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Estee Lauder

DayWear Eye Cooling Anti-Oxidant Moisture GelCream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 40.00
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DayWear Eye Cooling Anti-Oxidant Moisture GelCreme is accurately named because it has a wonderfully silky texture and feels cooling (refreshing) when applied, without irritating ingredients that make skin tingle, like menthol. There's more to like about this eye cream, but the rest is compromised by a poor packaging choice.

Putting any well-formulated eye cream in a jar is a bad idea because this type of packaging can't keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable once opened. This DayWear eye cream contains lots of antioxidants, the very ingredients most vulnerable to breaking down, as we explain in More Info.

Keep in mind that not everyone needs an eye cream either (again, check out More Info for details). If you're hoping this one will be the solution for your dark circles and puffiness, it won't. Although this can help with temporary puffiness such as can occur in the morning upon waking or from allergies, it can't reduce age-related puffiness.

The prognosis for dark circles isn't much better. Antioxidants can play a helpful role by strengthening and firming skin, both of which can lessen the look of undereye circles—but again, the jar packaging isn't likely to keep them at maximum potency. See our list of Best Eye Creams for superior picks.

Pros:
  • Silky, refreshing cream-gel texture.
  • Soothes tired eyes.
  • Contains several proven antioxidants.
  • Nice mix of skin-replenishing ingredients.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging won't keep this eye cream's best ingredients stable.
  • Won't change dark circles.
  • Won't improve age-related puffiness.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: 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

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 claims to be special 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.

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.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes
Feel the cool rush of hydration. This instant refresh for eyes is infused with Cucumber Extract and all the power of DayWears Super Anti-Oxidant Complex to help keep eyes looking fresh. Brightens and De-Puffs: Minimizes visible dark circles. Eyes feel soothed, look renewed. Fine, dry lines are smoothed. 24-Hour Hydration: Intense, cooling moisture instantly revitalizes eyes.
WaterAquaEau, Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trisiloxane, Glycerin, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Trehalose, Sucrose, Algae Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Ascophyllum Nodosum Extract, Asparagopsis Armata Extract, Ergothioneine, Thermus Thermophillus Ferment, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Artemia Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Palmaria Palmata Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Extract, Lauryl PCA, Oleth-10, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Sodium PCA, Urea, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Carbomer, Citric Acid, Polyquaternium-51, Ethylbisiminomethylguaiacol Manganese Chloride, Potassium Sorbate, Cyclodextrin, Tromethamine, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Yellow 5 (Ci 19140), Blue 1 (Ci 42090).

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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