Max LS Instant Eye Lift

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$44 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
3/21/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Despite containing some exciting anti-aging ingredients, none of them are unique for the eye area nor can they lift sagging skin or help with under-eye bags (see More Info to find out what you can do about sagging skin—and why most eye creams aren't necessary).

The reason we're not recommending this product is due to the inclusion of two fragrant plants (passion flower and myrtle). These shouldn't be applied to skin anywhere on the body, and especially not around the eyes (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Without them (and there's no research supporting any sort of logic for using them in an eye cream), this would've been a worthwhile product.

Like many eye creams marketed to women, this formula contains brightening and shine-enhancing pigments to make dark circles less apparent. It’s a cosmetic benefit, meaning your circles will look just as dark once this is washed off (and in fact may be worse due to the irritating plant extracts).

Pros:

  • Contains some very good anti-aging ingredients for skin anywhere on the face.

Cons:

  • Two of the plant extracts are problematic for skin, and shouldn't be applied around the eyes.
  • Men may not like the brightening/shine-enhancing effect this eye cream has.
  • Cannot lift sagging skin or reduce under-eye bags and dark circles.

More Info:

Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they 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 an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.

You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.

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-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 it 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.

Reclaim your younger looking skin with this intense, moisturizing eye lift treatment.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Methyl Gluceth-20, Glycerin, Silica, Yeast Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Gellidiela Acerosa (Algae) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Hypnea Musciformis (Algae) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Myrtus Communis Leaf Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Caffeine, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Hyaluronate, N-Hydroxysuccinamide, Nylon-12, Mannitol, Polyquaternium-51, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Dipeptide-2, Ethylhexylglycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Polybutene, Sucrose, Polyisobutene, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Sclerotium Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Trehalose, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Steareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, PVP, Hexylene Glycol, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica

Owned by Estee Lauder Corporation, Lab Series Skincare for Men used to be called Aramis Lab Series for Men. Lauder also has other brands that offer male-specific products, including Clinique Skin Supplies for Men and Aveda Men, but the Lab Series products by far have the better formulas. That's not to say there aren't any missteps to watch out for, because there are plenty, but given that the formulas of most men's products fall far behind those of women's products in terms of basic good skin care, a few good products in a men’s line is something out of the ordinary. Compared with Clinique's soap- and alcohol-laden toner routine and the incomplete, overly fragrant offerings from Aveda, Lab Series is the Lauder-owned men's line most deserving of your consideration.

Originally launched in 1987 (well before the industry was taking the men's skin-care market seriously), the people behind this brand now are described as "an elite team of doctors, scientists, and skin-care specialists" who join forces at the Lab Series Research Center to create advanced products tailored specifically to men. However, lofty descriptions don't necessarily make for great skin care. In fact, all that these "specialists" needed to do was look at the well-formulated products from the best Lauder has to offer. In some cases, it's clear they did just that, but in other cases ... well, it should've been an across-the-board strategy but that's now how it shakes out.

In terms of ingredients, there is nothing in these formulas that you don't also find in products marketed to women. Regardless of gender, skin is skin. Hormonal elements do play a role, such as male hormones making a man's skin thicker and more oily than a woman's skin, just as female hormones make a woman's skin smoother and softer, and, more often than not, with smaller pores than a male. But, in terms of what either gender needs to create and maintain healthy, protected skin, there is no fundamental difference. When it comes to acne, sun protection, free-radical damage, growing older, rosacea, psoriasis, and on and on, there is no research showing that men require products that are different from those women need.

Quality aside, what generally differentiates men's products from women's is packaging, and Lab Series Skincare for Men follows that theme. They offer masculine, no-nonsense packaging and plenty of products to deal with the morning shaving ritual. And considering all the talk about elite doctors and scientists endeavoring to create superior products for men, it's disturbing that these so-called experts formulated several products that contain irritants such as alcohol (which also generates free-radical damage), menthol, sandalwood, and peppermint. Those bracing, invigorating ingredients may seem manly, but it's only sensory perception. The reality is that the amount of these irritants in many of the problematic Lab Series products makes them damaging to skin, especially when applied immediately after shaving, causing "razor burn" (which is not really only about the process of using a razor. Think about women shaving their legs; they don't get red bumps unless they use overly fragrant moisturizers afterward.)

It is worth mentioning that Lab Series offers sensible advice about the best ways to shave skin on their Web site. Some of their other information about men's skin having special needs is off base and not at all rooted in fact, but it works within the context of getting guys to become more interested in keeping up their appearances using a sensible skin-care routine.

For more information about Lab Series, call (866) 316-4819 or visit www.labseries.com.

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