Product Review: Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum

Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum Nicki

 

Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum promises to be the next great eye serum. Filled with ingredients like rhamnose, sodium hyaluronate, and silicones, the company promises the product is a 5-in-1 solution to many of the signs of aging found around the eyes:

      • Lift, firm, smooth, hydrate, and restore youthful shape of the eye
      • Skin around the eye area looks visibly firmer, lifted and skin texture looks more refined in less than one week*
      • 95% of women showed a significant improvement in eye opening**
      • Paraben-free, mineral-oil-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free, and suitable for sensitive eyes

* Based on consumer evaluations after 4 days of use ** Based on consumer evaluations after 4 weeks of use

Based on this information, Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum could be a godsend, but what does the science say? For more, read on:

Rhamnose

In an exclusive interview with dermatologist Dr. David Bank, M.D., “Rhamnose works similar to retinol but is gentler on the skin. Instead of generating cell turnover like retinol, it works by signaling the current cells to act younger thus boosting collagen, elastin and protein production.”

This is also verified in many notable journals, including the Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, in which it is shown that rhamnose prevents cells from undergoing glycation. Normally, when you consume too much sugar, the skin cells can produce a new, hardened state of collagen, called glucosepane. Amongst other things, glucosepane is responsible for the lack of elasticity you see in elderly persons’ skin, as the skin no longer bounces back and has lost all elasticity. But when you use ingredients like retinol or rhamnose, the glycation process has been shown to slow significantly, or not to occur altogether.

Sodium Hyaluronate

Sodium Hyaluronate Can Hold 1000X Its Weight in Water

One of my favorite skincare ingredients is sodium hyaluronate, which is one of the natural moisturizing factors (NMFs) found in the skin. Other notable NMFs include glycerin, urea, alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, propylene glycol, and hyaluronic acid, which all prevent evaporation of products in the bottle.  Natural NMFs maintain moisture in the skin, even under low humidity, and provide an optimal environment for enzymatic functions (Baumann).

All of these NMFs are humectants, meaning that they are able to attract water from the atmosphere if atmospheric humidity is greater than 80 percent. However, when atmospheric humidity is low, NMFs may actually cause dryness, as they extract water from the deeper layers of the skin; for this reason, NMFs work best when they are combined with occlusives like dimethicone or paraffin, as they are in Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum and most skincare formulations.

That said, sodium hyaluronate is a little different from other NMFs, in that sodium hyaluronate is a particularly effective humectant because it is effective in both high and low humidity conditions (In Cosmetics). In other words, sodium hyaluronate is hydrating alone or with occlusive agents, in high and low humidity, unlike glycerin, urea, alpha hydroxy acid, lactic acid, and propylene glycol, which require occlusive agents to be hydrating at low humidity.

And yes, there is a difference between sodium hyaluronate and hyaluronic acid: Sodium hyaluronate, with similar water-binding abilities, is commonly used instead of hyaluronic acid in skincare products due to its greater chemical stability (Kewpie).

In skincare products like Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum, sodium hyaluronate draws water into the skin, reducing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), and creating a slight swelling of the skin that reduces the appearance of wrinkles. Sodium hyaluronate also helps to temporarily stabilize and maintain the complex intercellular-skin matrix, which is the “glue” that holds the skin together. This temporarily gives the skin a smoother appearance  The water retention and stabilization of the skin are the likely reasons that the press release for Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum says “90% of women said the skin around the eye area looks visibly firmer, lifted and skin texture looks more refined in less than one week.” The rhamnose is the slow-and-steady ingredient, which will likely not show results for 6-12 weeks, whereas the sodium hyaluronate gives almost-instant benefits.

Is there long-term benefit to sodium hyaluronate? Maybe. Despite their lack of long-term anti-aging benefits, NMFs may still be important for anti-aging prevention, according to Dr. Howard Murad, He states that hydration of the skin with NMFs allows the skin to operate at optimum capacity, and provides a better defense against environmental assaults. Therefore, sodium hyaluronate and other NMFs are often included in “anti-wrinkle” and “anti-aging” products, but they improve the appearance of the skin on a temporary basis more than they provide actual long-term correction of the skin, like retinoids.

