This eye cream has a lightweight yet hydrating texture that's suitable for slightly dry skin, but, ultimately, it contains too many potential troublemakers to make it worth considering. Even if the formula didn't have the problems it does, the truth is you don't need an eye cream (see More Info to learn why), especially not one that costs as much as this and provides so few benefits.
The first concern is the amount of film-forming agent (polymethyl methacrylate). Although this ingredient helps temporarily smooth wrinkles, in higher amounts it can be irritating, and irritating skin is never the goal.
Next on the list of problems is that almost every beneficial ingredient in this eye cream is listed after the preservative (phenoxyethanol). That's truly disappointing because for what this costs, it should be brimming with anti-aging ingredients, and it isn't.
Also cause for concern is the amount of fragrance and, lower down on the ingredient list, several fragrance ingredients that shouldn't be used near the eyes (or, really, anywhere on the face for that matter). This eye cream contains a handful of intriguing ingredients, but nothing that cannot be found in better products that cost less. And let me repeat, you don't need a special product labeled "eye cream" a well-formulated facial moisturizer will work beautifully.
- Lightweight, silky, yet moisturizing, texture.
- High amount of film-forming agent may cause irritation around the eyes.
- Contains more preservative than beneficial anti-aging ingredients.
- Amount of fragrance plus other fragrance ingredients causes irritation.
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.
Irritation from Fragrance 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).