Tested on animals:Yes
Giving up jar packaging is something many cosmetic companies refuse to do. They prefer selling formulas in attractive containers that have no ability to keep the ingredients they contain stable. It is well known amongst researchers and scientists that jar packaging is not only unsanitary but almost all beneficial ingredients break down in the presence of air. What a waste!
Aside from the jar packaging this fragrance-free eye cream comes in this eye cream is just plain not necessary if you're already using a well-formulated moisturizer. We know that sounds shocking but check out our More Info section to see why you can save money giving up this erroneous belief.
The formula is an emollient moisturizer for dry skin containing an impressive blend of skin-repairing ingredients though it lacks an array of antioxidants that would really aid in building new collagen. It claims to replenish skin with sea minerals but the small amount of fucus serratus it contains (sea algae) isn't all that helpful for skin and there isn't any research showing what it provides, either.
One other point: The only radiance this product provides is from the mica it contains. Mica is a shiny mineral used in thousands of products claiming to brighten skin. Other than the cosmetic benefit you may see after applying this product, shine particles don't have anything to do with skin care.
- Contains impressive skin repairing ingredients.
- Emollient formula works for dry skin.
- Jar packaging won't keep the good ingredients it contains stable after opening.
- Lacks an array of antioxidants necessary for building collagen.
The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
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.