DNAge Eye

$24.99 - 15 ml
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This eye cream has a light, silky texture and claims to protect the DNA in your skin cells from damage. The best way to protect skin cells from this type of damage during the day is by applying a well-formulated sunscreen, which this eye cream lacks.

Nivea claims it contains a UVA/UVB filter, and it does (titanium dioxide), but it is not listed as an active ingredient and this eye cream does not have an SPF rating, so you cannot rely on this for sun protection. It could be an SPF 2 for all we know, and that is nearly equal to not wearing any sunscreen at all.

As for the folic acid and creatine in here, both are helpful ingredients for skin anywhere on the face, not only for skin in the eye area. Other than those two ingredients, however, this product is about as ordinary as white bread, and just as exciting. However, neither of these ingredients will hold up well in the jar packaging. Jar packaging allows air in and that means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once this product 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.

Last, we know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need an eye cream. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of helping don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream! For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye-area skin by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

The formula contains cell-active Folic Acid and Creatine. It effectively stimulates healthy cell renewal from within. It is enriched with an UVA/UVB light filter and suitable for contact lens wearers. In combined usage with DNAge Day Care, the skin cells’ DNA is protected against future external damage. Skin’s firmness is noticeably improved. Existing wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes are visibly reduced.

Water, Glycerin, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methylpropanediol, Octyldodecanol, Titanium Dioxide, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Nylon-12, Tapioca Starch, Folic Acid, Creatine, 1-Methylhydantoin-2-imide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Microcrystalline Wax, Peg-40 Stearate, Mineral Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hydroxide, Alumina, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Trisodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben

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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