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 affect 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 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.