Tested on animals:Yes
This fragrance-free eye cream is a decent, lightweight option for slightly dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere. Most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to find out why) but if you choose to use one, this is an OK option. As for the anti-aging claims, nothing in this formula will help reduce undereye bags. More often than not, these so-called bags are caused by fat pads beneath the eye slipping out of place, causing skin to pouch. This issue must be corrected via cosmetic surgery; skin care won’t be of much help, no matter the claim or how much you spend. The same is true for lifting the eye area, which this eye cream also cannot do (even if it could, where would the excess skin go? Up, yes, but will that really make the eye area look better?).
This contains a high enough concentration of film-forming agent to make wrinkles look smoother and perhaps cause skin around the eyes to feel (temporarily) tighter. That’s nice, but making skin feel tighter isn’t the same as actually tightening loose, sagging skin. The titanium dioxide and mica this contain help brighten and illuminate skin, which is a nice effect but not really anti-aging.
- Makes eye-area or surrounding skin look and feel smoother.
- Could use a broader range of anti-aging ingredients.
- Cannot lift sagging skin or help undereye bags.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
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.