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Acure

Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 18.99
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Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell had potential, as it includes a good-for-dry-skin array of rich moisturizing ingredients. There are antioxidants in abundance, and it's also fragrance-free. Such ingredients and the lack of fragrance are excellent for the eye area, or for anywhere on the face. It's true that a separate eye cream isn't a "must have" for most (see More Info for details), but if you're searching for such a product, this isn't where your search should end, for reasons we'll explain.

One main concern is that the ingredient list doesn't appear to be complete. This is a big problem because it leaves you guessing as to what this product really contains. We think it's incredibly important that you know what ingredients are used in your skincare products. (We're sure you'd agree; see More Info for details.)

There's also the problematic nature of the preservative—Acure lists potassium sorbate as its sole preservative ingredient. The brand states this is a "food grade" preservative, which is accurate. However, potassium sorbate on its own isn't sufficient to provide protection against bacteria, mold, and yeast—existing research has demonstrated it to be effective only when combined with other preservatives like phenoxyethanol. You don't want your skincare products to be overrun with bacteria, mold, and yeast, especially in an eye-area product!

Eye Cream Chlorella + Edelweiss Stem Cell gives presents far too many concerns to recommend it with more enthusiasm, despite its positive qualities. For alternatives that don't leave you guessing as to what you're putting on your face, check out our list of Best Eye Moisturizers.

One last note: Please totally ignore the claims made about the plant and fruit stem cell ingredients this product contains (see More Info if you wish to read the considerable details explaining why). The notion that plant stem cells can "renew dormant cells, repair damaged cells, or regenerate healthy cells" may be true for a plant, but it isn't true for human skin.

This item is listed on the Acure website as Eye Cream; the naming convention used on this review reflects the product's packaging.

Pros:
  • Includes a good mix of antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients.
  • Isn't packaged in a jar (as most eye creams are, which hinders their effectiveness).
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Preservative system appears to be inadequate.
  • Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate; thus, you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
  • Claims about the benefits of stem cells in skincare products are greatly exaggerated.
  • Edelweiss extract has no research showing it can "reduce wrinkle depth" in skin.
More Info:Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn't have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.

Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many 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 a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren't wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the 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.

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labeled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.

Incomplete Ingredient List: Acure states that this product is based from their "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend," and contains no water or anything else to hold its formula together. We thought this had to have been a mistake on their packaging, but after reaching out to Acure via Twitter about their lack of water in products, they confirmed it was not a printing error.

Rather, you're to believe that this product is made up of a blend of fruits and flowers, but no water or any ingredients that would form the "base" that keeps these ingredients from separating.

A mixture of mashed-up berries, dried tea leaves, and flowers does not a moisturizer make, and whether based from an ingredient blend or not, its individual constituents are still required to be listed in full on the label—which is not the case here. Trade names, like "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend" or "Echinacea Stem Cell Culture," are not permitted on ingredient labels for this very reason—this violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements.

Of course, there's also the fact that an incomplete ingredient list prevents you from knowing what's in your skincare or makeup product.

Stem Cells in Skincare: Stem cells are cells present in animals and plants that are capable of becoming any other type of cell in that organism and of producing more of those cells. Despite the fact that stem cell research is in its infancy, many cosmetics companies claim they are successfully using plant-based or human-derived stem cells in their anti-aging products. The claims run the gamut, from reducing wrinkles to elastin repair and cell regeneration, so the temptation for consumers to try these is intense.

The truth is that stem cells in skin-care products do not work as claimed. In fact, they likely have no effect at all because stem cells must be alive to function as stem cells. Once these delicate cells are added to skincare products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless.

Plant stem cells, such as those derived from apples, melons, flowers, and rice, cannot stimulate stem cells in human skin, but because they are from plants they likely have antioxidant properties. Actually, it's a good thing plant stem cells can't work as stem cells in skincare products; after all, you don't want your skin to absorb cells that can grow into apples or watermelons!

There are also claims that because a plant's stem cells allow a plant to repair itself or to survive in harsh climates, these benefits can be passed on to human skin. How a plant functions in nature is totally unrelated to human skin—these claims are completely without substantiation.

Another twist on the issue is that cosmetics companies claim they have taken components (such as peptides) out of the plant stem cells and made them stable so they then can work as stem cells. This approach is not valid—stem cells must be complete to function normally. Even if you could isolate substances or extracts from these cells and make them stable, there is no published research showing they can affect stem cells in human skin.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Chock full of line-fighting Edelweiss Stem Cell and Chlorella Growth Factor to protect and stimulate new collagen and reduce wrinkles and crow's feet. In clinical studies, Edelweiss Stem Cells reduced wrinkle depth of the eye contour area by 15% after 20 days! CoQ10 relieves puffiness and dark circles...you won't believe your EYES! You'll scream for our Eye Cream!

Organic Curoxidant Blend [(Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Fair Trade Organic Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos)], Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Fair Trade Organic Theobromo Cocoa (Cocoa Seed) Butter, Organic Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oil, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE (Vegetable Derived), Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Helianthus Annus (Sunflower) Oil, Infusion of Organic Calendula in Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, Organic Chlorella Pyrenoidosa (Chlorella Growth Factor) Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum (Edelweiss) Stem Cell, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Glucono Delta Lactone (Fermented Sugar), 100% Natural Vitamin E, Organic Oenthera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Potassium Sorbate (Food Grade Preservative)

Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.

First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.

On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.

One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.

For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.

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