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Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 45.00
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Farmacy’s Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream is formulated with an excellent blend of ingredients, but the jar packaging ends up being a letdown.

The problem is that Cheer Up’s superstar vitamin C and other antioxidants break down prematurely in the presence of air and light, which this kind of packaging exposes them to repeatedly (see More Info for the full scoop on this issue). That means your undereye area isn’t going to reap the full potential of vitamin C’s skin brightening and other benefits long term.

What a bummer considering there’s otherwise a lot to love, including the souffle-like texture that sinks right in and is compatible with all skin types.

The formula also delivers hyaluronic acid derivatives for a skin-plumping dose of hydration + a wrinkle smoothing effect, as well as phytosterols that can help keep skin supple and pliant. Additionally, we’re happy to see Orbignya oleifera (babassu) seed oil fairly high in the ingredient list, as a rich source of lauric acid (a fatty acid which helps strengthen skin’s microbiome).

Here’s to hoping Farmacy considers relaunching Cheer Up Brightening Vitamin C Eye Cream in opaque, air-tight packaging in the future!

Note: The rosemary extract this contains may have a fragrant component depending on which part of the plant was used and how it was extracted. However, we could not detect its scent and as such are not concerned about its potential to irritate skin in this form.

Pros:
  • Contains beneficial forms of vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and phytosterols for supple, smooth skin.
  • Souffle-like texture sinks right in and hydrates skin.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging compromises some of the key ingredients, including the namesake vitamin C.

More Info:

Jar Packaging: 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 also is 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, 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!

References for this information:
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

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

A super-hydrating, vitamin C-rich eye cream that brightens and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles, delivering instant radiance.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Diisostearyl Malate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, Pentylene Glycol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Phytosterols, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, 3-Glyceryl Ascorbate, Glycerin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Extract, Linoleic Acid, Phospholipids, Bisabolol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Physalis Angulata Extract, Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-1, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Tocopherol, Hexamidine Diisethionate, Sodium Phytate, Melia Azadirachta Extract, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate.

Farmacy is the creation of entrepreneurial businessman and self-described “plant geek” Mark Veeder. Due to a chance discovery, he was able to bring together his childhood background on a farm and his experience as a marketing and public relations expert to create a skin care brand focused on farm-raised ingredients.

As the story goes, during his time as a marketing professional in New York City, Veeder still maintained a 7-acre farm 90 miles away. The chance discovery happened in 1999, when he noticed an unusual green variant of the normally-purple Echinacea Purpurea on his property. Excited by what this could mean, he sent the plant to a lab for testing. The test results showed that this version had 300 times more of the antioxidant cichoric acid than the usual strain of the plant. Veeder patented it, sold it to local nurseries, and named it GreenEnvy. Fifteen years after the initial discovery, he resolved to create a skin care company, Farmacy, with GreenEnvy as its star ingredient.

Before you get too excited: there’s little independent research backing the claims surrounding GreenEnvy’s potency (most of the research has been done on Farmacy’s behalf), though as with most plant extracts, it provides antioxidant benefits and may also prevent collagen breakdown, which is nice but hardly unique to this plant.

As for the products themselves, most have solid foundations (great, plant-based antioxidants abound) but some of them are undone by additions that make them less-than-ideal for skin. Many contain fragrant plant oils which, while natural, aren’t good for skin. Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, puts skin at risk for irritation that can cause numerous problems. Frustratingly, many of the fragrant plants are, in fact, also brilliant antioxidants; however, plenty of natural ingredients also provide antioxidant benefits without risking skin irritation and other problems.

We like that Farmacy’s take on natural is to combine it with key lab-engineered (synthetic) ingredients. This approach is refreshingly honest and affirms the research-supported fact that just because an ingredient is synthetic doesn’t mean it’s bad for skin. The truth is there are good and bad natural ingredients as well as good and bad synthetic ingredients.

Farmacy’s other issue beyond fragrance is that several of the products are packaged in jars, which exposes their good ingredients to light and air that will eventually cause them to break down and lose effectiveness.

There is one mineral-based sunscreen that’s a standout, especially for sensitive skin, but because of the issues mentioned above, this line isn’t quite the farm-fresh merger of nature and science it’s made out to be.

To learn more about Farmacy, visit https://www.farmacybeauty.com/.

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