Housed in one component are two eye creams, each in its own jar container. Although this may seem clever and convenient, there are several reasons it isn't a good idea. First, you don't need an eye cream, whether its day or night (see More Info below to find out why). Also, the differences between the Day Cream and the Night Cream for this duo are so minor as to make them indistinguishable.
Both are emollient creams that contain argan oil (which is not a miracle ingredient) along with several other natural plant oils and shea butter, and they also contain an impressive mix of antioxidants along with cell-communicating peptides. While all of that is impressive, it falls apart when you consider the jar packaging.
None of these beneficial ingredients will remain stable after opening due to the jar packaging, so essentially their benefits will be lost before you're started. See More Info below for further details on the problems with jar packaging.
Further, the Night Cream portion of this duo contains fragrant mugwort oil, which can cause irritation that makes signs of aging around the eyes worse. As for the Day Cream, if you're going to apply a moisturizer around your eyes during daylight hours, it should contain sunscreen and be rated SPF 15 or greater. Sun protection around the eyes is critical if your goal is anti-aging or improving dark circles, and it need not be from a product labeled "eye cream."
- Both formulas contain an impressive mix of anti-aging ingredients such as antioxidants and peptides.
- Emollient formulas help ease signs of dryness anywhere on the face.
- Jar packaging won't keep the most beneficial ingredients stable during use.
- Night Cream portion contains a fragrant oil that can cause irritation, which increases signs of aging.
- Day Cream doesn't contain sunscreen.
All of Josie Maran's products contain argan oil. Despite how they market this ingredient, it isn't a cure-all or a must-have for your skin. Argan oil is merely a good, non-fragrant plant oil that's best for dry skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, it is a natural source of beneficial fatty acids (skin-repairing ingredients) and antioxidants. You can read more about the folklore and genuine benefits behind argan oil here.
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.
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.