Universal C Eye Perfector
BeautyStat’s Universal C Eye Perfector features an impressive array of ingredients and a soft-blur finish that helps minimize the appearance of fine lines. The only catch is that the inclusion of essential oils (near the end of the ingredient list) pose a risk of irritation, holding us back from giving this eye cream our highest rating.
Universal C Eye Perfector comes in an opaque, air-restrictive pump bottle to ensure that the vitamin C (ascorbic acid) will remain stable for as long as possible. While vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, it’s also susceptible to breaking down in the presence of air and light, so this kind of packaging helps prevent that as much as possible.
We’re happy to report that this 5% concentration of vitamin C can help improve appearance of wrinkles and crow's feet without being too potent for the eye area. It can also help with dark circles to a certain extent if they are caused (or worsened) by sun damage.
As for BeautyStat’s claims around this eye cream’s CBD content, we reached out to find out if they could provide a certificate of analysis or assay to show how many milligrams of cannabidiol (CBD) this contains and how it’s sourced. At the time of this posting, we have not yet heard back from the brand. You will find Cannabis sativa seed oil and extract on the ingredient list, which offer soothing, antioxidant properties, as well as beneficial omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. However, they are not the same as pure CBD, which has more potent anti-inflammatory properties. Long story short, Cannabis sativa seed oil and extract may offer trace amounts of CBD, but as far as we can tell based on the ingredient list, there’s not a noteworthy amount in this formula. (If we hear back from BeautyStat and confirm otherwise, we’ll be sure to update this review accordingly!)
Other antioxidants in the formula include shea butter, green tea extract and linoleic acid. Skin is also treated to replenishing squalane and sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid). Altogether these ingredients help keep skin looking healthy and hydrated.
On another high note, we love how smoothly the silicone-based formula glides over skin and delivers a slight blurring illusion for wrinkles and lines. At the same time, it has a subtle iridescent pink hue that sheers out as it’s blended yet leaves a hint of glow to perk up the under-eye area. It’s a unique combo of aesthetics we haven’t seen with many other eye creams.
As we mentioned earlier, the one downfall of this formula is the inclusion of fragrant essential oils, which pose a risk of irritation to skin. Granted, they’re in fairly low concentration and their aroma dissipates over time, but this eye cream would be better off if they weren’t there at all (see More Info to learn about the full repercussions). Were it not for this issue, Universal C Eye Perfector would earn our top rating.
- Good amount of vitamin C to help with aging concerns around the eye area.
- Contains other beneficial antioxidants and replenishing ingredients for supple skin.
- Glides like silk over skin and delivers a slight blurring effect for fine lines.
- Subtle iridescent pink hue leaves a hint of glow to perk up the under-eye area.
- Packaging supports the stability of the delicate ingredients.
- Includes essential oils, which put skin (especially near the eyes) at risk for irritation.
Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.
This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.
A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Toxicology In Vitro, February 2018, pages 237-245
Toxicological Sciences, January 2018, pages 139-148
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Universal C Eye Perfector combines 5% pure, patented, stable Vitamin C with CBD, working together to firm and brighten skin without irritation.
BeautyStat Cosmetics is the brainchild of cosmetics chemist, Ron Robinson, who created the line after 20+ years of working in the industry (with brands such as Clinique, L’oreal and Avon). In Robinson’s own words, he created BeautyStat to help “cut through the clutter” and give consumers “products that are high performing.”
In particular, Robinson is passionate about his “patented, encapsulated delivery system” for stabilized vitamin C, which you’ll find in his Universal C Skin Refiner (the first BeautyStat product launched and one we happen to recommend highly).
At the time of this writing, the brand has only launched a couple of other products, so how this skin care line will continue to evolve has yet to be seen, but we’re hopeful for the future of what BeautyStat holds.
Visit beautystat.com to learn more about the brand.
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