Tested on animals:No
Although this eye cream contains three sunscreen ingredients, it doesn't have an SPF rating and without knowing that, according to medical and regulatory boards around the world, you can't rely on it for sun protection. That's disappointing because sun protection for the eye area is as vital for anti-aging as it is for skin anywhere on your face or body, 365 days a year.
It's also important to note that the amount of synthetic sunscreen ingredients it contains can be sensitizing when applied around the eyes. Generally, the ultra-mild mineral sunscreen ingredients titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide are preferred for use near the eyes or anywhere you have sensitive skin. (It's not that synthetic sunscreen ingredients aren't effective; it's just that they are more likely to cause sensitivity where mineral based sunscreen ingredients rarely do.)
Aside from the sunscreen issue, this is a fairly basic moisturizing formula that affirms why many eye creams aren't essential and can easily be replaced by a brilliant emollient anti-aging moisturizer (see More Info to find out why).
Some beneficial ingredients are present, including antioxidant plant oils, but you can find those in facial moisturizers too, and many of those don't have the problems this does, which also includes a rather high amount of fragrance. If there is one skincare product in your routine that should be fragrance-free, eye cream is it; fragrance isn't a skin-friendly ingredient but the side effects of the irritation it can cause is likely to be more evident around the eye area.
This contains mineral pigments to blur the appearance of dark circles, and that's a noticeable benefit, but a great concealer would go much further in terms of camouflage and brightening.
In the end, the good ingredients this contains are somewhat canceled out by the potentially problematic ingredients. This eye cream doesn't rise to the occasion and if you're going to use one each day, it should have a fantastic formula that omits fragrance and any other potential irritants and for daytime use should contain gentle sunscreen ingredients.
- Contains some beneficial ingredients, including non-fragrant plant oils.
- Brightens skin around the eyes as it hydrates.
- The amount of synthetic sunscreen ingredients may prove irritating when applied around the eye area.
- No SPF rating means you don't know how much sun protection you're getting.
- Contains fragrance, which isn't good for skin anywhere on the body, especially around the eyes.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn't have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many 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 a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren't wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse. Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.