Titanium Dioxide

Physical Sunscreen Vs. Chemical Sunscreen

Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum contains titanium dioxide, a physical sunscreen. Kiehl’s doesn’t quantify the amount of sunscreen on the label, most likely because the SPF is 5 or less. A quick perusal of the ingredients list leads me to believe it’s 1% or less, correlating to about an SPF protection of 5 or less, if I had to make a guess. Probably not worth their time or money to quantify.

Physical sunscreens include both titanium and zinc oxide. Some skin experts like oxides better than all of the other sunscreens (i.e., oxybenzone, avobenzone) because zinc and titanium oxides form a topical layer that prevents UV light from hitting the skin altogether.  Think of them as a physical barrier, hence oxides are “physical” sunscreens.

On the other hand, the rest of the sunscreen active ingredients out there, like avobenzone, oxybenzone, and Mexoryl, are “chemical sunscreens.” The big difference is that chemical sunscreens allow your skin to absorb UV light but very quickly dissipate it as a different form of energy, like small quantities of heat or non-damaging light.  Some dermatologists use both chemical and physical sunscreens for extra protection, making sure to apply the chemical sunscreens first and to let them absorb into the skin to activate for at least 30 minutes first.

It is a little-known fact that zinc oxide (the one NOT found in Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum) is better as a physical block than titanium oxide.  This is because UVA and UVB rays are separated into longer UVA (UV-aging) and shorter UVB (UV-burning), and zinc oxide blocks a significantly longer portion of UVA rays.  (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2005)

The best sunscreens with oxides also have the ingredient micronized, unlike Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum.  Some scientists argue that micronized is bad because small oxides can get into your skin and cause oxidation, yet the vast majority argue that the benefit of a micronized zinc oxide in preventing UV-induced oxidation is greater than the risk of oxide-induced oxidation.  What’s more, very precise studies [with electron microscopy] have shown only very minimal levels of micronized oxides penetrate the uppermost layer of the skin (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2007). Besides, let’s face it – many men and women still tan to look better.  The cosmetic advantage afforded by micronizing oxides is magnificent – no telltale white streaks, fast absorption, easy make-up application afterwards.

However, the point of Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum isn’t to provide UV protection. Even if UV light is the number one cause of the visible signs of aging, your best bet is to apply this product underneath a sunscreen with actual quantified UVB protection (and UVA, if you’re lucky enough to find one with the five-star rating).

Personal Use and Opinions

Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum Nicki Apply

Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum has a lightweight to medium, slightly hydrating, texture that is characteristic of a serum with silicones. It glides over the skin and then drinks into the skin in under a minute. It feels slightly cooling on the skin. When it dries, it is slightly light-reflective, owing to the mica particles therein. It is great to apply makeup over, and should not present a problem for even the most oily of skin types. (The eye region contains less oil glands than the rest of the face).

Bottom Line

Kiehls Super Multi-Corrective Eye-Opening Serum Bottle

Let me give it to you straight: Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum is absolutely fantastic for fine lines and wrinkles and sagging around the eyes. It will instantly plump up and lift the skin, with ample amounts of sodium hyaluronate and occlusive agents, and the high concentration of rhamnose therein will cause your skin to produce more collagen over time. (Think months, not days, on the latter point).

On the other hand, if you have dark circles or puffiness, Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum isn’t the right eye treatment for you. Dark circles are either caused by hyperpigmentation or blood pooling in the region. In the case of hyperpigmentation, you want to think hydroquinone, kojic acid, retinol + vitamin K together, glycolic acid, vitamin C in high concentrations, and certain peptides like Lumixyl. On the other hand, with blood pooling in the region, you want to look at sleeping on more than one pillow for eight=plus hour (if you’re lucky!) head elevation, and certain peptides like Haloxyl. Rhamnose and sodium hyaluronate aren’t going to cut it as your actives for dark circles or puffiness.

So, depending on your gripe, Kiehl’s Super Corrective Eye-Opening Serum could be the eye cream for you!

Got a question? Let me know in comments!

