Tested on animals:Yes
Laneige talks a good game when it comes to Perfect Renew Firming Eye Cream, claiming it can restore elasticity, alleviate wrinkles, and make skin look more supple. While there's no doubt that it is a moisturizing formula, it's not quite as impressive an anti-ager as its made out to be, mainly because of the relatively tiny amount of beneficial ingredients.
More to the point: Because this is packaged in a jar, many of those sensitive beneficial ingredients will begin to break down from the second you open it, so you won't be able to reap the benefits for long (see More Info). The most significant result you'll see, and only temporarily, is more supple skin from the emollient mix of ingredients. (That benefit, however, can be achieved with any well-formulated moisturizer!)
The thing that really throws us is the fact that the formula is fragranced. While that's never good news for skin, in the eye area it can be particularly sensitizing. This is a good example of an eye cream that is truly unnecessary—in fact, you may already own your perfect eye cream (see our explanation in the More Info section).
In the end, there are much better eye-area products that don't have the potential for irritation; you can find them on our list of Best Eye Moisturizers.
- Contains a moisturizing mix of emollients for softer, smoother skin.
- Fragranced formula puts the eye area at risk for skin-sensitizing irritation.
- Jar packaging allows the beneficial ingredients (like antioxidants) to break down.
- One of Laneige's smallest/most expensive products; not worth the upcharge for what you get.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria that further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
The vast majority of ingredients that are most beneficial for your skin are not stable in the presence of light and air, which is exactly what happens when you take the lid off a jar (Pharmacology Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
One of the critical factors in any anti-aging or skin-healing formula is the amount and variety of antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, and the more the better. These function in a variety of ways to reduce the effects of the constant environmental stresses your skin experiences (Dermatology Research and Practice, 2012; and The Journal of Pathology, 2007).
Antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients not only can help prevent free-radical damage, but also, to a fairly impressive extent, help repair that damage. Surprisingly, almost all of these ingredients are just as vulnerable to sun exposure, pollution, and cigarette smoke as your skin (Pharmacognosy Review, 2013; and Journal of Biophotonics, 2010).
Once you open that jar you bought, you immediately compromise the stability of the anti-aging superstars it contains. (You can visualize their benefits disappearing like puffs of air each time you open up that lid!)
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 labeled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.