Arrested for our age? We think not! And we advise you to think twice before buying this pricey eye cream, as both its formula and packaging are problematic.
First, the formula: Although this has a silky, emollient texture for normal to dry skin and includes mineral pigments for a shine, "light-diffusing" finish, the formula is riddled with fragrant plant extracts and other fragrant ingredients that have no benefit for skin, especially around the eyes. Yes, this eye cream smells good, but fragrance isn't skin care—it's a strong trigger for irritation, and the daily irritation too much fragrance causes can lead to more, not fewer, signs of aging!
Next up for discussion is the packaging. This eye cream contains many light-and air-sensitive ingredients, but those will begin breaking down and becoming less effective the second you open this, all due to being packaged in a jar. See More Info to learn why jar packaging + anti-aging anything don't mix!
What about the telomere research mentioned in the claims? Telomeres are strings of DNA that protect chromosomes in our body from "unraveling" and becoming faulty. Telomeres replicate a set number of times, and then, like a frayed shoelace that won't keep your shoe tied, they unravel and the chromosome being protected dies because it is unable to divide and replicate. Some researchers believe the key to controlling aging is controlling telomeres, protecting them so they "stay together" longer, thus allowing the cells they protect to continue business as usual (assuming that business is healthy cell division). From the research we've seen, though, nothing in this eye cream can effect telomeres in the body, and that's a good thing, as you could potentially be hastening the wrong process, which would lead to trouble.
In the end, despite the presence of some very good antioxidants and skin-repairing substances, this eye cream has more negatives than positives—and for what it costs it should be perfect!
- Contains some very good antioxidants and skin-repairing substances.
- Lush, creamy-silky texture feels great.
- Contains several fragrant plant extracts and fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
- Way too fragrant to use around the eyes, especially if you have allergies.
- The jar packaging won't keep the many natural, beneficial ingredients (like algae) stable once opened.
Why Jar Packaging is Problem: The fact that this eye cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
Why You Don't Need an Eye Cream: 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 signs of aging 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!
Age Arrest’s advanced formula, based on telomere research, helps to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while visibly firming, tightening, and toning the eye area. Kate’s custom Light-scattering Compound instantly disguises the look of under eye dark circles. Revolutionary Telo-5™ Technology is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging around the delicate eye area.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Isocetyl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Decyl Oleate, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, Dimethicone, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Tocotrienols, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Adenosine, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Sea Whip Extract, Tripleurospermum Maritimum Extract, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Cupressus Sempervirens Seed Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus Extract, Cananga Odorata Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Extract, Coriandrum Sativum (Coriander) Seed Extract, Cucumis Melo Cantalupensis Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower/Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Prunus Persica (Peach) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rose Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Santalum Album (Sandalwood) Wood Extract, Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Extract, Jojoba Esters, Acacia Decurrens/Jojoba/Sunflower Seed Wax Polyglyceryl-3 Esters, Diamond Powder, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Myristyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Potassium Sorbate, Sorbic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Tin Oxide
The woman behind this line is a Los Angeles–based aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.
The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?
Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.
If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).
This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skin’s appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.
For more information about Kate Somerville, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com.