Ingredients: Aqua/Water, Rhamnose, Glycerin, Alcohol Denat., Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Octyldodecanol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, CI 77891/Titanium Dioxide, Chlorphenesin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, PEG-20 Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate, Disodium EDTA, Adenosine, Salicyloyl Phytosphingosine, Fmla 685683 4 F.I.L. Code D165265/3

 

Product Review: Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream — An Oldie But a Goodie

Peter Thomas Roth Powder K Eye Rescue for Dark Circles and Fine Lines FutureDerm Review

Dark circles are unfortunately a certainty for many of us. Which is why Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream ($127, FutureDerm/Shop) is one of my all-time favorites.

The Science Behind It

Vitamin K + Vitamin C + Retinol

There are few things in this world I think are worth $100+ for 0.5 ounces — maybe rare gems, a couple of collector’s items, perhaps a Chanel bag.  Unfortunately for my wallet, Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue is also one of them, particularly if you have dark undereye circles caused by excess melanin production or blood pooling (see below).  A 2004 study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that a combination of vitamin K, vitamin C, and retinol provided moderate alleviation of dark circles better than any other formulation of those tested.  I’ve eliminated my dark circles from late nights studying in high school with this product, and it kept dark circles at bay during college.  Definitely a must-have!

How I Use It

Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream

Note that Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue doesn’t actually contain vitamin C or retinol, like in the above study. I cleverly get the effects of all three ingredients with a specific regimen.

Each morning after cleansing and toning, I normally apply a thinner eye cream with vitamin C, such as our FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0, then I apply the gel-like Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue over the top.

At night, I apply a retinol eye cream, such as Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes, then apply the Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue over the top.

Is It For You?

How to tell what is causing the dark circles under your eyes test FutureDerm graphic

Not sure if your dark circles will be helped by this power punch regimen?

To find out the source of your dark circles, do the following test, from Heidi Waldorf, M.D.: If you apply light pressure to the circle or shadow and it disappears, your problem is due to blood pooling under the eyes, so this product will not help you. (Vitamin K is a coagulant, so it may actually cause more blood pooling!) Similarly, if the shadow forms at the inside corner of your eye, where a tear would flow, it’s probably due to a deep tear trough, so this product won’t help.

If the color doesn’t disappear, however, the darkness is caused by excess pigment (time for some Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue!).

Bottom Line

Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Cream

I love Peter Thomas Roth Power K Eye Rescue, and I use it twice daily. I get skin issues from time to time from trying so many different products, but dark circles are never one of them. Definitely a fan!

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Product Review: Kinerase C8 Solutions Kit

Kinerase C8 Peptide Kit FutureDerm sensitive skin product review

 

 

I’ll admit it: Before creating my own line, as a beauty blogger for seven years, I tried a lot of products, and would get really sensitive skin at times. During those times, I turned to my favorite soothing ingredients — oatmeal extract, niacinamide, green tea, Dragocalm, and kinetin. Formulated with more kinetin than any other line I could find, Kinerase does a great job at providing soothing and anti-aging action. The Kinerase C8 Solutions Kit ($119, FutureDerm.com/Shop) soothes the face and undereye area with a two-part face and undereye treatment.

Kinetin: Anti-Aging Protection Like 0.02% Tretinoin (but Not 0.04% or Higher)

Kinetin has often been touted as a “sensitive skin alternative to retinoids.” Published research shows 0.1% kinetin (as in Kinerase products) may be more effective than 0.02% tretinoin, but not more effective than 0.04%-1% tretinoin. Like retinoids, kinetin increases the rate of cell cycle and can induce the synthesis of DNA repair enzymes (Cosmetic Dermatology).

However, in a 2004 review by HA Epstein, a summary of similar studies comparing patients’ opinions about Renova (tretinoin) to kinetin found that signs of photoaging (skin roughness, mottling, and fine wrinkling) doubled when Renova was used with kinetin, versus kinetin alone.

An Effective Antioxidant that Mimics Superoxide Dismutase

A free radical is an unstable molecule that damages surrounding molecules FutureDerm Diagram

Kinetin was been found in a 2000 study to be a strong inhibitor of damage in skin cells by mimicking a powerful antioxidant in the skin known as superoxide dismutase. Among other things, superoxide dismutase activates enzymes that breakdown free radicals, including superoxide dismutase and catalase.

