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Best Rejuvenating Eye Cream: Is Lancôme Eye Cream the One?

Written by Irina Webb

Are you on the lookout for eye creams that work?  In this expert analysis, you’ll learn how Lancôme Rénergie Lift eye cream compares to such eye care options as Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s, Shiseido, SK-II, and Clinique.  You will also find out what product I consider the best anti-aging eye cream for women in their 40s (and other age groups) as well as the best clean eye cream.  To learn how to take care of your skin to help you look beautiful, check out my Non-Toxic Anti-Aging Beauty Routine Guide.

Is Lancôme Eye Cream the Best? A picture of a woman applying eye cream.

Skincare Products: Better Safe or Effective?

Before writing this blog post, I asked what aspects of eye cream products readers are most interested in discussing.  Turns out, many skincare users are looking for the most effective eye cream as opposed to the safest one.  And I totally understand!  After all, most of us want to look as beautiful and young as possible, so a product’s effectiveness matters!

But what if I told you that a non-toxic eye cream can be effective (and affordable), too? 

After I discovered that conventional products contained toxic ingredients, I began my journey to health.  (You can read more about it in my blog post-confession about breast implants and autoimmune diseases.)  At that time, there were not that many non-toxic options, so I used what was available.  In 2012, when my son was born, I used an eye cream and had a terrible allergic reaction – my whole face swelled up like a balloon. (It was not Lancôme eye cream.)

With time and deeper research into ingredients, I realized that my skincare products, though non-toxic, hardly had any beneficial ingredients for my skin.  Especially, I needed an eye cream for dark circles, but the product I applied wasn’t helping me much with that.  Fortunately, I no longer have this problem because I have found a rejuvenating eye cream that also works for my dark circles.  Stay with me to find out what it is!

In the meantime, let’s discuss what anti-aging skincare ingredients the best clean eye cream should contain to be effective.

Best Ingredients for an Anti-Aging Eye Cream

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I consider the following ingredients effective for under eye rejuvenation.  Read on to find out if Lancôme Rénergie Lift contains any of them.

CAFFEINE or GREEN TEA– potent antioxidant
– soothes skin
– protects against environmental stressors
– helps with puffiness (source and source)
HYALURONIC ACID or SODIUM HYALURONATE– restores skin hydration
– visibly plumps fine lines and wrinkles (source)
NIACINAMIDE (VITAMIN B3)  – improves the appearance of pores and skin blemishes
– brightens skin tone
– helps increase protein synthesis
– helps protect from UV light damage
– smoothes out wrinkles (source)
look for collagen-stimulating peptides
(most palmitoyl tripeptides)
avoid muscle-paralyzing peptides
(acetylhexapeptide-3, pentapeptides)*
– regenerate skin matrix cells
– stimulate production of collagen
– reduce pigmentation of photo-damaged skin
– decrease fine lines and wrinkles
– help increase skin elasticity (source)
SQUALANE  – antioxidant – detoxifier – hydrator – emollient (source)
– neutralizes free radicals (that diminish collagen and elastin)
– prevents wrinkles (source)

*Muscle-paralyzing (Botox-like) inhibitor peptides block the release of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter related to memory and involved in muscle contractions.  Eventually, they may negatively impact memory.

What about vitamin A?

I would not use vitamin A in my eye skincare because it can be irritating and drying, especially for the gentle eye area.  Also, it is best to use products with vitamin A at night to avoid sun exposure

Ingredients You Don’t Want in Your Best Eye Cream for Wrinkles

Truly, eye creams that work are an investment.  Fortunately, the best clean eye creams are not only effective, but also non-toxic and even more affordable than the best high-end eye cream options.  Stay with me to find out what they are, but first, check out which ingredients I consider concerning and why.

BenzothiazolinonePotential allergen (source)
Capryloyl salicylic acid– Potential allergen (source)
– EU suspects salicylic acid, a component of capryloyl salicylic acid, of damaging fertility (source)
Ethoxylated ingredients (PEGs, polysorbate, -eth)Potentially contaminated with carcinogenic 1,4 dioxane during manufacturing, depending on method (learn more here)
FragranceA mixture of undisclosed ingredients, many of which are petroleum-derived and can be potential allergens and endocrine disruptors (learn more here)
Isolates (geraniol, limonene, linalool etc.)Potential allergens (learn more here)
Methylisothiazolinone, MethylchloroisothiazolinonePotential allergens (source)  
ParabensPotential endocrine disruptors that affect the reproductive system (source)
Petroleum-derived ingredients (petrolatum, mineral oil, isoparaffin, benzene etc.)Potentially contaminated with heavy metals and some carcinogenic PAHs (learn more here)  
PhenoxyethanolPotentially allergenic preservative due to its manufacturing method (learn more here)
PolyacrylamidePotentially contaminated with carcinogenic acrylamide (source)
Red 40 (or other synthetic colorants)Potentially contaminated with sodium salt of 6-hydroxy-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid, 4-amino-5-methoxy-o- toluenesulfonic acid, disodium salt of 6,6′-oxybis (2-naphthalene-sulfonic acid), lead, arsenic (source)

Unnecessary Ingredients in Skincare

Ideally, your rejuvenating eye cream should have a short list of ingredients.  Oftentimes, besides anti-aging skincare ingredients, I see those that in my mind are not necessary to the health of the skin and to making a cream.  Perhaps, a chemist would explain to me their functions in a particular product.  But why go for a chemically-laden product when there are non-toxic eye cream options that work without chemicals? Some of them may even be potentially harmful or contain the residues of manufacturing contaminants.

