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Victoria Principal's Secret Eyemazing eye cream

July 21, 2009 Reviewed by Marta 7 Comments

My post the other day on Cindy Crawford's Meaningful Beauty line prompted Colinmack to ask if anyone had a view on Victoria Principal's Secret line of beauty products. Ms P will in my mind be forever Dallas' Pam Ewing and I have to remind myself that she is a canny business woman with a production company and several books as well as a cosmetic line to her name. It is that quality that perhaps prompted her to proclaim from the rooftops that her Secret antiager is Argireline.

The "alternative to Botox" has been the cosmetic ingredient du jour for a few years now. The thing is that Argireline is looking a little passe. A neuropeptide that is supposed to inhibit the facial expressions that cause wrinkles, Argireline is having to step aside and make way for a new set of more powerful rivals, such as SNAP-8 or SY-NAKE.

Taking a look Principal Secret Reclaim Eyemazing eye serum, I am more impressed by the line's use of glycosaminoglycans. Their primary role is to maintain and support collagen, elastin and keep protein fibers in balance and proportion. GAGs also promote the ability of the collagen and elastin fibers to retain moisture, therefore remaining soluble (Source). They are important in the reaction of copper peptides to help repair wrinkles and acne scarring. Known as the water reserve of the viable epidermis and dermis, these carbohydrates are dependent on fluid intake. Glycosaminoglycans are also linked to the lymphatic system.

There is also an interesting seaplant. I first came across ahnfeltia concinna when I tried out Reviva Lab's excellent collagen eye pad kit ($38). The extract is full of proteoglycans, polypeptides and peptides. Ahnfeltia concinna extract’s peptides are thought to trigger a signal to the epidermal and dermal cells that a substantial breakdown of collagen has occurred.

The other botanical imperata cylindrica has a less convincing pedigree. It was thought that this was an inflammatory, but that has been disproved in clinical tests. White willow bark extract, on the other hand, is a common cosmetic ingredient. It is often used as a natural (though weaker) alternative to salicylic acid, because it controls sebum production and provides anti-acne properties. It isn't an obvious choice for an eye cream.

There are the usual suspects in the preservative department, silicones and there is also ethoxydiglycol, which seems to be a mild toxin and associated with cancer. Leaving those to one side, I would give Victorial Principal much higher marks than Cindy Crawford for creating a modern anti-aging potion. And for around $23, its worth checking out.


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Ingredients in Eyemazing
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate, Acetyl Hexapeptide 3, Butylene Glycol, Glycosaminoglycans, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Polysorbate 20, Propylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Flower Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Polyethylene, Dimethicone Copoyol, Cyclomethicone, Imperata Cylindrica (Root) Extract, Ethoxydiglycol, Isostearyl Neopentanoate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate,Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Isononyl Isnonanoate, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Lecithin, Maganese Ascorbyl Phosphate,Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben.

  • October 17, 2012

    by Steve

    I have tried this skin care line a couple of times because the commercials were very convincing. I really wanted this skin care line to work because Itruly *LOVE* the smell of this product (fresh melon scent). However, the regular day cream causes my skin to break out, which is why I started using the Ultra Cultured Cream. While this one worked better (no break outs) it did not reduce my wrinkles and since I had to import it from the US (I live in Germany), the line was quite expensive for me. The main reason for not using it anymore, however, is that there are a lot of critical ingredients, which I do not want to have on my skin.

  • July 23, 2009

    by Julie Kay

    I tell ya, aging through my 50s, wasting my time and dollars on products in the vast land of Youth Potions- in parallel I stumbled upon TIA (over a year ago). Immediately I knew I'd found (I know this may sound ... whatever- but I am profoundly sincere) the path to enlightment "for my skincare."

    I've learned SO much and brought that to bear on my skin. I can honestly say I look younger at 58, then I did at 55. I wish I'd taken pictures; this from a one who shuns the camera!

    I want to thank you again, Marta! you and your crew are lovely. ~jk

  • July 22, 2009

    by Lizzie

    I use this product everyday. I'm 38 year old but look all of 28! I highly recommend using this product.

  • July 22, 2009

    by David

    Thanks Marta, for the quick response. I will check those out straight away.

  • July 22, 2009

    by marta

    Hi David,
    I know what you mean. We are trying to guide people through the noise with our five best picks. <a href="" rel="nofollow">Click here for the most recent on eye creams</a> - one of them should do the trick for you. There is also a round up of <a href="" rel="nofollow">good anti-aging serums</a>. And click on the Five Best button in the right hand panel of every page for all our Five Best selections.
    Hope that helps

  • July 22, 2009

    by David

    Hi Marta,

    I have been using Mychelle for about two months now. I was really interested to hear about copper peptides and their claimed benefit. Since researching them I'm less impressed and have found I am really confused about what products to use.

    My skin has started to thin and I am noticing wrinkles, mostly around my eyes. I just want to use something that will increase the collagen and elastin, providing more plumpness. And get rid of existing wrinkles. I know that is probably what everyone wants, but any advice or direction would be wondrful. My head is spinning with so many products and claims out there.

  • July 21, 2009

    by colinmack

    Thank you! My sister uses this line and loves it. I was skeptical though.

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