Argan Day + Night Eye Cream (Discontinued)

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$56 - 0.66 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

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."

Pros:
  • 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.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • 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.

More Info:

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.

This convenient double-sided package holds two eye creams. The ultra-lightweight Argan Day Eye Cream diminishes the appearance of darkness and fine lines, adding radiance while helping to hold eye makeup in place. Its alter-ego on the other side is an intensely hydrating Argan Night Eye Cream that reduces puffiness, sagging, and wrinkles in the eye area. It firms and smoothes the delicate eye zone; antioxidants fortify skin against future damage.

Day Cream (0.33 fl. oz.): Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Beta Glucan, Polysorbate-60, Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sclerotium Gum, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Helianthus Annuus (Sun?ower) Seed Acid, Dog (Rosa Canina) Rose Hips, Dipeptide-2, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Oxido Reductases, Magnesium Silicate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Silicon Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Xanthan Gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Stearic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Ergothioneine, Oleyl Alcohol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Ethyl Linoleate

Night Cream (0.33 fl. oz.): Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Natural Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Caprylate, Caprylyl Glycol, Polysorbate-60, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin C Ester), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Morus Nigra (Mulberry) Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Protein, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Extract, Dog (Rosa Canina) Rose Hips, Dipeptide-2, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Beta Glucan, Glucosamine HCl, Yeast Extract, Saccharum Of?cinarum (Sugar Cane), Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Sclerotium Gum, Behenyl Alcohol, Oxido Reductases, Stearic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Cetyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Tocopherol, Sorbic Acid, Algae (Seaweed) Extract, Artemisia Vulgaris (Mugwort/Armoise) Oil

The Josie Maran brand was founded by supermodel and former Maybelline spokeswoman Josie Maran. By almost any definition, Maran is an iconic beauty. Like Cindy Crawford before her, who launched a namesake product line, Maran used her notoriety from modeling to do the same thing.

Anytime a model with celebrity status launches a cosmetic line, the curiosity among consumers is intense. The question lingers: Is Maran so beautiful because of these products? Of course not! She was magnificent long before her products were launched, and being born beautiful is not a sign of skin-care knowledge.

Almost every Josie Maran product is centered around the allegedly miraculous argan oil. This non-fragrant plant oil is said to do everything from reduce wrinkles to heal acne, while giving you younger-looking skin. Argan oil isn't a bad ingredient, as it contains beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, as well as vitamin E and other antioxidants, but it isn't the only oil that has these kinds of properties. Even more to the point, no single ingredient does it all for skin. It's just like your diet: if you eat only one type of food, you'd soon be malnourished. Skin is the body's largest organ, and it requires a variety of useful ingredients to look and function at its best.

It's worth pointing out also that although argan oil does have benefit for skin, it's gimmicky at best to include it in products like eyeshadow and mascara, but that's what you'll find in Maran's line. Oil in a mascara and eyeshadow will make those products slip and slide off your face and lashes, but there is barely any in her makeup products so not to worry. Even if argan oil had benefit in makeup, it wouldn't remain stable—it would quickly turn rancid when exposed to air.

Despite some high points, the makeup fails overall because when compared to less expensive options at the drugstore, Maran's color options are more average than exceptional.

Although makeup comprises the bulk of this line's offerings, Maran has several skin-care products, too. None of them are must-haves, although a handful of them have decent formulas. Like most lines that use predominantly natural ingredients, there are some fragrant oils present that smell great, but they can irritate your skin and lead to collagen breakdown.

Many of Maran's products are labeled as having a "natural formula," which often is not the case; there are plenty of synthetic ingredients present, including silicones and a synthetic film-forming agent. Those are not bad for skin, but it just shows that you can't trust the company's claims.

For more information about Josie Maran, call (855) 461-6512 or visit www.josiemarancosmetics.com.

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