eye creams with exceptional ingredients

Eye creams seem to be the next frontier of innovation. There was a time when every self-respecting eye serum had to have its dark circles and puffy eye actives alongside a peptide or two. Recently, I’ve been noticing some eye opening trends that focus on unexpected, unusual and always exciting actives, such as oxygen or cholesterol. Here’s my selection of eye creams that are worth looking at twice.

Cholesterol

Osmosis Refresh PM Eye Repair Serum ($54). The first three ingredients are cholesteryl oleyl carbonate, cholesteryl nonanoate and cholesteryl chloride. These are forms of cholesterol and have an opalescent or iridescent appearance because they selectively reflect visible light. But there is much to them than that. They have an occlusive emolliency and help lipids in the skin because they deliver and stabilize lipophilic active ingredients such as vitamins. Osmosis has also formulated its Eye Repair Serum with the skin lifting peptide caprooyl-tetrapeptide-3 (ChroNoline), niacinamide and ubiquinone. Read the full review of Osmosis Refresh by JustD

Oxygen

Tilth Beauty Resurrect Eye Cream (0.5oz/$62). The four oxygen-related ingredients are worthy of attention. Perfluorohexane can increase the concentration of oxygen, to the extent that animals can be submerged in a bath of perfluorohexane without drowning (source). When formulated with oxygen carriers – perfluorodecalin, perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, perfluorodimethylcyclohexane – as it is here, it is manufactured under the name of Fiflow for cosmetic use. As well as carrying oxygen, this blend can heal wounds and make the skin feel softer. In addition there’s plenty of peptides and botanicals in Tilth. Read my full review of Tilth Resurrect and a less favorable review by Jenny.

Retinol

Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream ($80). I never thought that I would take to retinol in an eye serum, but Amarte won me over. Retinol is here in Eyconic Eye Cream at a 3.8% concentration, no less. I really liked the smoothing and firming effects of this eye cream and I did not find it at all drying or irritating. This is due to a well-balanced formula that includes glycerin and argan oil. There is also epidermal growth factor (EGF) that is nano-encapsulated. I am guessing that this makes the EGF more stable and efficient at penetrating the skin. Read my full review of Amarte Eyeconic Eye Cream.

Bee venom

Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum ($49.95 in the shop). Contrary to popular myth, bee venom in cosmetics does not sting, or simulate a sting. Honey bee venom contains at least 18 active substances, including melittin, which is an anti-inflammatory that is being used to treat inflammatory diseases such as rheumatism, and can combat cancers. Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum also has honey and evening primrose. Read my full review of Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum.

Oils

Sevani Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Eye Serum ($54 in the TIA store). An eye cream doesn’t need to be a cream. Point proven by Sevani with this oil-based serum. Brimming with antioxidant oils – sea buckthorn, grapeseed, pomegranate and argan – it is a wrinkle smoother and skin softener. And it isn’t oily, but absorbs extremely well. Perfect for those looking for something new, but want to be all natural. Read the full review of Sevani Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Eye Serum by Kim.

Ingredients in Osmosis Refresh: Cholesteryl Oleyl Carbonate (and) Cholesteryl Nonanoate (and) Cholesteryl Chloride (and) Manganese Violet (and) BHT, Water, Glycerin (and) Dextran (and) Caprooyl-Tetrapeptide-3, Niacinamide, Cetearyl Olivate (and) Sorbitan Olivate, Chlorella Vulgaris Extract, Squalane (and) Ubiquinone, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Sodium Carboxymethyl BetaGlucan, Lime Essential Oil, Lipoic Acid, Silica, Preservative Water, Potassium Sorbate, Dehydroacetic Acid (and) Benzyl Alcohol

Ingredients in Tilth Resurrect Eye Cream: Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin*, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Polysorbate 60, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Hyaluronate (L), Tocopherol (D‐alpha), Pentapeptide‐18, Acetyl Hexapeptide‐8, Caprooyl Tetrapeptide‐3, Perfluorodecalin, Perfluorohexane, Perfluoroperhydrophenanthrene, Perfluorodimethylcyclohexane, Retinyl Palmitate, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil*, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Citric Acid, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder*, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Tocotrienols, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Dextran, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenethyl Alcohol

Ingredients in Amarte Eyconic Eye Cream: Water, Glycerin, Argan Oil, Retinol 3.8%, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl Alcohol, Adenosine, Allantoin, Elemental Sulfur, Human Oligopeptide-1 (EGF 2-Nano), Ginkgo Biloba Nut Extract, Nutmeg Kernel Extract, Clove Seed Extract, Eucalyptus Alba Leaf Extract, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Arginine, Dimethicone, Stearic Acid, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carbomer, Sorbitan Sesquiolate, Glyceryl Stearate/PEG-100 Stearate, PEG-40 Stearate, Self-Emulsifying Glyceryl Monostearate, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol

Ingredients in Nature’s Beauty Bee Venom Eye Serum: Aqua, Easyliance (Acacia Senegal Gum & Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum), Leptospermum Scoparium Mel (UMF20 Manuka Honey), Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose Oil), Persea Gratissima (Avocado Oil), Hydroxyethyl Cellulose, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Argireline, Bee Venom, Hydrolysed Collagen, Allantoin, Sodium Hyaluronate

Ingredients in Sevani Ageless Eyes Revitalizing Eye Serum: Vitis vinifera (grapeseed) oil, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, olive squalane, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, oenotera biennis (evening primrose) oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) oil, argan (argania spinosa) kernel oil (mixed tocopherols (Vit. E), hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) berry oil, therapeutic essential oil blend containing rose geranium, frankincense, helichrysum, neroli and carrot seed.