Future Solution LX Eye and Lip Contour Regenerating Cream

by Shiseido  Future Solution LX
Price:
$130 - 0.54 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
2/7/2013
Jar Packaging:
Yes
Tested On Animals:
Yes

First, the price for this eye and lip cream is ludicrous. It becomes even more ridiculous when you discover that the formula contains some of the least expensive cosmetic ingredients around!

Far from a “powerful restoring treatment,” all this can really do is make dry skin anywhere on your face feel somewhat smoother and softer, just like thousands of other moisturizers, and only temporarily. This product contains far more fragrance and fragrance ingredients than the brilliant anti-aging ingredients you’d expect at this price point. Plus, the few intriguing ingredients in this product will quickly degrade thanks to the jar packaging, making this very close to an all-around beauty budget burn.

Please see More Info below for details on jar packaging and to learn why you most eye creams aren't necessary.

Pros:
  • Helps prevent moisture loss thanks to tried-and-true emollients.
Cons:
  • Outrageously expensive.
  • The only skin problem this treats is dryness, plain and simple.
  • Little to no ability to repair skin or fight environmental damage.
  • Contains more fragrance than anti-aging ingredients.
  • Jar packaging renders key ingredients ineffective shortly after the product is opened.

More Info:

All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.

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 lip balm can definitely be helpful for relieving dry, chapped lips, but there are plenty of inexpensive options with and without sunscreen for you to consider Here.

A powerful restoring treatment that addresses visible signs of aging while protecting skin's resilience now and into the future. A SHISEIDO skincare original technology formulated with the innovative Form Support Veil, effectively corrects and helps prevent the appearance of lines and sagging around the delicate eye and lip areas.

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Petrolatum, Mineral Oil, Diisostearyl Malate, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetrabehenate/Benzoate/Ethylhexanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Silica, Stearyl Alcohol, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Piperidineropionic Acid, Batyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, PEG-40 Stearate, Dimethylacrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Sorbitan Tristearate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, BHT, Tocopheryl Acetate, PEG-240/HDI Copolymer BIS-Decyltetradeceth-20 Ether, Trisodium EDTA, Sodium Metabisulfite, Potassium Hydroxide, Iron Oxides, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Filtrate, Sodium Metaphosphate, Linalool, Alcohol, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Citronellol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Serine, Prunus Speciosa Leaf Extract, Iron Oxides, Glycine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Ononis Spinosa Root Extract, Averrhoa Carambola Leaf Extract, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Hibiscus Esculentus Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Angelica Acutiloba Root Extract, Houttuynia Cordata Extract, Tocopherol

Shiseido is one of the largest cosmetic companies in Japan, and the founder wants consumers worldwide to know that the brand he began is meant for all who seek beauty. Oddly enough, Shiseido (pronounced "she-say-doe"), whose products have a distinctly Japanese appearance and appeal, began in 1872 as Japan's first Western-style pharmacy. Its products have been sold in the United States for over 40 years, and it has become a nearly overwhelming product line. Although there are some respectable products, Shiseido's skin-care collection is far from a total approach to anything, unless your skin-care mantra is "it has to be average yet needlessly expensive and the routine has to include more products than any other line recommends."

A total approach to health and beauty would take into account all that has been learned to date about how skin functions, how it can repair itself, how it ages, and what it realistically takes for it to look, feel, and function at its best. Such an approach does not, however, involve cleansers with alkaline ingredients that cause skin to be unnecessarily dry, lackluster toners, or far too many products with alcohol; that can only harm the skin, which isn't beautiful in the least.

Shiseido doesn't have the issue of sun protection down yet, as witness a few of their sunscreens that still lack sufficient UVA protection - even though they participate in Japan's UVA-based PA rating system (explained in the Sun Products reviews below). And when it comes to state-of-the art essentials such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and substances that reinforce the structure of healthy skin, Shiseido typically comes up short. You'll hear (and read) much talk about the company's exclusive technologies, but terms like Bio-Regenerine, Phyto-Capsule Emulsification, Optimal Balance Network, and Deacti-Complex are meaningless without significant, proven ingredients to support each technology's alleged function. We're sure they are intended to make the products seem more advanced and special to consumers, but the proof is in the ingredient lists, and very few of Shiseido's lists fall under the category of impressive.

If anything, the numerous skin-care options presented here are merely average or really disappointing. Many of the moisturizers have luscious textures, but again, it takes more than a sensational feel to create exceptional products that have your skin's best interest (and best appearance) in mind.

One point of difference with this line is that Shiseido insists on regular facial massage. That means you'll find several facial massage creams, although most of them have traditional moisturizer formularies that differ little from what's seen throughout the lineup. Shiseido maintains that routine facial massage creates firmer skin that's less prone to sagging because the massage action tones the muscles, but that simply isn't true. The muscles of the face are among the most frequently used. Repetitive muscle movements are a prime cause of expression lines around the eyes, mouth, and on the forehead. Botox has become such a popular procedure because it selectively prevents these muscles from working, which smoothes creases and lines. Massage alone cannot do that; if anything, routine facial massage can encourage lines and sagging by stretching the skin. Furthermore, when skin slackens and sags, it involves more than just the muscles. Sun damage plays a role in collagen and elastin destruction, as does gravity, which causes fat pads beneath the skin to slip. And then there's bone loss, and the fact that, as we age, skin continues to grow (yet has less to hold on to). Massage to repair sun damage—give me a break!

For more information about Shiseido, visit www.shiseido.com.

Shiseido Makeup

Although Shiseido is known more for their seemingly endless array of skin-care products, their makeup, while not without its problem-child products, is clearly not just an afterthought. The main and most impressive part of the color collection is the foundations. For the most part they have silky textures, and provide adequate sun protection (at least an SPF 15 with UVA-protecting ingredients). If you're keen on shopping this line you should also pay attention to their Perfect Rouge Lipstick, lip gloss, the mascaras, and some distinctive specialty products. Items to avoid entirely include the eye and brow pencils and a couple of the eyeshadows; the makeup brushes are serviceable, but pale in comparison to what makeup artist–backed lines offer. Ignore the inflated claims that accompany many of Shiseido's makeup products, but don't ignore the best of what they have to offer—because in that regard, they're better than ever!

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