Soin Lissant Contour des Yeux (Eye Contour Treatment)
This eye cream has a lush, silky, texture that definitely helps smooth fine lines and promotes a smooth application to apply makeup around the eyes. That’s great, but the same comments apply to lots of facial moisturizers—further proof why most eye creams like this aren't necessary (see More Info to find out why).
Even if you decide you want to use an eye cream, it shouldn’t be this one because it contains fragrance. If you prefer fragranced skin care, the eye area is one place where it’s better to go fragrance-free (though fragrance-free skin-care products are preferred for skin anywhere on the body).
This tube-packaged eye cream contains some good antioxidants, including sesame, vitamin E, and vitamin A. The vitamins aren’t present in an impressive amount, but their inclusion is welcome. Those with normal to slightly dry skin will do best with this product but please take a look at the moisturizers we recommend in our Best Products section (there’s a list of best eye creams too, if you’re steadfast about using one) before purchasing this.
- Silky, lush texture helps soften fine lines and works well under makeup.
- Contains some good antioxidants.
- Lacks a range of state-of-the-art repairing ingredients to help skin look and act younger.
- Won’t do much to make skin firmer.
- Contains fragrance, which isn’t ideal for use so close to the eyes.
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.
Non-greasy eye treatment that has been specially formulated for the fragile area around the eyes. Rich in active ingredients this multi-purpose product acts to improve skin tone, firm skin, and reduce the appearance of small wrinkles and crows feet.
Weaknesses: Outdated formulas; products contain fragrance; does not contain any cell-communicating ingredients to help repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier.
This small, French-themed skin-care brand was created in the 1950s by a physician (his name was not provided by the company) who wanted to offer products to his patients. We suppose in that sense this line pre-dates the late 1990s boom of doctor-designed skin care, which is really its only claim to fame.
The main problem with Embryolisse products is how outdated the formulas are. These products may have been state-of-the-art in the 1950s, but several decades later we know much more about what skin needs to be healthy and act young. There is no question that skin care ingredient research from the 1950s compared to today is vastly different (to your skin's benefit)!
Embryolisse advertises their line's simplicity, and this line is simple. That can be a good thing for sensitive, reactive, skin (the fewer the ingredients in a given product, the less likely it is that someone with sensitive skin to react to that product). However, in terms of barrier repair technology, these products are far from modern. Where are the ceramides, cholesterol, essential fatty acids, and cell-communicating ingredients that research has shown repair and reinforce a healthy skin barrier? They're not here; instead, you get mostly standard cosmetic ingredients with fragrancesomething sensitive, reactive skin never needs.
Last, none of these products contain "active" ingredients as claimedat least not active in the sense of retinol, niacinamide, or other proven anti-aging ingredients. And although the company states that all their claims are "sincere" without "unrealistic promises" this isn't true across the board; indeed, several products carry claims that stretch the truth or are simply not possible--either due to the formula, or because cosmetic ingredients have limitations. In the end, despite the buzz you may have heard or seen on beauty blogs or You Tube, Embryolisse offers little of value for your skin and absolutely nothing you cannot find elsewhere for less money with (more often than not) better formulas.
For more information about Embryolisse, call (813) 814-9000 or visit www.embryolisseusa.com.
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