Monday, November 23, 2015

Do eye creams work?

The hands of time keep ticking away as we desperately search for that magical cream to make us look young again. Is there such a cream? We are bombarded with ads on TV, magazines and social media that claim their product will perform that magic. I have seen videos on facebook for one cream that is applied to the eyes and within minutes bags, puffiness and wrinkles are gone. Amazing! It tempts me to order it but logic (and reviews that say it doesn't work!!!!) take over and I resist the urge to click that order button.

Can an eye cream really make us look younger? Do we need a special cream for the eye area? Many dermatologists will tell you that any moisturizer will work around the eyes, even Vaseline. But, who wants that thick gloppy stuff around their eyes or anywhere else on their face for that matter? Using a heavy cream or oil on the delicate skin around the eyes can cause puffiness and white bumps under the eyes called milia. I like to remove stubborn mascara with olive oil. It works great, but my eyes will be puffy in the morning if I don't rinse it off well enough.

Read more on milia.

Eye creams are formulated for use around the eyes. They may contain oils but they are light and should not cause puffiness. Eye creams are moisturizing and they can also contain anti aging ingredients such as retinol, hyaluronic acid and antioxidants to treat line and wrinkles. Eye creams can also contain ingredients that stimulate drainage of fluids, such as rosemary, to reduce the puffiness of bags under the eyes. An eye cream may not do major miracles, but it will hydrate, make lines and wrinkles less noticeable and be gentle on the delicate eye area. Most eye creams claim they will reduce the look of dark circles. I have never had a cream reduce my dark circles unfortunately.

There are so many brands of eye cream and they tend to be expensive. The good thing is, you only use a tiny bit for each application so it lasts a long time. It is better to find a cream in a tube or a pump bottle rather than a jar. The tube or pump bottle reduces product exposure to the air keeping the ingredients fresh and potent. The challenge is to find a good eye cream that works for you. I hate to buy an expensive product that I'm not sure I'll like. I have tried many eye creams and will, no doubt, continue to try more! The latest eye cream I tried was Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate. It was a sample that was given to me.

Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate box
Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate
Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Eye Concentrate jar
This eye cream contains a variety of anti oxidant ingredients including noni fruit juice, black tea, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, blackberry leaf extract and lychee seed extract to fight aging free radicals and nourish the skin.  It is packaged in a jar which is not ideal. My jar was a small 3ml/0.1oz size so I went through it quickly.

The review: It has a fruity smell that was okay and I like the ingredients. The cream felt refreshing and soothing. My eye area was nicely hydrated and lines were really less noticeable. The cream caused no puffiness or irritation. My dark circles did not improve at all (I really didn't expect them to anyway) even though the brand claims it is proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles. I liked it, though. A 15ml/0.5oz  jar costs $85.00. A bit pricey for a bargain hunter like me. The thing that disturbs me is I assumed incorrectly that this product was not tested on animals. I recently noticed it was on the Companies that do test on animals list. There are other great eye products that are not tested on animals.

Here are the ingredients:
Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Squalane, Propylene Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Pentylene Glycol, Steareth-21, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Saccharomyces Ferment Filtrate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Juice, Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Extract, Litchi Chinensis Seed Extract, Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry) Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Adenosine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Glyceryl Hydroxystearate, Steareth-2, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Sodium Polyacrylate, Fragrance, Dimethicone, Silica, Propylene Carbonate, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Maltodextrin, Tromethamine, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Biosaccharide Gum-2, Caramel, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Algin, Bht, Sodium Citrate, Tin Oxide, Citric Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Sorbate, Serine, Biotin, Linalool, Phenoxyethanol.

Other Eye Creams and Serums to Try


Another eye treatment product to try is a serum for more wrinkle fighting power. A serum is a like a cream but it is a thinner lighter fluid that can be applied before an eye cream. Dr Dennis Gross Ferulic Retinol Eye Cream contains retinol to reduce wrinkles, ferulic acid which is an anti oxidant to fight aging free radicals, licorice root to reduce puffiness and caffeine for firming. It has been rated as the best eye cream on has compiled a list of top performing eye creams to help us in our search for the best eye cream. 

Dr Dennis Gross ferulic and retinol triple correction eye serum
Please note that many of the eye creams on their list are from companies that test on animals. Personally, I like to use products that are not tested on animals. There is no need for an animal suffer so I can make myself look better. No worries, Dr. Dennis Gross, their #1, is cruelty free.

Click here to see the list of the best eye creams.

Here are the ingredients:
Water, Ethoxydiglycol, Propylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Ferulic Acid, Retinol, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi Leaf Extract, Arbutin, Morus Alba Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Quercetin, Caffeine, Ubiquinone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Salicylic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Phospholipids, Tetrapeptide-21, Acrylates/Carbamate Copolymer, Disodium EDTA, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Urea, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

A little more about serums: Serums are applied to clean fresh skin to allow the product to penetrate into the skin. Apply an eye cream on top of the serum to hydrate the eye area. A serum can be used alone but may not give you enough lasting hydration. Using a serum along with an eye cream gives you a double anti aging treatment.

Read more about retinol eye treatments.

So do eye creams work? It depends on what you expect to happen when you use one. You will see improvement in the hydration of the skin around the eyes and lines will be softened when using an eye cream that contains anti aging ingredients but, if you expect the wrinkles and dark circles to go away, you will be disappointed.

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