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Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 54.00
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Biossance’s Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream is a soothing, non-heavy option to treat the delicate skin around the eyes – we just wish it came in better packaging!

This cream initially starts out somewhat thick, but quickly melts into skin without a greasy or sticky finish. It feels instantly soothing and hydrating, creates a supple appearance, and works well under other skin care products and makeup.

The ingredients in this fragrance-free cream have the potential to improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles as Biossance claims. They include squalane, a rich source of both fatty acids and antioxidants, palmitoyl tripeptide-5, which research shows can improve the skin’s firmness, and antioxidant-rich algae extracts, among them astaxathin, which is particularly potent.

The problem? All of these great ingredients are packaged in a jar! Jar packaging exposes them to light and air, and antioxidants in are particularly susceptible to breaking down and losing their effectiveness in the presence of both – plus, because it’s water-based, this isn’t the most hygienic packaging option (see More Info for details).

In packaging that better serves the formula and your skin, this would easily rank among our best eye creams, but as it stands, we can’t recommend it enthusiastically because of the disservice the jar does to this eye cream’s great-but-delicate ingredients.

  • Absorbs quickly into skin without a greasy or sticky feel.
  • Makes skin instantly appear softer and smoother.
  • Includes a high amount of fatty acid- and antioxidant-rich squalane.
  • Contains several skin-beneficial ingredients, including a firming peptide.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Packaged in a jar, meaning its beneficial ingredients are exposed to both light and air.

Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin!

References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

Our latest innovation in eye cream pairs the power of marine algae and paracress extract  for maximum performance. The result? A lifted look that also reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Its melt-in texture delivers deep hydration and a perfect canvas for makeup.

Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Squalane, Glycerin, Sorbitan Olivate, Cetearyl Olivate, Jojoba Esters, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Panthenol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Cetyl Palmitate, Spilanthes Acmella Flower Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-5, Sorbitan Palmitate, Dunaliella Salina Extract, Astaxanthin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Citric Acid.

Biossance is the commercial beauty arm of biotechnology brand Amyris. Amyris manufactures plant sugars (like that from sugar cane) into specialty ingredients for use by other companies, but chose to center Biossance around one ingredient in particular: plant-based squalane.

Each Biossance product prominently features squalane; so much that it’s in the name of every offering. Squalane has its merits—it’s an excellent skin-conditioning ingredient and has antioxidant properties—but skin needs much more than one focused ingredient to feel, look, and perform its best.

Thankfully, Biossance includes other ingredients in many of its squalane-centric products and these are also impressive, particularly bakuchiol (which has many retinol-like properties), antioxidants, and peptides. Unfortunately, the brand also uses a number of fragrance ingredients in many of its products, and whether naturally-derived or not, fragrance is known to irritate skin—even if you don’t see or feel the damage taking place. For this reason, most of the brand’s offerings wind up being middle-of-the-road, though there are a couple of standouts.

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