Wednesday, April 23, 2014

FutureDerm Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 Review

 Press Sample (Unaffiliated Links)

FutureDerm has considerably expanded their range of products since I reviewed their fantastic Time Release Retinol 0.50 last year, and I can say without hesitation that their Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0  is every bit as impressive as was their first foray into the realm of high quality skincare.
According to FutureDerm, their Vitamin CE Eye Cream 10.0 is designed to be the best:

It accomplishes a heretofore impossible feat — delivering 10% vitamin C (as L-ascorbic acid) and 1% vitamin E to the eye area without irritating most skin types. The creamy, hydrating formula treats undereye wrinkles, creases, and dark circles in as few as 10 days. For daytime and/or nighttime use.

Vitamin C has been clinically proven in independent research to brighten skin, alleviate the appearance of dark circles and age spots, and even skin tone with regular use over time. The undereye area is no exception, particularly in dark circles that are caused by hyperpigmentation (rather than, say, blood pooling in the area).

However, it is difficult to deliver 10% vitamin C as L-ascorbic acid + 1% vitamin E to the eye area without running the risk of irritation — until now. FutureDerm CE Eye Cream 10.0 is a creamy, hydrating formula that will not irritate most skin types. It is designed for the undereye area. Results in as little as 10 days. For daytime and/or nighttime use.

FutureDerm products are tested for safety and efficacy, and are physician-approved. Our ingredients are safe in the concentrations used in each of our products, even with typical repeated use over time. As with any product, please reserve for external use only. Keep out of reach of children. Avoid contact with eyes. For best results, use with a broad-spectrum sunscreen daily.

FutureDerm answered the 10 most commonly asked questions about their Vitamin CE Eye Cream here, and I highly recommend reading it, if you are interested in learning even more about this fantastic eye cream.

Ingredients: Ascorbic Acid (antioxidant), Dimethicone, Bis Vinyl Dimethicone/ Dimethicone Copolymer (slip agent), Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3 (slip agent), Aluminum Starch, Octenylsuccinate (emulsifier), Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (fatty acid), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil (antioxidant), Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides (hydrator), Hydroxypropyl Bispalmitamide MEA (preservative), Tocopherol Acetate (antioxidant), Fragrance (needed, trust us).

My experience: One of the very first things that I noted after I used FutureDerm Vitamin C Eye Cream  for a few days was an unmistakable brightening and tightening of my under eye area. My skin quickly became brighter and more luminous with a pronounced clarity. My delicate eye area is left very soft, smooth, and taut each time that I use it-- and this combination of textural differences is very obvious both at a distance and close-up.  The high concentration of Vitamin C is responsible for the fantastic brightening effects, but fear not it did not irritate the skin in my delicate eye area.

The cream is light and smooth, and sinks in and gets right to work immediately. The silicones lend the cream a lovely velvety texture and the perfect amount of slip while the Vitamin E, Avocado and Grape Seed Oils deeply moisturize the delicate eye are. This antioxidant rich formula assures the user that the anti-aging benefits are real and tangible, and with prolonged use one will definitely see a reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Furthermore, the brightening effects of Vitamin CE Eye Cream has radically lightened my dark circles. FutureDerm suggests that after two months of daily use that skin will, "appear brighter, dark circles due to hyperpigmentation/melanin production will be diminished, and the skin may feel firmer. It really, truly does work." I can attest to the veracity this claim, and I haven't even used it for two months yet!

The fabulous texture also serves as a wonderful base for under-eye concealer, feeling a bit like a high quality primer rather than a typical eye cream. I honestly can't think of anything that this eye cream doesn't do exceedingly well. I'm utterly thrilled by the results, and am thrilled to have discovered this eye cream that boast great efficacy, ease of use, and a fantastic tactile experience. In short, this is a fantastic eye cream all the way around!
Overall assessment: What a fantastic eye cream! It brightens, tightens, moisturizes, nourishes, reduces the appearance of dark circles, and is an antioxidant rich anti-aging powerhouse! Well done, FutureDerm, well done!

$59.00 for 0.50 oz. Available from FutureDerm. (Unaffiliated Link)
Press Sample. All views expressed are categorically my own.
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  1. I wish FutureDerm had referenced actual studies rather than simply saying, "It occurred to me . . ." when explaining why they only use 10% C as opposed to the 15% more typically found in serums that can be used all over the face. For a blog site that claims to be grounded in science, "It occurred to me . . . " doesn't sound very scientific, does it? I'm not disputing the fact that 10% is potentially less likely to cause problems for some people. I'm just wondering what studies are supporting FD's 10% decision especially since they make it a primary selling point.

    Personally, I use a C (15%) E (1%) Ferulic (.5%) serum over my entire face--including eyelids--neck and chest every day and have had no problem whatsoever with irritation. I guess I'm just a tough old bird! LOL Or, perhaps it is FutureDerm's C (16%) E (2%) Caffeic (unspecified %) serum that has proven to be too harsh for FD's customers to use around their eyes and so FD came up with a separate cream. As for the eye cream's formula itself, it is good but not ground-breaking in any way.

    For many people, getting used to C serum is like getting used to retinoids: Start at a lower concentration and increase it as the skin becomes accustomed to it. So, for those people who have not used C serums before, 10% would likely be a good introductory experience. And, of course, there will always be those people who will be stuck using lower concentrations due to skin sensitivities. For people; however, who routinely use 15% concentrations without problems, this eye cream would be a step backward.

