You may be tempted to try this eye cream based on the claims that it can “fight permanent, reversible, and programmed wrinkles,” but that just isn’t possible, so put your wallet away. Vichy’s overblown claim is insulting and completely false; it’s merely an attempt to classify different types of wrinkles (at least that’s what we think they are trying to do). According to Vichy:
- “Permanent” wrinkles are the deep, etched lines that won’t go away no matter what you put on your face.
- “Reversible” wrinkles are fine lines caused by dryness, irritation, or thickened skin due to sun damage.
- “Programmed” lines, … well, we’re not sure what Vichy means by this. Our best guess is that these are the wrinkles you don’t see now, but because of cumulative sun damage or just growing older, they’re “programmed” to appear in the future (think of the sun damage you got in your 20s not showing up as wrinkles until you hit your 40s).
Of course, Vichy wants you to think this is the antiwrinkle product that can take care of all these types of wrinkles, but it just isn’t possible, so be prepared to be disappointed if you consider giving this a try.
As it turns out, this is just a good emollient moisturizer for dry skin anywhere on the face. It contains a teeny-tiny amount of anti-aging ingredients, but does not contain retinol as claimed. Rather it contains retinyl palmitate, which is not the same as pure retinol. Retinyl palmitate requires an extra conversion step by enzymes in your skin for it to become effective and have a benefit for skin.
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 the eye area needs that the face doesn’t when it comes to dry skin or wrinkles. And, 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.
Liftactiv Retinol HA is a total anti-wrinkle treatment for the eye area, formulated with new generation Retinol* and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver an instant smoothing and brightening effect.
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sucrose Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed Oil), Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate (Steareth 25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer
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.