Advanced China Herbal Eyes Alive is said to contain a complex herbal formula that diminishes dark circles and puffiness. Those claims are a standard accompaniment for most eye creams, and this one is no exception. Its emollient formula is able to smooth dry areas and temporarily reduce the appearance of wrinkles—but any emollient moisturizer does that. This product deserves recognition for its blend of antioxidants (even if none are capable of remedying dark circles or puffiness) and its opaque tube packaging, which will help keep them stable.
Despite the positives, the truth is that most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters 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!
Using only the freshest, hand-harvested Green Tea from China's remote Lushan region, we use advanced extraction technology to deliver both immediate and long-term benefits to the thin, vulnerable skin around your eye area. Combined with Mulberry Leaf and Soy this new formula provides visible results within minutes of application and diminishes the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines and crepiness over time. This silky, satin cream has a lovely texture that works well under moisturizer and can also be combined with your concealer for a polished look.
Water, Isocetyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Isostearyl Stearoyl Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearic Acid, Petrolatum, Triethanolamine, Ozokerite, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Soybean Germ Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Seaweed Extract, Mulberry Leaf Extract, Loquat Leaf Extract, Cassia Tora Seed Extract, Safflower Flower Extract, Carbomer, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, May contain: Yellow 5, Blue 1, Red 40
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.