    Ah, FutureDerm! I remember back in the day when you were more informational than infomercial :-(

    1. I just found another location on the FutureDerm website that cited several a few studies:

      Is that the SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic to which you refer, Eileen? If so, do you love it? My mom has used that for years and swears by it, and thinks that I should be using it as well!

      I definitely like your approach of increasing the percentage as one would while getting used to retinoids. I think that is sage advice, indeed!

      Thank you for your very insightful comment (as always). :-)

  2. i really like how they point out in their article that you linked above that it will only help with dark circles due to hyperpigmentation! that was the first thing that flashed through my mind when i read your review, "aren't there multiple causes for dark circles, each requiring a different solution?" so i'm glad they addressed that.

    on a different topic, years ago, i tried the skinceuticals ce ferulic. i can't say that i finished the whole bottle but i definitely gave at least a good 2 months. i didn't see see what the fuss was about. i didn't really notice a difference in my skin so eventually i moved on to other products. however, i should note that my skin is kinda weird and doesn't seem to respond to most vit. c products. the only exception i found to this rule was the algenist targeted age correcting serum but i believe i read somewhere you didn't think the brand was impressive so maybe our skins are just different.

    1. I agree, that was a very good point to make about the cause of dark circles! Read what Eileen wrote below-- she has been using CE Ferulic for years and years, and perhaps the problem was that you didn't use it quite long enough to see the difference. It might be worth revisiting?? However, if your skin doesn't respond favorably to Vitamin C based products as a rule, then maybe there isn't much point in trying it again (especially since it is not inexpensive). I have only tried one Algenist product, and it was a sample pot of a cream. I don't remember what I thought about it, but it wasn't a big enough sample to determine whether it was a good fit for my skin. I am actually quite interested in trying their Advanced Anti-Aging Repairing Oil-- I loved the texture when I was playing with it at Sephora last time I was there!

    2. omg! i LOVE that oil! the difference in just 1 week, my skin became so much softer. it sinks in really fast. i've actually replaced my morning moisturizer with the oil. i was chatting with the brand rep during the sephora rouge event and the rep told me that alguronic acid works synergistically with all your products helping the ingredients penetrate deeper into the skin, making all your products more efficient. i'm personally quite a fan of the brand although i'll admit there are some that are just meh. which moisturizer did you try? i'm enjoy their regenerative anti-aging moisturizer but not their overnight or their firm & lift cream.

    3. I went digging around in older posts and found my comment from an Empties post in 2012! Apparently it was the Algenist Regenerative Anti-Aging Moisturizer and I said that I thought that, "it was fine, but nothing special for me." I don't think that I used it long enough to form a more specific opinion. I have a vague recollection of trying it, but I don't remember anything more than that. I might have to get another sample and see what I think two years later. I definitely do want to try that oil, and even more so now that you have professed your love for it!

    4. Lola, you are correct in suggesting that the CE Ferulic serum is more of a long term type of skin care product. Years ago a dermatologist told me that if I continued to use a good C serum (15%), it wouldn't be a case of what I did see so much as what I didn't see--sun damage! Make sense? In other words, its value lies in its long term, cumulative effect. Over time, it steadily rejuvenates and corrects while it provides on going protection from further damage. It's a powerful anti-oxident, but it's definitely not the end all, be all of skin care. That's why we have other things in our arsenals such as retinoids, moisturizers, and sunscreens. And, as with any skincare product, some will be more beneficial than others when it comes to treating our particular concerns. Chia-Yi didn't see any results with CE Ferulic but loves Algenist. I love CE Ferulic but Algenist makes me break out in a rash! Ah, the joys and wonders of cosmetic chemistry! LOL. Both you ladies have a wonderful day :-)

    5. Really?! Then I really need to get the CE Ferulic-- I have a few areas of sun damage that need to be addressed, and I am more than willing to the long term cumulative effect! This coupled with my Retin A should definitely help! Of course your point is an excellent one-- what works for one person won't necessarily be the end-all be-all for someone else! Have a lovely weekend! :-)

  3. I use a clone from Cosmetic Skin Solutions. For years I shelled out for the SkinCeuticles but, when I realized how much of it I was using, I looked for a more economical substitute without sacrificing efficacy. The CE Ferulic by CSS is almost identical to the one by SkinCeuticles and has the same percentages of C, E, and Ferulic Acid. It's only the minor players that vary a bit. When I first started using the clone, I applied it on one side of my face and the remainder of my SkinCeuticles on the other side. After a month, no difference. Absolutely none! I use five drops of CE Ferulic morning and night. It's been my bottom line skincare for years and years. Of course, my anti-aging heavy hitter is my prescription strength retinoic acid which I use five nights a week, but I think the CE Ferulic has done a lot to clarify and protect my complexion. So, my dear, listen to your mother :-) Start using a good CE Ferulic serum now and be patient. It is one of those products that works steadily over time to improve the condition of your skin. It really is a game changer and your skin will thank you years from now.

    1. I will have to look into that! Since you saw no difference between the two, it seems that there is little point in spending the extra money on SkinCeuticals! My anti-aging heavy hitter is likewise prescription Retin A. I still use my other favorite anti-aging products as well, but I have been using the Retin A about 5 nights a weeks as well. I think that I am going to ask my doctor for a higher percentage concentration next time I see her though. I will listen to you and my mom, and definitely add the CE Ferulic into my routine! :-)


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