Add this to the thousands of useless eye creams claiming to reduce dark circles and puffiness. Although this fragrance-free formula has a smooth, lightweight cream texture, it is a completely ordinary combination of fatty acids and water. It has no discernible ability to reduce the appearance of dark circles other than the strictly cosmetic effect from mineral pigments, such as titanium dioxide, and "optical brighteners," like mica. These mineral ingredients add a reflective, shiny finish on the skin around the eyes, making dark circles somewhat less obvious, but they don't treat or lighten dark circles, they simply make them less apparent. You'll get better results using a full-coverage concealer.
As for treating age-related puffiness, this doesn't work. Skin-care products are not the solution, no matter their cost or what they claim. Puffiness around the eyes results primarily from fat pads shifting—there are no skin-care creams that can address this, which is why surgery is preferred. However, not using products that contain irritating ingredients, like this one does, would be a good place to start (along with not sleeping in your makeup). Plus, you do not need a separate eye cream (see More Info to find out why).
This eye cream also contains two preservatives—methylisothiazolinone and methylchloroisothiazolinone (known as Kathon CG)—known to be sensitizing (it stung our skin on contact) and not recommended for use in leave-on products. Given that the eye area can be more sensitive anyway, it doesn't make sense to use products that contain sensitizing preservatives in this area. See More Info for further details on these preservatives.
- Lightweight, smoothing texture.
- Only improvement in the appearance of dark circles comes from cosmetic "brightening" pigments that add shine to reflect light.
- Contains a preservative blend (Kathon CG) known to be sensitizing when used in leave-on products.
Sensitizing Preservatives/Kathon CG
Introduced into cosmetics in the mid-1970s, Kathon CG elicited a great number of sensitizations in consumers. This led to it not being included in cosmetics other than rinse-off products (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, November 2001, pages 257–264; and European Journal of Dermatology, March 1999, pages 144–160).
Methylchloroisothiazolinone, when combined with methylisothiazolinone, offers broad-spectrum activity against microorganisms. This blend is used in many products instead of parabens, despite the fact that parabens has a better safety track record and lower incidence of causing a sensitized reaction. Along with methylisothiazolinone, this preservative has maintained its reputation as a frequent allergen in leave-on products, particularly hair-care and feminine hygiene products (Source: Contact Dermatitis, November 2011, pages 276–285).
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, even if dark circles or puffiness are your concerns. 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!