For instance, I consider the following ingredients unnecessary in an eye cream (Lancôme eye cream contains some of them, too).

MineralsAlumina, iron oxides, titanium dioxide, tin oxide, magnesium sulfate, mica
SiliconesCyclopentasiloxane, cyclohexasiloxane, polysilicone-11, polymethylsilsesquioxane (learn more here)
Synthetic polymers (plastic)Nylon-12, polyethylene

Now, let’s discuss the popular best brand eye cream options and their ingredients.

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Estee Lauder vs. Lancôme Rejuvenating Eye Cream

Do these two brands belong in the best clean eye cream category?  Let’s look at their ingredients to determine if they are safe and effective eye cream options.  Here are the ingredients for Estee Lauder eye cream (RE-NUTRIV Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye Crème).

Estee Lauder Rejuvenating Eye cream ingredients

And these are the ingredients for Lancôme eye cream (Lancôme RÉNERGIE LIFT Multi-Action Ultra Eye Cream).

Lancome Rénergie Lift ingredients

Let’s analyze Estee Lauder vs. Lancôme eye creams as to which ingredients are beneficial and which ones are concerning among those we discussed above.  (Note: There may be other beneficial or concerning ingredients, but I focus only on those that, in my opinion, are the most beneficial and concerning.)

Estee Lauder RE-NUTRIV Ultimate Lift Regenerating Youth Eye CrèmeSodium hyaluronate, caffeineAcetyl Hexapeptide-8 (inhibitor peptide), cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone (ethoxylated), lauryl PEG-9 polydimethylsiloxyethyl dimethicone (ethoxylated), PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone (ethoxylated), phenoxyethanolCyclopentasiloxane, polysilicone-11, cyclohexasiloxane, polymethylsilsesquioxane, alumina, nylon-12, magnesium sulfate, mica, titanium dioxide, iron oxides
Lancôme RÉNERGIE LIFTSodium acetylated hyaluronate, caffeine, acetyl tetrapeptide-9Peg-20 stearate (ethoxylated), Peg/Ppg/polybutylene glycol-8/5/3 glycerin (ethoxylated), Peg-100 stearate (ethoxylated), red 40, C13-14 isoparaffin (petroleum-derived), phenoxyethanol, polyacrylamide, limonene, capryloyl salicylic acid, geraniol, laureth-7 (ethoxylated), fragranceTitanium dioxide, mica, tin oxide

It is great that both of these rejuvenating eye cream products contain sodium hyaluronate that is basically a must for eye creams that work.  Nevertheless, I do not consider them best clean eye creams because of their concerning ingredients.

Shiseido vs. SK-II Anti-Aging Under Eye Creams

What about these two brands – do they belong in the best non-toxic eye cream category?  And are they the eye creams that work?  Here are the ingredients for Shiseido eye cream (Wrinkle Smoothing).

Shiseido eye cream ingredients

And these are the ingredients for SK-II eye cream (SKINPOWER).

SK-II eye cream ingredients

Let’s look at Shiseido vs. SK-II eye creams as to whether they contain any beneficial and concerning ingredients we discussed above.  (Note: There may be other beneficial or concerning ingredients, but I focus only on those that, in my opinion, are the most beneficial and concerning.)

Shiseido Wrinkle SmoothingSqualane, caffeine, sodium acetylated hyaluronate, palmitoyl tripeptide-1, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7Mineral oil, petrolatum, and paraffin (petroleum-derived), methylparaben, ethylparaben, fragrance, PEG/PPG-14/7 dimethyl ether, PPG-3 dipivalate (ethoxylated), linalool, limonene, citronellol, geraniol, polysorbate-20 (ethoxylated)Polyethylene, iron oxides
SK-II SKINPOWERNiacinamide, palmitoyl pentapeptide-4    Petrolatum and C13-14 isoparaffin (petroleum-derived), polyacrylamide, methylparaben, PEG-100 stearate (ethoxylated), laureth-7 (ethoxylated), propylparaben, ethylparaben, fragrance, PEG-7 glyceryl cocoate (ethoxylated), methylsilanol TRI-PEG-8 glyceryl cocoate (ethoxylated)Polymethylsilsesquioxane, mica  

Well, these rejuvenating eye cream products contain beneficial ingredients for the under-eye area.  In fact, they use collagen-stimulating peptides, but they come at the end of the ingredient list for both products.  It means that peptides are used in smaller quantities than, say, some concerning ingredients, like petroleum-derived ones.

