Tuesday, 7 July 2015

SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel

Updated 9.07.15*

What is it?
'This breakthrough serum-in-a-gel contains a synergistic antioxidant combination to help protect the delicate eye area from oxidative stress, while targeted actives revive under-eye skin and helps reduce the appearance of puffiness.'

Who is it for?
Literally all skin types and ages, but sit up and pay particular notice if you have issues with your eyes or are 30+ and/or smoke/drink/party. :)

What’s in it?
Aqua / Water / Eau, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Alcohol Denat., Ascorbic Acid, Undecane, Bis-Hydroxyethoxypropyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Tridecane, Phloretin, Lauryl Peg-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Peg-10/15 Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Polyglycerin-3 Crosspolymer, Ferulic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta.

What's not in it?
Mineral oil

Possibly acne/allergy/troubling for some ingredients?

Natural? Organic? Man-made? Vegan?

Sold in China/possibly tested on animals?
Unknown. If the brand confirm I will update the post.

What’s good about it?
Lord above this is the best eye cream I have used in years. It's up there with Zelens Triple Action and Tata Harper - both of which are very different products, but ones I use when my eyes are in certain 'states'.
This little powerhouse has an immediate firming and lifting effect and has taken years - years off of my lower eyes in particular. The effect is extremely noticeable (on me), to the point where I now find myself trying to ration it so I don't run out by using my usual heavy-handed dosage. Upon doing my research, I discovered that they recommend using half a pump per eye whereas I've been happily using a full pump, ggrrr.
It contains three antioxidants: 1% Phloretin, 5% Vitamin C and 0.5% Ferulic Acid
to help with all aspects of free radical damage and therefore pretty much all the signs of ageing along with ruscus aculeatus (it's an evergreen plant) and caffeine to counteract dark circles and puffiness.
And it works. 
I am still often asked if we 'really need an eye cream?' because 'it's all just skin Caroline'. Yes, it is all skin, but the skin around the eye is up to 10 times thinner than the fat stuff on your cheeks, meaning if you use a really thick, gloopy, mineral oil eye cream, it doesn't penetrate and swells the surface giving you puffiness ahoy. Even if you disagree with my stance on mineral oil, I would really, really, urge you to avoid it in eye creams.

What’s not so good about it?
The alcohol content is a little confusing for me personally, this is in no way drying or irritating, something that my skin would normally pick up on. I have asked SkinCeuticals to confirm that a: my inci list is correct (this is a reformulation) and to advise why they have used it. If for example, it is to mildly 'strip' (I hate that word but it makes it clear what I mean) back the epidermis to allow the other products to penetrate deeper, something we know that a lot of companies use it for? When I get a reply I will report back.

*UPDATE* - 09.07.2015
SkinCeuticals have replied to my email with: 
'The small amount of alcohol in AOX+ Eye Gel is necessary to solubilise phloretin. The alcohol, however, has a high flash point and quickly flashes off of the skin.'

It's £69.00. Not the cheapest, so if you have no problems with your eyes, still spend on your serum as the priority. If, however, you look in the mirror and think 'Oh gimme a break, look at my eyes!' then check it out.
Having said that, it's recommended for once a day use so will last twice as long as normal.
The other challenge is finding it - SkinCeuticals are not a high street brand - normally sold through clinics/spas etc - details are below.

Where to use in your routine?
Post-tone, pre-serum, in the morning. As it's a preventative/protective eye product they recommend using in the morning and another eye cream in the evening that is more directed at repair.

How do you use it?
Apply a pump to the top of your ring finger, tap onto opposing ring finger, and swipe/pat under both eyes. I take over the brow bone and end up in full circles.

Works well with?
SkinCeuticals Eye Balm
SkinCeuticals A.G.E. Eye Complex

How much is it and where can I find it?
It's currently £70.00 sold as a kit with a Mineral Eye UV Defense SPF30 from www.my-dermacenter.com and other SkinCeuticals stockists.
As an aside, one thing I really like about the SkinCeuticals official websites is that they call out all of their unauthorised resellers: skinceuticals.com/authorize in a way that most brands are too afraid to do. Some of these retailers are known to get their products from old, deleted, stock - in some cases the goods are stolen and in others they are counterfeit. It's well worth having a look as I am asked frequently about some of the ones listed.

