This fragrance-free eye cream is similar to Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare's Age Erase Moisture with Mega 10 Plus, only the eye cream has a silkier texture and contains a couple more ingredients often seen in eye-area products (though there's limited research proving they do anything special for skin around the eyes).
Oddly, Dr. Dennis Gross doesn't discuss the Mega 10 Complex as he does for the facial moisturizer counterpart, yet this eye cream contains the same mix of "nutrients" to ensure healthier, younger-looking skin.
The similarity between the facial moisturizer is further proof that eye creams are an unnecessary addition to your skin-care routine. See More Info to learn why, in truth, you don't need to bother with one!
Despite the fact that not everyone needs an eye cream (see More Info find out why), there's no denying that this formula contains an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients that can benefit skin anywhere on the face. It hydrates without being greasy and contains a bit of mineral pigment mica for a soft shine finish. This eye cream is best for normal to dry or sensitive skin; its rating is for the overall formula, not because eye creams are a must-have product.
- Contains a very good mix of anti-aging ingredients.
- Emollient formula isn't too heavy but takes good care of dry skin.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- This is nit-picking, but the "age erase" name is a bit much; this product won't "erase" anyone's age.
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.
Age Erase Moisture for Eyes provides essential hydration and nutrition to the depleted eye area, often the first to show signs of aging.
Water (Aqua), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ergocalciferol, (Vitamin D), Phospholipids, Yucca Glauca Root Extract, Emblica Officinalis Fruit Extract, Soy Isoflavones, Camellia Sinensis Catechins, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Ubiquinone, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Tetrapeptide-21, Glycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Dimethicone, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Caffeine, Aminobutyric Acid, Mica, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylyl Glycol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Sodium Polyacrylate, Polysorbate 60, Trideceth-6, Stearyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Phytic Acid, Cyclodextrin, Disodium EDTA, PEG-150 Stearate, Steareth-20, Phenoxyethanol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Benzoate.
As you may have gleaned from the name, dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross created this skin-care line. Based in New York City, he claims that all of his products provide "maximum results without side effects," a statement any doctor should know better than to make. For instance, a consumer would logically assume, especially coming from a doctor, that "maximum results" means the products in question really will firm, lift, tighten, plump, or peel the skin. But Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare products don't provide maximum results, not in the least, and definitely not in any of the ways suggested by the marketing copy. In fact, although Gross includes some very impressive ingredients in his products, they cannot make good on the most enticing claims he makes for them.
As for the promise of "no side effects," that is easily refuted with a simple overview of his underachieving products. A quick summary: lavender oil can cause skin-cell death, sulfur is extremely irritating and drying to skin, ascorbic acid can be sensitizing, as can retinol, and the synthetic active sunscreen agents he uses can also present their share of problems. That's not to say that all of these ingredients are bad for skin (only the sulfur and lavender oil qualify for that description), but it's foolish to make a blanket statement that your cosmeceutical-type products are free of side effects. How could he possibly know what a person may react to?
Gross also asserts that he uses cutting-edge technology in his products, a point which I concede given the number of superior moisturizers and serums he offers, all of which compete nicely with other well-formulated products. His products are expensive, but if you're going to spend a lot of money on skin-care products, you should be purchasing state-of-the-art formulas, and these do rate. Of course, this technology (read: efficacious ingredients) doesn't extend to every Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare product, but overall this is one line whose formulas have improved considerably since the previous edition of this book, and that is excellent news!
Several of the products in this line contain emu oil. While there is research indicating that emu oil is a good emollient that can help heal skin, it is not that different from other oils that offer the same benefit, such as grape or olive or even mineral oil for that matter (Source: Australasian Journal of Dermatology, August 1996, pages 159–161).
Last, please ignore the tired claim that these products are your alternative to surgical procedures and that they use medical-grade ingredients. Concerning the latter, there is no such thing; Gross uses the same cosmetic and over-the-counter active ingredients found throughout the cosmetics industry. And although his line offers some remarkable products, none of them can provide results equivalent to Botox, dermal fillers, chemical peels, or laser treatments (and definitely not a face-lift).
Note: Unless mentioned otherwise, all MD Skincare products are fragrance-free.
For more information about Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare, call (888) 830-7546 or visit the Web site at www.dgskincare.com.
NOTE: In Spring 2010, MD Skincare became Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare.