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La Roche-Posay
Redermic + Eyes Intensive Daily Anti-Wrinkle/Firming Fill-In Care
Rating
0.5 fl. oz. for $43.95
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

We’ll state up front that this fragrance-free eye cream cannot make deep-set wrinkles vanish nor can it help with sagging skin around the eyes or anywhere else on the face.

Many skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face- or eye-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! In order to gain these youthful benefits, you must protect skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how they can significantly improve many of the signs of aging such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

If you’re still curious about this eye cream, it has a silky-smooth texture and contains an impressive amount of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) which has anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C isn’t going to fill wrinkles or life sagging skin, but it is among the many good anti-aging ingredients to consider. Of course, ultimately, if you’re using a well formulated facial moisturizer and serum you don’t need to add an eye cream (really). This product is a great example, as it doesn’t contain a single ingredient not found in facial moisturizers, too. You have to ask why you’re paying more for a teeny-tiny amount of product!

Claims

Vanish deep inset wrinkles and sagging skin with this powerful paraben-free anti-aging cream utilizes breakthrough technology, neurosensine, to combat micro-inflammatory stress in the skin.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Ascorbic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Beeswax, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Cetyl Alcohol, Potassium Hydroxide, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Styrene/MA Copolymer, Polysorbate 20, Madecassoside, Dimethicone / Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Disodium EDTA, Acetyl Di Peptide -1 Cetyl Ester, Xanthan Gum, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol

Brand Overview

La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers; anti-aging formulas tend to be stably packaged to get the most out of the air/light-sensitive ingredients; many fragrance-free options; a unique lip moisturizer; some praiseworthy specialty products.

Weaknesses: Some problematic, overly irritating exfoliants; several ho-hum moisturizers and sunscreens; ineffective skin-lighteners; disappointing toner.

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. Sound familiar? L'Oreal-owned Biotherm makes similar claims for the water in their products, yet their marketing niche is spas, while La Roche-Posay caters to doctors and consumers interested in effective, no-frills skin care. Regardless of the source of their water, or how many minerals there may be in it, or the other benefits they assert it has, water is water and skin can't tell the difference. Even if the water were somehow "special," it takes a lot more than water to create and maintain healthy skin. This is something La Roche-Posay is aware of, because they do offer a fairly broad range of products to address the various needs of skin.

Their thermal spring water is said to be a rich source of selenium. Selenium is a nonmetallic element that has potent antioxidant ability. However, almost all of the research surrounding its benefits pertains to dietary or supplemental consumption, not to topical application. According to the research, selenium is absorbed into skin and helpful when applied topically only when applied as l-selenomethionine (Source: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, July 2004, pages 149–155). It is unknown whether the water La Roche-Posay uses contains this form of selenium, but we wouldn't bank on it for a unique benefit.

For a dermatologist-oriented line like La Roche-Posay, most of the products are surprisingly devoid of state-of-the-art or other interesting ingredients. There are some standout products, such as those with retinol and stabilized vitamin C; however, most of them are one-note options that offer the help of their promoted ingredient but don't commingle it with anything else of value to skin. It's ironic that although there's not a jar package to be found in this line, most of the moisturizers lack light- or air-sensitive ingredients, so jar packaging actually wouldn't be a problem. In fact, most of the moisturizers are downright monotonous. For the money, these products will leave your skin wanting more.

If you steer your way to the well-formulated products La Roche-Posay offers, you will find some first-rate options. They're not as varied as what many other lines offer, but for a pragmatic, no-frills approach to serious skin care, they'll do just fine. In fact, among all of the L'Oreal-owned skin-care lines, La Roche-Posay comes closest to successfully competing with the best of the best. It's up to you to decide if "close" is good enough. However, if you need to avoid fragrance and a range of potentially irritating plant extracts prevalent in the products of many brands, this line may suit your skin to a T.

Note: La Roche-Posay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although La Roche-Posay 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 La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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