Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

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$11 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
2/27/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
No

This eye cream makes all the usual claims about reducing wrinkles and puffy eyes, but it has too many strikes against it to do anything for skin, much less reduce wrinkles, which is a shame, because overall this is a nicely formulated moisturizer.

The downfall is the jar packaging, which won't keep the antioxidants and peptides it contains stable once opened, and the inclusion of lavender oil and perfume, which is bad news for all skin types because both are irritants, especially the lavender oil.

It is also important to point out that you most eye creams aren't necessary, and definitely not one like this! All of these issues are discussed in detail in the More Info section. Bottom line: Even if you insist on eye cream and find this one's price point attractive, this is not the eye cream to buy.

Pros:
  • Contains a good mix of emollients, antioxidants, and cell-communicating peptides.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Lavender oil is a skin irritant, which has a negative effect on skin everywhere, especially in the eye area.
  • Jar packaging won't keep the best ingredients stable once this is opened.
  • Cannot reduce puffiness around the eyes.
More Info:

Why jar packaging is a problem: The fact that this eye cream is packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients 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 (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818–829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271–288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314–321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197–203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1–32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

Most eye creams 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.

Why lavender oil is a problem: Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. Although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation, it is a must to avoid in skin-care products. (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Palladio Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream is a 3-in-1 conditioning treatment that quickly penetrates skin, helping to minimize signs of aging, stress, and fatigue in the delicate eye area. Helps firm, decrease puffiness and visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines over time, leaving skin looking younger, brighter and overall healthier.
Water (Aqua, Eau), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Gel) Juice, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, PPG/SMDI Copolymer, Lanolin, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa Butter) Seed Butter, Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Phyllanthus Emblica Fruit Extract, Glucosamine HCl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Centella Asiatica (Hydrocotyl) Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf (Bearberry) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Citric Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate (Vitamin-C), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin-A), Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin-E), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Butter, Hydrolyzed Wheat Proteins, Methylisothiazolinone, Tetrasodium EDTA, Gingko Biloba Leaf Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Parfum (Fragrance), Echinacea Angustifolia (Coneflower) Extract, Thioctic Acid

Palladio started as a small, Florida-based brand, and has been slowly carving out its niche at well-known beauty supply stores in North America and abroad through a growing network of resellers. The brand has attracted consumer interest because it's affordable and offers high-quality products.

One of the other draws is their brand tagline: "herbal & vitamin enriched cosmetics." Surprisingly, many Palladio products lack the ingredients to back up their herbal claim, and several of the products that do contain plants and vitamins have packaging that won't keep them stable during use, something that's true for lots of makeups that boast of antioxidant content. Still, this brand does have several products with impressive amounts of antioxidants, including a liquid foundation, eyeshadow primer, and lip gloss in decent packaging that will help keep the ingredients stable.

While the enticing herbal/vitamin claim isn't justified by all their products, many Palladio makeup products are worth checking out, and the prices are great, but stay away from the skin-care products because they are problematic, for several reasons, as you will see in our reviews. The most impressive products are the foundations and the tinted Rice Paper. The only makeup missteps are the liquid eyeliners, whose performance pales in comparison to comparably priced drugstore options.

In the United States, United Kingdom, and Mexico, Palladio is widely available at Sally Beauty. Palladio products also are available abroad through reseller websites, which are listed in the FAQ section of Palladio’s U.S. website.

For more information about Palladio, call 954-922-4311 or visit www.palladiobeauty.com.

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