Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting Eye Cream
Bliss’ Bright Idea Vitamin C+ Tri-Peptide Collagen-Protecting Eye Cream has several appealing aspects, but a poor packaging choice means it’s not as effective as its claims would imply.
This fragrance-free eye moisturizer has a refreshing gel-cream texture that sinks into skin quickly, providing lightweight hydration with a non-greasy feel. It works well both over and under other skin care products, and is suitable for all skin types.
A look at the ingredients reveals several good hydrators, including aloe plus meadowfoam seed, soy, avocado, and argan oils. There are also antioxidant plant extracts – among them mango and green tea – and an anti-aging peptide (palmitoyl tripeptide-5, which gives this product part of its name).
As far as the brightening claims go, Bliss is spot-on, including two forms of vitamin C, brightening niacinamide, and licorice extract, which research shows can improve the appearance of dark spots.
All this good stuff makes it a shame that this comes packaged in a jar. Jar packaging exposes beneficial ingredients, especially antioxidants, to both light and air, which causes them to lose their potency (to say nothing of the hygiene issue it presents for a water-based formula; see More Info below for details).
The jar packaging is a big enough error that we advise giving this one a pass, and instead selecting a better-packaged option from our list of best eye creams or best moisturizers (see More Info below as well to find out why you might not need an eye cream at all). Bliss: please upgrade the packaging in the future for a guaranteed spot on our Best list!
- Gel-cream texture is hydrating and suitable for all skin types.
- Contains a very good mix of anti-aging and brightening ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
- Packaged in a jar, which reduces the effectiveness of its ingredients.
Jar Packaging & Beneficial Ingredients: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.
Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.
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Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There’s much you can do to address signs of aging around your eyes, but it’s not mandatory to use a product that’s marketed specifically for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will also work well in the eye area. Those ingredients don’t have to come in a product labeled eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most of the products designated as exclusively for the eye area are not really necessary because they contain nothing special for the eye area, they come in packaging that will not maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients, and/or they are poorly formulated with fragrance or other irritants.
Just because a product is labeled as a special eye-area treatment does not mean it’s good for the eye area, or for any part of the face; in fact, many can make matters worse.
It’s staggering how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don’t contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse. Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine. If you opt to apply an eye cream without sunscreen during the day, be sure to apply a sunscreen rated SPF 30 or greater over it.
Any product you use in the eye area must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You might prefer to use a product specially labeled as an eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes. Experiment to see what combination of products gives you the best results.
This collagen-protecting and brightening eye cream pairs the most effective, non-irritating form of vitamin C with a patented tri-peptide to smooth and revive the delicate eye area for a bright, refreshed look.
The story of Bliss starts in 1996, when personal trainer Marcia Kilgore opened a New York spa designed around no-fuss skin treatments and de-stressing regimens for busy lifestyles. Over time, clients asked for Bliss-branded skin care products, and so Bliss skin care was born.
Bliss enjoyed success for years, being sold in spas as well as online and at some brick-and-mortar retailers. Kilgore eventually sold Bliss, and after changing hands a couple more times, the brand began to lose some of its identity. Its most recent owners decided it was time for a back to our roots makeover, with lower prices across the board and a cleaner version of Bliss's iconic white with splashes of color packaging.
Bliss's biggest appeal is in providing people with a spa-like experience at home. The line features multiple masks, in addition to exfoliation treatments, moisturizers, and body care products for a variety of skin types and concerns. While there are some missteps in the line (including fragranced products and some instances of jar packaging), there are some gems to be found among Bliss's offerings you just have to know where to look.
For more information on Bliss, visit www.blissworld.com.
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