EyeXcellence

by PCA Skin  
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$36 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
4/18/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

Even though most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to learn why), if you’re going to use one it should be well formulated, and this one is a decent option. This lightweight yet moisturizing eye cream is fragrance-free and contains some good antioxidants, cell-communicating peptides, and soothing plant extracts.

None of the ingredients present in this product help reduce dark circles or puffiness, nor are they proven to impact capillary function (capillaries are very small blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface that can contribute to the appearance of dark circles). But, that’s true for all eye creams, most of which make similar claims. At best, your dark circles will look better because of this eye cream’s smoothing effect, but you can get that improvement with any well-formulated moisturizer; it doesn’t need to be labeled “eye cream.”

If you decide to try this, it is suitable for normal to dry skin.

Pros:
  • Contains a good blend of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Light yet moisturizing texture wears well under makeup.
Cons:
  • Cannot make good on its claims to reduce dark circles and puffiness, but this is true for any eye cream making these claims.

More Info:

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.

This triple-action eye cream reduces puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles around eye area while moisturizing and softening. Formulated with three peptides for increased collagen production, circulation and capillary function, as well as grape seed extract, aloe and vitamin E to hydrate and nourish.

Water, Grape Seed Oil, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Squalane, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Esters, Dimethicone, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Yeast Polysaccharides, Cetearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-7, Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Dipeptide-2, Tocopheryl Acetate, Polyglyceryl-3 Beeswax, Carbomer, Polysorbate-20, Steareth-20, Disodium EDTA, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Triethanolamine, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Hexylene Glycol

PCA Skin is a product line you may have seen at your spa, salon, or dermatologist's office. Founded by an aesthetician in 1990, the brand became relatively popular after developing a series of professional alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) peels marketed as "medical clinical aesthetics"; in other words, these products are sold to dermatology practices offering cosmetic services such as facials. More recently, PCA Skin has teamed up with a dermatologist and other medical professionals to develop skin-care products. The peels are for professional use only and, in fact, except for a facial scrub, PCA Skin does not sell exfoliants that consumers can use at home.

Not surprisingly, PCA Skin's medical and aesthetics background is supposed to be rooted in science. The company states that "we use rigorous research and science to develop safe, highly effective products that deliver healthy, beautiful skin." Although PCA Skin products contain many beneficial, research-supported ingredients, they also contain numerous problematic ingredients that cause irritation; somehow, that "rigorous" research overlooked those. Irritation is always a problem for skin, causing inflammation and collagen breakdown, and impairing the skin's ability to heal.

Chief among the irritants you'll find throughout the PCA Skin line are witch hazel, citrus and numerous other fragrant oils (whether synthetic or natural, fragrance is almost always a problem for skin), drying cleansing agents, and alcohol (we mean, really, alcohol?!). In our Cosmetic Ingredient Dictionary, we provide detailed information on why each of these ingredients is a problem; for all of their talk about science, chemistry, and research, PCA Skin should know better.

If you remain intrigued by this brand (or find the sales pressure from your aesthetician too intense to ignore), there are some worthwhile products. It’s great that every SPF-rated product from PCA Skin includes reliable broad-spectrum sun-protection ingredients, and fans of facial scrubs should know this brand does offer a gentle option. Also, their eye cream and retinol serum are worth a look, and several products are fragrance-free, although you need to choose carefully because many of their products contain fragrant plant extracts or oils despite being listed as fragrance-free.

PCA Skin's science-based mission is admirable, but just because an aesthetician and doctor teamed up, the results for these products aren't going to be spectacular, or even all that helpful.

For more information about PCA Skin, call (877) 722-7546 or visit www.pcaskin.com.

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