Omega+ Complex Eye Cream
Paula’s Choice Skincare adds another fatty acid-rich formula to its lineup with Omega+ Complex Eye Cream, and its fragrance-free formula checks all the right boxes when it comes to fighting signs of aging in the delicate eye area.
Like its sister products, Omega+ Complex Serum and Omega+ Complex Moisturizer, this is packaged in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser that protects its ingredients from light and air. While this is a cream, it has an almost whipped texture that smooths across skin easily, absorbing quickly without residual stickiness.
Paula’s Choice claims this eye cream targets multiple signs of aging, helps skin retain moisture, and improves the look of dark circles, and its ingredients back these statements up. As the name suggests, the formula features omegas 3, 6, and 9, which help skin lock in moisture plus calm redness and sensitivity. These gentle fatty acids also have antioxidant benefit that defends skin from environmental assault.
Amino acids and ceramides complement the omegas by restoring skin’s moisture barrier and helping improve firmness to soften fine lines and wrinkles. All this results in a plumped appearance that makes skin around the eyes appear more vibrant and youthful.
As for the claim about dark circles, this cream contains brightening mulberry, bearberry, and licorice extracts alongside niacinamide. All are antioxidants with some research attesting to their ability to counteract dark circles, particularly those caused by sun damage. It’s an interesting combination that addresses multiple pathways the discoloration that fuels dark circles takes; however, as with any such product, keep your dark circle-improving expectations in check--this is one stubborn skin concern!
Overall, this lightweight yet substantially moisturizing eye cream offers a great combination of line-smoothing, brightening, and soothing without feeling too heavy or being difficult to apply.
- Whipped cream texture is smooth and absorbs quickly.
- Contains omega fatty acids that lock in moisture and calm sensitivity.
- Amino acids and ceramides restore skin’s moisture barrier and improve firmness.
- Includes skin-brightening plant extracts + niacinamide.
- Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Fragrance free.
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’s marketed specifically 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 with fragrance or other irritants.
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.
This hydrating cream combines proven moisture-locking omegas, ceramides and amino acids together to plump skin’s surface and maintain hydration. Plus, a brightening blend of niacinamide, mulberry, bearberry and licorice help to counteract dark circles.
Paula's Choice Skincare At-A-Glance
Paula's Choice Skincare was established in 1995 when best-selling beauty author and consumer advocate Paula Begoun (known as The Cosmetics Cop) decided to develop her own products.
As a natural evolution of Paula's personal mission to help consumers find the best products for their skin, the line has grown into an extensive range of skincare and makeup products that are formulated to meet the needs of almost every skin type and skin concern imaginable, from acne to wrinkles.
Paulas Choice Skincare relies on published research where available to discover the best ingredients for skin. Stable packaging is another feature of the brand, using innovative, opaque, and air-tight or air-restrictive components that keep antioxidants and other light- and air-sensitive ingredients from breaking down. The line is also 100% fragrance-free.
Disclosure: Paula Begoun is the creator of Beautypedia and founder of Paula's Choice Skincare products. Reviewing thousands of skincare and makeup products over the past 30 years, both on this site and in her best-selling books, Paula's mission has always been to help consumers find the best products possible for their skin. The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains this commitment. In addition, The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same rating standards and criteria, whether it is a Paula's Choice product or another brand.
Why are Paula's Choice Skincare products rated highly? The Paula's Choice Skincare Team would not launch a product unless it was worthy of a high rating from The Beautypedia Team. Paula and The Beautypedia Team were researching and reviewing products long before Paula's Choice Skincare ever existed and consumers were constantly requesting a skincare brand that met all of Beautypedias criteria. As a result, The Paula's Choice Skincare Team was created and uses the same research and criteria to formulate Paula's Choice products as The Beautypedia Team uses to review products.
For more information about Paula's Choice, call (800) 831-4088 or visit www.paulaschoice.com.
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