Here’s another “eye roller”–type product that includes a lightweight moisturizer packaged in a container that dispenses its contents via a smooth metal roller-ball applicator.
The massaging action of the roller ball is said to reduce puffiness. To some extent, it can do that, but no more so than massaging your eye area with your fingers.
As for the formula, it’s ordinary. It was actually a bit shocking to look at the ingredient list and see that it was almost entirely water, propylene glycol, and preservative. The handful of other ingredients in here is nice, but they are present in such trivial amounts they can’t really help your skin.
Last, we know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need an eye cream (or, in this case, a gel). Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of helping don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream! For example, most eye creams don’t contain sunscreen and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which makes 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!
Eye contour roll-on moisturizer with mineral-rich Vichy Thermal Water + Dextran and Escin. Helps reduce the appearance of under-eye bags and the intensity of dark circles. Helps to hydrate, soothe and fortify sensitive skin. Hydrogel texture in a practical roll-on format.
Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Serine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Escin, Sodium Chloride, Cellulose Acetate Butyrate, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Dextran Sulfate, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Butylene Glycol
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.