Time Response Eye Renewal Creme has an ingredient list that reads like a "who's who" of antioxidants, though most of the chief antioxidants are various forms of green tea. What's particularly upsetting, especially given the astronomical price, is the jar packaging. With each use, the many light- and air-sensitive ingredients this contains break down, eventually becoming minimally effective (see More Info for details). This is a big deal when you're spending nearly $300 for an eye cream—but wait, there's more: most eye creams aren't necessary. Shocking, but true, and we explain why in More Info.
In better packaging and perhaps with a more down-to-earth price, this would be a good moisturizer to consider, for the eye area or elsewhere. It contains a few problematic plant extracts (such as clove and arnica) but in amounts that are likely too small to matter. Therein lies the issue with products like this that have super-long ingredient lists. It may look impressive, possibly as though you're getting something extra for (a lot of) extra money, but in truth you're only getting a teeny-tiny amount of most of these good-for-skin ingredients. Instead of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink approach, we'd rather see brands add several proven ingredients in a cocktail approach and use them in efficacious amounts, not just for what appears to be mere window dressing.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream:
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.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Jar Packaging: The fact that it's packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
This restorative treatment improves the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, darkness and puffiness in the delicate eye area.
Camellia Sinensis Leaf Water, Water, Butylene Glycol, Phyllostachis Bambusoides Juice, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14 Olefin), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Hydrogenated Olive Oil Lauryl Esters, Jojoba Esters, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Dimethicone, Alcohol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Diisostearyl Malate, Behenyl Alcohol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Epigallocatechin Gallate, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Extract, Camellia Sinensis Callus Culture Conditioned Media, Hydrolyzed Camellia Sinensis Seed Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil/Palm Oil Aminopropanediol Esters, Camellia Sinensis Flower Extract, Hydrolyzed Camellia Sinensis Leaf, Theanine, Hesperidin, Secale Cereale (Rye) Seed Extract, Hibiscus Abelmoschus Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Leaf Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Natto Gum, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Seed Extract, Hydrolyzed Phyllostachis Bambusoides, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Flower Extract, Magnolia Obovata Bark Extract, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Oil, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Viola Tricolor Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Saccharide Isomerate, Trehalose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Tricholoma Matsutake Extract, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Betaine, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Betula Platyphylla Japonica Juice, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract, Gossypium Herbaceum (Cotton) Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Beta-Glucan, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Gentiana Lutea Root Extract, Artemisia Absinthium Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Caffeine, PEG-40 Stearate, Propanediol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Propylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Mica, Arachidyl Glucoside, Titanium Dioxide, PEG-5 Rapeseed Sterol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, 1,2-Hexanediol, Pentylene Glycol, Stearyl Behenate, Dextrin, Poloxamer 235, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Methylglucose Distearate, Ethoxydiglycol, Tocophersolan, Poloxamer 338, Polysorbate 20, Caprylyl Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Polyglyceryl-8 Stearate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Soy Sterol Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Ceramide 3, Niacinamide, Phytantriol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Kaempferol, Hyaluronic Acid, Phytosphingosine, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Tromethamine, Cetearyl Glucoside, Poloxamer 407, Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Inulin Lauryl Carbamate, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Glyceryl Caprylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.
Strengths: A very good lip balm; antioxidant-rich facial oil.
Weaknesses: Some products use jar packaging, which weakens the stability of beneficial ingredients; toner with plant irritants; some formulas contain high amounts of skin-ravaging alcohol.
AmorePacific is a popular South Korean cosmetics line established in 1945, whose skincare products made their way to U.S. Sephora stores in 2009. At its core, AmorePacific claims to be all about “beauty secrets found in nature.” Some of those highly touted ingredients like antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate, a polyphenol found in green tea) really are great for skin, whereas others (like bamboo sap and red ginseng) don’t have solid research backing their benefits for skin—but at least they’re not hurting it.
Either way, good skincare comes down to the formula as a whole, not just a “superstar” ingredient here or there, so how does AmorePacific rank in that regard? Like many brands, it varies product by product. Some products in the AmorePacific line offer a broad range of plant-based antioxidants and various skin-beneficial ingredients, while other formulas fall into the lackluster category due to overly basic formulas that can’t make good on their anti-aging claims.
Many of the products contain potentially irritating fragrance (which is never good news, particularly for sensitive skin), and worse yet, a handful are plagued by high concentrations of skin-ravaging alcohol which can increase inflammation in skin, provoke breakouts, and accelerate the signs of aging in the long term. In short, these can leave skin worse for the wear when they’re part of your daily skincare routine.
Well also have to point out that the use of jar packaging for some of the products is an ill-fated choice. Plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and most other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Not only that, but dipping your fingers into them can add bacteria, which further deteriorates beneficial ingredients. That’s disappointing at any price point, but since some of these products cost between $100-$450, that’s a major waste of money.
Standing back and looking at specific products, even though there are a few good options, the prices aren’t justified and you can find better products for far less in each category. However, if you choose to shop this line and are OK with spending more than necessary, at least you’ll know from our reviews which products are worthy of a purchase.
For more information about AmorePacific, visit us.amorepacific.com.
Note: The AmorePacific products reviewed on Beautypedia include those that are currently sold at Sephora in the U.S. The company offers an even pricier range of products at upscale department stores such as Neiman Marcus. We may review those in the future; for now, the demand from our readers simply isn’t there—likely because many of them have gotten the message that in the world of skincare, hyper-expensive doesn’t mean better products or better results!
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