Name: Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes
Size: 0.5 fl oz
From Vichy’s website:
Anti-wrinkle treatment designed for the sensitive eye area. Formulated with Retinol Palmitate + Hyaluronic Acid to deliver an instant smoothing and brightening effect.
What I liked:
– sinks quickly into the skin
– reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
What I didn’t like:
– not moisturizing enough for dry skin
– contains alcohol, so it can be irritating for sensitive skin
– doesn’t contain enough antioxidants
Whenever I tell someone eye creams aren’t really necessary, I always get some weird stares. A mixture of disbelief and pity. The cosmetic industry has done such a wonderful job in brainwashing people into thinking that eye creams contain special, gentle, ingredients for the eye area, that some women freak out at the thought of using their facial moisturizer on this sensitive spot.
While it is true that well-formulated eye creams don’t contain any irritating ingredients, they are few and far between. Most eye creams aren’t that different from facial moisturizers and do contain problematic ingredients, like Alcohol Denat. Case in point Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes. Alcohol here is listed in seventh, rather than second or third place, so it won’t be as irritating or drying, but it is still something that shouldn’t be included in an eye cream, imo.
The rest of the formula isn’t that special either. To start with, the name of this eye cream is very misleading. The formula doesn’t contain retinol, but retinyl palmitate, a gentler but less effective form of Vitamin A. Retinyl Palmitate needs to be converted first to retinol, then retinaldehyde and finally retinoic acid before it can start to work at reducing wrinkles and discolourations and boost collagen production.
The concentrations also matter. Their isn’t much of it here, so it’s gonna take ages before you see any significant improvement. I mean, any significant improvement caused by retinyl palmitate. The cream also contain dimethicone, a silicone that can temporarily fill in fine lines and wrinkles (without suffocating skin!), so they look smaller. That’s why this cream seems to work so well and quickly.
Vichy Litactiv Retinol HA Eyes doesn’t even technically contain hyaluronic acid. It contains sodium hyaluronate, a more stable form of hyaluronic acid. But they work pretty much the same. Like glycerin, which is present in a much higher dose, it can attract water from the environment into the skin. Unlike glycerin, it works well both in high and low humidity conditions.
Attracting moisture into the skin is not enough. You also need to keep it there. That’s the job of shea butter. It does so by creating a protective barrier on the skin that slows down water loss. Plus, it may even have antiageing properties.
To recap, Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes, which has a thin consistency that sinks in quickly into the skin, moisturizes the eye area (as long as it is not too dry) well and helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles. But its antiageing properties aren’t powerful enough to make much of a difference long term.
Water, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Shea Butter, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Alcohol Denat, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhezanoate, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Sucrose Stearate, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Beeswax, Methylsilanol/Silicate Crosspolymer, Silica, Stearic Acid, Caffeine, Methylparaben, Sodium Polyacrylate, Sodium Benzoate, Retinyl Palmitate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Phenoxyethanol, Adenosine, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/ Steareth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Ascorbyl Glucoside, Acrylates Copolymer
Vichy Liftactiv Retinol HA Eyes moisturizes skin and helps minimize the appearance of wrinkles. But its antiageing properties aren’t powerful enough to make much of a difference long term.