Soin Lissant Contour des Yeux (Eye Contour Treatment)

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$35 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
3/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This eye cream has a lush, silky, texture that definitely helps smooth fine lines and promotes a smooth application to apply makeup around the eyes. That’s great, but the same comments apply to lots of facial moisturizers—further proof you don’t need an eye cream (see More Info to find out why).

Even if you decide you want to use an eye cream, it shouldn’t be this one because it contains fragrance. If you prefer fragranced skin care, the eye area is one place where it’s better to go fragrance-free (though fragrance-free skin-care products are preferred for skin anywhere on the body).

This tube-packaged eye cream contains some good antioxidants, including sesame, vitamin E, and vitamin A. The vitamins aren’t present in an impressive amount, but their inclusion is welcome. Those with normal to slightly dry skin will do best with this product but please take a look at the moisturizers we recommend in our Best Products section (there’s a list of best eye creams too, if you’re steadfast about using one) before purchasing this.

Pros:

  • Silky, lush texture helps soften fine lines and works well under makeup.
  • Contains some good antioxidants.

Cons:

  • Lacks a range of state-of-the-art repairing ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
  • Won’t do much to make skin firmer.
  • Contains fragrance, which isn’t ideal for use so close to the eyes.

More Info:

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!

Non-greasy eye treatment that has been specially formulated for the fragile area around the eyes. Rich in active ingredients this multi-purpose product acts to improve skin tone, firm skin, and reduce the appearance of small wrinkles and crow’s feet.

Water, Triheptanoin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Sesamum Indicum, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Aluminium Starch Octenylsuccinate, Diphenyldimethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Dimethyl Silanol Hyaluronate, Centaurea Cyanus, Glyceryl Behenate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Oak Root Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance

This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.

The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!

Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrance—something sensitive, reactive skin never needs.

Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimed—at least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.

For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.

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