Like most of Kiehl’s products this is a problematic mix of beneficial ingredients and problematic, irritating ingredients. Irritation is always bad for skin; even when you can’t see it on the surface or feel it, it's causing damage underneath, especially around the eyes (see More Info for details).
This moisturizing formula begins well, using non-fragrant emollient plant oils that will work for dry skin, but alcohol appears rather high on the list and several fragrant extracts are in here too. Fragrance is a culprit for causing irritation that can make eye-area concerns worse, not better. There is also the issue that you don’t need a product labeled an eye cream. Please see More Info to find out why fragrance, irritation, and eye cream don’t help your skin one iota.
- Contains some good emollient plant oils for dry skin.
- Overly fragranced, and fragrance is a problem for all skin types.
- Contains fragrant plant oils that should not be used around the eyes.
- Expensive for such a small amount of product.
Alcohol in Skin-Care Products
Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin’s ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: “Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In,”Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
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 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!
Why Irritating Ingredients Are a Problem for Everyone’s Skin
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).