Tested on animals:Yes
This absurdly expensive fragrance-free eye-area serum is said to replenish elasticity and support collagen for tighter skin, but if that's true, then the same claim can be tagged onto almost any other ordinary gel-type moisturizer. This contains mostly water, slip agent, solvents, caffeine, an antioxidant, and some minerals.
One of the antioxidants is a synthetic ingredient, malonic acid, which is a strong skin irritant when used in pure form. Dr. Obagi claims it is part of a mineral complex clinically proven to stimulate elastin production, but the company cites only one supporting study, and it wasn't comparative (Source: Experimental Dermatology, March 2009, pages 205–211). In other words, the mineral complex appeared to improve elastin in the skin, but what about other ingredients that might have the same benefit, such as retinol or vitamin C?
Caffeine is alleged to improve undereye puffiness, but again, there's no research to support this—and, sadly, no skin-care ingredient can improve age-related puffiness that occurs when fat pads beneath the skin slip out of place (this issue requires surgery). Caffeine does have some antioxidant properties, so it's not a wasted ingredient in skin care, but it just doesn't perform as claimed.
We can't think of a good reason to use this eye serum, not only due to its eyebrow-raising price and relatively disappointing formulation, but also because, truthfully, you don't need a special serum for the eye area (see More Info for details).
- Formula lacks a range of proven anti-aging ingredients.
- Contains malonic acid, which can be a skin irritant, and isn't proven to be better than other ingredients at rebuilding elastin.
We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye serum or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye serum. For example, most eye serums (such as this one) 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 by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!