Sciote Firming Eye Crème ($65 in the shop) is just about the best eye cream in its price bracket that I have come across. It is hydrating and anti-aging, keeping the eye area skin smooth and wrinkles at bay. I am always being asked to recommend a really good eye cream at around the $60 mark, and finally I can.
Sciote is a new brand to me and one after my own heart. Sciote’s motto is that knowledge is power. I was especially charmed to read that Sciote means “know yourself” in Latin. When I read this sentence on the company’s website, my first thought was that I could have written it myself : “We want to empower you the consumer to make knowledge-based decisions about your health and beauty needs.”
Anyway, back to Sciote Firming Eye Crème. The real litmus test is that I have continued to use it even though my 30-day test period is up. I find it useful on its own, or for extra hydration if one’s serum (in my case AQ Eye Serum, $99 in the shop) needs a moisturizing boost. The texture is somewhat dense, but it absorbs perfectly and does not feel heavy or greasy.
The first few ingredients in an aloe base and palm oil base include two alpha hydroxyl acids, glycolic acid and lactic acid. These exfoliants help clarify and smooth the skin, encouraging wrinkle repair. Although they feature quite prominently, I did not find Sciote’s eye cream sensitizing in any way. Some of the other actives include alpha lipoic acid, known as the "universal antioxidant" that can can work inside the cell and in the cell membrane. There’s also coenzyme Q10, an antioxidant that helps neutralize harmful free radicals, one of the causes of aging.
Amongst the botanical ingredients in Sciote Firming Eye Crème is Oregon grape, which is in fact not a grape, but related to the barberry. It does, however, have a good research pedigree when it comes to treating skin disorders. In addition, there’s antioxidant strawberry and kiwi fruits. And I like the inclusion of propolis, which bees make and use as a kind of bee mortar to hold their hives together.
I would have preferred Sciote Firming Eye Crème to have come without sodium hydroxide, a potential irritant, and the preservative phenoxyethanol. But that’s really not much to dislike in what is a terrific mid-priced eye cream.
Oh, and by the way, Sciote is pronounced Shoh-tay. So now you know and knowledge, of course, is power.