Age Arrest Eye Cream
Arrested for our age? We think not! And we advise you to think twice before buying this pricey eye cream, as its formula is problematic.
Although this has a silky, emollient texture for normal to dry skin and includes mineral pigments for a shine, "light-diffusing" finish, the formula is riddled with fragrant plant extracts and other fragrant ingredients that have no benefit for skin, especially around the eyes. Yes, this eye cream smells good, but fragrance isn't skin care—it's a strong trigger for irritation, and the daily irritation too much fragrance causes can lead to more, not fewer, signs of aging!
What about the telomere research mentioned in the claims? Telomeres are strings of DNA that protect chromosomes in our body from "unraveling" and becoming faulty. Telomeres replicate a set number of times, and then, like a frayed shoelace that won't keep your shoe tied, they unravel and the chromosome being protected dies because it is unable to divide and replicate. Some researchers believe the key to controlling aging is controlling telomeres, protecting them so they "stay together" longer, thus allowing the cells they protect to continue business as usual (assuming that business is healthy cell division). From the research we've seen, though, nothing in this eye cream can affect telomeres in the body, and that's a good thing, as you could potentially be hastening the wrong process, which would lead to trouble.
In the end, despite the presence of some very good antioxidants and skin-repairing substances (and being in packaging that willl keep them stable), this eye cream has more negatives than positives—and for what it costs it should be perfect!
- Contains some very good antioxidants and skin-repairing substances.
- Lush, creamy-silky texture feels great.
- Contains several fragrant plant extracts and fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.
- Way too fragrant to use around the eyes, especially if you have allergies.
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.
Age Arrests advanced formula, based on telomere research, helps to effectively reduce the appearance of wrinkles, while visibly firming, tightening, and toning the eye area. Kates custom Light-scattering Compound instantly disguises the look of under eye dark circles. Revolutionary Telo-5 Technology is designed to combat the comprehensive signs of aging around the delicate eye area.
Kate Somerville At-A-Glance
Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.
Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.
The woman behind this line is a Los Angelesbased aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.
The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?
Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.
If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).
This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skins appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.
For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com.
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