This serum contains two forms of vitamin C (ascorbic acid and magnesium ascorbyl phosphate) along with skin-repairing ingredient sodium hyaluronate, all in a lightweight serum texture. Although vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate are great ingredients for aging skin, they’re not the only ones to look for, which is why it’s good that this also contains other antioxidants (though the royal jelly extract doesn’t count because this is and always has been a gimmicky, unproven ingredient for skin).
What’s not so good is the inclusion of fragrant ingredients known to cause irritation (Sources: Contact Dermatitis, March 2012, pages 71–74; and Food Chemistry and Toxicology, January 2010, pages 18–23). What are those doing in a serum meant for use around the eyes? See More Info for details on why daily use of highly fragrant products like this are a problem for all skin types.
Without the fragrant irritants, this eye serum would be worth a go, even though in truth you don’t need a special serum for the eye area (we explain why in the More Info section).
Last, Signature Club A recommends this for skin over age 40, but age is not a skin type! Women over 40 have various skin types and concerns, from acne to wrinkles, so shopping for skin care based on age isn’t a surefire way to get the best products. Besides, regardless of age, everyone’s skin needs the same type of ingredients to repair damage and act in a younger, healthier manner.
- Contains an effective amount of vitamin C and sodium hyaluronate.
- Hydrating, lightweight serum texture.
- Contains a high amount of fragrant ingredients known to cause pro-aging irritation.
- Nothing about the formula is unique for skin over age 40 (age is not a skin type).
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
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 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 serum. For example, most eye serums (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!
Let your eyes speak volumes. Created for eye area skin that is over 40, dry or damaged, beginning-to-line or wrinkled, this beauty treatment helps improve the appearance of the eye contour and helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Water, Glycerin, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Ascorbic Acid, Sodium Hyaluronate, Honey, Propolis Extract, Royal Jelly Extract, Pollen Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Farnesyl Acetate, Farnesol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Panthenyl Triacetate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chondorus Crispus (Carrageenan), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein, PPG-12,SMDI Copolymer, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Octoxynon-9, Trisodium EDTA, Methylparaben, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Red 4, Yellow 5
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.