03.25.2013
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Revitalizing Eye Cream
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0.5 fl. oz. for $69
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
pH:3.80
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is an intriguing, fragrance-free eye cream that contains 10% glycolic acid formulated at a pH of 3.8. Although it will exfoliate and improve skin texture, anywhere on the face or body, it’s disappointing that jar packaging was chosen because it will render the delicate antioxidants and peptides ineffective once you open it. For a product that prices out to $138 per ounce, that’s a significant waste! There are much less expensive ways to apply glycolic acid safely around the eyes, but always take care to not use AHAs too close to your eyes (and never apply AHA products to the eyelid), and 10% is probably far more than the area can tolerate, so proceed with caution.

Claims

Revitalizing Eye Cream is specially formulated to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the sensitive areas around the eye, as well as minimize the appearance of dark circles. Contains 10% glycolic compound. To be used twice daily, morning and evening.

Ingredients

Purified Water, Glycolic Acid (And Ammonium Glycolate), Ppg 3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Glycerin, Glycol Palmitate, Stearyl Alcohol, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide 3, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth 33, Decene/Butene Copolymer, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Phospholipids, Dimethiconol, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Titanium Dioxide, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Gluten, Ceratonia Siliqua Gum, Iron Oxides, Silica, Sodium Polyacrylate, Pvm/Ma Copolymer, Polyacrylamide, C13 14 Isoparaffin, Laureth 7, Aluminum Hydroxide, Hydrated Silica, Alginic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Palmitoyl Proline, Magnesium Palmitoyl Glutamate, Sodium Palmitoyl Sarcosinate, Olea Europaea Leaf Extract (Olive), Disodium Edta, Chondrus Crispus (Carrageenan), Glucose, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben

Brand Overview

Vivité At-A-Glance

Strengths: Fragrance-free; good selection of pH-correct AHA products with effective amounts of glycolic acid; good water-soluble cleansers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; the sole sunscreen option does not provide sufficient UVA protection; using the company's recommended routine will result in AHA overload; jar packaging won't keep ingredients stable.

Vivité (pronounced 'Vee-va-tay') is a small skin-care line developed and owned by Allergan, the pharmaceutical company behind Botox and the lash-enhancing drug Latisse, among other products. This isn't the first time Allergan has forayed into the skin-care market; they previously partnered with Clinique on that company's "Medical" product line. Clinique Medical is medical in name only, and there isn't anything medicinal or pharmaceutical about Vivité, either. These products aren't akin to getting dermatologist-strength results at home. Besides, dermatologist-strength skin-care products are not sold without a prescription, so the whole notion is nothing more than a marketing sham. So, please don't buy into that hype.

The main reason to consider Vivité products is if you're interested in well-formulated, pH-correct alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products. Several Vivité products contain effective blends of glycolic acid and ammonium glycolate. Although glycolic acid is a great way to exfoliate skin and offers multiple benefits for sun-damaged skin, it isn't the only ingredient you should focus on. Skin care at any age is much more complex than simply supplying one key ingredient. For example, despite glycolic acid's multiple benefits, it cannot protect your skin from sunlight, it doesn't rebuild skin's healthy barrier on its own, and it cannot defend skin from oxidative damage. Think of skin care as you would a healthy diet, if you ate only one type of food you wouldn’t be healthy for long; skin acts the same way. Skin is a complex organ that requires a complex array of substances to function in a younger manner and to be as healthy and normal as possible.

Allergan took an interesting angle with Vivité, using something called GLX Technology™. They have the patent on this and they claim it will partially neutralize the glycolic acid so that the acid releases into the skin over an extended period of time and at a pH closer to that of our skin, which is about 5 to 5.5. While that sounds like a gentler way to use AHAs (because the pH is closer to that of our skin), research shows that AHAs have optimal exfoliation when formulated in a base with a pH less than 4. As it turns out, all of the Vivité products with glycolic acid have a pH of 3.8, which means you can ignore the point-of-difference about pH and GLX Technology™—it certainly seems that Allergan did—and be assured that these products will exfoliate as claimed (Sources: Dermatologic Surgery, February 2005, pages 149–154; and Cosmetic Dermatology, October 2001, pages 15–18).

Allergan wants you to think their AHA products have an edge, but they don't. However, their leave-on AHA products will certainly exfoliate skin and also provide AHAs' other benefits, though some precautions are warranted, as you'll see in the reviews.

For more information about Vivité, owned by Allergan, call (877) 345-5372 or visit www.viviteskincare.com.

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04.26.2013
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This is a rich and creamy eye cream that works really well at moisturizing and exfoliating. You will notice the sloughing of the skin after a few minutes. I use it on my whole face or any where I need exfoliation. Yes it is pricey but works better than cheaper creams with the same amount of glycolic acid.

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