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Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream Review

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Crow's Feet, Dull Skin, Puffy Eyes
Dr. Dennis Gross C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Eye Cream
April 10, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 2 Comments
TRU Rating
The formula has a host of anti-aging heavy-hitters, including peptides and vitamin C, but may cause adverse reactions like stinging


Tightens and lifts


Irritating and drying

If you read my recent “What’s Working For Me” article, you’ll know that a new discovery (actually a new product launch) has become a permanent part of my regimen: Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten and Firm Vitamin C Serum($78 in the shop). The more observant amongst you, especially if you are up to speed on DDG’s new mini-line for tired skin, will notice that I did not mention the companion eye cream. After weeks of testing, I gave up and concluded that it wasn’t for me.

Since I am loving the C+ Collagen face serum, I wanted to at least like the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream ($65). But it was not meant to be. We got off to a bad start and never recovered. I found this eye cream to tingle in a very uncomfortable way from the get go. Although the feeling would eventually subside, I would find myself rubbing my itchy eyes for several hours after application. My skin never got red or visibly irritated and so I persisted with my trial.

After three weeks, I decided that although my periorbital skin looked tighter and the lids a little lifted, they also looked duller and drier. Finding the cream unpleasant and uncomfortable to use and, unable to summon the enthusiasm to finish my full 30-day trial period, I gave up. We have another C + Collagen Brighten & Firm Eye Cream out with another member of the community and I am hoping that my experience will be confined to me. While we are waiting, I will give you my take on some of the ingredients.

As with the C+ Collagen face serum, one of the key ingredients is a vitamin C derivative called 3-O-ethyl ascorbic acid. This is a stable form that has also been credited with halting the melanin-biosynthesis pathway in skin, hence it can prevent hyperpigmentation. There are also collagen amino acids and the new line’s signature antioxidants including ubiquinone.

As a peptide enthusiast, I was excited to see they are packed into this eye cream: dipeptide-2​,​ palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7​,​ palmitoyl tripeptide-1​,​ palmitoyl hexapeptide-12. The first one, dipeptide-2 is associated with diminishing under eye bags. Tripeptide-1 is said to stimulate the synthesis of collagen I and III, fibronectin and laminin. Now you can see why I wanted to make friends with this eye cream. Other useful ingredients include hesperidin methyl chalcone, good for under eye circles, as is licorice and cucumber.

While going through the ingredients, I kept a beady eye out for what might have been the source (or sources) of the discomfort I experienced. Most of the actives are proven safe. For example, I checked out the ceramide used here (ceramide NG) and it seems to have a good safety profile. Niacinamide can be irritating for some and it does feature high on the ingredient list. There are known irritants like phenoxyethanol and sodium benzoate amongst the preservatives. More likely, to my non-chemists eye is that some of the ingredients (in what is a long and complex formula), while benign in and of themselves, in combination set off a reaction.  

  • April 13, 2017

    by Marta

    Hi Pam, I didn't layer a moisturizer over it as I don't normally need to do that, not having especially dry skin. Niacinamide is a great anti-aging ingredient, but it is known to cause irritation for some people. I haven't knowingly had a reaction to it in the past. It may not be the culprit here. As I concluded in my review, I think it is more likely to be a combination of ingredients than any one thing in this formula.

  • April 12, 2017

    by Pam

    Marta, a couple of questions for you. It was good to read your review because I, too, felt an unusual tingling/burning sensation when I applied this eye cream today for the first time & wondered if that was "normal". While tingling, I noticed some of my eyelid skin flushed, and then all subsided within a minute or so & the rest of the day it's been ok with no other issues. I wanted to try this DDG C+ eye product because I've had amazing results with his ferulic/retinol products as well as the new C+ face serum. Since my 65 yr old upper and lower eyelids are dry, I always have to apply a moisturizing product on top of every serum or "treatment" eye cream such as this one. 1st question regards your observation that your eyelids became more dry - did you apply any moisturizing product on top of this eye cream during your test? 2nd - my ex used to apply topical niacin and said his face would tingle while the flush occurred. Since I've never used a topical with concentration of niacinamide, I wanted to know if you have and if so, did you experience a similar sensation?

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