Intervene Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream (Discontinued)

by Elizabeth Arden  Intervene
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$38.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
1/10/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Another eye cream packaged in a jar is not what the world needs, but they just keep coming! You can check out More Info below to find out why you don't need an eye cream and why jar packaging is something you should never buy. But what about the actual formula, can it help with dark circles and "fatigue"?

From a makeup perspective, the silky, almost spackle-like texture of this eye cream can help improve the appearance of dark circles by creating a smoother surface. Smooth surfaces reflect light better, so shadowed areas appear less dark. This eye cream also contains the mineral pigment mica for shine, but shine isn't skin care, it's makeup. Adding shine isn't going to do much to make dark circles less apparent, and it may make wrinkles more noticeable. But, none of that is skin care, it's more in the category of a concealer.

Although this eye cream contains some beneficial anti-aging ingredients such as peptides and antioxidants, they won't remain stable once you open the jar, which makes the whole product a waste of money.

Arden included several fragrant plant extracts, all of which pose a risk of irritation, especially in the eye area. Irritating ingredients can hurt healthy collagen production, which isn't anti-aging in the least.

A well-formulated serum or facial moisturizer (such as those you'll find in our Best Products section) offers your eye area benefits that go far beyond products like this!

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of anti-aging ingredients, including antioxidants.
  • Silky, spackle-like texture helps smooth fine lines and make dark circles less apparent.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep the beneficial ingredients stable.
  • Contains several fragrant plant extracts that shouldn't be applied around the eyes.
  • Does not offer lasting relief from dark circles or "fatigue."

More Info:

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.

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 the skin 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!

This multi-benefit eye cream with naturally derived Biodormin™ technology helps combat the first signs of aging in the eye area. Helps minimize the look of existing lines, dark circles and other signs of fatigue.

Water, PEG-11 Methyl Ether Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Coffee Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Narcissus Tazetta Bulb Extract, Rosa Roxburghii Fruit Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Cotton Seed Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide, Lecithin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Trisiloxane, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/VP Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Stearic Acid, Polysorbate 80, Steareth-20, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aluminum Hydroxide, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Mica, Cyclohexasiloxane, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Benzoic Acid, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide

Former nurse Elizabeth Arden was a pioneer in the beauty industry. At the turn of the 20th century, Arden began her legacy when she opened her first salon, with the now-familiar red door. Over the next several years she introduced new products and services to women unaccustomed to such choices, and almost single-handedly made it acceptable for modern women to wear makeup. And while Arden understood and met these beauty needs, she was also adept at self-promotion and packaging, helping to solidify the idea that what holds the product should be as beautiful as the woman who uses it. She was the front-runner in the cosmetics industry for quite some time, until another young go-getter by the name of Estee Lauder began her own empire—one that would eventually lead to the Elizabeth Arden line being almost an afterthought in the mind of many consumers.

Not only has Arden's image been diminished over the years due to odd distribution patterns (consumers were getting mixed messages as this prestige line began showing up in drug and discount chain stores), but also through their own formulary mistakes and seeming unwillingness to pay attention to current research. Given the history of this line and several outstanding products they've produced in the past, it's very frustrating that what's offered today is such a mishmash of good and bad, with a hefty dose of average. Arden still has several sunscreens that fall short by leaving out sufficient UVA protection. In contrast, Estee Lauder and the Lauder-owned lines have their sunscreen acts together and consistently impress by including other state-of-the-art goodies to amplify the environmental protection of their moisturizers.

Many of Arden's products also contain potentially problematic ingredients or are packaged in a way that puts the light- and air-sensitive ingredients at risk of breaking down shortly after the product is opened. Given Elizabeth Arden's (the woman) pioneering, innovative spirit, we can't imagine her being completely pleased with the state of her namesake skin-care line (Arden passed away in 1966). Having the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones as a spokesmodel for most of the early 2000s may have raised more interest in this brand than in years past, but a pretty face and eye-catching ads don't always translate to good skin care, as evidenced by the reviews on this site. There are some very impressive products in this line, but it's definitely one that demands careful attention to what you're buying lest you put your skin at risk.

For more information about Elizabeth Arden, call (800) 326-7337 or visit www.elizabetharden.com.

Elizabeth Arden Makeup

Cosmetics trailblazer Elizabeth Arden may have been single-handedly responsible for bringing modern makeup to American women (she opened the famous Red Door Salon in 1910 and formulated the first blush and tinted powders in 1912), but today's lineup of Arden makeup has far more disappointments than its pioneering namesake would have liked. Most of the Arden foundations with sunscreen either leave out the five prime UVA-screening active ingredients or because their SPF numbers are unnecessarily low. Either way, only one of the foundations with sunscreens can be relied on as your sole source of facial sun protection.

In contrast to the mostly disappointing foundations, you'll be pleased with what Arden offers for concealer, eyeshadow, lipstick, and mascara. Each of these categories has some brilliant products to consider, and they serve to prove, at least to a modest extent, that Elizabeth Arden makeup is not to be counted out just yet. The remaining products have little to extol, either because they are truly ineffective or because the competition has Arden beat by a mile. A continual bright spot for Arden is that their tester units are typically well organized and the colors are grouped so it's easy to zero in on what you like.

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