This product is a viable option if you’re looking for a pH-correct AHA product with approximately 3–5% glycolic acid. There isn’t anything about this formula that makes it a specialized treatment for eye-area skin; it’s suitable for normal to dry skin anywhere on the face. What’s disappointing, especially for this amount of money, is that other than the glycolic acid (which can be found in dozens of products that cost much less), the other state-of-the-art ingredients are barely present—and there are a lot of them. We suppose the tiny amounts of each antioxidant and cell-communicating ingredient might add up to provide some benefit for skin, but at this price you should expect a lot more.
Apparently, this product is supposed to be worth it because it contains Dr. Murad’s anti-aging Durian Cell Reform, which they claim reverses signs of aging. Durian is a tropical fruit that research has shown to be a potent antioxidant when consumed orally. It contains high levels of antioxidants such as caffeic acid and quercetin, and likely has topical benefit as well, though this hasn’t been proven (Sources: Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 581–589; and Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, July 2007, pages 5842–5849). However, there isn’t a shred of published research (including from Murad himself) that demonstrates durian fruit has a pronounced effect on skin wrinkles or firmness. Plus, there are other products that contain the active ingredients in durian and that would be far more effective in protecting skin. Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for Eyes is just another way for Murad to market his latest antiwrinkle products as superior; basically this is just a good AHA moisturizer barely worth your attention, especially at this price. Still, it deserves a Good rating due to its effectiveness as an exfoliant.
Breakthrough formula features Murad's latest revolutionary anti-aging technology, Durian Cell Reform, to help reverse the visible signs of aging. Intensive Wrinkle Reducer for eyes, specifically formulated for the delicate eye area, reduces the appearance of crow's feet, improves skin firmness by 40% and illuminates the eye area for a more youthful appearance.
Water, Isopropyl Isostearate, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Maleate, Cetyl Alcohol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Sodium Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Dimethylacrylamide/Acrylic Acid Polystyrene Ethyl Methacrylate Copolymer, Durio Zibethinus (Durian) Fruit Extract, Lyceum Barbarum Fruit Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-6, Glucosamine Hcl, Algae Extract, Yeast Extract, Urea, Beta-Glucan, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Galactoarabinan, Cetyl Phosphate, Isostearate Acid, Palmitoyl Hydroxypropyltrimonium Amylopectin/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Glycolipids, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Zinc Aspartate, Hyaluronic Acid, Rice Amino Acids, Lecithin, Tocopherol, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Sclerotium Gum, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Ethoxydiglycol, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Sucrose, Polyphosphorylcholine Glycol Acrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Chitosan Ascorbate, Disodium EDTA, Chlorophenesin, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate
Strengths: A few good cleansers; a selection of well-formulated AHA products centered on glycolic acid; most of Murad's top-rated products are fragrance-free; the sunscreens go beyond the basics and include several antioxidants for enhanced protection.
Weaknesses: Expensive; no other dermatologist-designed line has more problem products than Murad; irritating ingredients are peppered throughout the selection of products, keeping several of them from earning a recommendation; the skin-lighteners are not well-formulated.
Dr. Murad was one of the first doctors to appear on an infomercial selling his own line of skin-care products, and quite successfully so, at least the second time around. This was largely because the company paid for independent clinical studies to establish the efficacy of Dr. Murad's products. There's no question that AHA products, when well-formulated, can be a powerful ally to create healthier, radiant skin. But in terms of independent clinical studies, we're skeptical, given that there are countless labs that exist solely to perform such studies in strict accordance with how the company wants the results to turn out. Murad certainly wouldn't mention in an infomercial that the clinical studies for his AHA products weren't as impressive as, say, those for Neutrogena's AHA products, or any other line for that matter. And what about BHA products? Clinical studies and testimonials may have prompted consumers to order, but the results from Murad's AHA products are hardly unique to this line.
Although this is a skin-care line to consider for some good AHA options, the majority of the products are nothing more than a problem for skin. Murad may have been one of the first dermatologist-developed skin-care lines, but by today's standards his line is deplorable. This is largely due to a preponderance of irritating ingredients that show up in product after product. Any dermatologist selling products that include lavender, basil, and various citrus oils plus menthol and other irritants doesn't deserve to be taken seriously. The same goes for Murad's overuse of alcohol and his preference for treating acne with sulfur, both factors that keep some of his otherwise well-formulated, efficacious products from earning a recommendation.
Yet what is most objectionable is the endless parade of products claiming they can stop, get rid of, or reduce wrinkles and aging. Regardless of whether dermatologists know best about lotions and potions, no conscientious doctor would or should be selling products using the ludicrous claims Murad makes. Most of the anti-aging products have the same hype, the same unsubstantiated claims, and the same exaggeration about the beneficial effects of ingredients that are often present only in the tiniest amounts, without even a mention of the standard or potentially irritating ingredients that are also present. Dr. Murad’s skin-care philosophy, stated on his Web site, includes the following statement: "Take all the necessary steps to achieve healthy skin—including the right products, the proper nutrients (from both food and supplements) and positive lifestyle choices." That's an excellent piece of advice; the problem is that it is contradicted by Murad’s own products, most of which are far from the "right" options for all skin types.
For more information about Murad, now owned by Unilever, call (888) 996-8723 or visit www.murad.com.
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