This lightweight serum is supposed to be unique for the eye area, but it contains some of the most basic ingredients around, including those seen in many facial moisturizers, proving once again that a product labeled as being special for the eye area isn't special at all (see More Info for details).
What you're getting for your money is truly disappointing, as it's mostly a mix of water with slip agents, film-forming agent, preservative, vitamin E, and fragrance. All of the intriguing ingredients are present in meager amounts, which certainly isn't all that helpful for your skin.
None of the ingredients in this eye-area serum can detoxify skin; your skin doesn't have toxins waiting to be pulled out or broken down, and even if it did, there are no cosmetic ingredients that have any research showing they can do that. More to the point,"toxins" are removed from the body via the liver and the kidneys, not the skin. As for the regenerating claim, don't bet on it—this formula lacks state-of-the-art ingredients that can improve skin cell formation.
In addition, the amount of fragrance in this product is a problem for skin. Fragrance isn't good for skin anywhere on the face, especially for skin in the delicate eye area. (But, just because the eye area is delicate doesn't mean it needs special products, as this one proves beautifully.) See More Info for details on why daily use of products with fragrance is a problem for all skin types and for skin anywhere on the body.
Alcohol, the kind that damages collagen production and worsens dryness, is present as well … not a lot of it, but why have any at all when it's a concern for skin.
Why You Don't Need an Eye Cream
We know it's hard to believe, but the truth is you don't need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don't need to come from, and often aren't even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don't contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
Irritation from Fragrance
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
The detoxification and cell-regeneration technology of One Essential Super Skin Booster adapted for the eye contour. Leaves the eye area visibly smoother, more luminous and rested along with diminishing dark circles and puffiness. The perfect first anti-aging eye treatment.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cetearyl Isononanoate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylate-13, Polyisobutene, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitol, Alcohol, Yeast Extract, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Algin, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Mallow Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract Sorbitan Isostearate, Hydrolyzed Soy Flour, Kluyveromyces Extract, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Evening Primrose Root Extract, Aframomum Angustifolium Seed Extract, Adenosine, Polysorbate 20, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Acrylate/ Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Biosaccharide Gum-2, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Pentylene Glycol, Sodium Tocopheryl Phosphate, Cellulose Gum, Dimethylmethoxy Chromanol, Sodium Metabisulfite, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, N-Hydroxysuccinimide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Geraniol, Plankton Extract Citric Acid, Chrysin, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, BHT, Tocopherol, Sodium Citrate
Strengths:Nearly all of the SPF-related products offer sufficient UVA protection; a few extraordinary foundations and mascaras; a good liquid concealer; an excellent powder eyeshadow set; some good lipsticks and eyeliners.
Weaknesses: Expensive; lackluster moisturizers and serums that contain more fragrance and preservatives than elegant ingredients; irritating toners and self-tanners; ordinary masks; lack of products to address the needs of those with blemishes or skin discolorations; some foundations with SPF ratings that are too low; mostly average makeup brushes.
If you're looking for a clear-cut case of style winning out over substance, here it is. The Dior name is synonymous with couture fashion and countless other lifestyle accoutrements, but they continue to falter when it comes to establishing a first-rate collection of skin-care products. Of course, the company believes their products are the crème de la crème and if we're judging on aesthetics alone, we see what they mean. However, what's inside the gorgeous components is what counts for your skin, and Dior's formulas leave a lot to be desired. On one hand, it's great that all of their sunscreens contain sufficient UVA protection; on the other, all of their moisturizers either leave skin wanting more or contain problematic ingredients with no skin-redeeming qualities.
Fragrance is huge for Dior, and a visit to their counter attests to this, as fragrances line the counter right beside the skin-care tester unit. It would be better for skin if the two categories were kept separate, but in most cases the amount of fragrance added to Dior's skin-care products is greater than the token amounts of state-of-the-art ingredients (and the effectiveness of most of those is further diminished by jar packaging). If you wouldn't put perfume on your face, think twice about applying it in the form of an expensive skin-care product.
On the plus side, there are a few very good products to consider if you don't mind spending the extra money. If you're a fan of Dior's fashions and want to experiment with their cosmetic products, you'll find that their makeup outshines the skin care and has improved in ways that keep the panache while making genuine improvements. Despite all manner of claims to the contrary (everything from purifying pores to lifting skin to the point that sagging is a thing of the past), the most attractive part of Dior's formulas is how they're dressed, not how they perform.
For more information about Dior, call (212) 931-2200 or visit www.dior.com.
Always fashion-forward, Dior's makeup is more well-designed and attractive than ever, offering standout products in almost every category. The most notable change over the past several years has been Dior's improved foundation formulas and shades. It's now the exception rather than the rule to find overtly peach, pink, or rose-toned shades among Dior's many complexion-enhancing options. Even better, Dior has recently introduced foundations to compensate for its previous too-low SPF efforts, with formulas available in SPF 15, 20 and 25, a couple of which even include UVA-protecting ingredients. Such a move shows that while Dior may still struggle with an overall lackluster skin care line, they are at least working to meet dermatologist-recommended benchmarks for sun protection.
You will also be very impressed with Dior's powder blush, eyeshadows (though their shiny finish is not the best for Baby Boomer eyes), the DiorSkin concealer, brow gel, and most of the mascaras. If you're a fan of lip gloss and are willing to tolerate a double-digit price, you'll be in cosmetics heaven wading through all the lip-shining options here. On the flip side, neither the standard pencils nor most of the lipsticks are worth the money. With any designer-based line built on artifice, price is more than a matter of dollars. It's indicative of a company’s image and remains a prestige factor that often speaks louder than the products themselves. Dior is guilty of maximizing its assets to play up its image, but with their makeup line the good news for you is that, for the most part, they really pay attention to what’s inside all the luxe containers, too.
One more note: Dior’s makeup tester units are much more accessible and user-friendly than for previous editions of this book. We also found their counter staff to be more accommodating and definitely less condescending than several other European-bred lines.
Note: Dior is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Dior does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law.” Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
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