Lighten and Brighten Eye Treatment (Discontinued)

by Murad  
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$67 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners With Hydroquinone
Last Updated:
4/5/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Lighten and Brighten Eye Treatment contains 1.5% hydroquinone as the active ingredient. Hydroquinone is adept at lightening melanin-based skin discolorations, whether they result from sun exposure or hormonal influence. However, this product is positioned as being able to lighten dark circles under the eyes, and hydroquinone cannot do that. Some people may have darkness under the eyes that results from excess pigmentation, but most cases of dark circles result from microscopic blood vessels showing through the very thin skin under the eyes. There’s also the fact that this area is naturally shadowed just because of the way our skulls are shaped, as well as the fact that the infraorbital fat pads thin over time, which creates a sunken, hollow appearance. None of this is affected by topical application of hydroquinone. Not only is that disappointing in regard to this product, but also the inclusion of several irritating oils is completely wrong for use anywhere on skin, especially near the eyes.

Dramatically reduce dark circles by an average of 59% and under-eye bags and puffiness by up to 50% with this scientifically proven treatment. Patented, triple-action formula targets the signs of environmental damage around the delicate eye area.

Active: Hydroquinone (1.5%), Other: Water, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycosaminoglycans, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Yeast Extract, Rice Amino Acids, Lysine Lauroyl Methionate, Zinc Aspartate, Chitosan Ascorbate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Allantoin, Manganese Gluconate, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Boron Nitride, Cetearyl Glucoside, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Silica, Carbomer, Tetradibutyl Pentaerithrityl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Sodium Sulfite, Sodium Metabisulfite, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Geranium Maculatum Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil

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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