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Cetaphil

Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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Hydrating Eye Gel-Cream has a velvety texture that works well to make skin around the eyes look smoother, while softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Unfortunately, the formula also has a significant drawback: fragrance (which can pose a risk of irritation; see More Info to learn why).

In other words, don't buy into Cetaphil's claims that this formula is "non-irritating for sensitive eyes." Today's best eye creams omit fragrance because the eye area is the most likely to be sensitive to fragrance, so its inclusion here this is hard to overlook. (Not to mention the hypoallergenic claim is meaningless due to the complete lack of regulations explaining what it means.)

That's a bummer, considering the excellent mix of antioxidants, niacinamide, hyaluronic acid, and other skin-replenishing ingredients in this formula (and they're packaged in an air-restrictive tube so they can stay stable). Here's hoping Cetaphil will relaunch this otherwise impressive anti-aging eye cream with a fragrance-free version!

Pros:
  • Velvety gel-cream texture smooths and softens the appearance of wrinkles.
  • Contains beneficial antioxidants, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid.
  • Packaged to keep its light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
Cons:
  • Fragranced formula poses risk of irritation.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes
Unique gel-cream formula absorbs quickly like a gel, but moisturizes deeply like a cream to hydrate for 24 hours. Formulated with Hyaluronic Acid - a powerful moisturizing agent and an essential component of skin, known for its ability to retain up to 1000x its weight in water - and a Pro-Vitamin Complex and Licorice Extract. Specifically designed to brighten and smooth the under-eye area for a well-rested look. Hypoallergenic and non-irritating for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Glycerin, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Dihydroxyisopropyl Capryloylcaprylamide, Niacinamide, Polysorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Poria Cocos Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Cocoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Bisabolol, Dimethicone, Cetyl Palmitate, Sorbitan Palmitate, Serine, Phytosterols, Alanine, Glycine, Trideceth-6, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Sodium Carboxymethyl Beta-Glucan, Myristoyl/Palmitoyl Oxostearamide/Arachamide MEA, Biotinoyl Hexapeptide-2 Amide, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Xanthan Gum, Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, Sorbitan Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Citric Acid, Fragrance

Cetaphil At-A-Glance

This familiar, widely distributed skin-care collection is manufactured by Galderma, the same company that markets the prescription products Differin and MetroGel.Given the dermatology heritage of Galderma, it's surprising the Cetaphil line hasn't advanced beyond the basics. Yes, most of what's available is a safe bet for those with sensitive skin!

If you're in search of simplicity, this is a good line to consider. We should note that many of the formulas omit more complex anti-aging ingredients, but they can always be used alongside a serum or treatment of your choosing.

Strengths: Inexpensive; mostly fragrance-free products; affordable and widely available; offers complete ingredient lists on its website; the sunscreens offer sufficient UVA protection.

Weaknesses:A few formulas could be updated with more complex ingredients, but forgoing that there is a lot to like here.

For more information about Cetaphil, call (817) 961-5000 or visit www.cetaphil.com.

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