03.26.2015
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Olluminate Intense Eye Repair
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0.5 fl. oz. for $130
Last Updated:03.26.2015
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This expensive eye cream is said to repair every common eye-area complaint, from puffiness to dark circles and, of course, wrinkles. It contains a new ingredient known as LipoLight, which is said to diffuse light to “drastically reduce the appearance of skin imperfections.” This complex is a blend of the polymer polydodecanamideaminium triazadiphenylethenesulfonate and polyvinyl alcohol, a film-forming ingredient most often found in peel-off masks and hair sprays. The polymer complex gives this product an interesting texture and helps skin appear smoother, but its benefit isn’t unusual or special. Moreover, all of the mumbo-jumbo marketing claims won’t change the fact that your dark circles and puffy eyes will still be there when you’re done using this product. Even more disappointing is the jar packaging, which won’t keep the really beneficial ingredients—retinol and other antioxidants—stable. The formula contains cosmetic pigments that help reflect light from shadowed areas, though a neutral-toned concealer does a much better job.

Claims

Instantly and continuously helps to repair fine lines and wrinkles. Significantly reduces puffiness, dark circles and the appearance of yellow skin tone. Increases epidermal thickness, firmness, elasticity and hydration. Boosts skin's natural collagen production. Protects against free radical damage.

Ingredients

Water, Xanthan Gum, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polydodecanamideaminium Triazadiphenylethenesulfonate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Butylene Glycol, Glycosaminoglycans, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Caprylyl Esters, Glycerin, Retinol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lecithin, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Carbomer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Linoleic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Mica, Polyvinyl Alcohol Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Zo Skin Health

Strengths: Company provides complete ingredient lists on the Zo Skin Health Web site; good cleansers and scrubs; very good fragrance-free mineral sunscreen; all of the body-care products; the sunscreens provide sufficient UVA protection and include a mineral-based formula for those with sensitive skin or rosacea; some very good moisturizers and serums.

Weaknesses: Can be expensive; some products contain fragrance chemicals known to cause irritation; some jar packaging.

The ZO in ZO Skin Health is the initials of this line's creator, dermatologist Dr. Zein Obagi. It’s not the first skincare line for the Beverly Hills-based doctor; you may recall Obagi, his original namesake skin-care line, which initially was sold only in physicians' offices. After several years with the brand, Obagi left and founded a new line, ZO Skin Health.

This newer line actually makes improvements upon Obagi’s initial foray into skincare, with distinctly better formulas than similar products in the original Obagi line. For the most part, this line does a good job of offering consumers formidable options to improve the appearance of skin and (in the case of sunscreens) to prevent further damage to aging skin. This is a worthwhile line if you're looking for products with retinol that also contain other state-of-the-art ingredients (most retinol products are one-note formularies).

The body-care products are also a cut above, though they’re not the easiest on the pocketbook. However, there are less expensive options, so there's no need to worry if you can't afford this line. Zo Skin Health is not one-stop shopping for all manner of sun-damaged or aging skin and it also isn't comprehensive enough to meet everyone's needs and preferences. However, formula- and appearance-wise it bests much of what was offered in his original line.

For more information about Zo Skin Health, call 888-893-1375 or visit www.zoskinhealth.com.

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