12.31.2014
11
A.G.E. Eye Complex
0.5 fl. oz. for $92
Expert Rating
Community Rating (0)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:12.31.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:Yes

L'Oreal's influence on SkinCeuticals (they bought the line a few years ago) is becoming more and more apparent, but not in a good way, at least not if this product is any indication. Never a brand known for their remarkable skin-care products (when judged against what current research shows skin needs to look and feel its best), this eye cream is a classic case of using impressive claims and anti-aging acronyms to make it sound like the eye cream for anyone concerned with wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness. The formula is mostly water, glycerin, silicone, dry-finish solvent (not the best for the eye area), wax, and thickeners. The tiny amounts of vitamins C and E along with plant extracts and peptides are there only for show, not effect—and none of them will last long once this jar-packaged product is opened. None of the ingredients in this eye cream have substantiated research proving they have a remarkable (or even mildly exciting) effect on dark circles or puffiness. The blood vessel–strengthening, lymphatic drainage, and hemoglobin-eliminating claims are pure fiction. What's fact is that the inclusion of the menthol derivative menthoxypropanediol will cause irritation, especially when used around the eye. Please don’t misinterpret this to mean the product is working, because it isn't—at least not in the way you may be hoping.

Community Reviews
Claims

This three-dimensional treatment contains a unique combination of ingredients to dramatically improve severe signs of intrinsic aging around the eyes in mature skin. Immediately, optical diffusers improve radiance and minimize the appearance of dark circles and capillaries. Within four to twelve weeks, a complex of flavonoids and synergistic peptides strengthens blood vessel walls, improves lymphatic drainage, and eliminates hemoglobin’s colored end-products to dramatically improve dark circles and puffiness. By twelve weeks and beyond, blueberry extract interrupts the formation of advanced glycation end-products (A.G.E.) and Proxylane restores water and nutrient content to the dermal epidermal junction (D.E.J.) to increase skin elasticity and thickness for dramatic improvement of wrinkles and crow's feet.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Isohexadecane, Paraffin, Silica, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Propylene Glycol, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Hexyl Laurate, Nylon-12, Hydroxypropyl Tetrahydropyrantriol, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Polyethylene, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Octyldodecanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vaccinium Myrtillus Extract / Vaccinium Myrtillus Fruit Extract, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, PEG-6 Isostearate, Ethylparaben, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Triethanolamine, Chlorphenesin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide / Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Menthoxypropanediol, Pentasodium Pentetate, Dipeptide-2, Chrysin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Hesperetin Laurate, Methylparaben, Titanium Dioxide, Aluminum Hydroxide

Brand Overview

SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.


Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!

See all reviews for this brand

SkinCeuticals At-A-Glance

With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).

There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brand’s offerings.

For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.