Platinum ElectroCharged Upper Eyelid Fix

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Skin Care > Specialty Products > Specialty Skin Care Products
Last Updated:
8/24/2012
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This eye-area product is supposed to use the power of platinum to improve skin. The problem? Platinum is a gimmicky ingredient with no proven benefit for skin. Besides, given that real platinum costs about $1,500 an ounce, even if it could have benefit, there wouldn’t be enough in here to help skin in any way.

Signature Club A claims that the Platinum ElectroCharged Complex consists of nanoparticles of platinum so small they are able to deliver key ingredients to the areas of skin where they are needed. The issue is you don’t want platinum in your skin. Because platinum is a heavy metal, it leads to health issues upon exposure to this metal’s  salts. Although it isn’t as toxic as other heavy metals, that still doesn’t make it something you want broken down into absorbable particles.

The only remotely possible association of platinum with skin is how it functions in some chemotherapy medications. It’s included in these medications for its cytotoxic (i.e., it kills cells) capabilities when combined with other substances, which means it kills rapidly growing cells to shrink tumors (Source: Journal of Clinical Oncology, August 2007, pages 3266–3273), but that has nothing to do with topical application or with restoring youth.

In terms of the electrocharged part of the name, no one at Signature Club A seems to know what that’s about, but electrically charging skin-care products or ingredients is useless for your skin.

Aside from all this hype, this product is a lightweight gel that contains some good antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients, but not an impressive amount. This also contains film-forming agents which can make skin feel temporarily tighter (but such ingredients cannot lift sagging skin around the eyes or elsewhere). The formula also contains collagen and elastin, but topical application of these ingredients cannot shore up or add to the collagen and elastin beneath skin’s surface—it just isn’t possible (and if it worked, daily use would result in lumpy, bumpy skin from too much collagen).

The bottom line: This product is more hype than hope for skin and in many ways is also further proof of why eye creams and gels are unnecessary (see More Info for details). Note that this contains fragrance in the form of the ingredient methyldihydrojasmonate and that isn’t best for the eye.

Pros:

  • Lightweight, silky texture can make skin look and feel smoother.
  • Has a small amount of beneficial ingredients.

Cons:

  • Platinum offers no special benefit for skin.
  • Contains a form of fragrance that isn’t great for use around the eyes (fragrance-free is best for skin anywhere on the body).

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 cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin 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!

Specifically formulated to help uplift the look of delicate upper eyelid skin over time with continued use to give you the appearance of wide-eyed, youthful eyes.

Water, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cyclomethicone, Cetyl Alcohol, Algae Extract, Pullulan, Pisum Sativum (Pea) Extract, Sodium Polystyrene Sulfonate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide Platinum, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Soluble Collagen, Copper Gluconate, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Lactate, Sodium Chloride, Calcium Chloride, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Oleic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Methyldihydrojasmonate, Cetyl Alcohol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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