MDSolarSciences Daily Eye Repair Emulsion is the brand’s first eye cream, and among their initial foray into skincare products outside of sunscreens. For a first, this is a very good entry! It contains an abundance of beneficial antioxidants and cell-communicating ingredients, as well as lightweight emollients and anti-irritants. This sheer lotion is packaged in a pump-style bottle, and is suitable for most skin types, except very dry skin (whether around the eye area or anywhere on the face).
This contains fragrance from rosemary leaf extract, but it’s only a small amount and shouldn’t be problematic for most (it doesn’t linger). However, it does mean this isn’t recommended for those with sensitive skin or extra-sensitive eyes.
We also must mention that a special eye-area treatment like this might be an unnecessary addition to your skincare routine; check the More Info section for details.
The lotion texture of this formula results primarily from its mix of lighter-weight thickeners and silicones, which allow it to dry quickly without leaving a residue. Among the notable beneficial ingredients, this contains niacinamide, caffeine, vitamin C, multiple peptides, and nonfragrant plant oils. These ingredients help to defend skin against ongoing environmental free-radical damage, while simultaneously repairing signs of aging and inflammation.
These ingredients cannot, however, make good on claims like treating dark circles or puffiness around the eye area—these concerns are caused by genetics and other factors, and typically won’t respond to topical treatments. For more on dark circles, check the More Info section.
Although a special eye-area product is more of a splurge product (and at $80+, this definitely counts as a splurge), if you’re in the market for one this is certainly an excellent option.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes, but this doesn’t have to include using an eye-area product. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-repairing and anti-inflammatory ingredients will work wonders when used around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream or gel or serum or balm—they can come from any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because so many 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 a special eye-area treatment doesn't mean it's good for the eye area or any part of the face; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
You would be shocked how many eye-area products lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen. During the day, that is a serious problem if you aren’t wearing it under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30+ as it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse. Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type you have around your eyes. You may prefer using a specially labelled eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.
Dark Circles: There are several factors that can cause dark circles, and unfortunately, there aren't any skincare products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.
The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles aren’t going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can those stemming from irritation or allergies.
If you find that your dark circles are truly bothersome, consider speaking to a cosmetic dermatologist about options, such as dermal fillers (like Radiesse), lasers, light treatments, radiofrequency treatments, and chemical peels (Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014 & Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2012 & Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, 2013). Just remember to keep your expectations realistic.
A dermatologist experienced with the various skin lasers will be able to tell you which option is the best for dark circles as well as for your skin color. The Q-switched ruby laser is the most common choice for treating dark circles, but even then, don’t expect a dramatic improvement (Dermatologic Surgery, 2011).
ProVention-R combines chamomile, seaweed extract, caffeine, aloe and niacinamide to minimize the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and redness. Lecithin and mushroom extract promote firmness and elasticity while rosemary extract tones and green tea protects against environmental aggressors.
Dimethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Water, Propanediol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Niacinamide, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Callus Culture Extract, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Sorbitol, Lecithin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Proline, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Rosa Moschata Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hesperidin Methyl Chalcone, Steareth-20, Dipeptide-2, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Diatomaceous Earth, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Tremella Fuciformis (Mushroom) Extract, Ferric Hexapeptide-35, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caprylhydroxamic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Allantoin, Panthenol.
Strengths: Excellent array of fragrance-free mineral sunscreens; products are packaged to protect ingredients from exposure to air and light; a very good eye-area treatment; water-resistant sunscreen formulas; nearly all sunscreens contain beneficial antioxidants and are suitable for sensitive skin.
Weaknesses: Some products are on the pricey side; some of the mineral sunscreens are difficult to remove; a few formulas contain irritating fragrant ingredients or fragrance.
MDSolarSciences specializes in mineral-based sunscreens, and you will find multiple variations of silicone-based, gel-cream formulas with a blend of the sunscreen actives titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Mineral sunscreens are particularly ideal for those with sensitive skin, including those with rosacea or eczema, as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are virtually non-reactive; that is, they have little to no ability to provoke irritation. To our delight, nearly every MDSolarSciences formula is free of fragrance, including their mineral sunscreen options.
While many love the scent of citrus, lavender, or spicy notes, such ingredients and compounds-whether natural or synthetic-are potentially irritating to skin (especially if you're dealing with issues like rosacea or eczema). A few of the newer MDSolarSciences formulas do include some degree of fragrance, which is a disappointing turn for the brand and one we hope doesn't continue as the brand's product lineup expands. Those that contain fragrance are noted as such in their respective reviews.
The polarizing aspect of mineral sunscreens is often aesthetic-and that's certainly no exception with the options offered by MDSolarScience. Any mineral-based sunscreen will have some degree of white cast-it's unavoidable-and whether a particular product's degree of such is suitable for you is subjective. The white cast and the texture of the MDSolarSciences mineral sunscreens have varying levels of intensity and thickness, all qualities that are noted in each review.
Another note: As all of their mineral sunscreens are water-resistant (at the time of this review), they are exceptionally tenacious. You may need to use a soft washcloth or cleansing tool (like the Clarisonic, etc.) with your cleanser, or consider using a few drops of nonfragrant plant oil before your cleanser to help aid the removal process.
For more information about MDSolarSciences, call 1-877-301-5355 or visit http://www.mdsolarsciences.com.
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