04.10.2013
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Age Recovering
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1.25 fl. oz. for $37.50
Category:Skin Care > Serums
Last Updated:04.10.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Wei East’s claims hinge on Chinese folklore that was, at best, never more than anecdotal information or, at worst, pure fiction. This line-filling product couldn’t have been what satisfied the Queen of the Han Dynasty more than 1,000 years ago because the silicone polymers it contains weren’t available back then. This water- and silicone-based serum serves as a soft spackle for temporarily filling in minor wrinkles. How long the effect lasts depends on how expressive you are. I admit, the live antiwrinkle demonstrations of this product on home shopping channels are impressive, but keep in mind that what you’re seeing not only is temporary but also is embellished by studio lights, makeup, and the right camera angles. This is an OK option as a line-filling product, but you’ll get a better formula, equally “filling” results, and at a comparable price, from Tri-Aktiline Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler, which is available at Kohl’s as part of the Good Skin collection.

Claims

Inspired by the beauty secrets of a beautiful Queen from the Han Dynasty, discover nature's way of helping to preserve your beauty. This herbal formula is designed to instantly fill fine lines and wrinkles, diminishing their appearance for a perfect complexion that lasts all day. In seconds, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles instantly and dramatically diminished in front of your eyes. Can be used under or over your makeup.

Ingredients

Water, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, C12-14 Pareth-12, Silica, Eclipta Prostrata Extract, Ligustrum Lucidum Fruit Extract, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Butter, Beeswax, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Isostearyl Lactate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Isohexadecane, Polysorbate 80, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Glycerin, Linoleic Acid, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sodium Hyaluronate, Iron Oxides

Brand Overview

Wei East At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good cleansers and scrubs, including a scrub option for dry skin; one state-of-the-art moisturizer for the eye area.

Weaknesses: Expensive; not a single sunscreen to be found; no options for those with blemishes or skin discolorations; several plant extracts used throughout the line have irritating components; problematic toners; jar packaging.

The goal of the Wei East skin-care line is to bring Chinese herbal remedies together with Western cosmetics science, a fusion aimed at creating products that provide the best ingredients of the present with those of the ancient past. Many of the ingredients are unique to this line. Yet, aside from the claims, the inherent problem with this concept is that there is very little proof, beyond anecdotal evidence, that any of the chosen Chinese herbs and various plant extracts have benefit for skin. Of course, that fact didn't stop Wei East from assigning all manner of benefits to such romantic-sounding ingredients as white lotus, lily, and Chinese rose.

The good news is that some of the less-exotic plant extracts in these products do have a reasonable amount of research backing up the claims they make for having a positive impact on skin. Not surprisingly, Wei East, just like hundreds of other cosmetics lines, also takes their claims far beyond reality. None of these ingredients, from China or anywhere else on earth, will restore aging skin to its youthful state.

Wei East also claims to offer a "wide range of skincare products [that] meet the unique needs of various skin types," yet there are no products to address acne or blackheads, no AHA or BHA exfoliants, and, most surprisingly, not a single sunscreen (how did they miss that quintessential skin-care need?). A skin-care line without a well-formulated sunscreen hasn't really got its feet on the ground, and must be using research from the turn of the century. Also, you can ignore Wei East's statement that their products are 100% irritant-free because several of the plants they include are irritating. They also claim that the herbal extracts in these products are picked and packed at their peak of freshness, but why would a company so concerned about the freshness and potency of natural ingredients package so many of its products in jars, exposing these substances to deteriorating light and air? What a sad oversight.

Although this is a fairly pricey line, there are some commendable products. The cleansers are all adept at their jobs and also facilitate makeup removal; there are some topical scrub options; and the excellent China Herbal Eyes Alive is recommended, although not because it banishes dark circles and puffiness as claimed. Watch out for the toners and any of the treatment products, which either contain dubious or irritating ingredients or are simply a waste of time and money.

For more information about Wei East (pronounced "way east"), call (888) 934-3278 or visit www.weieast.com.

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