Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 37

by Supergoop!  
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$45 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:
7/31/2014
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
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Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream is a bit of a letdown in terms of its so-called "powerful antiaging benefits". While this eye cream does contain a plethora of beneficial ingredients, including antioxidants, the concentration of each is rather low, meaning they aren't likely to have much impact. For instance, the "wrinkle-reducing oat peptide complex" that they boast about likely makes up a fraction of the formula. Still, some is better than none, and the formula is fragrance-free which is always a good thing when it comes to skincare, especially for the delicate skin around the eyes.

The most significant anti-ager this eye cream contains is its part mineral/part synthetic broad spectrum sun protection. However, for an eye cream it's surprising that they chose to include a synthetic sunscreen agent since those can be sensitizing when applied near the eye area. While that doesn't necessarily mean it will happen to you, the likelihood of irritation is increased, in this case, because they also included a preservative (methylisothiazolinone) that is known to be sensitizing when used in leave-on products such as this.

Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream comes in an opaque squeeze tube which helps keep the antioxidants it contains stable. The fluid, lotion texture is dispersed through a metal tip which Supergoop! claims is supposed to massage and break up puffiness around the eyes. While the massage action feels nice and may provide a bit of relief, the same can be accomplished by massaging the under-eye area with your fingertips, so the metal ball is nothing more gimmicky than useful. Either way, the effect on puffy eyes is likely going to be minimal at best (check out this article to find out the causes and treatments puffy eyes).

In terms of aesthetics, Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream initially has a white cast but as it is blended and absorbs into skin, it sets to a nearly imperceptible finish with just a hint of shine to it. The lightly hydrating formula is suitable for normal, slightly dry, or oily skin, but if you prefer a lavish dose of moisture under the eye area, then this won't be rich enough for you.

Bottom line: For the price and size, we'd expect a higher concentration of antioxidants (to ward off free-radical UV damage) and skin-identical ingredients to help replenish and repair skin. We'd also expect a more gentle formula for the delicate eye area. In fact, there's no reason you couldn't use a well-formulated facial moisturizer with SPF that is only mineral-based and loaded with antiaging ingredients around the eyes instead.

Pros:
  • Provides broad spectrum sun protection to prevent wrinkles.
  • Fragrance-free formula.
Cons:
  • The synthetic active sunscreen ingredient octinoxate though effective can be sensitizing for some when applied near the eye area.
  • The preservative methylisothiazolinone increases the potential for irritation.
  • Low concentration of antioxidants and lack of elegant repairing ingredients.
  • Expensive sunscreens such as this one can discourage liberal application which is necessary for the best sun protection.
  • Not hydrating enough for truly dry skin.

An eye cream that delivers powerful antiaging benefits for a well-rested, rejuvenated look.

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Zinc Oxide 10.1%; Other: Water, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Adipic Acid/Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Ceteareth-20, Squalane, Glycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleth-3 Phosphate, PEG-8, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide, Silica, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract Methylisothiazolinone, Tocotrienols, Lauroyl Lysine.

OK, we have to get the confusion out of the way up front. The name “Supergoop!” sounds like it could be a line of hairstyling products, right? Not even close: Supergoop! is a company selling sun care products!

According to their Website: “We wanted to create a sunscreen that people actually enjoyed using so we created Supergoop! as a fun way to deliver a serious message. Supergoop! has a playful name—just try and say it without smiling— but tries to instill the importance of using UV protection every single day. The name also appeals to children, which is important because we want people to begin healthy sun habits starting from a young age.”

Alright, we can get behind that. The folks behind this brand are absolutely right that daily sunscreen use is a must for all ages.  Protecting skin from damaging UV rays is the best way to prevent skin cancer as well as keeping skin looking young, smooth, even, and healthy for as long as possible.

Supergoop! also stresses that anything that emits heat (your hair dryer, nail-drying lamps, etc.) also emits infrared-a radiation (IRA) which can wreak havoc on skin by forming free radicals that deteriorate collagen. We can’t confirm that your blow dryer or flat iron is causing you to age (in all likelihood that’s not the case), but certainly pollution in the air is of more concern. Either way, to combat external causes of aging, it’s important to supply skin with ingredients that can offset the damage, and Supergoop! does just that by including antioxidants in their formulas. Unfortunately, they don’t always use a high concentration of them, but some is better than none. Still, this isn’t an inexpensive line, so you’re well within reason to expect more than just a dusting of antioxidants.

We appreciate that Supergoop! strives to produce sunscreens whose lightweight, non-greasy textures easily absorb into skin and don’t feel like traditional sunscreens. Such pleasing textures mean people will be more likely to apply sunscreen on a daily basis (sun protection only works if you remember to use it). In that respect, Supergoop! succeeds brilliantly. The majority of their products feel weightless and have either a quick dry-down or pleasantly smooth absorption. Now that’s a nice change of pace from your run-of-the-mill sunscreens!

The one claim they fail to live up to with multiple products is formulating with non-irritating ingredients. The line wants you to know their products do NOT contain parabens, oxybenzone, or synthetic fragrances, yet several Supergoop! products contain ingredients you should be concerned about due to their documented potential to irritate skin. Irritation is bad for skin whether the ingredients are natural or synthetic.

Specific to parabens, research has made it abundantly clear that parabens are safe as used but tells a different story about fragrant plant oils such as eucalyptus and lemon oils—both ingredients Supergoop! does use, seemingly without knowledge of how they could hurt skin.

To further clarify, oxybenzone and parabens are nothing to be afraid. Still, we realize that many consumers have been led to believe that those ingredients are bad so it’s understandable that Supergoop! avoids the issue altogether by omitting them—but then why include such fragrant ingredients when fragrance-free is best for everyone’s skin?

The bottom line: This sun-care-themed brand is one of the few to offer an entire lineup of products that offer broad spectrum sun protection. However, not all the formulas are worthwhile given their potential for irritation. See individual reviews for a play-by-play on which products earn our seal approval.

For more information about Supergoop!, call 210-787-1378, or visit www.supergoop.com.

Note: We would like to extend a special thank you to the team at Supergoop! for providing products and information necessary for us to do a thorough review. It is the rare cosmetics company that goes to any length to assist us, and we’re grateful to Supergoop! for their help.

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