Re Nutriv Re-Creation Eye Balm and Re-Creation Night Serum for Eyes
This absurdly, insultingly expensive two-piece set includes an eye cream (Re-Creation Eye Balm) and a serum (Re-Creation Night Serum). With the promise of a “virtual shield against time” and a long back-story of exotic ingredients sourced from around the world, you may be wondering if this Re-Nutriv duo is the definitive solution to address signs of aging around the eyes.
We’d love to tell you this is the ideal solution, but it isn’t. It seems Estee Lauder doesn’t think so either; otherwise, why would they sell dozens of other eye creams and serums, all making similar claims? And why do all of their other eye-area products with similar anti-aging claims cost less (a lot less)?
There isn’t anything in this Re-Nutriv eye cream or serum that’s special or worth this duo’s eyebrow-raising price tag. If the price isn’t enough to cause your jaw to drop, perhaps you’ll be shocked to learn that the majority of anti-aging ingredients in the eye cream portion won’t remain stable once you’ve opened and started using it. That’s because it comes packaged in a jar, and jar packaging won’t keep the beneficial air-sensitive ingredients stable once you’ve opened it. What a shame, because despite the price, like all of Lauder’s other eye creams, this contains a great mix of antioxidants and some notable cell-communicating ingredients.
Re-Creation Night Serum is packaged to ensure stability of its antioxidant plant oils, but a couple of these oils are a strong source of fragrance, and that’s not skin-caring in the least. Fragrant oils are a source of skin irritation. Also worth mentioning is that this serum’s oily formula feels greasy and is impossible to use under foundation (at least if you want your eye makeup to last and your concealer not to crease into wrinkles).
- The eye cream and the serum contain some beneficial moisturizing and antioxidant ingredients.
- Needlessly expensive (Lauder sells better eye creams, serums, and moisturizers for less).
- Jar packaging for the eye balm part of this duo won’t keep the beneficial ingredients stable once the product is opened.
- The serum is greasy and doesn’t work well under makeup.
- Contains fragrant plant oils that trigger irritation, which won’t help shield your skin from aging.
All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria, which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients.
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.
An empowering virtual shield against time for the most delicate skin of all.
From the earth and sea comes a wealth of rare plants and minerals known to create life, resist the forces of stress, and promote an ageless appearance. Re Nutriv Re Creation for Eyes is a synergistic 24-hour system of targeted intervention and continuous correction.
Estee Lauder At-A-Glance
The history of Estee Lauder goes back to 1946, when the woman who created the brand (and for whom it is named) began selling creams and lotions made by her chemist uncle. From its humble beginnings, Estee Lauder has grown to become a multibillion-dollar company whose products are sold all over the world and advertised in just about every fashion and women's lifestyle magazine available.
The biggest compliment we can pay to the venerable Estee Lauder line is that their moisturizers and serums can largely be described as state-of-the-art. Though fragrance is often intrusive, but when it comes to formulary excellence culminating in products that give skin what it needs to function optimally, they are tough to beat.
When it comes to makeup, by and large the brand also exceeds expectations. Though there are some under-performing products (you can read more about them in our individual reviews), Lauder has a number of excellent options, most notably its lip colors.
For more information about Estee Lauder, call (877) 311-3883 or visit www.esteelauder.com.
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