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Olay

Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

0.49 fl. oz. for $ 29.99
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Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel is a spruced-up version of a previous eye gel the brand offered. Although the improvements are good, the jar packaging remains. See More Info to find out why this type of packaging isn't the right way to go for eye-area products.

The fragrance-free, artificially green-tinted formula provides hydrating ingredients, from basic (glycerin and propylene glycol) to more advanced anti-agers like niacinamide and sodium hyaluronate. A peptide is also included, but exciting antioxidants are in short supply—what's here is meager and won't last for too long once the jar is opened.

This applies easily enough but tends to have a somewhat sticky finish that makes it less than ideal under makeup. It can be an OK option to use at night; however, you'll find more exciting eye gel formulas packaged to keep their star ingredients stable throughout use on our list of Best Eye Creams and Treatments.

Note: This eye gel contains witch hazel water, which is the weakest, most diluted form of this astringent plant. Don't expect it to help alleviate puffy eyes, but on the upside, the water form of witch hazel is least likely to be irritating.

Pros:
  • Rich in classic and modern-day hydrating ingredients.
  • Smooths easily over skin.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of several ingredients.
  • Tends to have a sticky finish that doesn't work well under makeup.
  • Unlikely to reduce puffiness.
More Info:

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: 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!

References for this information:

Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106

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 Gel: 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, 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.

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.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes
The hyaluronic acid formula instantly hydrates tired eyes for a wide-awake, refreshed look. Feel the cooling gel hydrate and plump the delicate skin under the eye, where fine lines first appear. Its fast-absorbing formula, supercharged with hyaluronic acid, peptides, pro-vitamin B5, witch hazel and cucumber extract, quenches skin for long-lasting hydration. Give your eyes a boost of beauty and deep hydration with Deep Hydrating Eye Gel for tired, dehydrated eyes.
Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, 1.2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethiconol, Disodium EDTA, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Green 5.

Olay At-A-Glance

Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.

In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.

For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.

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