For the past few weeks, I have been putting My Blend's Time Resistant Eye Creme
to the test. Newsletter readers already know about my eye-opening experience at the My Blend counter in Saks. It was - in a word - revitalizing. After acquiescing to have this cream dabbed all over my eye area, I left the counter feeling bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. I figured that surely something this hydrating and uplifting must be packed with equally enriching ingredients, right? In a word - wrong.
Time Resistant Eye Creme touts a whole litany of anti-aging actions, including skin-firming, wrinkle-reducing, and barrier-repairing. Charged with antioxidants and ceramides, its powerful formula is supposed to stimulate circulation and tone skin for a smoother appearance. I can attest to a tightening and energizing sensation when I apply the cream around my eyes, but I think these effects are more attributable to caffeine
than to any special complexes. With a consistency akin to runny pudding, this cream disappears fast. As you watch its tub get increasingly shallow, you might wonder what makes up its contents.
The first ingredient after water, cyclopentasiloxane, is a lightweight form of silicone, known for its ability to lubricate. Because of its volatility, it evaporates after being applied, leaving a silky, grease-free feeling on skin. Cyclopentasiloxane may cause mild skin and eye irritation, according to the ingredient's material safety data sheet, and a small percentage of it reaches systemic circulation through dermal absorption, as found in a study
by the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. The Canadian government recently proposed cyclopentasiloxane for the toxic list as an environmental hazard to water-based organisms. I'm not sure why My Blend felt the need to resort to a chemical that can leave residual foreign substances in your body when there are so many excellent natural emollients, which actually moisturize at the cellular level rather than create a feel-good illusion.
My Blend sure has a thing for silicones. Besides cyclopentasiloxane and dimenthicone, which more often appear in products for hair than for skincare, a newly developed performance-enhancing silicone elastomer crops up not far down the eye cream's list. This synthetic compound is desirable for its lubricating, sebum-absorbing, and wrinkle-masking benefits. Glycerin, an alcohol that can be manufactured artificially or derived naturally from vegetable oils, is another beneficial component for skin. By keeping the proper water balance in the intercellular matrix, glycerin maintains the skin's homeostasis and may help other lipids function more effectively.
Once you get past the morass of synthetics, the eye cream has a lovely bunch of botanicals. Hydrolized protein from the seeds of the lupine plant, which contains a high amount of essential amino acids, provides many functions that combat premature aging. Not only is this protein a good antistatic and skin conditioner, but it also has restructuring and regenerating properties. A prickly plant known as Butcher's Broom contributes vascoconstrictive, anti-inflammatory, and dehydrating effects to depuff the eye area. But even the chosen botanicals bring some vices along with their benefits, as tecoma curialis bark extract can potentially irritate skin. Rounding out the untoward cluster of ingredients are phenoxyethanol and a double dose of parabens.
Purchasing My Blend's Time Resistant Eye Creme is an expensive proposition, since you only get half an ounce for $125. And your only options are to visit a Saks store or buy online. Although I think it does soothe and nourish the eye area, I'm not sure it's worth the risk of absorbing pollutants. Each of My Blend's items contain a unique formula, so we'll have to see what our two reader-reviewers think of their My Blend day creams before passing judgment on the whole line.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsequioxane Crosspolymer, Sodium Chloride, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Decarboxy Carnosine HCL, Caffeine, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Ruscus Aculeatus Root Extract, Tecoma Curialis Bark Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Protein, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, PPG-3 Myristyl Ether, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Steareth-20, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate.