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!
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!
What are your thoughts? Do you have more questions? Let me know in Comments below!