Age Defy Eye Cream

by Sephora  
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$24 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
2/5/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

It's hard to imagine a more ordinary mix of ingredients in one product but here you have it. With a formula that amounts to little more than waxes, glycerin, and mineral oil, labeling this 'age defying' is like calling a skateboard a Mercedes.

The lackluster formula is practically void of anti-aging ingredients for skin such as antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, or cell-communicating ingredients. For the few beneficial ingredients this does contain they are so far at the end of ingredient list they are barely worth mentioning, and your skin won't notice.

What certainly defies rational thinking are the claims that this product can tackle dark circles, puffiness, and line around the eyes. There is nothing in here remotely capable of living up to that hope. Because this doesn't contain sunscreen it would actually make all those concerns worse if you used it during the day. In fact, as shocking as this sounds you don't even need a separate product labeled as an eye cream, see our More Info tab to find out why finally letting go of this myth will help you take far better care of your skin.

One of the marketing claims about this product is that it is supposed to contain an ingredient called HydroSenn +. Sephora says this ingredient is more hydrating and lasts longer than hyaluronic acid. It's important to realize this product doesn't contain anything called HydroSenn + on the ingredient label so there is no way to know which ingredient or ingredients Sephora is alluding to. There isn’t one ingredient in here with research showing it to be more hydrating than any other ingredient in the cosmetic world including hyaluronic acid. Even if we were to suspend conventional wisdom and believe Sephora's claim about HydroSenn + being better than hyaluronic acid, hyaluronic acid is hardly the best ingredient for skin hydration; there are many, many others, and in fact a blend of hydrating ingredients would be best of all, something this product doesn't contain.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Ordinary, basic formula.
  • Contains almost no state-of-the-art ingredients that can fight aging or other eye area problems.
  • There is no research supporting the claims about the HydroSenn + it contains as being more hydrating than hyaluronic acid.
  • Doesn't contain sunscreen so using it during the day would make eye area concerns worse.

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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.

A complete eye cream that fights puffiness, dark circles, and crow's feet.This anti-aging eye cream is a small wonder that's packed with active ingredients to instantly refresh the eye area while visibly reducing smile lines. Its updated formula includes HydroSenn+, a natural ingredient proven to deliver immediate and long-lasting hydration more effectively than hyaluronic acid.

Water, Pentaerythrityl Tetracocoate, Dipentaerythrityl Hexacaprylate/Hexacaprate, Pentylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Polyacrylamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil), Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Palmitoyl Glycine, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Hydroxide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Ceteareth-33, Coconut Alcohol, Glucose, Xanthan Gum, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Palmitic Acid, Fructose, Benzyl Alcohol, Laureth-7, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Steareth-20, Silica, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polygonum Fagopyrum Seed Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, TripleurospermumMaritima Extract, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Potassium Sorbate, Iron Oxides, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7

Sephora's first foray into skin care was back in 1994, when they offered a colorful, artfully packaged selection of bath gels. Their facial skin-care came on the scene a few years later, but for the most part wasn't worth waiting for. Sephora must not have been too pleased with these earlier versions, because lots of retooling has been done, although, sad to say, that hasn't improved on the ordinary, mundane status their products have consistently shared. Makeup is what Sephora's house brand does best. The only reason to shop this inexpensive skin-care selection is for everyday basics or the occasional impulse buy you may or may not enjoy adding to your routine. Otherwise, most of the skin-care products can't compete with the other brands sold in Sephora boutiques worldwide.

Note: Sephora is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Sephora may not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more nformation about Sephora, call (877) 737-4672 or visit www.sephora.com.

Sephora Makeup

Once an incomplete line lacking such basics as foundation and concealer, Sephora's color collection has blossomed into a comprehensive group of products, most of which are priced considerably lower than products from the many other lines sold in their boutiques. Although the low price and the selection may draw you in, not everything is worth exploring; for example, some of the products (for example the inexpensive pencils, which are not worth considering) demonstrate the old adage that sometimes you really do get what you pay for. That's not to say you have to spend a lot of money for quality makeup, but it does seem that many of Sephora's potential bargains are below average in terms of performance.

What you really should pay attention to are the pressed-powder foundation, one of the concealers, the powder blush, the liquid shimmer, and a few of the mascaras. Of course, the hallmark of this line has always been an extensive selection of makeup brushes. That still holds true, and you'll find that in this case the prices are more than fair.

More than most other makeup lines, Sephora excels with their accessory offerings. From makeup bags to train cases and on to all manner of beauty tools (from tweezers to nail clippers and manicure aids), the selection means you will assuredly find something that meets your needs. It's easy to get caught up in the variety and scope of Sephora's makeup, and testers are readily available so you can play all you want. That's great, but it doesn’t compensate for a line with more than its share of average to poor products (and they change frequently, often not for the better). However, if you pay attention to the favorably rated products, you're more than likely to be very pleased.

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