Tested on animals:Yes
There’s a lot to like about this eye-area product, even though you don’t need a special eye cream (see below for details). This has a silky texture and combines many anti-aging ingredients, including myristyl nicotinate, which is similar to the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide. Antioxidants are plentiful, and this contains some good water-binding agents, too. It would be a workable option for all skin types except sensitive, yet ironically, it’s not ideal for use around the eyes.
The problem is with the claims and the inclusion of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating. Fragrance is particularly problematic in products meant to be used around the eyes because of the risk of getting it into the eye itself, not to mention the irritation potential it carries. Many brands that offer eye-area counterparts to facial moisturizers simply thicken the product and omit fragrance, but not StriVectin.
As for the claims, you may be tempted to buy this because it’s said to re-contour drooping eyelids and minimize puffiness. It doesn’t work for either concern, but this contains film-forming and starch-like ingredients that, once set, can make eye-area skin feel tighter. Making skin feel tighter isn’t the same as actually tightening skin, and when drooping is a concern, you have to ask: Where does the excess loose skin go? Up? And how would that look better? If eye-area drooping is your concern, you can consider Botox (administered by a doctor with lots of experience in its use) or surgery (an eye-lift) where excess skin is snipped away and the area is physically tightened. Spending money on products like this is a wasted endeavor if you’re hoping they’ll shore up loose, sagging skin around the eyes. We wish that wasn’t the case, but it’s the truth. The same comments apply to age-related puffiness, though for this concern surgery is almost always the best solution (the fat pad beneath the eye needs to be fastened back to its original position as that’s what’s causing the undereye area to pouch).
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!