Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment
If only the ultra-creamy, fragrance free Maracuja C-Brighter Eye Treatment weren't packaged in a jar, it would earn our top recommendation for normal to dry skin (especially dry skin). Of course, not everyone needs an eye cream (see More Info to find out why and also to learn why jar packaging is a problem), but if you decide to use one, it should be packaged to keep air- and light-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
The formula contains many such delicate ingredients, including vitamin C in the forms of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate and ascorbyl palmitate. Several other antioxidants are also on board, including Passiflora edulis oil, which is the plant name for maracuja. Maracuja isn't a miracle for skin, but it is a good source of omega fatty acids. However, in jar packaging its benefits will be largely lost shortly after you open this eye cream.
We like that the cream texture is tenacious—this is an eye cream you’ll still feel the next morning, meaning its protective effects don’t just go away once it absorbs.
The "brighter" part comes from the mineral pigment mica. Mica adds shine to skin and although the effect can be attractive, shine itself isn't skin care. Still, this will cosmetically brighten the eye area, though we'd argue a good concealer goes further, especially if you have dark circles.
The average rating is mostly because of the packaging issue, so see our list of best eye creams for moisture-rich formulas packaged to keep their best ingredients stable during use.
- Very emollient, creamy formula nurtures dry skin.
- Antioxidants aplenty, including vitamin C.
- Jar packaging won't keep key ingredients stable during use.
Jar Packaging: 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!
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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.
Maracuja C-Brighter™ Eye Treatment makes you look refreshed while providing skin superfoods that give long-term benefits. C-brighter™ complex of antioxidant plant extracts fights free radicals responsible for sagging, crow’s feet, and puffiness. Light-reflecting particles offset the look of dark circles so you can look rested and radiant, while the creamy formula pampers the delicate skin around the eyes with decadent hydration and nourishing essential fatty acids.
Tarte Cosmetics At-A-Glance
Tarte Cosmetics CEO and founder Maureen Kelly started Tarte in 1999, out of a desire to create a cosmetics line that would prove that glamour can be good for you. This comes in the form of products that highlight naturally-derived ingredients in their marketing campaigns, and occasionally taking swipes at the concept of synthetics in makeup.
This is ironic, as Tarte uses more than a few beneficial synthetically derived ingredients in their formulassilicones, synthetic fragrances, preservatives and on and on. However, well forgive them that as whats ultimately important is whether their products meet your needs, and to that we can say the brand excels in many areas at what they do.
However, a few products are a bit on the pricey side and there are a few iffy shades and textures to consider among their foundationsnoted in their respective reviews. A few caveats aside, most of Tarte's foundations, blush options, eye pencils and an ever-expanding range of innovative products demonstrate that color is what they do best.
For more information about Tarte Cosmetics visit www.tartecosmetics.com.
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