Unfortunately, no published independent studies compare the antioxidant capacity of kinetin to potent antioxidants such as coffee berry, green tea, vitamin C or vitamin E.

When Do You Use Kinetin vs. Retinoids?

When my skin is feeling super sensitive, I use kinetin, oatmeal, green tea, Dragocalm, and niacinamide alone.

As soon as it starts to feel a little better, I add in a retinoid, but still continue to use kinetin and the other soothing agents.

Once my skin is back to normal, I’m back to the full-fledged superfecta of powerful antioxidants, retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids (though not at the same time as retinoids), niacinamide, and peptides.

Bottom Line

When my skin is feeling ultra sensitive, I reach for this treatment serum. It’s great for the temporary irritation that can occur with regular use of retinoids, alpha hydroxy acids, and even after lasers or chemical peels. In short, I’m a fan of the Kinerase C8 Solutions Kit, and maintain results with it when potent anti-agers get to be too much for my skin.

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5 Reasons Why You Really Need to Try the FutureDerm Summer 2014 Limited Edition Skin Care Set

FutureDerm Summer 2014 Limited Edition Skin Care Set

I’m super excited to offer our brand-new Summer 2014 Limited Edition Gift Set! It contains our lighter cleanser and moisturizer, which are perfect for the summer months. Other advanced treatment products include our 16% vitamin C + 2% vitamin E serum, 0.5% microencapsulated retinol serum, and our 10% vitamin C + 1% vitamin E eye cream. The full set includes:

- FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5: Our best-selling, gentle retinol. $55 value.
- FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic Silk Serum 16+2: A silky serum that delivers an amazing glow. $89 value.
- FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0: Vitamins C and E in a non-irritating formula. $59 value.
- FutureDerm Organic 8 Cleanser: Get soft, clean skin with just 8 natural ingredients. $19 value.
- FutureDerm 7 Wonders Antioxidant-Rich Water: Perks up tired skin with potent antioxidants. $29 value.
- FutureDerm Organic 8 Moisturizer: A fantastic moisturizer made from 8 natural ingredients. $29 value.

A $260 value for just $189! Order now; quantities are limited. And all are backed by our unconditional money-back guarantee.

1.) Why is the Organic 8 Moisturizer included?

Our FutureDerm Organic 8 Moisturizer is great for the summer months, especially when worn under a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen by day and immediately after the retinol at night.

To understand why, it’s best to start with the fact that there are three main different classes of moisturizers and moisturizing ingredients. [Read more: 3 Ways Moisturizers Function]

The first is a humectant. These are ingredients like glycerin, which draw in moisture from the environment above the skin, as well as up from lower layers of the skin. You’re essentially pulling all of the moisture to the skin’s surface. These are fine to use year-round.

The second class of moisturizer is an emollient. Emollients fill in cracks in the skin’s surface seamlessly, and are lightweight. These are also fine to use year-round. Interestingly enough, ingredients like panthenol (a form of vitamin B5) found in our FutureDerm Organic 8 Moisturizer, act as both a humectant and an emollient, filling in cracks in the skin’s surface and drawing moisture to the skin’s surface.

The third is an occlusive agent. These are ingredients like mineral oil or petrolatum, which seal in water, prevent water loss to the environment. Occlusive agents are generally best in the winter months, when drier, less humid climates tend to draw all of the moisture in your skin up to the environment.

So I love using our FutureDerm Organic 8 Moisturizer as the weather gets warmer — it’s lightweight enough not to aggravate oily/acne-prone skin, but moisturizing enough to keep most dry skin types smooth in the summer months!

Ingredients in FutureDerm Organic 8 Moisturizer: Aqua, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Coco-Betaine, Decyl Glucoside, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Chloride

2.) Should I really keep using a retinol in the summer months?

Yes! But use the retinol treatment only at night, and use an antioxidant serum (especially one with vitamins C and E) under a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen during the day.

Retinol gets a bad rap for use in the summer for a couple of reasons. For one, if you are wearing a retinoid during the day, it is a UV absorber that will make your skin more sensitive to the sun (Pharmaceutical Research, 2006). For another, retinol increases your skin’s cell turnover rate. This can be incredibly flattering — your skin looks really smooth after using a quality retinol treatment — but it can also make the skin thinner and drier. Some of the natural oils in the skin contain vitamin E (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology), which helps protect against UVB damage. Without those oils, you are more susceptible to UVB damage.

