Tested on animals:Yes
To start, there is nothing neurological or “volume filling” about this product, though we love the name from a marketing point of view because for many of us, the skin around our eyes can be a big concern when it comes to aging. Sagging skin, fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles, you name it – we’re looking for a way to fill up these areas! So when a serum comes along promising to tackle those problems, it can be hard to pass up. That’s the hook for this product from Peter Thomas Roth, and although it can’t do everything it claims, it does have some good things going for it.
This lotion-like serum comes in a tube with a metal applicator, which feels soothing on skin around the eyes. It’s lightweight and absorbs easily without feeling sticky or tacky. Among the formula’s positives are the inclusion of a number of amino acids, which serve as water-binding agents. Though they won’t make your wrinkles disappear, they will, to some extent, help protect skin’s moisture barrier, which goes a long way to improving its appearance.
This also contains antioxidants, which can help fight free-radical damage, and some great emollients like shea butter and avocado oil to help ease dryness—plus these ingredients pair well with the amino acids when it comes to repairing skin’s barrier. Even better, the packaging means all these great ingredients will be kept stable!
So why isn’t this getting our top rating? One word: fragrance. There are two fragrance ingredients listed (methyldihydrojasmonate and ambrettolide), and while they’re only present in a small amount, they shouldn’t be here at all—not in a product meant for use around the eyes. Remove these two ingredients, and Peter Thomas Roth would have a much better product on its hands!
Should you choose to pick up this eye serum (and you might not even need a separate eye-area product – see More Info for details), it certainly does have its merits – but if you have sensitive eyes, think twice!
Last but not least, we want to address Peter Thomas Roth’s claims that this eye serum can restore fullness and reduce a hollowed-out look. We wish this weren’t the case, but despite the name, a serum, even one with more hyaluronic than this one has (which isn’t much) simply cannot do this. This eye-area product is not even remotely a replacement for what cosmetic corrective procedures can do.
The face loses volume, plumpness, and shape when one or more of its 20 fat pads slip out of place while sun damage has caused other supportive elements to be depleted. This combined with the effects of gravity plus bone loss that occurs with age explains why an aging face can begin to look hollow and begin to sag—yet the chief drivers of this happening cannot be corrected by skin care. It’s simply an area of facial aging where skin care has limitations that cosmetic corrective procedures (like dermal fillers) can step in and correct.
- Lightweight lotion feels moisturizing and absorbs into skin without feeling tacky.
- Contains water-binding amino acids that can help improve skin’s moisture barrier.
- Formula includes rich emollients, as well as antioxidants.
- Packaged to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Contains a small amount of fragrance, which isn’t ideal for use around the eyes.
Most eye creams and serums 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 serum 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 serum.
You would be shocked how many eye serums 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 serum, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.