Olay Eyes Eye Depuffing Eye Roller joins their other top-rated, fragrance free eye-area products with its powerhouse anti-aging formula. However, this one also happens to be more expensive than its competitors when you actually do the math on the amount of product you get. At $24.99 for 0.2 ounces, it ends up being $125 an ounce! Most competing eye roller products provide 0.5 ounce of product, and most cost around the same amount (or less) than Olay's version.
Although this cannot eliminate puffy eyes the way most people hope it will, and certainly not everyone needs a special product for the eye area (see More Info to find out why), size issue aside, this is still a very good formula and we always appreciate that regardless of the gimmick or price attached to it.
This silky, gel-lotion moisturizer is housed in a chunky, though elegant cylindrical component whose tip is outfitted with three metal roller balls arranged in a triangle shape. You push the button on the bottom of the component to dispense a small amount of product onto the roller balls, then massage them around the eyes.
Although the massage action can feel nice, we noticed the roller balls required more pressure than usual to work, which made the experience more uncomfortable than soothing. All is not lost, though: You can dab a clean fingertip onto the roller balls to pick up the product and dab it around the eyes with said finger. But be forewarned, pulling and tugging in a massage action on skin increases risk of sagging, big time. The less you see your skin move, the less it will sag over time. You don't need to help gravity do its job!
One more comment about the roller ball applicator: Contrary to claims, it doesn't feel cooling in use but even if it did, the negative from pulling outweighs the minimal benefit of cooling. Keep in mind that cooling only helps to diminish puffiness from fluid retention, not from fat pad shifting and muscle drooping, which are the primary reasons puffy eyes (or undereye bags) never get better from skincare alone.
Back to the formula, it contains a nice mix of antioxidants, hydrating agents, and peptides, plus niacinamide, Olay's signature anti-aging ingredient (good thing it's such an amazing ingredient for skin anywhere on the face). Together, these ingredients plus this product's sheer texture work to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, leaving a youthful-looking finish that works well under makeup.
So, if you keep your expectations realistic (again, this won't eliminate undereye bags or stubborn puffiness and is best dabbed on with your finger, not with the roller ball) and you aren't looking for a reasonable price point, Olay's Eye Depuffing Roller is indeed a consideration.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: There is so much you can do to address the signs of aging around your eyes, but it's not mandatory to use a product that claims to be specifically for the eye area. Any product loaded with antioxidants, emollients, skin-restoring, skin-brightening agents, and skin-soothing ingredients will work well around the eye area. Those ingredients don't have to come in a product labeled as eye cream, eye gel, eye serum, or eye balm—they can be present in any well-formulated moisturizer or serum.
Most eye-area products aren't necessary because many are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that doesn't maintain the effectiveness of their key ingredients.
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.
The number of eye-area products that lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye-area products don't contain sunscreen, which is a serious problem if you aren't wearing the product under a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated SPF 30. That's because it leaves skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage—and that absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and visible signs of aging worse! Of course, for nighttime use, eye-area products without sun protection are just fine.
Whatever product you use in your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, it must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes. You may prefer to use a specially labeled eye cream, but you might do just as well by applying your regular facial moisturizer and/or serum around your eyes.
Puffy Eyes: Nearly everyone has woken up with swollen, puffy eyes, with the puffiness slowly diminishing as the morning wears on. For some, their puffy eyes last all day and night. Given how common the problem is, nearly every skincare company sells products claiming to address puffy eyes.
Can an eye cream, gel, or serum really eliminate puffy eyes? Regrettably, for the most part, the answer is no. The type of puffy eyes most people want to get rid of are those that result from the fat pads beneath their skin becoming loose and slipping from their normal position; this slippage causes undereye puffiness (also known as undereye bags) and occurs for many as we age.
Puffiness can also result from other factors, such as sun damage from unprotected sun exposure and traits we inherited from our parents. If fat pads and traits you inherited are the problem, skincare products aren't going to be much help but great skincare products can minimize the problem.
If your puffy eyes are due to things like fluid retention, sleeping in makeup (which increases puffiness), using skincare products with sensitizing ingredients around the eyes, and not wearing sunglasses you can truly change the appearance of this puffiness by taking better care of the skin around your eyes.
References for this information:
Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, March 2014, issue 2, pages 348-351
Seminars in Plastic Surgery, February 2007, issue 1, pages 24-31
Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, January 1995, issue 1, pages 37-42
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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