FirmX 360 Eye Renewal
While it's true that not everybody needs an eye cream, FirmX 360 Eye Renewal by Peter Thomas Roth is unique enough to merit your money, especially if you're concerned about deep wrinkles and brightening the under eye area.
This fragrance-free formula is packaged in an opaque pump bottle which serves to keep the light- and air-sensitive anti-aging ingredients stable during use—and the formula contains quite a few of those.
The second ingredient in this eye area product is a film-forming agent that works on contact to blur the look of fine lines and wrinkles, like other "blur" products on the market. The effect is temporary, but most will find the results impressive.
Along with line-smoothing, you also get instant illumination thanks to cosmetic pigments titanium dioxide and mica. Again, this is temporary, but helps lighten a shadowed under eye area (you'll still need concealer for dark circles).
Beyond the visual effects, we love that this eye product contains an impressive mix of antioxidants, replenishing, and soothing ingredients, as routine use of these will have long-term results on visible signs of aging.
As for the diamond powder, it sounds better than it ends up being, as all it really does is add some shimmer to skin, and this product already contains plenty of other ingredients that provide the same effect.
Note: Sometimes fragrance-free products don't smell so great, and this is one of those times. You might detect a bit of a "sour" smell, but it dissipates quickly.
- Optically blurs fine lines and wrinkles.
- Instantly illuminates the eye area.
- Contains some very good antioxidants.
- Infuses skin with replenishing and soothing ingredients.
- Packaged to keep the light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable.
- Fragrance free (although it naturally smells a bit "sour").
- Diamond powder sounds better than it is.
Why You May Not Need an Eye-Area Product: 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.
Contains a 36% Neuro Eye Complex that helps transform the appearance of the entire eye area immediately and over time. Triple action technology targets the three main zones of concern: eyelids, crows feet and the under eye area. Helps reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles all around the delicate eye area. Hydrates with Hyaluronic Acid while Diamond Powder helps instantly minimize the appearance of imperfections.
Peter Thomas Roth At-A-Glance
Peter Thomas Roth is a large but straightforward line with mostly uncomplicated formulations that, for the most part, are quite good and state-of-the-art. Unlike many product lines, most of the acne, AHA, BHA, sunscreen, and moisturizing products contain what they should to be effective and helpful for skin.
Even more impressive are the well-formulated cleansers, sunscreens, AHA products, and skin lighteners. The moisturizers have improved somewhat, and most are now packaged so that the light- and air-sensitive ingredients remain stable. In fact, Roth's packaging deserves special mention because it is exceptionally utilitarian.
After all that glowing praise, what you should be aware of are the instances of products containing potential irritants (noted in their respective reviews) as well as the products in jar packaging that contain ingredients which are sensitive to air and light.
For more information about Peter Thomas Roth, call (800) PTR-SKIN or visit www.peterthomasroth.com.
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