By the way, this is something that really makes me angry that I have been reading some other skin care experts refute lately, just to keep people using retinoids in the summer months. It is a scientific fact that retinoids make your skin more sensitive to the sun. If you don’t believe me, slather them on and go sunbathing. (Some of the so-called experts working behind-the-scenes for other skin care companies should do this!) This doesn’t mean that exfoliation and enhanced cell turnover from retinoids aren’t beneficial in the summer months — it just means you have to be careful, and use antioxidant serum and sun protection during the day!

3.) Is the vitamin CE eye cream really your favorite product?

Maaaaybe. I’ll never tell. ;-) But the fact that we are combining 10% stabilized vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid and 1% vitamin E in FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0, and have put in enough emollients to make it suitable for the eye area is really, really exciting to me.

The truth of the matter is, the undereye area looks awful so fast on so many people because there are simply so many sources of damage. The skin around the eyes is thinner. The eyes move around constantly. Eyeglasses and even improperly fitted sunglasses can cause UV rays to bounce around the eye area. There are hardly any oil glands around the eye area compared to the rest of the face. It’s brewing with possible problems! No wonder so many people have sagging undereye skin, dark circles, broken blood vessels, and more.

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 addresses sagging skin, dark circles, and a generally lackluster eye area. Add in the fact that vitamins C and E enhance sun protection somewhat, and it makes me wonder why every researcher hasn’t created an eye cream with such high concentrations of vitamins C and E before! I’m absolutely in love with this eye cream, it’s true.

4.) Where is the sunscreen?!

It’s in production. We should be releasing it within the next week or two.

5.) Can I substitute one product for another?

We are all for customer service here at FutureDerm. Write to me at nicki[at]futurederm[dot]com, and let me know what you have in mind.

10 Most Commonly Asked Questions about FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 – Answered!

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0

One of my favorite parts about my job at FutureDerm is that I get to learn about the best ingredients in skin care, and when I’m lucky, I get to formulate products with them. That’s the case with our FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 ($59, FutureDerm.com/Shop)–  the product contains an astounding 10% of stabilized L-ascorbic acid, plus 1% vitamin E, all in a base that is designed for the delicate eye area.

I’ve received a lot of questions about the eye cream, so I thought I would address them here. But, at the same time, I never want to get too “sales-y” on my blog. My credibility is important to me, and so I will be very honest about everything.

1.) Why is FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10% vitamin C and not 15% or higher?

I had a real dilemma when formulating FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0.

It is true that most studies that demonstrate efficacy of vitamin C, and L-ascorbic acid in particular, feature concentrations of 15% or higher for vitamin C (Photochemistry and Photobiology, 2005). I knew that my readers would know that.

But in formulating FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0, it occurred to me that the 15% was just too strong for the delicate eye area for most people. The skin around the eyes has less oil glands and undergoes more movement than any other part of the face, resulting in thinner, drier, more delicate skin.

At the same time, I realized concentrations of 10% have been shown to have efficacy in peer-reviewed, independent studies.  It has been shown that topical application of CellexC, with 10% L-ascorbic acid as its active ingredient results in the presence of L-ascorbic acid in the skin days after application. In the study, the 10% L-ascorbic acid solution was found to decrease wrinkles significantly over the course of three months in the areas where it was applied.

By combining the ingredient with 1% vitamin E, each of these antioxidants can essentially “borrow” an electron from the other antioxidant to renew itself, and vice versa (), allowing the antioxidant potency to be heightened than if each ingredient were used separately.

2.) What makes FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream different?

Like our FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum ($89 in the Shop), FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 contains stabilized L-ascorbic acid. This means it will not break down in light, heat, or air with typical use. It is also packaged in an airtight pump, so you don’t have to worry about exposure.

3.) What can I expect it to do?

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 will increase skin brightness around the eyes, and decrease the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation over time.

Keep in mind that vitamin C can only treat dark circles that are caused by hyperpigmentation, or excess melanin (skin pigment) production in the undereye area.

