This eye cream’s chief problem, other than being incapable of truly improving dark circles, puffiness, or wrinkles, is the amount of magnesium silicate it contains. This ingredient is used to make creams opaque and to boost thickness, but it tends to have a dry, somewhat absorbent finish that can magnify, not reduce, the appearance of wrinkles. Because it’s the third ingredient listed, it’s not surprising that this eye cream isn’t as moisturizing as it claims to be.
Beyond the magnesium silicate issue, another concern is the plant extract Fraxinus excelsior bark. As stated on the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Web: “Avoid use due to lack of safety and effectiveness information…there is very little scientific information about this product.” We concur, because this is a plant whose benefits and risks are not established, so why risk it (especially when it’s present in the amount this eye cream contains).
What’s frustrating is that this eye cream also contains some ingredients that are proven to help signs of aging, yet on balance, the formula has more against it than for it, including an over reliance on waxy ingredients that are the hallmark of a dated formula.
Last, the truth is that most eye creams aren't necessary! See More Into to find out why—and definitely leave this non-intensive eye cream on the shelf!
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
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.
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 as 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.
Potent cream targets the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area. Moisturizing formula boosts elasticity and firmness to improve the appearance of crow's feet and puffiness. Illuminating properties improve the appearance of dark circles.
Water, Behenyl Alcohol, Magnesium Silicate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Butylene Glycol, Beeswax, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Hydrolyzed Pea Protein, Lactic Acid, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Niacinamide, Allantoin, Arginine, C13-14 Isoparaffin, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ceresin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Laureth-7, Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Citrate, Silanetriol, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Squalane, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Ext. Violet 2, Red 40
Physicians Formula At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; almost all products fragrance-free; outstanding cleansers; pressed powder with broad-spectrum sunscreen; several bronzing powder options (primarily for fair to light skin tones); one of the only lines at the drugstore selling matte finish eyeshadows; the loose powder; most of the blushes; good liquid liner; excellent automatic brow pencil.
Weaknesses: Dated moisturizer formulas; several sunscreens lack sufficient UVA protection; jar packaging; several of the makeup products epitomize wasteful packaging; the shade selection for almost all the foundations and concealers is awful; tons of gimmicky products that don’t perform as well as you'd think but are eye-catching in their compacts; the lip color and lip plumper; mostly average to disappointing mascaras; the Organic Wear products either have undesirable textures or contain irritating ingredients.
There aren't really any doctors at Physicians Formula (the founder of the company was an allergist, Dr. Frank Crandell, but that was back in 1937), and no physicians currently sell or endorse it either. The company asserts that "The term hypoallergenic is more than just a cosmetic claim for Physicians Formula. It is the basis for every product that is created. Physicians Formula honors this claim through stringent product testing and quality control. In fact, Physicians Formula products are formulated without 132 known irritating ingredients still found in many cosmetics on the market today." While the line doesn't list the "132 known irritating ingredients" that they claim not to use, one of their newer products contains menthol, which serves no purpose for skin other than to cause irritation, and other products contain alcohol and witch hazel, which won't make any cosmetic chemist's or dermatologist's list of anti-irritants.
It's good that the skin-care products have been streamlined. There are some excellent makeup removers and a couple of gentle sunscreens whose sole active ingredient is titanium dioxide. Surveying this line in its entirety reveals that makeup is its major focus. However, as you'll see from the Physicians Formula makeup reviews below, things aren't exactly rosy there, either.
For more information about Physicians Formula, call (800) 227-0333 or visit www.physiciansformula.com.
Physicians Formula Makeup
Does this assortment of makeup products have what the doctor ordered? The enormous selection of makeup (no other line at the drugstore sells more individual pressed powders, concealers, or powder bronzers) has seen some noteworthy improvements in recent years, but far too much of it is still built on gimmicky premises or eye-catching graphics while performance and texture are given short shrift. And for a line where just about every product carries on about its goodness for sensitive skin and the non-comedogenic nature of its ingredients, they're not using anything that other companies aren't also using, not to mention that many of the ingredients that show up in these products (such as waxes and occlusive thickening agents) can absolutely clog pores.
Still, for a line with increased retail presence in major drugstores, you may be wondering just what to pay attention to, and the good news is that there are indeed some finds among all the mosaic powders and oddly packaged concealers. Physicians Formula has never done foundations and concealers well, and for the most part that still holds true today. Only one of their concealers is recommended, while the others are best described as dismal. The expansive powder category has several attractive options, including a pressed powder with sun protection and many worthwhile bronzing powders. You'll also find best beauty buys among the blushes and other key products, including the matte eyeshadows, felt-tip eyeliner, brow pencil, and a few of the mascaras. There isn't anything medical or extra-pure about Physicians Formula makeup, but if you know what to look for and are on a budget there are some products that any doctor concerned with the subject of beauty would appreciate!
Note: The shade range of this line does not cater to darker skin tones. In fact, for some products, only those with fair to light skin will find options.
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