Pond’s’ has really upped their game with a new anti-aging line called Age Miracle. Some of the products in the line-up are quite impressive while others are a bit so so. An example of the latter would be the Dual Eye-Therapie cream, R129,99.
Packaging-wise it looks great and makes use of a divided ying-yang-style jar to house two different eye cream; a pink collagen eye cream and white brightening eye cream.
Both creams make use of lots of silicone so they have the most amazing silky texture on your skin. In fact, it reminds me a lot of Estee Lauder Idealist in that its able to fill in and reflect the light away from fine lines and pores. I also like how the white brightening eye cream really does brighten. It’s loaded with zillions of tiny optical diffuser that actually do manage to lighten and brighten the perma-blue rings that reside beneath my peepers. The downside though is that both of these effects are temporary – once you wash off it off, you’re back to where you started.
Still, it does make use of other active ingredients, namely collagen, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) and chamomile extract. The CLA is found in both creams and can help promote cell renewal and stimulate skin cell repair. I supposed this is what they’re relying on to ‘reduce lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet’ on a more permanent basis. Also, the brightening under eye cream makes use of the chamomile extract – aside from being soothing and helpful in regards to puffiness, it’s also a decent antioxidant with smoothing and cell repairing properties.
As for the collagen bit… a lot of people don’t realise that collagen is a tricky beast. As is, it can’t penetrate your skin and needs to be broken down in a very special/fancy/expensive way to get inside your gesig. Even though Pond’s has done this in using hydrolized collagen, its still not able to attach itself to your own collagen and help improve skin elasticity. On the upside, it’s not entirely useless – collagen makes for a good hydrator as its able to help hold moisture within your skin. Still, they’d have been better off using a proven wrinkle-buster like retinol.
One last plus point? Both creams use zinc oxide, a natural sun screen. The box, however, doesn’t list the SPF but I’ve seen what appears to be the same product with a different name (Dual Eye-Therapie UV) and that claims to have an SPF of 8.
P.S. Am I the only beauty blogger who independently researches product ingredients as opposed to just take its press release at face value? Or worse yet, cut and paste it?!