Youthtopia, Firming Eye Cream with Rhodiola (Discontinued)

by Origins  Youthtopia
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$42.50 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/19/2012
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes
This promises a more youthful-looking eye area “with none of the potential wrinkles,” which means, I think, that the ingredients that are present in other eye creams should make you think twice about using them. Well, I’d think twice about using this product because it is based around myrtle and bitter orange water, neither of which is helpful for skin. These water (tea) infusions aren’t as potent as the pure oils or extracts, but they’re still not warranted. Although this eye cream isn’t likely to cause irritation, it’s a shame that jar packaging was chosen, because the rest of the formula is chock-full of outstanding ingredients. Antioxidants are abundant, and this contains some notable cell-communicating ingredients and skin-identical substances, too. It’s best for normal to dry skin, but in better packaging and without the myrtle and bitter orange it would have been an eye cream superior to most others.
If aging signs are staring you in the face, but you worry about harsh, sci-fi sounding chemicals in some treatments, discover Origins revolutionary approach to aging skin around the eyes. Youthtopia Firming eye cream with Rhodiola, the legendary Siberian herb linked with longevity, visibly de-ages, reduces puffiness and helps empower fragile eye skin to rebound from damaging stress. Your eye area looks firmer and more youthful with none of the potential wrinkles.
Water, Myrtus Communis (Myrtle) Leaf Water, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Water, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Squalane, Sorbitol, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Sigesbeckia Orientalis (St. Paul's Wort) Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata (Buckbean) Leaf Extract, Glycine Max (Soybean) Polypeptide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Helianthus Annuus(Sunflower) Seed Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Seed Butter, Passiflora Incarnata Flower Extract, Phytosphingosine, Sucrose, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Silybum Marianum (Lady's Thistle) Extract, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Betula Alba (Birch) Bark Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Flower Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat Bran) Extract, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Lythrum Salicaria Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Yeast Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Caffeine, Cetyl Ricinoleate, Lecithin, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Isomerized Linoleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Adenosine Phosphate, Aminopropyl Ascorbyl Phosphate, Peg-10 Dimethicone, Caprylyl Glycol, Silica, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Hexylene Glycol, Potassium Carbomer, Disodium Edta, Bht, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol.

Started in 1990, Origins was Estee Lauder's contribution to the (still going strong) demand for natural products. Their approach and claims all hinge on the wonder of plants and the allegedly miraculous properties they offer for skin, whether it be dry, sensitive, oily, or simply showing the effects of time. Here's the issue: Just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients, there are good and bad natural ones. Ironically, Origins isn't all that "natural" because it uses its share of synthetic ingredients, and the plant extracts they do use include some that are bad for skin.

We have never been opposed to using natural ingredients. However, it lacks integrity when a company throws in any plant ingredient with no proven benefit for skin beyond anecdotal information, and then boasts about all sorts of improbable results. It becomes a far more serious issue when the natural ingredients in question have published research showing that they are in fact irritating or damaging to skin. That's the predicament of reviewing Origins' skin care products: almost every product they sell contains several volatile oils (another term for essential oils), all of which have their share of negative qualities when used on skin. In their attempt to appear more natural, Origins uses quite a bit of these offending ingredients, and they're often listed before the much more beneficial additives, such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients.

You might be wondering why, if Origins has had such continued success, their products can be such a problem for skin? Can't women just use what they like? The answer is two-fold: yes women can use what they like, but often women like what isn't good for them. For example, smoking is bad for skin (and for your lungs), but lots of people smoke; getting a tan from the sun is bad for your skin, but lots of people spend time outdoors getting a tan; and using products that contain irritating ingredients is bad for your skin, and lots of products come to the table with these inconsistencies.

As we have explained in the introduction to the book, there is a litany of problems that take place when skin is irritated or inflamed, but fundamentally this results in the skin's immune system becoming impaired, collagenase (the breakdown of collagen) occurs, and the skin is stripped of its outer protective barrier. What is perhaps most shocking is that all of these damaging responses can be taking place underneath the skin and you won't even notice it on the surface. The clearest example of this is the significant and carcinogenic effect of the sun's "silent" UVA rays. You don't feel the penetration of these mutagenic rays, but they are taking a toll on your skin nonetheless (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 30–38; International Journal of Toxicology, May-June 2006, pages 183–193;Skin Research and Technology; November 2001, pages 227–237; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 16–25; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327–337; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2003, pages 663–669; Drugs, 2003 volume 63, issue 15, pages 1579–1596; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2002, pages 138–146; Cosmetics & Toiletries, November 2003, page 63; Global Cosmetics, February 2000, pages 46–49; and Contact Dermatitis, February 1995, pages 83–87).

Most of the Lauder companies really have their acts together when it comes to formulating state-of-the-art moisturizers, serums, and sunscreens that leave out the problematic plant extracts (and that represents a lot of products given the almost two dozen cosmetics companies under the Lauder corporate banner). Origins is the exception, and we encourage my readers who prefer to shop for skin care at the department store to explore the truly far better options from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Prescriptives, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, or even La Mer. Even salon-styled Aveda, also owned by Lauder, with a natural theme similar to Origins, has less problematic formulas.

For more information about Origins, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 674-4467 or visit www.origins.com.

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Compared to the makeup offered by almost all of the other Estee Lauder–owned lines, Origins falls short by virtue of including ingredients that align with its marketing image of offering natural ingredients that have the blessing of Mother Nature regardless of the risks they pose for skin. As omnipotent as Mom may be, this force of nature is a disaster waiting to happen. A secondary reason Origins isn't competing as well with its sister companies is that for many products (particularly the lipsticks, blush, and cleverly named but non-essential specialty products) the technology isn't as advanced. That lack of technological creativity combined with significant amounts of hostile essential oils will help you understand why we recommend exploring similar, but superior (and irritant-free), options from any of the other Lauder companies from Clinique to M.A.C.

If you're prone to being swayed by the promises of natural products (though Origins is not any more natural than many other lines, it just uses the most problematic plant extracts possible), there are a few outstanding gems to unearth here, and at prices that aren't unrealistic. Additionally, Origins' latest tester units, especially in their freestanding stores, are accessible and user-friendly. They include pull-out counters for added space and feature large mirrors. Combine this with a low-key yet helpful sales staff and knowing what to zero in on and you'll find shopping the best of Origins is a pleasure.

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