Reviewed by Ann

I am new to Truth In Aging and this is my first review. However, I am no novice when it comes to skin care.

For the last month, I’ve been testing Blue Lagoon Iceland Anti-Aging Eye Cream.

The other night my husband and I saw the trailer for “Snow White and the Huntsman.” It shows the Wicked Queen sucking the air out of a young maiden, transforming her own depleted, hollow, shadowy, wrinkled visage into the youthful, pink-cheeked, fairest-of-them-all Charlize Theron. My husband nudged me and said, “If only it were that easy!”  (Yes, well, there’d be activists!)

At almost 47, I’ve discovered I have wrinkles as well as freckles that are not youthful and charming. My “dimple” hangs around long after I’ve finished smiling.

My biggest concern is my eye area. I have big green eyes - my best feature - framed now by crow’s feet, which I think look more like spider’s legs, and the dreaded baggy, crinkly, tissue paper under-eye skin. Eye cream was a perfect product for me to test, because I am always on the look-out for help in that department.

Blue Lagoon products come from a geothermal spa in Grindavik, Iceland. The website shows a luxurious hotel, gourmet meals and relaxing treatments, some while spa-goers are bathing in the healing waters of the actual Blue Lagoon.

The special ingredient in this cream is not virgin’s breath, but the water, algae, mud and silica that develop when deep sea water is cooled by “magmatic intrusions” and carries away with it a unique assortment of minerals.

There were several testimonials about the lagoon’s positive effect on eczema and psoriasis. I found an actual scientific study, done in Germany, where they concluded that the material was “biologically active for skin barrier improvement.” It was suggested that further study was needed.

Enter me… doing a fairly non-scientific experiment with the eye cream.

I am white with a light to medium skin tone. My skin is not generally oily or sensitive.

I used the Blue Lagoon Iceland Anti-Aging Eye Cream on my left (or “good”) eye and YBF Correct ($150 in the TIA shop) on the right eye.

The BL cream is white, odorless and fairly thin. It spreads easily and soaks in quickly. Only a small, pea-sized amount was needed. There was an immediate brightening and tightening effect that would last a good four to five hours. If I did a second application, it wouldn’t work as well. It was best to have clean skin.

The cream was not as moisturizing as the YBF. I find that Correct keeps my crow’s feet plump until I wash it off. This stuff would smooth out the wrinkles pretty well, but by midday the BL eye would feel dry and need a touch up. I tried using more at the beginning of my trial, but then it wouldn’t soak in and I’d look like a reverse raccoon.

The BL cream didn’t play well with others. If I tried to use a serum or makeup, it would pill and flake like mad. I didn’t mind so much since when I put it on I didn’t need makeup, but after a few weeks it seemed like it was building up on my skin. I would brush particles away during the day. If I touched by my eye, my fingers would come away with little white bits. It would migrate to my hair line, and make me worry I had dandruff. Not another thing to treat!

The effects didn’t seem permanent either. The Correct eye was making progress. The lines were softening. But the BL eye stayed the same.

The Blue Lagoon website says the “active elements are encapsulated in chronobiological liposomes.” I’m not sure what this means, and Googling the term just returned me to the Blue Lagoon website. Maybe the cetearyl alcohol, a fatty alcohol, mixed with the dimethicone?

The seawater is listed 4th, after regular water and some emulsifiers and conditioners. The silica and algae are 7th and 16th, respectively. The cream also includes acetyl hexapeptide-8, but this is second to last.

There were no parabens in this product. However, there were eight ingredients that came up as moderate hazards in my search of various cosmetic databases. These included calcium aluminum borosilicate, which can be a neurotoxin. Phenoxyethanol also seemed prominent, appearing ahead of the algae. I usually see that at the end of ingredients lists, if it’s included.

There were two ingredients that came up as high hazards. These are aluminum starch octenyl succinate and ceteareth-33. The aluminum is something found in deodorant. It is considered safe in limited concentrations, but is also a neurotoxin. The bottle was only 1/2 an ounce, so I’m not too worried, but it was the 8th ingredient listed. The other one was another emulsifier. That definition came up frequently when I researched the ingredients.

Overall I think this product has promise, but currently I wouldn’t buy it. It’s expensive ($115), particularly for something that has so many flagged ingredients. I hope the researchers keep working on it and develop something with more active ingredients and fewer potential toxins.

And I wouldn’t mind at all visiting the actual spa. Are they looking for any volunteers to review that?!

Ingredients: Water/aqua, PEG-4 polyglyceryl-2 stearate, C12-13 alkyl ethylhexanoate, sea water/maris aqua (Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater), cetearyl ethyl hexanoate, cetearyl alcohol , silica extract (Blue Lagoon silica), aluminum starch octenyl succinate, calcium aluminum borosilicate, dimethicone, cyclopentasiloxane, phenoxyethanol, sucrose palmitate, tocopheryl acetate, sclerotium gum, algae extract (Blue Lagoon algae), hydrolyzed wheat protein, malachite extract, ceteareth-33, sodium benzoate, glyceryl linoleate, potassium sorbate, acetyl hexapeptide-8, sodium hydroxide