LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes Total Anti-Wrinkle Renovating Care

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 42.00
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You may be tempted to try this eye cream based on the claims that it can “fight permanent, reversible, and programmed wrinkles,” but that just isn’t possible, so put your wallet away. Vichy’s overblown claim is insulting and completely false; it’s merely an attempt to classify different types of wrinkles (at least that’s what we think they are trying to do). According to Vichy:
  • “Permanent” wrinkles are the deep, etched lines that won’t go away no matter what you put on your face.
  • “Reversible” wrinkles are fine lines caused by dryness, irritation, or thickened skin due to sun damage.
  • “Programmed” lines, … well, we’re not sure what Vichy means by this. Our best guess is that these are the wrinkles you don’t see now, but because of cumulative sun damage or just growing older, they’re “programmed” to appear in the future (think of the sun damage you got in your 20s not showing up as wrinkles until you hit your 40s).

Of course, Vichy wants you to think this is the antiwrinkle product that can take care of all these types of wrinkles, but it just isn’t possible, so be prepared to be disappointed if you consider giving this a try.

As it turns out, this is just a good emollient moisturizer for dry skin anywhere on the face. It contains a teeny-tiny amount of anti-aging ingredients, but does not contain retinol as claimed. Rather it contains retinyl palmitate, which is not the same as pure retinol. Retinyl palmitate requires an extra conversion step by enzymes in your skin for it to become effective and have a benefit for skin.


Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they 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 an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse. There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.

You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse! Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Liftactiv Retinol HA is a total anti-wrinkle treatment for the eye area, formulated with new generation Retinol* and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver an instant smoothing and brightening effect.

Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sucrose Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Copolymer, Silica, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (Sunflower Seed Oil), Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate (Steareth 25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer), Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer

Vichy At-A-Glance

Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.

A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radicalquelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehls, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?

As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.

Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.

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