Redefine Multi-Function Eye Cream claims to do it all, from minimizing wrinkles to reducing dark circles and puffiness under the eye. That's an exaggeration (what a shock!), but more important, the beneficial ingredients it does contain are compromised by the jar packaging. That's disappointing for your skin and your pocketbook.
Case in point, the cream formula includes several antioxidants to help improve the appearance of wrinkles, but once the jar is opened, they begin to breakdown (see More Info to learn why). Ultimately, that's wasting the anti-aging power you're paying good money for, and that's a shame, considering this fragrance-free eye cream contains skin-replenishing ingredients and a handful of peptides that can reduce signs of aging.
We should also mention the primary causes of dark circles and undereye puffiness are outside of the purview of the ingredients that this eye cream contains. In other words, despite the claims, don't count on this formula to provide the dramatic difference you're hoping for.
So, what are you left with? An eye cream that does a good job of hydrating skin, but fails to provide long-term benefits because its superstar ingredients likely breakdown far sooner than they should. Here's hoping Rodan + Fields reconsiders the packaging!
This anti-aging formula is packaged in a jar, which means the light- and air-sensitive beneficial ingredients won't remain stable for long once it's opened.
All plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients begin to break down in the presence of air. Therefore, once a jar is opened and lets the air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight can also be problematic for maintaining ingredient stability.
Jars are also unsanitary because you're dipping your fingers into them with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.
When shopping for an anti-aging moisturizer, the ingredients that provide the most benefit for addressing visible signs of aging need to be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging. Switching to this type of packaging means you'll be buying products that stand the best chance of working!
References for this information:
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97-106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252-259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640-660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4,676-4,683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82-88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1-10
Rodan + Fields At-A-Glance
Many of you are probably familiar with physicians Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields from their appearances on infomercials about their successful ProActiv line of anti-acne skincare products. The Rodan + Fields approaches are advertised for those suffering from a variety of skin conditions, and are claimed to work for anti-aging, skin discolorations, sensitive skin, and acne.
Most consumers want simplicity when it comes to making decisions about what skincare products they should use. The Rodan + Fields marketing strategy is to make it simple. They eliminate the confusion about what products work together by creating streamlined, prepackaged product groups, each aimed at specific skin-care concerns. Each product group is enclosed in a clever, take-along parcel that is the skin-care equivalent of a sack lunch. (Products are also available separately for those who want to customize their routine or add products outside the predetermined routines.) This structured approach has merit, but, each routine has at least one questionable or lackluster formulation, or a problem with packaging.
For more information about Rodan + Fields, call (888) 995-5656 or visit www.rodanandfields.com.
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