Eye Alert

by Kiehl's  
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$21.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
1/11/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This water-based eye gel contains little that’s helpful for your skin, but it does supply a large amount of alcohol! Alcohol, especially in this amount, causes dryness, irritation, and free-radical damage that hurts your skin’s ability to heal and limits its ability to produce healthy collagen, so don’t count on reducing puffiness or eliminating dark circles.

As usual with Kiehl’s skin-care products, the “star” ingredients called out on the label are present in the tiniest amounts imaginable, which means they won’t help your skin in any significant way. Moreover, there isn’t any reliable research proving vitamins, caffeine, or cucumber help your eye area look more alert, and even if they were able to do that, they aren’t unique to this product.

One more comment: We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need an eye gel (especially one as poorly formulated as this). 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, eye gels. For example, most eye gels (like 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!

What you can do: Save your money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product instead, assuming it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

Our ultimate solution for eye-area fatigue after a long flight or a long night, our formula is made with cooling Cucumber and Alfalfa Extracts to energize and hydrate the thinner skin of the eye area. Its potent blend of Vitamin E and Caffeine fights fatigue as it helps combat dark circles and puffiness.

Water, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Silica, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Butylene Glycol, Apricot Kernel Oil, PEG-6 Isostearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Methylparaben, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 80, Soybean Oil, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Dimethiconol, Adenosine, Alfalfa Extract, Magnesium Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hesperetin Laurate, Hydrolyzed Algin, Manganese Sulfate, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Benzyl Alcohol

This line has been around for quite some time, and has its origins in a family-owned pharmacy based in New York City. Perhaps its neighborly beginnings with a big-city heritage are what propelled Kiehl's to its long-standing status as a popular product line. Considering that Kiehl's doesn't advertise (at least not in the traditional sense, though their products get frequent press), their brand identity and status in the minds of consumers are impressive.

What gets lost in all the fashion magazine hype and company claims of "excellence" and "quality ingredients" is that almost all of the Kiehl's products hardly warrant excitement or even mild enthusiasm. Most of them are surprisingly ordinary, with a dusting of natural ingredients almost always at the very end of the ingredient list, well after the preservatives. That amounts to little more than a token attempt to make the products appear more natural to those who want to believe a plant or vitamin must somehow be better for the skin than something that sounds more chemical. Nevertheless, that token amount is enough to allow Kiehl's to brag about how its products nourish the skin or are more environmentally friendly, when they're not.

Aside from the allure of the natural, this line consists of totally ordinary and often completely unnatural ingredients. More disheartening for skin is that many of the ingredients are of questionable benefit for those with sensitive, oily, or blemish-prone skin. In some instances product ingredients are irritating for any skin type, while half of the sunscreen products are a serious problem for reliable sun protection. If you can't resist the allure of Kiehl's, just know that the product assembly will work best for those with dry to very dry skin and that, for the money, most of the formulas aren't knock-your-socks-off thrilling.

Note: Kiehl's is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Kiehl's does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Kiehl's, owned by L'Oreal, call (800) 543-4572 or visit www.kiehls.com.

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