Garnier is a well-known brand name in the cosmetics industry with a multitude of products for every conceivable use including eye creams. Women start to worry about the effects of time on their eyes usually after the first few signs appear. They do not give it much thought while they are still young and the collagen production is enough to correct any problems.
Unfortunately, if you start treating your eyes after the first wrinkles and fine lines begin to appear the best result to be achieved is to age gracefully with the creams used trying to delay the effects and give you a more radiant skin. On the other hand if you start treating the eyes early enough it is possible to delay the appearance of the unwanted wrinkles and fine lines for a few years altogether.
Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra Lift Anti Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream is one of the products that has been designed to be used once the first signs of puffiness and dark circles being to appear and it is time to take immediate action. The label says that the very potent set of ingredients can reinvigorate, renew and refresh the skin. Let’s discuss if this really is so.
A Closer Look at Garnier Nutrtioniste Eye Cream
The basic ingredient is Pro-Retinol. Retinol is another name for vitamin A and in all creams that it is used, it is meant to address fine lines and wrinkles. But pro-retinol is a little more than just vitamin A. It provides a firming effect to the skin along with smoothing and softening of the delicate areas. Basically it is responsible for increasing the production of elastin and collagen which are the main elements behind a younger looking skin.
Pro-retinol is one of the safest ingredients to use in an eye cream as it has been extensively tested not only dermatologically but also from an ophthalmological stand point as the cream may go into the eyes by a wrong application. It is also non-comedogenic and therefore it will not clog the pores.
The rest of the ingredients have the purpose of moisturizing and nourishing the skin which is just as important as producing collagen and elastin. The health of the skin is a chain consisting of a few links and is as strong as the weakest of these links. Without enough moisturizing the cells wither. Without enough nourishment the cells are not as healthy as they should be. Without collagen or elastin the damage is not repaired. If any of the above is not optimal, the overall health of the skin is not optimal.
For those interested in the full list:
- Argan Extract
- Shea Butter
- Salicylic Acid
- Rice Protein
- Seed Butter
- Ginger Root Extract
Garnier has always been considered as a company that offers its products at reasonable prices. At $11 for a jar of 15 ml for 2 weeks of use, it makes for $22 for 30 ml for 4 weeks which is well below the average of the prices list of the comparable products.
One might say that the low price depicts the weaknesses in the product which can be found in almost every customer review. These weakness reflect that the ingredient combination does not provide:
- enough UVA protection which means that it has to be combined with an additional product with SPF 15 and above. Counting in the extra cost for the sunscreen, the overall price approaches the average
- enough moisturizing agents which means additional cost for a moisturizer. Again the overall cost rises and becomes average to above average
- non irritating cleansers. In fact some of these cleansers are considered as very irritating especially for dry and sensitive skins
On the other hand, the same customer reviews speak of a very rich cream that can produce skin softness and elasticity for quite a while along with a scent that is just as strong as it needs to be without being offensive. They also speak of a no-grease formula which does not result in skin breakouts by continuous use.
If the opinion of the experts is to be counted in the equation, then the product does not contain a strong combination of ingredients to actually provide anything more than a very intense hydration of the skin while the visible effects are minimal. This opinion tilts the balance to this product actually not delivering on exactly what it promises.
Another weakness is the packaging itself. It’s well-known that the jar packages can reduce the overall effectiveness of some of the more sensitive and delicate ingredients. If the jar stays in the shelf for too long this reduction means that it can actually be useless altogether.
Overall it can be argued that Garnier Nutritioniste Ultra Lift Anti Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream is a rather below average product offered at an average to above average price if the additional products that are necessary to provide the overall result desired, are taken into account. It has its strong points and its weaknesses which are too obvious to overlook.
An eye cream is supposed to provide certain results. If these results are not the ones expected, or even barely visible, then the product is not up to its task and design. Garnier (and L’Oreal by extension as the owning company) must do some more research to provide a much better product than this one. The low price may not be considered as enough of a balancing agent to the inadequacies of the cream. There are other products of similar cost that can provide much better results.