Catherine Keener, whose latest movie Peace, Love and Misunderstanding is in theatres now, has a delightfully eccentric beauty tip:

“Our country is so beautiful. It’s the best beauty secret. Just get in your car and drive anywhere,” she says. “When you return your life will be different.”

Like her co-star, Jane Fonda, Ms Keener (53) has an inspiringly positive attitude when it comes to aging. She says, “my whole life has exceeded expectations. I don’t chase anything. I don’t want to be anyone else. I don’t want to be younger. I just feel grateful,” she says.

As far as skincare goes, she is big on moisturizing. “Dry skin is what looks so bad,” she says. “You want to moisturize a lot especially in bad weather.” Although she hasn’t specified which moisturizer she uses, she has confessed to getting a bright-eyed look for the red carpet from Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels ($30). Naturally, I had to take a squint at them.

I have the same problem with the Eye Gels as we at Truth In Aging have had in the past with Skyn Iceland products; some interesting ingredients are marred by a few that I would rather not come into contact with. Here, it is sodium hydroxide, which you might know as lye or caustic soda. Lovely. The CDC notes that “contact with the eye may produce pain and irritation, and in severe cases, clouding of the eye and blindness.” Solutions as weak as .12% have been shown to destruct healthy skin cells within one hour.  I don’t know what the concentration is in Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels, but it is, alarmingly, the fifth most dominant ingredient. It is used as a pH balancer and I would have thought there would be gentler ones around.

Some of the actives are perfluorodecalin, which is purported to increase oxygen and moisture levels, but has little research to back it up. Similarly hydrolyzed elastin (typically of bovine origin) has not been demonstrated to become part of or boost native elastin.

There are some good ingredients, including glycosphingolipids, ubiquinone and several botanical extracts. But, ultimately, not quite red carpet worthy.

Ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Angelica Archangelica Root Water*, Sodium Hydroxide, Acrylates Copolymer, Agar, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Caprylyl Glycol, Perfluorodecalin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, PEG-75 Shea Butter Glycerides, Glycosphingolipids, Xanthan Gum, Ubiquinone, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Buddleja Davidii Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloudberry) Seed Oil, Oxycoccus Palustris (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Aluminum Glycinate, Butylene Glycol, Polysorbate 60, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol

*With Minerals