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Olay

Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 26.99
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Olay Eyes Eye Lifting Serum combines the power of proven anti-aging ingredients with a glowing finish for a more youthful appearance.

The concentrated mix of skin-replenishing glycerin and niacinamide enhance skin's ceramide and free fatty acid content for a smoother, more youthful-looking complexion. Olay also included some notable antioxidants and peptides to amp up the anti-aging power.

The lightweight, silky serum absorb quickly and is best for normal to oily or combination skin, including those with sensitive skin (props to Olay for keeping the formula fragrance-free)! (Those with drier eye-area skin will likely do better with a more moisturizing eye cream.)

As for the reflective glow, that's due to the inclusion of mineral pigments, which lend a subtle, golden luminosity to skin. The soft glow can help make dark circles look less apparent to a slight degree, though obviously the makeup-like effect is only temporary.

As for the "lifting" portion of Eye Lifting Serum's name, don't get your hopes up there—this won't "de-gravitize skin" or stop undereye bags. While this serum helps stifle fine lines and wrinkles, it cannot magically lift skin in any way. (That's outside the capability of any skincare product.)

That aside, between the beneficial formula, silky-soft feel, and glowing finish, this is one of the better eye serums available at the drugstore. Thank you, Olay!

Pros:
  • Fragrance-free formula is front-loaded with anti-aging niacinamide.
  • Contains a blend of other well researched anti-aging ingredients.
  • Helps skin around the eyes look and feel smoother, softer, and less lined.
  • Reflective, glowing finish can have a temporary brightening effect on dark circles.
Cons:
  • If you're expecting this to lift skin, you'll be disappointed.
More Info:Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn’t have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.

Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many 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 a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.

You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren’t wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the 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.

Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Hydrates to plump sagging skin and reduce the appearance of under eyes bags. De-gravitizes and hydrates sagging skin to reflect a firmer, lifted eye look. Eye serum, formulated with an Amino-Peptide and vitamin complex, increases surface cell turnover. Hydrates to smooth and brighten under eye skin. Fragrance-free, non-greasy, and fast-absorbing.

Water, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Niacinamide, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Polyethylene, Panthenol, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Allantoin, Polyacrylamide, Caprylyl Glycol, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-4, Dimethiconol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Laureth-7, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Disodium EDTA, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides.

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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