This "super" treatment comes with promises that it will smooth and diminish the appearance of deep wrinkles around the eyes, and while it does contain some ingredients that can help in that regard, it also has some drawbacks (including a potentially irritating ingredient) that can make matters worse.
Two of the best aspects of this lightweight cream are that it comes in a pump-style container that will keep its beneficial ingredients stable and that it is fragrance-free (always a good thing for skincare products, especially for products used in the eye area). The formula boasts some good antioxidants (including tocopheryl acetate, a form of vitamin E, and the vitamin A derivative retinyl palmitate) along with emollients that will help improve the look of eye-area wrinkles.
Unfortunately, this product also contains Mimosa tenuiflora bark extract (referred to as tepezcohuite in the advertising for this treatment). Nuance claims that this extract has antioxidant properties, and while emerging research points to this being the case, the bark also contains tannins, and tannins can have constricting properties on skin. That certainly will make skin "feel" tighter, but with repeated use it can cause irritation, something the delicate skin in the eye area doesn't need!
Because of this, we suggest looking into one of the better options on our list of Best Eye Moisturizers. (And, surprise, you might not even need an eye moisturizer! See More Info for details.)
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 the key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
With tepezcohuite, rice bran oil & vitamins A & E. Targeted, nourishing formula helps protect skin and smooth the appearance of deep wrinkles around the eyes.
Water, Butylene Glycol, Castor Isostearate Succinate, Glycerin, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Stearic Acid, Dl-Methicone, PPG-12/SMDI Copolymer, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethanolamine Citrullus Vulgaris (Watermelon) Fruit Extract, Mimosa Tenuiflora Bark Extract, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Passiflora Edulis Seed Oil, Lens Esculenta (Lentil) Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Chlorphenesin, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Retinyl Palmitate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Lactate, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Oil, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Sodium PCA, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1.
A reasonably priced retinol product with packaging that keeps the retinol stable; good skin-brightening product; excellent cream body cleanser; good body cream for dry skin.
Many products contain lavender oil, which is a known skin irritant, despite its nice scent; most of the moisturizers are packaged in jars, meaning many of the beneficial ingredients will lose their effectiveness once the lid is opened; many of the “star” ingredients lack independent research proving their effectiveness; very few fragrance-free products; an anti-acne product that has the potential to make acne breakouts worse.
It’s a simple fact of the cosmetics industry, and it’s been the case for decades: A beautiful actress or model touting the benefits of a brand can have an enormous influence on how people make decisions about what products to buy! Everyone from Cindy Crawford to Jennifer Aniston has sold their face and fame to a cosmetic company to proclaim its benefit. Now, actress Salma Hayek has an eponymous line of skincare and makeup products called Nuance Salma Hayek.
Hayek’s acting career began in her native Mexico, where she became a star after appearing in successful films and telenovelas. She then made the jump to Hollywood and found commercial success in English-speaking projects, as well as branching out into directing and producing. Cosmetics companies took note of Hayek’s success and ethnic beauty, which lead to Revlon contracting Hayek to be one of their models in late 1999.
In 2011, Hayek decided to strike out on her own by creating Nuance Salma Hayek. The actress says the inspiration for the line is her grandmother, who used traditional Mexican home remedies to craft her own skincare products. Many of Nuance’s products contain the same ingredients (or at least derivatives of those ingredients) used by Hayek’s grandmother, such as blue agave and prickly pear. As nostalgic and folksy as that sounds, anecdotal stories about skin care don’t relate to the phenomenal evolution of research that now exists about skin.
While it is possible that blue agave and prickly pear are decent ingredients for skin, there is scant evidence or any research proving that to be the case. Though there certainly isn’t any negative information yet about these extracts, the fact that Nuance relies heavily on them for anti-aging benefit means they’re ignoring some truly great ingredients with vast amounts of proven research showing they work!
Even more to the point, regardless of how good an ingredient is for skin, whether the concern is dryness, acne, signs of aging, oily skin, blackheads, sagging, puffy eyes, or anything else, skin is a complex organ, and one or two good ingredients is not even remotely enough to take the best care of it. Believing these kinds of homespun tales will end up hurting your skin. The same way eating only the same two or three foods every day wouldn’t keep your body healthy, two or three ingredients won’t keep your skin healthy, either.
Aside from the marketing spin, the line itself, which is extensive, has far more negatives than positives. The facial moisturizers rely heavily on jar packaging, meaning the light-and air-sensitive ingredients in those products will start to lose their effectiveness as soon as the jar is opened. Another misstep is the inclusion of lavender oil in many products—a not-so-great natural ingredient that research has shown can cause many problems, including skin-cell death, meaning it has no place in skincare products! Yes, lavender smells good, but oftentimes what pleases your nose isn’t going to make your skin happy.
Of course, there are some standout products among Nuance’s offerings. There is a good—and affordable—retinol product, as well as an excellent skin lightener, a truly great body cleansing cream, and a body moisturizer that’s great for dry skin. As a whole, though, the line is largely unimpressive, and is bolstered more by its celebrity cache than by the strength of its products’ performance.
Note: Although Nuance Salma Hayek offers makeup, too, only the skincare is reviewed at this time. We noticed that our area CVS stores carried only a small portion of the makeup, and many items were deeply discounted, which is a sign the color line might be going away.
Nuance Salma Hayek is sold exclusively at CVS Pharmacies. For more information, visit www.cvs.com or call 1-888-607-4287.
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