Glow by Dr. Brandt Revitalizing Retinol Eye Cream

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$55 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
3/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This lightweight, silky cream-gel does two things, and neither of them are specific to the eye are: It hydrates and leaves a shiny finish due to the amount of mica it contains. The ruby crystals referred to in the claims have no special benefit for skin (they are as unrelated to ruby laser technology as a slice of bread is to a brick) but the ruby powder contributes a red-pink gleam to the shiny finish.

Although this eye cream has retinol in the name, it's barely present in the formula. In fact, you're getting far more orange oil, which is a fragrant irritant that shouldn't be applied anywhere on the face, let alone right next to the eyes! The orange oil is reason enough to avoid this overpriced eye cream, but in truth you don't need to use an eye cream at all (see More Info to find out why).

In the end, this eye cream is only "revitalizing" if your idea of revitalization is sparkling shine around the eyes and a slight tacky finish owing to the amount of film-forming agent this contains. The formula will make the eye area look smoother and less lined, but so will countless serums and facial moisturizers whose formulas surpass this (and often for less money). Kudos on the sleek, airtight packaging, though!

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Contains a teeny-tiny amount of retinol and other proven anti-aging ingredients.
  • Fragrant orange oil poses a risk of irritation.
  • Cream-gel texture is minimally moisturizing (this isn't a traditional eye cream texture).
More Info:

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 signs of aging 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!

Unveil a luminous & rested look with this potent, yet gentle revitalizing eye cream formulated with time-released retinol to increase cellular renewal rate and micronized ruby crystals to instantly illuminate & restore eyes’ youthful glow.

Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Dimethiconol, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Hydroxyethl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol Mica, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Sodium Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 60, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Maslinic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Hydroxide, Hyaluronic Acid, Ruby Powder, Ethyhexylglycerin, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Glucosyl Hesperidin, Tocopherol Acetate, Retinol, Lecithin, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Dr. Fredric Brandt is a Miami- and New York City–based dermatologist whose claim to fame rests on two main points. The first (and it is a very important credibility factor for consumers) includes the many celebrity clients he claims to work with, while the second is his assertion that he performs more Botox and collagen injections than any other dermatologist in the world. (The picture on the back of his book shows him clad in white, wearing surgical gloves, and holding a syringe.) According to Allergan, the company that makes Botox, they no longer rank the physicians who purchase Botox from them; however, they did confirm that Dr. Brandt was definitely one of their biggest buyers. Yet regardless of how much Botox or collagen Dr. Brandt or any other physician uses, what in the world does that have to do with cosmetic formulations? If anything, you have to wonder why Brandt is using so much Botox and collagen if his products truly fight wrinkles, as he claims they do.

Beyond Brandt's cosmetic enhancement procedures, he is the author of Age-less: The Definitive Guide to Botox, Collagen, Lasers, Peels, and Other Solutions for Flawless Skin. His book and skin-care line are competing against the vastly more popular books and product line from fellow dermatologist Dr. N.V. Perricone. Although Perricone's skin-care line has some drawbacks, including irritating ingredients and the lack of supporting research for his neuropeptide products, the majority of his products, though overpriced, have more pros than cons. Sadly, the same cannot be said for Dr. Brandt, whose namesake skin-care line is one of the more disappointing ever assembled by a dermatologist.

Brandt's products are sold with the tag line that they are "prescription strength, prescription-free," and "are formulated under dermatologic control for maximum safety and efficiency and offer the highest performance without a prescription." Aside from how unbelievable that assertion is, what is not mentioned is the fact that none of the ingredients in Brandt's products are comparable, in any way, shape, or form, to prescription formulations. And what is "dermatologic control" anyway, given that there are no such standards anywhere in the world? Moreover, what do dermatologists know about the manufacturing of pharmaceuticals, much less cosmetics? The two arenas of expertise are completely unrelated.

Dr. Brandt positions his products as clinically superior to what you would find in other cosmetics lines, when nothing could be further from the truth. Many of his products tout benefits that don't just stretch the truth, but snap it in two—and these fallacies are all the more disconcerting coming from an esteemed dermatologist. When products contain the problematic ingredients that are so pervasive in Brandt's line, such as irritating plant extracts, drying detergent cleansing agents, and far too many products with skin cell–damaging lavender oil, it becomes nothing more than a too-expensive-for-no-good-reason line that should be approached with extreme caution.

The line does have a few bright spots: many of Brandt's products do contain significant amounts of antioxidants, though that certainly doesn't make his line unique because many other product lines do that too. (Here it's fair to say that while no specific amounts have been established for any antioxidant that will ensure their effectiveness, the general consensus among researchers is that more antioxidants are better than less, and less is still better than none at all.) Unless you're a devoted patient of Dr. Brandt and would be racked with guilt for not purchasing his products while visiting for an appointment, there is no reason to seek out this disappointing line.

For more information about Dr. Brandt's products, call (800) 234-1066 or visit www.drbrandtskincare.com.

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  1. Theresa H
    Reviewed on Wednesday, January 15, 2014
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      3 / 4
    It seems to work for me!!
    • Hmmm for some reason this products seems to work for me. I see less lines and puffiness since I have been using it.

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