Eye Brightening Serum (Discontinued)

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$42 - 2 tube
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
6/27/2014
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Tested On Animals:
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Although you truly don't need a special serum for the eye area (we explain why in the More Info section), if you decide to use one anyway, this is a very good option for all skin types. The fragrance-free formula has a silky, cream-gel texture that hydrates without feeling slick or greasy, and the formula is loaded with beneficial anti-aging ingredients.

None of the best ingredients in this product are special for the eye area, but soothing agents like oatmeal and the licorice derivative this contains will benefit skin anywhere on the face. The same is true for the skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients, and the antioxidants this contains.

The titanium dioxide has a subtle brightening effect on dark circles, but you'll see better results by using a great concealer applied over a daytime moisturizer with sunscreen. Sun damage makes dark circles worse, and precious few eye creams (or eye serums) offer sun protection.

This can reduce puffiness brought on by irritation and perhaps from fluid retention, but not age-related puffiness that results from the fat pads beneath your eye shifting out of place. That type of puffiness won't respond to skin care; surgery is the only solution.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free, gentle formula.
  • Lightweight, silky cream-gel texture is easy to apply.
  • Loaded with beneficial anti-aging ingredients.
Cons:
  • Does little to improve dark circles and cannot improve age-related puffiness.
More Info:

We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye serum, eye cream, or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!

You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!

This rejuvenating serum for the thin, delicate skin around the eyes contains antioxidant vitamins, botanicals and a peptide complex designed to help fade the appearance of dark circles, reduce puffiness and smooth the look of fine lines and crow’s feet. Instantly delivers an energized, rested and refreshed new look.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Chrysin, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Dipeptide-2, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein/PVP Crosspolymer, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Squalane, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dimethicone, Silica, Steareth-20, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyacrylamide, Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Triethanolamine, Hexylene Glycol, Trisodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Titanium Dioxide.

Created by dermatologists Dr. Katie Rodan and Dr. Kathy Fields, ProActiv launched in 1995 as a three-step system sold via infomercial. With the doctors' endorsements and winning personalities along with a heap of testimonials from people who use the routine (including a rotating list of celebrities, which always garners attention), ProActiv remains a very successful brand that is still going strong. The effusiveness, medical background, accurate information about how acne forms, and sincerity of its creators definitely makes for compelling television (we admit to catching the infomercial on more than one sleepless night), but what about the products themselves? Are they the answer the ads promise?

The core system consists of a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide and scrub particles, a toner with glycolic acid, and a lotion that contains a low (but still effective) amount of benzoyl peroxide. No questions here, this is a straightforward routine and hardly unique to ProActiv! Some percentage of people will benefit from daily use of this system (it contains the basics that are necessary for over-the-counter treatment of acne), but it's definitely not for everyone, and every dermatologist knows that (just check out the American Academy of Dermatology Web site at www.aad.org, for example, on their recommendations for battling blemishes).

It also goes without saying that other lines offer many less expensive versions of all the ProActiv products. However, for those who choose this system, the key is compliance, at least as long as you're seeing good results. Anyone battling acne needs to know that, barring a successful experience with the prescription drug Accutane, it cannot be cured—only controlled. We don't doubt that many people have seen their acne respond positively to a daily routine of the core ProActiv products, and for some it has been a life-changing experience—but it's not the answer for acne for everyone.

Although they still appear in ads and literature for the brand, Drs. Rodan and Fields have branched out to create their own namesake line, reviewed elsewhere on this site. While the Rodan + Fields line is not acne-centric like ProActiv, they did include products for blemishes, a few of which are similar to but more expensive than their ProActiv counterparts. And of course, this dual branding begs the question: if Rodan and Fields believe that ProActiv is the best option for those struggling with acne, why did they create alternative products in their namesake line? Why not just mention to Rodan + Fields customers dealing with acne that the ProActiv line has exactly what they need?

Along with ProActiv and the namesame Rodan and Fields line, these dermatologists also created ProActiv+, which is supposed to be smarter and faster than original ProActiv. For the most part, these products are quite similar, they just have a stronger emphasis on anti-aging issues such as uneven skin tone and enlarged pores from sun damage. We wish these products were more compelling, but many of them are truly problematic and not something two reputable dermatologists should feel comfortable putting their names on.

For more information about ProActiv, call (800) 876-9717 or visit www.proactiv.com. For more information about ProActiv+, visit www.proactivplus.com.

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