Dark circles are not entirely understood, but are most commonly caused by excessive melanin production or blood pooling under the eyes (Cosmetic Dermatology). To find out what the cause of yours is, do the following test, from dermatologist Dr. Heidi Waldorf: If you apply pressure to your dark circles and it disappears, your problem is due to blood pooling under the eyes. You should look for an eye cream with Haloxyl®, like Lumixyl Revitaleyes ($65.00 retail, EnvyMedical.com).. Haloxyl® is an ingredient formulation that reduces the appearance of dark circles by calming inflammation and facilitating the release of bilirubin and iron from skin tissues.  In clinical studies using Haloxyl, 60% of participants noticed visible lessening in the appearance of dark undereye circles within two months of twice daily use, according to the textbook Formulating, Packaging, and Marketing of Natural Cosmetic Products.

If you apply pressure to your dark circles and the color doesn’t disappear, the darkness is caused by excess pigment, and FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 is likely to help.

And if the shadow forms at the inside corner of your eye, where a tear would flow, it’s probably due to a deep tear trough. You should see a dermatologist or plastic surgeon to have this treated or managed.

4.) How long does it take for FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 to work?

In just one use, the skin under the eyes will feel smoother.

In ten days of daily use, the skin will appear brighter under your eyes. This is due to the high concentration of vitamin C.

In two months of daily use, the skin will appear brighter, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation/melanin production will be diminished, and the skin may feel firmer. It really, truly does work.

5.) Do I have to wait before applying other products?

It depends on what product you are applying next. I recommend applying FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum all over the face except around the eye area, and FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 to the eye area. Following, I always recommend a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30, including delicate application around the eye area. Sunscreen can be applied immediately after FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0.

If you forgo the sunscreen for some reason, wait a minute or so before applying concealer, foundation, or makeup products. FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 has a silicone and avocado oil base that is hydrating for the eye area, but which may thin out your concealer a bit if you apply it before it is dried. The best policy is just to wait 60 seconds, then apply makeup.

6.) What are the ingredients?

Ascorbic Acid (Antioxidant), Dimethicone, Bis Vinyl Dimethicone/ Dimethicone Copolymer (Slip Agent), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3 (Slip Agent), Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate (Emulsifier), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Fatty Acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (Antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (Hydrator), Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA (Preservative), Tocopherol Acetate (Antioxidant), Fragrance (Needed, Trust Us)

7.) Is the fragrance irritating?

No, not at all.

I don’t generally approve of orange oil in skin care and cosmetic products, particularly when the products are designed for daytime use. Orange and other citrus oils can increase photosensitivity, which is the last thing you want anywhere on your face.

But FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum and FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 contain less than 1% of a 10% orange oil solution, which means our products contain less than 0.1% orange oil. This concentration of orange oil does not increase photosensitivity, and is counterbalanced by the vitamin C, which may enhance UVA protection (Acta Derm Venereology, 2006).

8.) Should it be applied morning, evening or both?

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 should be applied in the morning under a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 may also be applied at night. I recommend using a retinol or AHA-based eye cream for nighttime instead, though, because these ingredients benefit more from nighttime use, when basal body temperature is the highest and the ingredients can get deeper into the skin as a result. Vitamin C doesn’t need to get as deep in the skin as retinol to get the full effects.

9.) Can it be used with FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum?

Of course, I formulated them that way — apply FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum all over your face and avoid the eye area, and apply FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 around the eye area.

You can get them both in a value gift set in our FutureDerm Vitamin CE Duo ($129 in the Shop).

10.) When is the best time to buy?

The best value for the FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 is in the FutureDerm Vitamin CE Duo ($129) — you get both the full-size FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic 16+2 Silk Serum ($89) and FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 ($59) for a reduced price.

Alternatively, another great way to buy is with a coupon code — VIDEO30 will take 30% off FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0!

Bottom Line

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 is a great eye cream for brightening and tightening the delicate undereye area. Formulated with 10% stabilized L-ascorbic acid, 1% vitamin E, and skin-hydrating avocado oil, this is one product I absolutely love and am super proud to have created for FutureDerm!

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