Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II
This thin-textured, fragrance-free, lightly pearlescent lotion is another classic example of how eye creams (or, in this case, serums) differ little from their facial counterparts. This isn't a breakthrough product that's unique for the eye area; rather, it's essentially the same thing as Lauder's Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, a serum which can also be applied around the eyes. The chief differences are the inclusion of a triglyceride for more moisture and a silicone for a silkier feel, but that's about it. If you're already using Night Repair or an even better serum, you most likely don't need this eye serum, too. See More Info to learn why most eye serums aren't necessary.
Another difference from the face product is the inclusion of mineral pigments for a subtle radiance. The effect can be nice and, to a minor extent, can make dark circles less apparent but if dark circles are your concern, a good concealer does a much better job! Otherwise, this contains the same "star" ingredients Lauder uses in their Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II, which we discuss below. The bottom line is that although this serum for the eye area contains some very good ingredients, none of them are unique for the eye area—and the amount of hyaluronic acid (listed as sodium hyaluronate) is disappointingly low.
The tripeptide-32 ingredient in this serum has research showing it, like many other peptides, has cell-communicating ability. Tripeptide-32 appears to have a protective effect against proteins that damage cells, but there isn't as much research behind it as for several other peptides. It's a step in the right direction and clearly shows Lauder put some thought into the formula.
The other ingredient worth calling out is lactobacillus ferment, another strain of friendly bacteria. Although this ingredient has multiple health benefits when consumed orally, there is no research proving its merit for topical application on skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
- Silky, water-based serum texture is easy to apply.
- Helps brighten skin.
- Contains some good anti-aging ingredients (though none are unique for the eye area).
- Differs little from Lauder's "regular" Advanced Night Repair Complex II.
- Cannot improve dark circles or age-related puffiness.
- Doesn't provide enough moisture for dry skin around the eyes.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Serum
Most eye serums 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 serum 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 serum.
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 serum, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Proven to reduce the look of every key visible sign of eye aging: fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skintone.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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