Before we discuss the formula, you need to know that not everyone needs a separate product for the skin around your eyes. You can address signs of aging anywhere on your face using the exact same beneficial ingredients that are found in any of the well-formulated facial moisturizers or serums we recommend.
It is also important to know that most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen. That’s a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse when applied during daylight hours!
If you’re still curious about this eye cream, which makes all the usual claims of reducing dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles, it does contain several anti-aging ingredients that will benefit skin anywhere on your face. The texture is light and silky, and it works well under makeup.
Despite containing superstar ingredients, such as retinol, green tea, and vitamin C, this eye cream loses points for including a fairly high amount of radish root, which is a skin irritant. That means there is the potential for irritation (which hurts skin’s healing process and causes collagen breakdown), even though there are also some great ingredients.
Exclusive AGE Smart active ingredient complex fends off free radicals that can lead to premature aging, also fighting bags and under eye dark circles. With continued use your skin will increase in resilience and maintain its firmness.
Water (Aqua), Dimethicone, Methylheptyl Isostearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Diglycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Pentylene Glycol, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isohexadecane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Retinol, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Arginine/Lysine Polypeptide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Aleurites Moluccana Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Urea, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Niacinamide, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Bisabolol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20 , Dipeptide-2, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Dimethiconol, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Silanetriol Potassium Citrate, Aminomethyl Propanol , Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Oleth-20, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20.
Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.
Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.
According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?
For more information about Dermalogica, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.