While Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream is marketed as a lifting and firming anti-wrinkle eye cream, there aren't enough reviews -- especially from users -- to evaluate its effectiveness. The formula is fragrance-free but contains some potentially irritating ingredients. For a truly gentle option, reviewers recommend Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum, Fragrance Free (*Est. $20 for 1.7 oz.) .
Packaging may degrade sensitive ingredients. Testers at Good Housekeeping magazine say Wexler's 3-in-1 Eye Cream excels at reducing crow's feet, dark circles and fine lines, and it firms the eye area. The impact on fine lines and wrinkles is likely due to the hydrating and skin-plumping ingredients glycerin, shea butter, cetyl alcohol and butylene glycol.
Paula Begoun, skin care expert and author of "Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me" says the formula also contains cinnamon bark extract and cypress oil, which can cause irritation and aren't recommended for the delicate eye area. Wexler's Intensive Eye Cream comes in a jar that compromises the efficacy of peptides and other "cell-communicating" ingredients, she adds.
Creamy, balm-like texture. Reviewers at Good Housekeeping magazine say Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream has a balm-like texture and doesn't irritate sensitive skin. The formula is fragrance-free.
Review Credibility: Excellent Begoun says Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream isn't a good option, despite its inclusion of several beneficial ingredients. It contains cinnamon bark extract and cypress oil, both of which she says are potential skin irritants.
Review: Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream, Paula Begoun, June 15, 2010
2. Good Housekeeping
Review Credibility: Very Good Volunteers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute test 90 skin care products with an anti-aging claim, including eye creams. Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology Intensive 3-in-1 Eye Cream gets an Honorable Mention in the best eye cream category, but tied for the highest consumer score overall. Editors say it excels at reducing crow's feet, dark circles and fine lines.
Review: The Winners of Good Housekeeping's First Annual Anti-Aging Awards, October 2010
Review Credibility: Fair Editors at Allure magazine discuss ingredients that treat eye-area problems. Retinol is recommended for fighting crow's feet and fine lines, but editors say peptides are a gentler option that can also stimulate collagen growth. Patricia Wexler M.D. Dermatology 3-in-1 Eye Cream is recommended, but editors say nothing else about the formula and it isn't clear if it was tested.
Review: Allure Says: The 12 Best Eye Creams, Kayleigh Donahue, Not dated