In sum, I do not consider Shiseido and SK-II eye cream best clean eye creams due to the presence of concerning ingredients.  Again, in my opinion, eye creams that work do not have to contain unhealthful ingredients.  

best clean eye cream. An image of a woman's eye.

Kiehl’s vs. Clinique Under Eye Rejuvenation Products

Do you think these products, considered by many the best high-end eye cream options, belong in the list of best non-toxic eye cream choices?  What anti-aging skincare ingredients do they use?

Below are the ingredients for Kiehl’s eye cream (Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado).

Kiehl's eye cream ingredients

These are the ingredients for Clinique eye cream (All About EyesTM).

Clinique All About Eyes ingredients

Let’s analyze Kiehl’s vs. Clinique as we did Estee Lauder and Lancome eye cream, and Shiseido and SK-II.  (Note: There may be other beneficial or concerning ingredients, but I focus on those that in my opinion are the most beneficial and concerning.)

Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with AvocadoNone (of the discussed above)PEG-30 (ethoxylated), phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparabenMagnesium sulfate
Clinique All About Eyes™Caffeine, green tea leaf extract  PEG/PPG-18/18 dimethicone (ethoxylated), petrolatum, cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 dimethicone (ethoxylated), phenoxyethanolCyclopentasiloxane, polyethylene, polysilicone-11, iron oxides

So, would you call Kiehl’s and Clinique eye cream products best clean eye creams or the eye creams that work?  Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado seems to have none of the strong under-eye skincare ingredients we discussed above.  And while Clinique rejuvenating eye cream uses caffeine and green tea extract (good for puffy eyes), its concerning ingredients turn me off.

In conclusion, I would not use any of the reviewed high-end eye creams: Shiseido, SK-II, Kiehl’s, Clinique, Estee Lauder, and Lancôme Rénergie Lift.  In my opinion, they are not safe or clean enough.

What would I use then?  I’m glad you asked!

Best Clean Eye Creams that Work

First of all, I have done research into multiple eye creams and published the best products in the IRLFY shop on my website.  So, check it out to see several options that will also work for your budget.

Here, I will focus on two products – one from a lower price category and another from a higher price category.  (Ironically, the “higher” price range is still much lower than that of the high-end brands we discussed above, e.g., Lancôme Rénergie Lift.)

Here are the ingredients of Mad Hippie rejuvenating eye cream.

Mad Hippie rejuvenating eye cream ingredients

And these are the ingredients of Crunchi Powerlight® Eye Cream.

Crunchi best eye cream for wrinkles ingredients

Let’s compare them and see what beneficial and concerning ingredients they have.

BrandBeneficial ingredientsConcerning ingredients
Mad HippieNiacinamide, palmitoyl tripeptide 5-panthenol-sodium hyaluronate, glycerin-aqua-hydroxypropyl cyclodextrin-palmitoyl tripeptide-38, soybean protein-hydrolyzed rice protein-superoxide dismutase peptide, vitamin C, squalane, caffeineNone
Crunchi PowerlightSqualane, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C) hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, palmitoyl tripeptide-38, niacinamide  None

As you can see, both products have many beneficial anti-aging skincare ingredients that make them eye creams that work.  Most importantly, they do not contain any of the concerning ingredients we talked about (or any other, for that matter)!  Hence, I can call them some of the best clean eye cream options. 

Again, check out the best eye creams listing in the IRLFY shop to find the one that will work for you!

Summary of the Best Rejuvenating Eye Cream Post

In this analysis, you have seen how Lancôme Rénergie Lift eye cream compares to such eye care options as Estee Lauder, Kiehl’s, Shiseido, SK-II, and Clinique.  How would you answer the question posed at the beginning of this post: Is Lancôme eye cream the best rejuvenating eye cream?

In addition, you have learned which anti-aging skincare ingredients are a must, in my opinion, for an effective eye cream.  Namely, some of them are hyaluronic acid, squalane, collagen-stimulating peptides, vitamin C, green tea, and caffeine.  

Plus, now you know which ingredients to watch out for if you are looking for the best clean eye cream.  For instance, some of them would be ethoxylated and petroleum-derived ingredients, fragrance, and parabens.

Well, my personal favorite is Crunchi Powerlight.  In fact, I consider it the best anti-aging eye cream for women in their 40s (because I’m in my late 40s, but it works for any age).  Indeed, it handles my problem of dark circles really well.  On top of that, I have studied each Crunchi ingredient and have vetted them for safety.  Therefore, I use most of their non-toxic makeup and skincare products.

Finally, you are welcome to visit my shop and book a consultation with me.  Also, remember to check out my Rating List Ebooks that will help you make informed decisions and save money, time, and effort!

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