Tested on animals:No
MDSolarSciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion is the brand’s first eye cream, and among their initial foray into skincare products outside of sunscreens. For a first, this is a very good entry! It contains an abundance of beneficial antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients, as well as lightweight emollients and anti-irritants. This sheer lotion is packaged in a pump-style bottle, and is suitable for most skin types, except very dry skin (whether around the eye area or anywhere on the face).
This contains fragrance from rosemary leaf extract, but it’s only a small amount and shouldn’t be problematic for most (it doesn’t linger). However, it does mean this isn’t recommended for those with sensitive skin or extra-sensitive eyes.
We also must mention that a special eye-area treatment like this might be an unnecessary addition to your skincare routine; check the More Info section for details.
The lotion texture of this formula results primarily from its mix of lighter-weight thickeners and silicones, which allow it to dry quickly without leaving a residue. Among the notable beneficial ingredients, this contains niacinamide, caffeine, vitamin C, multiple peptides, and nonfragrant plant oils. These ingredients help to defend skin against ongoing environmental free-radical damage, while simultaneously repairing signs of aging and inflammation.
These ingredients cannot, however, make good on claims like treating dark circles or puffiness around the eye area—these concerns are caused by genetics and other factors, and typically won’t respond to topical treatments. For more on dark circles, check the More Info section.
Although a special eye-area product is more of a splurge product (and at $80+, this definitely counts as a splurge), if you’re in the market for one this is certainly an excellent option.
- Hydrates without a heavy feel.
- Contains a complex array of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
- Packaged in a pump-style container to protect its beneficial ingredients.
- Contains a small amount of fragrance, making it an iffy product for sensitive skin.
- Expensive for the amount of product you get.
- Expensive (we felt we should say it twice) .
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.
Dark Circles: There are several factors that can cause dark circles, and unfortunately, there aren't any skincare products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.
The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles aren’t going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can those stemming from irritation or allergies.
If you find that your dark circles are truly bothersome, consider speaking to a cosmetic dermatologist about options, such as dermal fillers (like Radiesse), lasers, light treatments, radiofrequency treatments, and chemical peels (Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014 & Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2013). Just remember to keep your expectations realistic.
A dermatologist experienced with the various skin lasers will be able to tell you which option is the best for dark circles as well as for your skin color. The Q-switched ruby laser is the most common choice for treating dark circles, but even then, don’t expect a dramatic improvement (Dermatologic Surgery, 2011).
See The Paula’s Choice Research Team’s Expert Advice article, “Shed Some Light on Dark Circles”, for the hype-free facts about this concern, and even more solutions for some forms of undereye discolorations.