Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel from PCA Skin Review

Ideal Complex Revitalizing Eye Gel from PCA Skin is an eye gel that is designed to firm and lift the skin around the delicate eye area.  It has a light gel texture which makes it usable for all skin types.  I do not have particularly sensitive skin, so I cannot comment on how it behaves on those skin types, however it did not cause me any irritation or discomfort when using.

This eye gel can assist in the improvement of dark circles around the eye area, puffiness, fine lines, wrinkles and tired, sagging eyelids.  I find that using this product straight from the fridge, wakes up my tired skin and is soothing.

It comes in a 0.5 oz tube, which is rather small and I would have preferred this to have been in an airless pump.  It is still easy to apply and I have no issues with the product.  I think it would have been refreshing if this tube had one of those stainless steel roller balls such as a few of the other eye creams I have tried.  I have always found those to be extra soothing and makes for an even smoother application of product.

It is easy to use, After cleansing my face with my Dr. Bronners Unscented Castile soap, toning with my Dr. Thayer's alcohol free aloe vera witch hazel, and applying Vitamin C and Hyaluronic Acid serum, I pat a small amount of this gel gently around my eye area morning and evening.  I apply this, and all eye serums/creams using my ring finger for the least amount of pressure to my delicate eye area skin.  

Water/Aqua/Eau, Cyclopentasiloxane, Glycerin, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Polysilicone-11, Ethylhexyl Hydroxystearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acacia Senegal Gum, Niacinamide, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Callus Culture Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Decyl Glucoside, Hexylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Aminomethyl Propanol, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Citrate, Silanetriol, Hydroxypropyl Cyclodextrin, Xanthan Gum, Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3, Crocus Chrysanthus Bulb Extract, Myristoyl Hexapeptide-4, Myristoyl Pentapeptide-8, Dipeptide Diaminobutyroyl Benzylamide Diacetate, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Darutoside, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38.

I would have preferred this serum to have less chemical based ingredients and more botanical and natural based ingredients.  I do like how it has glycerin in it which is a humectant and something I use often in my skin care routine to soften my skin.  I did notice some natural based ingredients in this serum and was pleased to see them among the chemical sounding ones.  They were not ingredients I was highly familiar with, and so I wanted to learn more about them.

After browsing the PCA website and familiarizing myself with this serum, I found this information about the natural based ingredients:

The Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract is a Chinese herbal bark that is an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties, it assists in tightening skin such as in this case, eyelid sagging.  It can also minimize dark circles and puffiness.  

Niacinamide (which is an ingredient I use quite regularly in my own daily skincare serums) is Vitamin B3 and is also fantastic for skin as it heals, protects, and has antioxidant and anti aging properties.  

Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract and Silanetriol is said to reduce eye puffiness, dark circles and under-eye bags while providing antioxidant protection.
Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Callus Culture Extract (Orange Stem Cell Extract) strengthens skin structure to maintain healthy and youthful-looking skin.  It firms the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Myristoyl Nonapeptide-3 is a peptide that provides similar benefits as vitamin A without irritation, reducing fine lines and wrinkles, and making the skin smoother and brighter. 

This product promises to provide incredible improvement after only 1-2 weeks of dedicated, daily use.  I have used this product and tested it, and my eye area feels tightened and this product feels lovely on my skin, but unfortunately my main concern of dark circles still are noticeable.  I attribute the dark circles to a combination of lack of sleep with a newborn baby who breastfeeds frequently, 2 other small children who stay at home with me, insomnia, and heredity. :) 

This product does have a rather hefty price tag ($84), I personally do not have it in my budget for such a small amount of product.  I did find it on Amazon for much less, but sometimes you cannot always guarantee the authenticity of items purchased from third party sellers.   
It does do a nice job of tightening my sagging skin around my eyes, which is something that I notice more as I get older.  
I was not compensated for this post, other than a complimentary 0.5 oz sample for the purpose of evaluation.  This was a sponsored post (powered by Brandbacker) written by me, and I did not promise a certain outcome.  This was my personal evaluation and opinion of this product.

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