anti-aging products do contain some interesting peptides and impressive amounts of antioxidants. In many respects, the antioxidants chosen have reliable track records when it comes to their skin-care benefits. But again, jar packaging sabotages these performance-based ingredients to the point that it's difficult to take anything else the company does seriously. After all, if they can't get this fundamental right, what's the point of continually talking up their commitment to results-oriented products?

It doesn't seem that sun protection is very high on Derma E's priority list either. You'll find moisturizers and eye creams galore, including many with antiwrinkle and skin-firming claims—but only one sunscreen. One. In the entire line. And, surprise, it doesn’t contain natural sunscreen agents, at least not entirely. It never ceases to amaze me when "natural" product companies choose synthetic sunscreen actives when there are natural alternatives such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Synthetic sunscreens are perfectly fine, but if you're going to shout natural from the rooftops, why are you using synthetic sunscreen actives? Plus, any line that touts their anti-aging, antiwrinkle prowess should have more than one sunscreen. Walking away from the store after buying products only from this line is a guarantee you will be cheating your skin.

A common falsehood, perpetuated by Derma E and by many other cosmetics companies, is that their products are all natural and organic. The "organic" buzzword appears on most of the Derma E containers, but their products are not certified organic by any third party, so you just have to take their word for it. Until organic standards exist, any company can wear that badge (or pay to get an organization's approval) regardless of the amount of organic content in their products. As is, Derma E appears to be capitalizing on the lack of standards associated with organic.

As for "all-natural," rest assured that that's about as probable as sandy, warm beaches in Antarctica (or a snowball in Hades). Derma E products contain many natural ingredients, but plenty of synthetic ingredients have been cast in major or supporting formulary roles. For example, Linda Miles, one of Derma E's founders, has stated that the company won't use the natural version of alpha lipoic acid because it is "a butcher house by-product," meaning it's derived from animals. She admits the company uses synthetic alpha lipoic acid, however, and she must be unaware that alpha lipoic acid need not be derived from meat; it also can be derived from spinach, carrots, broccoli, potatoes, yams, and yeast, all of which are very natural and, of course, not derived from animal flesh (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; and The Rose Sheet, May 26, 2008, page 4).

Miles also admitted that Derma E has struggled to find a good preservative system to replace the synthetic ones they currently use. That's not surprising, as it's an issue that any line that wants to go natural must deal with; the reality is that there are no natural preservatives that work as well in low amounts as the synthetic options.

We could go on about Derma E's claims in terms of what they do and don't use and will and won't do, but you've heard it all before from other natural lines. As is usually the case, there are some standout products to consider from Derma E. If the company overhauled its packaging to improve antioxidant stability, the handful of products would become a basket's worth, but there is no word on whether such a change is happening or even in the works.

For more information about Derma E, call (800) 521-3342 or visit www.dermae.com.

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