12.18.2013
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Kind to Eyes Revitalizing Eye Roll-On
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0.5 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:12.18.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

The fragrance-free, gel-like product is dispensed via a metal roller-ball applicator. While this product may reduce morning puffiness, that is only happening because of the coolness and the massaging action of the applicator—it's not changing a thing about other causes of puffiness around the eyes.

This doesn't relieve the puffiness (or undereye bags) that result from aging and/or sun damage. Puffiness that stays around past the morning occurs when the fat pads beneath the eye shift out of place, creating a pouch where there wasn't one before; for some people, this is just a natural placement of fat under the eye area, regardless of age. If this is your problem, the solution isn't skin care, it's surgery. A common cosmetic surgical procedure can suture the pouching fat pad back in place, alleviating the puffiness; skin-care products can't fix this problem.

Getting back to the formula; although what's inside isn't unique or special for the eye area (see More Info to find out why such products tend to be unnecessary), this is an inexpensive way to use clever packaging in an effort to reduce puffy eyes upon rising or that result from allergies (though an antihistamine is far better for helping reduce puffiness caused by allergies). This also contains cucumber, which has a reputation for being the solution for puffy eyes, but it's not the plant itself, it's merely the cooling effect of placing the chilled cucumber (or whatever else you stored in the fridge overnight) on the skin, but it's not effective when included in tiny amounts in eye products.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Inexpensive.
  • The metal roller-ball applicator's massaging action can reduce some types of puffiness.
Cons:
  • The lightweight formula being dispensed is nothing special.
  • Cucumber has no special ability to reduce puffiness.

More Info:

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.

Claims

Our Revitalizing Eye Roll-on helps reduce puffiness and wake up and revitalize tired eyes by instantly cooling and gently massaging the delicate eye area. Plus it's formulated with cucumber extract and our purest possible skin loving ingredients with an added vitamin.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Butylene Glycol, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Algae Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Biosaccharide Gum 1, Tetrahydroxypropyl Ethylenediamine, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Brand Overview

Simple At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; Simple provides complete product ingredient lists on its Web site; good makeup removers; a few cleansers for sensitive skin; all of the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses: Poor selection of products for oily, acne-prone skin; no options for those with discolorations; several products that claim to be great for sensitive skin but contain ingredients that will make sensitive skin worse; mostly unexciting, dated moisturizers, especially those in the Regeneration or Repair lines.

Simple is a United Kingdom–based skin-care line whose self-described claim to fame is that they're the "pre-eminent brand of skincare and toiletries products developed especially for sensitive skin." They also claim to be the United Kingdom's No. 1 skin care-brand, as measured by units sold, and given the line's wide distribution and low price point, the sales figures are probably accurate. But, although their sales claim may be accurate, Simple's claims about their products being good for sensitive skin are spurious at best because too many of the ingredients are completely inappropriate for sensitive skin.

Simple skin care states the following: “Our philosophy is: Simple says - never use perfumes, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin. Simple says - settle for only the purest possible ingredients.  Simple says - trust the natural goodness in all of our products especially for sensitive skin.” Although that's a good philosophy, most Simple products don’t live up to their lofty goals. There are fragrant ingredients in many of their products, they use potentially irritating preservatives in some of their products, their sun protection products use synthetic sunscreen ingredients which aren’t the best for sensitive skin, and many of their ingredients are not natural (we know their claim of natural goodness doesn’t say outright that they only use natural ingredients but many consumers will think that’s what's being implied)

Unfortunately, there are no standards in Europe or anywhere else that regulate which cosmetic products can be deemed suitable for sensitive skin and which cannot. Therefore, any company can make that claim for its products, regardless of what the products contain. It's not all bad news though, as several of Simple's products are fragrance-free, which is a key starting point for all skin types, especially sensitive skin.

As mentioned above, the price point for Simple is low; in fact, it is one of the least expensive cosmetic brands you’ll find in the United Kingdom (and a small assortment of their products are sold in the U.S., too). We are all for consumers getting more for their money, but in most cases with Simple you're being shortchanged, and that’s not the way to save money. Most of their products are either very basic or the frills and good ingredients are but a dusting in an otherwise ordinary formula. There are few outstanding products in this line, which is similar throughout the industry.

The anti-aging products are a great example of Simple's combination of low prices and lofty claims, with nary an ingredient on the list capable of delivering any benefit over and above a Band-Aid®. Even the most state-of-the-art moisturizers and anti-aging products won't bring about a significant reduction in wrinkles or other signs of aging, but using well-formulated products (and they don't have to be expensive) helps a great deal. Overall the folks behind Simple took their name too literally.

For more information about Simple, call 0121-712-6523 or visit www.simple.co.uk.

Note: All prices are given in United States currency.

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