Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Eye Serum

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$28.50 - 1 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Serums > Serums
Last Updated:
8/24/2012
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This fragrance-free, thick-textured serum is best for dry to very dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere on the face (although keep in mind you don't need a special product labeled for the eye area; see More Info to learn why).

The formula contains sunflower seed oil, a good source of fatty acids and antioxidants, along with argan oil and extracts. Just to be clear, argan oil isn't "precious" or the best plant oil around (clearly Signature Club A doesn't think so or they'd include argan in all of their products). Rather, argan oil (or extract) is but one of many very good plant oils to look for in a product for dry skin.

No form of argan offers special benefits for the eye area, which is one more reason products labeled as eye creams are almost always a waste of money.

One more thing about argan oil: The intense hype around it mirrors other ingredient crazes we've seen over the years and, like every one of them, will fade into the background when women realize it doesn't live up to the claims. See More Info to learn more about argan oil.

However, once you get through all the hype, this is one of the better formulas Signature Club A offers.

Pros:

  • Significantly moisturizes dry to very dry skin.
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Contains good plant-based sources of antioxidants.
  • Attractive price point.

Cons:

  • Formula would be better with a couple of cell-communicating ingredients to provide better anti-aging benefits.
  • An eye serum isn't necessary if you're already using a well-formulated facial serum.

More Info:

Just because the product is labeled for the eye area 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/gels/serums lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin.

Argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of rarified argan trees. Argan trees are extremely capable of adapting to severe environmental conditions, including droughts. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and especially linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, is a source of antioxidant compounds. Argan oil is a natural source of the antioxidant ferulic acid. The cosmetics industry is hailing argan oil as a restorative wonder owing to its use by Moroccan women for years to tend to their hair, skin, and nails. Despite the folklore stories (which is irrelevant because not all Moroccan women have great skin, hair, and nails, or use argan oil, not to mention different cultures in the Middle East use different oils with mixed results), and limited availability of the trees (plus the difficult extraction process to obtain the oil), argan oil isn't a miraculous ingredient by any stretch of the imagination.

The research on argan oil has shown that, like sunflower and olive oils, its fatty acid and antioxidant content has health benefits (such as lowering cholesterol) when consumed orally. As for topical use, there is limited information about argan oil's unique benefits. In one study, 20 subjects with combination to oily skin were evaluated using a cream containing argan oil, saw palmetto, and sesame seeds. Subjective and qualitative analysis showed that the oil was reduced by 20-42% depending on the inherent oiliness of various parts of the face. The study did not demonstrate that argan oil played a specific role in the results—all we know is that the random formula itself showed the benefit and it wasn't compared to any other product so the results are irrelevant. Moreover, the cream was only used for four weeks, so we don't know if ongoing use may have caused breakouts (and given the fatty acids present in argan oil, there is a possibility it can cause breakouts). Argan oil is a good plant oil to consider if skin or hair is dry to very dry, but is not better than many other non-fragrant plant oils used in cosmetics (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 113–118; Clinical Nutrition, October 2004, pages 1,159–1,166; European Journal of Cancer Prevention, February 2003, pages 67–75; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 1999, pages 7–14).

What we know to be true at this point is that argan oil isn't the one oil to look for, nor is it the best (Source: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2010, pages 1,669–1,675).

This rich and emollient serum gives a superior moisture boost to the delicate eye area. You'll love how it leaves your skin feeling like Moroccan silk!

 Polyisobutene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate, Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Tridecyl Stearate, Mineral Oil, Isohexadecane, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Argania Spinosa Leaf Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, 1,2 - Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Carbomer, Ethylene/Propylene/ Styrene Copolymer, Butylene/Ethylene/Styrene Copolymer

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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