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ProEVEN Daily Eye Corrector Dark Circles and Spots
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0.5 fl. oz. for $39.50
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Lighteners Without Hydroquinone
Last Updated:04.19.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This eye-area product isn't unique to skin around the eyes because, in truth, skin around the eyes needs the same good ingredients that benefit skin anywhere on the face. Putting it bluntly, you don't need a special product for the eye area (see More Info for details).

The formula contains a cadre of helpful ingredients, including the B-vitamin niacinamide, licorice root, and a form of vitamin C known as ascorbyl glucoside. The vitamins can help fade sun-induced dark circles and enhance skin's barrier function, but this eye-area "corrector" contains a potentially problematic amount of alcohol. Alcohol is a problem for skin from head to toe, but applying it so close to the eye itself is a really bad idea. Most likely the low amount makes it not a big deal in this case, but why add it when there are so many gentle alternatives?

The amount of niacinamide may be enough to fade dark spots from sun damage, but you can find other products with niacinamide from Olay—and they don't put skin at risk of irritation from alcohol.

One more comment: Although this claims to target all causes of dark circles, it doesn't do that. One, it doesn't contain sunscreen, and unprotected sun exposure makes dark circles worse. Two, it doesn't target heredity, which is a big factor in whether or not you'll struggle with dark circles. In short, those who struggle with dark circles likely know that there's little that can be done to help. We wish that weren't the case, but the truth is better than wasting money on product after product that cannot work as claimed for dark circles.

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free.
  • Amount of niacinamide is likely enough to help lighten dark spots or improve dark circles made darker due to sun damage.
Cons:
  • Cannot target all causes of dark circles. (Heredity is the #1 cause of this undereye woe, and no product can change that.)
  • Contains a potentially irritating amount of alcohol.
More Info:

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 corrector or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve signs of aging 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!

Claims

ProEVEN Daily Eye Corrector is Vichy's first treatment to target all causes of dark circles in the delicate eye area. With Ceramide Bright + Caffeine + Vitamin B3, it helps to brighten dark circles, fade the appearance of dark spots and unify complexion for a refreshed eye look.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Isononyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Alcohol Denat., Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Triethanolamine, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Extract / Licorice Root Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Citrate, Palmitic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine, Xanthan Gum, Oxothiazolidinecarboxylic Acid, Acrylates Copolymer.

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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The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


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