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Hydro-Dynamic Moisture for Eyes
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0.5 fl. oz. for $62
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products
Last Updated:06.27.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This eye cream contains some great moisturizing ingredients for dry skin anywhere on the face. Unfortunately, many of its best ingredients won’t remain stable after opening because of jar packaging, not to mention the hygiene issue of dipping your finger into this product and then applying it so close to the eye itself.

If jar packaging wasn’t enough of a deterrent, consider that the formula also contains a form of menthol (listed as menthyl lactate) that offers no benefit for skin but is a known irritant. What that’s doing in an eye cream is anyone’s guess, but it surely isn’t helping puffiness, dark circles, or wrinkles. Ultimately, this is one more reason why eye creams are not necessary (a well formulated facial moisturizer or serum can and should be used around the eyes, too). For our top skin-care picks, consult our Best Products page on Beautypedia.

Claims

Über-rich moisture blended into a feather-weight cream infuses the delicate eye area with essential nutrients to increase and maintain cellular hydration.

Ingredients

Water, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Jojoba Alcohol, Potassium Jojobate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Inositol, Taurine, Trehalose, Bisabolol, Betaine, Sorbitol, Glycine, Alanine, Proline, Serine, Threonine, Arginine, Lysine, Glutamic Acid, Chitosan Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Chrysin, Butylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Pentylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Behenate/Eicosadioate, Cetearyl Glucoside, PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-8,Sucrose Polysoyate, Disodium EDTA, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Polysorbate 60, Steareth-20, Pullulan, Yeast Amino Acids, Urea, Menthyl Lactate, Zinc Gluconate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

Brand Overview

Murad At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few good cleansers; a selection of well-formulated AHA products centered on glycolic acid; most of Murad's top-rated products are fragrance-free; the sunscreens go beyond the basics and include several antioxidants for enhanced protection.

Weaknesses: Expensive; no other dermatologist-designed line has more problem products than Murad; irritating ingredients are peppered throughout the selection of products, keeping several of them from earning a recommendation; the skin-lighteners are not well-formulated.

Dr. Murad was one of the first doctors to appear on an infomercial selling his own line of skin-care products, and quite successfully so, at least the second time around. This was largely because the company paid for independent clinical studies to establish the efficacy of Dr. Murad's products. There's no question that AHA products, when well-formulated, can be a powerful ally to create healthier, radiant skin. But in terms of independent clinical studies, we're skeptical, given that there are countless labs that exist solely to perform such studies in strict accordance with how the company wants the results to turn out. Murad certainly wouldn't mention in an infomercial that the clinical studies for his AHA products weren't as impressive as, say, those for Neutrogena's AHA products, or any other line for that matter. And what about BHA products? Clinical studies and testimonials may have prompted consumers to order, but the results from Murad's AHA products are hardly unique to this line.

Although this is a skin-care line to consider for some good AHA options, the majority of the products are nothing more than a problem for skin. Murad may have been one of the first dermatologist-developed skin-care lines, but by today's standards his line is deplorable. This is largely due to a preponderance of irritating ingredients that show up in product after product. Any dermatologist selling products that include lavender, basil, and various citrus oils plus menthol and other irritants doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. The same goes for Murad's overuse of alcohol and his preference for treating acne with sulfur, both factors that keep some of his otherwise well-formulated, efficacious products from earning a recommendation.

Yet what is most objectionable is the endless parade of products claiming they can stop, get rid of, or reduce wrinkles and aging. Regardless of whether dermatologists know best about lotions and potions, no conscientious doctor would or should be selling products using the ludicrous claims Murad makes. Most of the anti-aging products have the same hype, the same unsubstantiated claims, and the same exaggeration about the beneficial effects of ingredients that are often present only in the tiniest amounts, without even a mention of the standard or potentially irritating ingredients that are also present. Dr. Murad’s skin-care philosophy, stated on his Web site, includes the following statement: "Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin—including the right products, the proper nutrients (from both food and supplements) and positive lifestyle choices." That's an excellent piece of advice; the problem is that it is contradicted by Murad’s own products, most of which are far from the "right" options for all skin types.

For more information about Murad, call (888) 996-8723 or visit www.murad.com.

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06.15.2015
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I recieved a sample of this product a few months ago, tried it for a week and fell in love. I believe this is a good eye cream for young ones because it prevents future wrinkles from appearing around the eye area. The skin around my eyes feels super soft. The consistency of the cream is nice because is not that heavy yet moisturizing enough. The only thing that I don't like is the packaging.. I really don´t like dipping my finger into the jar.

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