This eye cream has a silky texture and will definitely moisturize dry skin, but it won’t lift sagging, around the eyes or anywhere else on the face. Eye-area sagging cannot be addressed by skin-care products, no matter how well formulated they are (we wish they could).
For the money Vichy is charging, you’re not getting a state-of-the-art product. The tiny amounts of vitamin C cannot tighten or lift skin; even in large amounts, topical vitamin C cannot lift skin, although it can stimulate healthy collagen production and help repair sun-damaged skin for increased firmness.
As for the caffeine, it may help in a small way to reduce morning puffiness, but it won’t affect the puffiness that results from aging and sagging, which is likely what you’re concerned about if you’re reading this review. As for this product treating dark circles, don’t count on even slight results because there isn’t an ingredient in here that can have that kind of impact.
Last: You don’t need an eye cream! There is no research proving that the skin around the eye area needs something different from skin elsewhere on the face. No one in the world has ever identified a specific ingredient or combination of ingredients that the eye area needs that the face doesn’t when it comes to dry skin or wrinkles. Plus, there are no ingredients that have ever been shown to significantly improve dark circles or reduce puffy eyes. Bottom line: If a “face” product is well formulated for dry skin and fighting wrinkles, you can use it anywhere on the face and beyond. That includes the eye area, neck, jaw, or chest. What you get when you buy an eye cream is a small amount of product (often half the size of a face product) that is twice as expensive.
Breakthrough technology continuously delivers pure Vitamin C into the skin for 24 hours. Enriched with caffeine to detoxify the eye contour and visibly reduce dark circles and puffiness. Skin is re-tightened. Wrinkles are filled from within.
Water, Dimethicone, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Polymethyl Methacrylate, PEG 40 Stearate, Cera Alba (Beeswax) (Beeswax), Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Tristearate, Triethanolamine, Caffeine, Methylparaben, Silica, Sodium Benzoate, Escin, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Poloxamer 338, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Dextran Sulfate
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.