AGELESS Revitalizing Eye Cream has a rich, creamy texture that feels great on normal to dry skin, with its lingering moist finish making the eye area feel extra-protected. Unfortunately, the choice of jar packaging means some of this eye cream's best ingredients won't remain effective as long as they should. See More Info for details on why packaging an eye cream in a jar is the wrong way to go—and why, in truth, you may not need an eye cream!
The other issue that's somewhat unique to this eye cream is the inclusion of fragrance. The best eye creams don't contain fragrance because of the aggravation it can cause skin. The fragrance issue alone makes this instantly unappealing, but the sky-high price really seals this eye cream's fate; you absolutely do not need to spend anywhere near this much to get a fantastic eye cream!
We always strive to present balanced information, so it's worth mentioning that this eye cream contains the mineral pigment titanium dioxide that provides a temporary brightening effect around the eyes. This can improve the look of dark circles, although you'll do better with a great concealer and of course a sunscreen around the eyes during the day.
Ultimately, this moisturizes dry skin beautifully and contains some intriguing ingredients, including many antioxidants—but they're not likely to benefit your skin due to the misguided choice of jar packaging (however pretty it is).
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened. All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients are air-sensitive and begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective.
Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This leads to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging among many other concerns need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging.
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Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is so much you can do to address the signs of aging around your eyes, but it's not mandatory to use a product that claims to be specifically for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-restoring, skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will work well around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come in a product labeled as eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because many are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that doesn't maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients.
Just because the product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
The number of eye-area products that lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem if you aren't wearing the product under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30. That's because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and visible signs of aging worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you use in your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, it must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You may prefer to use a specially labeled eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.