04.19.2013
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Vichy
LiftActiv Eyes
Rating
0.5 fl. oz. for $45
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:04.19.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This is a very basic eye cream whose formula differs in no significant way from lots of facial moisturizers—further proof that eye creams are unnecessary (see More Info to find out why). What's particularly disappointing is that this eye cream contains fragrance. Skin anywhere on the face does better without added fragrance, but putting fragrance so close to the eye area itself is especially not good.

In terms of anti-aging, this cannot go beyond what a lot of moisturizers do to reduce wrinkles. Dark circles will be minimized with this eye cream, but that's primarily because it contains brightening cosmetic pigments—not because your dark circles are being treated with specialized ingredients. A concealer will go a lot further to make dark circles vanish!

The only anti-aging ingredients of note are a tiny amount of vitamin C (ascorbyl glucoside) and the cell-communicating ingredient adenosine. Though good for skin, they are not the be all and end all of skin-care ingredients. This formula would be far better with a rich blend of anti-aging and skin-repairing ingredients.

Pros:
  • Moisturizes dry skin around the eyes or elsewhere.
  • Brightens the eye area due to the makeup ingredients it contains.
Cons:
  • Contains fragrance, which isn't good to use so close to the eye itself.
  • Does not contain ingredients that are special for the eye area.
  • Minimal anti-aging ingredients.

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

Anti-Aging eye care developed to be used on all the delicate areas around the eye. Formulated with naturally derived Rhamnose, Caffeine and Escine, LiftActiv Eyes lifts the eye lid, reduces wrinkles, depuffs the under eye, and minimizes dark circles.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclohexasiloxane, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Stearic Acid, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Dimethicone, Palmitic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-20 Stearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Stearyl Alcohol, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Triethanolamine, Dimethiconol, Methylparaben, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Poloxamer 338, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Acrylamide/sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Ethylparaben, Polysorbate 80, Acrylates Copolymer, Parfum / Fragrance.

Brand Overview

Vichy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some fragrance-free products; all the sunscreens but one contain either avobenzone or titanium dioxide for sufficient UVA protection; some commendable moisturizers with sunscreen; some good, inexpensive cleansers, and scrub for dry skin.

Weaknesses: Repetitive moisturizer formulas that rarely rise above the median for excellence; jar packaging is pervasive; the at-home peel/scrub kit is mostly disappointing; a couple of irritating moisturizers; no products for those with skin discolorations; limited options for oily skin.

Health is vital. That's the opening line on Vichy's catalog, followed by "Start with your skin." Perusing the opening pages of this catalog, it's easy to see how someone could get wrapped up in this L'Oreal-owned company's belief in listening to the signals skin sends us and then choosing products to address whatever problem skin is signaling you to correct. That might include acne, blackheads, eczema, discolorations, broken capillaries, and even excess oiliness. No surprises there, and it is sound advice to adapt your skin-care routine as your skin's needs (and signals) change. The problem is that Vichy's products, though well intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems, including most of those listed above. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.

A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radical–quelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehl’s, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?

As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.

Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, call (877) 378-4249 or visit www.vichy.com.

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