12.09.2014
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Instant FIRMx Eye
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1 fl. oz. for $32
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:12.09.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight eye-area moisturizer contains a high amount of irritating, drying ingredients, notably sodium silicate. Combined, these can constrict skin and make it feel temporarily tighter, but the daily irritation can damage healthy collagen production, eventually making wrinkles and sagging around the eyes look worse. If that weren’t bad enough, this also contains problematic plant extracts that cause further trouble for skin anywhere on the face. Please see More Info below for further details and to learn why most eye creams aren't necessary.

Pros:
  • Contains some helpful antioxidants and peptides.
Cons:
  • Combination of drying silicate ingredients and irritating plant extracts makes this a problem product for use around the eyes or anywhere on the face.
  • Cannot correct age-related puffiness (no product can).

More Info:

The troublesome plant extracts in this product are comfrey leaf and fennel seed. Learn more about why comfrey is a problem Here. Learn more about why fennel seed extract is a problem Here.

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.

Claims

This fast-acting formula instantly tightens, firms, and smoothes the eye area. It minimizes the appearance of crow's feet, fine lines, and deep wrinkles while diminishing under eye puffiness and signs of fatigue.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Magnesium Fluorosilicate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Symphytum Officinale (Comfrey) Leaf Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Dipeptide-2, Panthenol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phospholipids, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Isobutylparaben

Brand Overview

Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance

Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on Web site; most products are fragrance-free; very good AHA products; wide selection of water-soluble cleansers and scrubs; some excellent sunscreens, benzoyl peroxide products, and many antioxidant-rich formulas.

Weaknesses: Expensive; mostly lackluster toners; mostly boring to potentially irritating masks; no BHA products that do not include at least one needless irritant; jar packaging.

Unique in the world of spa and salon specialty lines, Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.

A novel aspect of this line is that there are few (if any) nonsense ingredients. Roth products conspicuously lack the exotic, potentially irritating, sensitizing, and often unnecessary plant extracts and the irritating, fragrant plant oils that show up in most pricey skin-care lines, especially spa lines. Many of these products don't have fragrance, and they lack the long lists of ingredients that are often unnecessarily complicated. Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian and gender-friendly. No pretty pink bottles, sexy curved jars, or bejeweled caps—all of which reinforce the clinical nature of Peter Thomas Roth. Overall, this line should be admired for its simplicity and, for the most part, for its well-thought-out formulations.

After all that glowing praise there are a few embarrassing missteps to avoid, such as products that contain hydrogen peroxide, which can cause free-radical damage and hurt skin; irritating acne products that contain sulfur; unimpressive masks (odd for a spa-oriented line); and a bumper crop of products claiming to affect expression lines and wrinkles in a manner similar to cosmetic corrective procedures.

For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.

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08.12.2014
Ruined under eye

I had loose skin under my eyes and asked Ultra who is the best for temporal fix....Well it was recommended, and it sucked my skin under and around my eyes very tight, (following the instructions to a T)....I could not use it after 3 applications.....It caused irritation and redness where it was applied....Now I have loose skin to the point it really sags and so many wrinkles I have never had before....So dry I cannot find any eye cream that will soften it again....The skin droops...Be careful.

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