This eye-area serum has a lot going for it. But, before you get too excited, know that the price is outrageous. What’s more, this serum contains nothing (and we mean nothing) that is special or unique for the eye area. If you’re using one of the well-formulated “facial” products from Prevage (or any recommended facial moisturizer or serum), there’s no reason you cannot apply it around the eyes, too.
You may be tempted to try this serum because it claims to address every eye-area woe, from wrinkles to dark circles and puffiness. Although it contains an impressive assortment of skin-repairing, smoothing, and antioxidant ingredients, none of them are proven to improve dark circles or puffy eyes. The anti-aging ingredients can help improve the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of sun damage, but they’re not unique to this product, and you don’t need a special product to handle those concerns when they appear around your eyes.
What about the “revolutionary” antioxidant idebenone (listed as hydroxydecyl ubiquinoyl)? Despite the claim that its performance is “unsurpassed,” it’s not true. Idebenone was shown in limited research to outperform a handful of some well-known antioxidants, but subsequent research has shown that idebenone isn’t the best (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 2–7, and September 2007, pages 183–188). The truth is there are hundreds of brilliant antioxidants for skin, and your skin needs more than one great antioxidant anyway, just like your diet requires a variety of healthy ingredients.
If you decide to try this product, its silky texture is best for normal to slightly oily or combination skin, but it won’t provide much moisture for dry areas.
Note that this contains the mineral pigment mica to add shine around the eyes. To some extent, that can help reflect light so dark circles are less apparent. But shine isn’t skin care, it’s makeup, so if dark circles are your concern, you’ll get more mileage from a great concealer than from a skin-care product that imparts shine.
- Silky, lightweight texture helps smooth fine lines (just as most serums do).
- Contains a good mix of antioxidant, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
- Works well under makeup.
- Needlessly expensive, especially for such a tiny amount of product.
- Contains artificial coloring agents, which aren’t the best for use so close to the eye itself.
- Does not contain ingredients that can truly eliminate dark circles or puffy eyes.
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.