Arcona The Eyes Have It

Our Rating: 4 stars

Having bull in a china shop tendencies, I had been using Arcona’s The Eyes Have It ($35) for about three days, each evening, before realizing it was a once a week only eye cream. To be fair, I’d been given a trial size without directions, but still a daily eye cream with glycolic acid should have got me thinking. Anyhow, once used properly – once or at most twice a week, avoiding the eyelids – The Eyes Have It is a very useful addition to an anti-aging regimen for the eyes.

Lines around the eyes and crow’s feet are efficiently exfoliated by glycolic acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) naturally found in sugar cane. As the AHA with the smallest molecule and the greatest penetration, glycolic acid deeply exfoliates. Consequently, this ingredient is not suitable for the thin and delicate eye lid skin. However, there’s a lot more going on in Arcona The Eyes Have It than glycolic acid.

Ingredient nerds already know that Arcona formulates with some interesting things (get a look at some of their other products here) – that may be a little mysterious. Listed is DNA/RNA (Plant Oils). DNA, as you know, contains genetic instructions for living things, while RNA is involved mostly in protein synthesis. They can both be isolated from plant oils. But what this is doing in an eye cream and whether DNA can be applied topically or does anything if it penetrates is something I have not established.

Arcona is on firmer ground (or perhaps I should say, I am) with pentapeptides. A pentapeptide has five amino acids. This is one of the best known and most ubiquitous collagen signaling peptides and is the key component of Matrixyl. A very interesting ingredient used in Arcona The Eyes Have It is mucopolysaccharide, which is responsible for cell transportation in connection tissue. It can influence the quality of collagen and is thought to be responsible for elasticity and resilience of the skin. Sounds like something we would like to see a lot more of.

In the same vein, there is aminoguanidine HCl. This uncommon cosmetic ingredient belongs to a class of chemicals that are AGE inhibitors. AGEs are advanced glycation end-products and as we age they can build up in collagen (read why your barbecue is a major culprit). Glycation is an important culprit in the aging process and so if aminoguanidine HCI can help, then I’m all for it.

I continued with my regular daily eye creams (AQ Eye Serum and Your Best Face Correct), as well as tested Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum and Arcona The Eyes Have It played nice with them all. And at $35, a once a week turbo charge to tackle those stubborn eye wrinkles is a reasonable price to pay.

Ingredients in Arcona The Eyes Have It: Agua (Distilled Water), Milk Caprylic (Capric Triglycerides), Octadecanoic Fatty Acid (Stearic Acid), Cetearyl Polyglucose, Glycolic Acid, Glycerine, Plant Collagen, Pentapeptides, DNA/RNA (Plant Oils), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil (Vorago Officinalis), Ricinus Communis (Castor Seed) Oil (Castor), Mucopolysaccharides, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil (Sweet Almond), Liposomes, D Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Vitamin E), Beta Glucosamine, Beta Fructan, Aminoguanidine HCl, Banana Oil