Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Creme

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$19.99 - 15 ml
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
1/7/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This eye cream differs little from the others Nivea Visage offers, which means it is lackluster and leaves your skin wanting so much more, like antioxidants, barrier repair ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients. The only ingredient of interest is coenzyme Q10, as indicated in the product name.

Listed by its technical name of ubiquinone on the label, coenzyme Q10 has far more research pertaining to its benefit inside the body than for topical application. In theory, it’s a good antioxidant and it should help your skin improve, but it’s hardly the only or the best one available.

Just like all antioxidants, coenzyme Q10 breaks down in the presence of air and light. Because this eye cream is packaged in a jar, the coenzyme Q10 won’t remain stable once it is opened.

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so 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, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

Finally, and we know it’s hard to believe, but most eye creams just 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.

Q10 Wrinkle Control Eye creme’s formula contains two natural coenzymes (Q10 and Biotin) to better control the visible signs of aging.

Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Octyldodecanol, Titanium Dioxide, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Nylon-12, Tapioca Starch, Ubiquinone, Anise Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Trimethoxycaprylylsilane, Microcrystalline Wax, Mineral Oil, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin

Unlike the Nivea products you're most likely to find in the United States, Nivea Visage is found in other parts of the world, such as Canada, Europe, Asia, and India, and has a much stronger focus on facial skin care. In the States, Nivea's product assortment is focused on body care, mostly consisting of body lotions, creams, and body washes. Regrettably, Nivea Visage International offers nothing worthwhile for your skin; its only benefit is an attractive price point.

Nivea Visage International presents itself as having the solutions for aging skin, although their solutions are all talk and very little action. Not only are proven, state-of-the-art ingredients missing or underused, the efficacy of the small amount of these ingredients that is present in these products is undermined by the jar packaging. Essential ingredients such as antioxidants, barrier-repair ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients break down in the presence of air, and the jar packaging lets air in the second it's opened. Plus, repeatedly sticking your fingers into a jar isn't sanitary, and the bacteria introduced cause the good ingredients to break down even further.

There's surprisingly little to get excited about here; in fact, the only products worth checking out are the eye-makeup removers and the facial scrub (though Nivea would do better to offer their customers a well-formulated AHA or BHA product instead).

Not a single skin-care product from Nivea Visage has an SPF rating, which is a critical oversight that should give anyone pause who is concerned about preventing or repairing signs of aging. What's frustrating is that all of the daytime moisturizers contain sunscreen ingredients, but no SPF rating, which means you absolutely cannot rely on any of them for sun protection because you have no idea about the amount of sun protection you'd be getting. This SPF issue reflects the products we found in Canada (where research for this line was done) and, according to the company, none of their products feature an SPF rating. This may or may not be true for the Nivea Visage products with sunscreen sold throughout Europe.

Nivea Visage is also far from a comprehensive skin-care line. There are no options for oily or breakout-prone skin, nothing to help skin discolorations, and, as mentioned, no AHA or BHA exfoliants, which improve aging skin in numerous ways. Our Canadian readers would do better to check out the products from neighboring brands such as Olay or Neutrogena before filling their shopping basket with all things Nivea. And, if you're looking for a skin-care line that has solutions based on science rather than on marketing hype, look no farther than Paula's Choice!

For more information about Nivea Visage Interantional go to www.nivea-international.com.

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