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Origins

Plantscription Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 43.50
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This eye cream has a lightweight gel-cream texture that is best for normal to slightly dry skin. You may be surprised to find out that most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info to find out why), but if you’re intent on using one as part of your skin-care routine, this isn’t the greatest option.

The chief problem isn’t the fragrant irritants typical of Origins skin-care products; rather, it’s jar packaging. The choice of jar packaging means all of the plant extracts and other delicate anti-aging ingredients won’t remain active once this product is opened. There’s a hygiene issue as well, because products in jars require you to stick your fingers into them with each use, stressing the preservative system. In short, jar packaging and anti-aging products aren’t a helpful combination.

Origins is careful to state that this eye cream doesn’t provide surgery-like results on wrinkles, which is absolutely true—it doesn’t. It also cannot correct sagging around the eyes, as the numerous factors that cause sagging cannot be addressed by skin-care products, but the product alludes to such claims nonetheless.

The plant extract Anogeissus leiocarpus bark is supposedly the ingredient that produces antiwrinkle results, but there is no substantiated research proving it can work in any way as Origins claims. Besides, you have to wonder, if this is such an amazing plant, why not include it in all of your other antiwrinkle moisturizers and serums? Are those not as good because they lack this supposedly special plant? And, even if this plant extract were remarkable, putting it in jar packaging that routinely exposes it to air and light will quickly render it ineffective.

Pros:
  • Doesn’t contain the irritating fragrance ingredients Origins often includes in their skin-care products.
  • Lightweight cream texture makes slightly dry skin look and feel better.
Cons:
  • Expensive.
  • Jar packaging won’t keep the beneficial vitamins and plant extracts stable during use.
  • This is not a natural way to lift sagging skin around the eyes or elsewhere on the face.

More Info:

Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream

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.

As for sagging skin, numerous skin-care products claim they can firm and lift skin, but none of them work, at least not to the extent claimed. A face-lift-in-a-bottle isn’t possible, but with the right mix of products, you will see firmer skin that has a more lifted appearance—and that’s exciting! To gain these youthful benefits, you must protect your skin from any and all sun damage every day, use an AHA (glycolic acid or lactic acid) or BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant, and use products that have a wide range of antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients. This combination of products (remember, one product doesn’t do it all) has extensive research showing how each can significantly improve many of the signs of aging, such as firming skin, reducing wrinkles and brown spots, and eliminating dullness. You’ll find them on our list of Best Anti-Aging/Anti-Wrinkle Products.

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: Yes

Clinically proven to help visibly repair 4 major signs of eye aging. Although its not the same as a prescription and doesnt operate anything like surgery, this cutting edge eye treatment with Anogeissus does visibly help repair crows feet, under eye cross hatching, crepey lids and sagginess without irritation. You get a naturally youthful look thats not all nipped and tucked. So give your eyes this amazing new lift from nature and see a younger-looking you.

Water, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Jojoba Esters, Anogeissus Leiocarpus Bark Extract, Saccharomyces/ Xylinum Black Tea Ferment, Sigesbeckia Orientalis Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Centauriam Erythaea Extract, Sapidus Mukrossi Fruit Extract, Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract, Micrococcus Lysate, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Apple Fruit Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Caffeine, Glycereth-26, Jojoba Butter, Biotin, Methyl Trimethicone, Cholesterol, Palm Oil, Acetyl Hexappetode-8, Carbomer, Trehalose, Tocopherol, Squalene, Lecithin, Polysilicone-11, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Jojoba Alcohol, Phytosterols, Isopropyl Jojobate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Linoleic Acid, Zinc PCA, Tocotrienols, Caprylyl Glycol, Tromethamine, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxycellulose, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol

Origins At-A-Glance

Strengths: The makeup products fare best including liquid concealer, blush, brow enhancer, and lip liner; very good makeup brushes composed of synthetic hair.

Weaknesses: Almost every skincare product contains potent irritating ingredients; no products to effectively address needs of those with acne or skin discolorations; some of the makeup products contain irritating ingredients.

