Tested on animals:Yes
This eye cream is an emollient formula meant for dry skin around the eyes, although it’s important to note that most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info below to find out why). Like most eye creams, this claims it can improve dark circles and reduce wrinkles.
In terms of dark circles, this eye cream doesn’t contain a single ingredient with research proving topical application nets any improvement. But, because this doesn’t contain sunscreen, it can make dark circles worse because sun damage makes undereye darkness more apparent, and most eye creams lack sunscreen.
This does contain antioxidants and a cell-communicating ingredient to help repair skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles, but the formula also contains skin-damaging lavender oil. Lavender oil is a problem for all skin types, and the irritation it causes is yet another way to make dark circles (and signs of aging) worse. For this reason, and the needlessly high price, Light Years Away Brightening Eye Cream isn’t recommended.
- Contains several antioxidants in packaging that will keep them stable during use.
- Emollient formula smoothes and hydrates dry skin.
- Contains skin-damaging lavender oil.
- Does not protect the eye area from sun damage, so dark circles are vulnerable to becoming darker.
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.
Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, are cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. It is a must to avoid in skin-care products, but is fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).