HydroxatoneAdvanced Under Eye Formula
0.5 fl. oz. for $79.95
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This eye cream has a thick, silky texture suitable for dry skin, but its claims of eliminating dark circles are unproven. Consider, if this really were the “eye-deal” solution for dark circles, this common eye-area complaint would go away given how many of these types of products are sold, by almost every cosmetics company on the planet. Unfortunately, dark circles are not easy to eliminate. In fact, there isn’t a single skin-care ingredient or formula that can provide us with the results we’re seeking.

Despite these facts, cosmetics companies continue to market products claiming to get rid of dark circles. In this instance, you’re asked to believe that a complex known as Haloxyl is the dark circle–fading miracle. This complex consists of several ingredients, including various peptides, glycerin, chrysin, and N-hydroxysuccinamide. However, it seems that Hydroxatone didn’t use Haloxyl as claimed, because the ingredient list for this eye cream does not match what the manufacturer of Haloxyl claims is in their complex (Source: www.eliteserum.com/haloxyl.pdf). Haloxyl is manufactured by Sederma, a company that offers cosmetic ingredient blends to treat everything from wrinkles to cellulite.

Although there is no substantiated, published research proving Haloxyl has a positive effect on dark circles, Sederma conducted their own studies, and the results weren’t very impressive. Their in vitro (not done on people, but in a petri dish) study was interesting, but how cosmetic ingredients behave in controlled conditions on selected cells in a dish is different from how they may (or may not) work when mixed into a cosmetic product and applied to skin.

Sederma’s own in vivo (on human skin) study was not done double-blind and involved only 22 subjects. After almost two months of daily use, most subjects showed noticeable improvement, but the average improvement was only 19%, which, while noticeable, isn’t great. More important, because this study was not comparative (i.e., there was no other product tested alongside it), we don’t know if another product (such as a facial moisturizer with sunscreen and antioxidants) might have produced similar or even better results. After all, sun damage not only can cause dark circles, but also can make matters worse.

Keep in mind that a well-formulated moisturizer with lots of antioxidants, combined with daily use of a sunscreen, is as state of the art as it gets for your face and eye area.

Adding to the poor rating is that this eye cream is packaged in a jar. Putting light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as antioxidants and peptides, in a jar means they quickly deteriorate once you’ve opened the product. There’s also the issue of sticking your finger into a product daily; the bacteria from your fingers further break down the beneficial ingredients, so it’s lose-lose.

Last, we know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is that 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. 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 (like 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!

Last Updated:04.18.2014
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
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An “eye-deal” solution for treating the appearance of dark circles. Formulated with Haloxyl™, which has been shown to reduce the appearance of dark circles and diminish the look of darkness.


Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Stearate, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Extract, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Ceteareth-20, Glucosamine HCI, Pea (Pisum Sativum) Extract, Bamboo (Bambusa Vulgaris) Leaf/Stem Extract, Isopropyl Myristate, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Glycerin, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Escin, Butcherbroom (Ruscus Aculeatus) Root Extract, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Hydrocotyl (Centella Asiatica) Root Extract, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Flower Extract, Phenoxyethanol, DMDM Hydantoin, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylates Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate

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Hydroxatone At-A-Glance

Strengths: None.

Weaknesses: Expensive; several products contain irritating ingredients that hurt skin's healing process and ability to produce healthy collagen; jar packaging causes the antioxidants and other key ingredients to break down; over-the-top claims not supported by published research.

Hydroxatone is a mail-order company that sells various anti-wrinkle and anti-aging products, all at fairly high prices. You need to know that these products are absolutely not worth your attention, let alone your beauty dollars. It's not that they don't contain some great ingredients, but almost every formula has its share of problems that make investing in this line the wrong way to go (especially if your concern is wrinkles or discolorations).

The key ingredients Hydroxatone touts are peptides and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients are used industry-wide, so you're not getting anything special or unique with Hydroxatone. What's particularly frustrating is that the company makes a much bigger deal about their "special" ingredients then is deserved. For example, the peptides don't work like Botox, the hyaluronic acid won't replace the need for dermal fillers, and their claim that these products contain the most effective anti-wrinkle ingredients isn't supported by published research. Even the "clinical studies" Hydroxatone mentions are meaningless, especially since they weren't done double-blind and the results were not compared with other products (that, in most cases, would likely work even better).

For more information about Hydroxatone, call 1-800-672-2259 or visit www.hydroxatone.com.

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