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Back in 2012, community member Ann gave an entertaining, but ultimately dissatisfied account of her experience with Blue Lagoon Iceland Anti-Aging Eye Cream. Since then Blue Lagoon has been back to the lab and done some reformulating as well changing the name to Rejuvenating Eye Cream (around $96). As I had recently had a good experience with the Blue Lagoon Algae Mask, I was more than game to see if the eye cream would prove to be new and improved.
Unfortunately, I cannot recommend Blue Lagoon Rejuvenating Eye Cream. In fact, I didn’t make it to the end of my trial period as I found it too difficult and unpleasant to use.
The cream comes in a tub and could be described as rich. I found it dense. So much so that it was difficult to apply. Anything greater than the tiniest amount was very hard for me to rub into my skin. However, the downside of being so parsimonious was that it was like using no eye cream at all and my eye area soon began to look dry and crepey. My attempts to incrementally increase the amount seemed to backfire every time. I simply couldn’t get the cream to absorb properly and after a week or so I began to get product build-up with dried lumps of creaming settling into crow’s feet that were pronounced grooves.
After more stops and starts than a learner driver, I lurched to a complete stop. I gave up. When it came to writing this review, I went back to remind myself what Ann had written about the old version. To my surprise she reported a similar experience and described product build-up syndrome that made her look like a raccoon in reverse.
Blue Lagoon is notable for its use of geothermal sea water (in this eye cream, it is near the top of the ingredient list), algae and silica extract that is near the bottom. These are unique to its geographic location and there is research published in Experimental Dermatology that attempts to get at what it is about the silica mud and two different microalgae species derived from the Blue Lagoon that makes them good for the skin. In addition, there’s the expression line inhibiting peptide, acetyl hexapeptide-8.
New to this latest version are glucosyl hesperidin, an ingredient that helps with dark under eye circles, fatty acid-rich babassu oil, sodium hyaluronate and oil from a kind of prickly pear. One of the most interesting is goggul, a resin from an Indian tree. This is an ingredient that I’ll be on the look out for as in a study that compared it to CoQ10, it performed much better at boosting collagen and inhibiting elastase.
The rest of the formula is a predictable concoction of silicones, triglycerides, celluloses and preservatives. I can’t really pinpoint what it is about the formula that makes the consistency so much of a barrier to use. Perhaps it is just not suited to me (or Ann three years ago).