Started in 1990, Origins was Estee Lauder's contribution to the (still going strong) demand for natural products. Their approach and claims all hinge on the wonder of plants and the allegedly miraculous properties they offer for skin, whether it be dry, sensitive, oily, or simply showing the effects of time. Here's the issue: Just as there are good and bad synthetic ingredients, there are good and bad natural ones. Ironically, Origins isn't all that "natural" because it uses its share of synthetic ingredients, and the plant extracts they do use include some that are bad for skin.

We have never been opposed to using natural ingredients. However, it lacks integrity when a company throws in any plant ingredient with no proven benefit for skin beyond anecdotal information, and then boasts about all sorts of improbable results. It becomes a far more serious issue when the natural ingredients in question have published research showing that they are in fact irritating or damaging to skin. That's the predicament of reviewing Origins' skin care products: almost every product they sell contains several volatile oils (another term for essential oils), all of which have their share of negative qualities when used on skin. In their attempt to appear more natural, Origins uses quite a bit of these offending ingredients, and they're often listed before the much more beneficial additives, such as antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-identical ingredients.

You might be wondering why, if Origins has had such continued success, their products can be such a problem for skin? Can't women just use what they like? The answer is two-fold: yes women can use what they like, but often women like what isn't good for them. For example, smoking is bad for skin (and for your lungs), but lots of people smoke; getting a tan from the sun is bad for your skin, but lots of people spend time outdoors getting a tan; and using products that contain irritating ingredients is bad for your skin, and lots of products come to the table with these inconsistencies.

As we have explained in the introduction tothe book, there is a litany of problems that take place when skin is irritated or inflamed, but fundamentally this results in the skin's immune system becoming impaired, collagenase (the breakdown of collagen) occurs, and the skin is stripped of its outer protective barrier. What is perhaps most shocking is that all of these damaging responses can be taking place underneath the skin and you won't even notice it on the surface. The clearest example of this is the significant and carcinogenic effect of the sun's "silent" UVA rays. You don't feel the penetration of these mutagenic rays, but they are taking a toll on your skin nonetheless (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2006, pages 3038; International Journal of Toxicology, May-June 2006, pages 183193;Skin Research and Technology; November 2001, pages 227237; Dermatologic Therapy, January 2004, pages 1625; American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, May 2004, pages 327337; Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, November 2003, pages 663669; Drugs, 2003 volume 63, issue 15, pages 15791596; Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, March 2002, pages 138146; Cosmetics & Toiletries, November 2003, page 63; Global Cosmetics, February 2000, pages 4649; and Contact Dermatitis, February 1995, pages 8387).

Most of the Lauder companies really have their acts together when it comes to formulating state-of-the-art moisturizers, serums, and sunscreens that leave out the problematic plant extracts (and that represents a lot of products given the almost two dozen cosmetics companies under the Lauder corporate banner). Origins is the exception, and we encourage my readers who prefer to shop for skin care at the department store to explore the truly far better options from Clinique, Estee Lauder, Prescriptives, M.A.C., Bobbi Brown, or even La Mer. Even salon-styled Aveda, also owned by Lauder, with a natural theme similar to Origins, has less problematic formulas.

For more information about Origins, owned by Estee Lauder, call (800) 674-4467 or visit www.origins.com.

Origins Makeup

Compared to the makeup offered by almost all of the other Estee Lauderowned lines, Origins falls short by virtue of including ingredients that align with its marketing image of offering natural ingredients that have the blessing of Mother Nature regardless of the risks they pose for skin. As omnipotent as Mom may be, this force of nature is a disaster waiting to happen. A secondary reason Origins isn't competing as well with its sister companies is that for many products (particularly the lipsticks, blush, and cleverly named but non-essential specialty products) the technology isn't as advanced. That lack of technological creativity combined with significant amounts of hostile essential oils will help you understand why we recommend exploring similar, but superior (and irritant-free), options from any of the other Lauder companies from Clinique to M.A.C.

If you're prone to being swayed by the promises of natural products (though Origins is not any more natural than many other lines, it just uses the most problematic plant extracts possible), there are a few outstanding gems to unearth here, and at prices that aren't unrealistic. Additionally, Origins' latest tester units, especially in their freestanding stores, are accessible and user-friendly. They include pull-out counters for added space and feature large mirrors. Combine this with a low-key yet helpful sales staff and knowing what to zero in on and you'll find shopping the best of Origins is a pleasure.

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