Similar products?
Zelens Triple Action
Dennis Gross MD Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream

Exchange rate – does it punish the UK?
Ish. It's $92.00/£69.00.


  1. Hello!! If I understood this ok, can I use skinceuticals in the morning and Dr. Dennis Gross ferulic acid and retinol in the evening? I am 50....

  2. Caroline have you tried any Trish Mcevoy products ?

  3. I thought having Alcohol Denat so high on the inci list was a big No No?????

    1. Yeah me too. I've asked SkinCeuticals to clarify - see update on the post. Will feed back when I know more. :)

    2. Thanks­čĹŹ will be interested in what u hear back from Skinceuticals about the alcohol content but tanx for the update. Will be buying based on ur opinion of course ☺

  4. Honestly, this brand has never been on my mind. This morning I went to the pharmacy and waiting in line I recognized the AOX⁺ Eye Gel standing right in front of me. I read this blog post yesterday and put the eye gel on my wish list.
    I bought it - of course. I will use it in the morning and my Zelens eye cream will do it´s fabulous job in the evening.
    Thank you for the recommendation, Caroline! With your tips my skin got so much better, not even Roaccutan and the creams, lotions, etc. my doctors gave me could help my skin heal the way your recommended products did.

    Hugs from Germany to you,


    1. let me know how you get on. x

    2. Please help me!! I am looking for a great skincare line!!

  5. Hi Caroline

    Hope you are well, thank you for your review, I am seriously considering investing in this eye cream, as as you say my eyes are my main concern. I has one query I hoped you might be able to help with - given its serum / gel formulation is this hydrating enough alone or would you follow up with a more 'traditional' creamy eye cream over the top.

    Thanks for your advice

    (sorry if this message comes through more than once, its glitching on me!)

    1. Depends how dry. I always thought I was very dry and dehydrated in the eye area but I haven't needed anything extra on top of this.

  6. My Facialist in central London sells this, I shall be buying it for sure now.

  7. Looking through the ingredients list, I'd say this is a skip for me as some minor fine lines under my eyes and overall skin condition hates anything with alcohol high on the ingredients list. Sunday Riley's start over eye cream though, does a great job. Additionally, I'd thought you dislike alcohol that are high on the ingredients list Caroline (especially since I don't think it acts as a buffer for any ingredients here)?

    1. Hi Robert, I know what you're saying. I've added a little paragraph to the post and reached out to SkinCeuticals for further info. All I can say is that it doesn't act like something with alcohol in. Weird I know. I'll keep you posted.

  8. Sounds goooood! Keeping my eyes peeled for this one!


  9. Me too. Rated very poor at beautypedia.

    1. I like and trust you both so am confused as to whether I should try this .that's all.

  10. I was on the fence about this one ($92 for .5 oz??) but I saw that Kandee Johnson has a 20% off code for Premierlook.com, so I took the plunge! It came to $73.60, which is still high but if it helps my eye area then count me in. And if alcohol denatured is high on the list, there must be ingredients countering/balancing the drying/penetrating effect. The Hirons wouldn't lead us astray, people.

  11. Interesting product! Alcohol concerned me at first, but I trust you - your reviews are deep and thorough, based on the action of a product, not merely an ingredient list.


  12. Hi,

    Where are the ruscus aculeatus and caffeine in this formula?

    Thank you.

  13. Hi Caroline, how does it compare to Sunday Riley Start Over? I've always thought of it as s morn eye cream too...I still can't make my own way through all this skin product stuff! X

  14. Which eye cream do you recommend more? Tata Harper or this one?
    Thank you

  15. I bought and used this eye gel one year ago or so when I was using mainly Skinceuticals on my face. I noticed right away that it was a useless product but only later on, after doing my research, I realised it was a harmful product as well. I ditched long ago together with the rest of Skinceuticals stash. Now I use a simple formulation of aloe vera and caffeine and it's so much better.

  16. Hi Caroline. Would this be any good for severe under eye bags? Not much puffiness just terrible hollows under eyes... Would pay anything for something that can help even a little. can I ask you what's your thoughts on more invasive treatments like ultherapy for under eyes or hialuronic injections? I tried injections and they didn't do much - have you tried anything similar before?
    thank you

  17. I wanted to try this ages ago but the alcohol kept me from buying it. I find their comment of the 'small amount of alcohol' funny, if the small amount is before all the good ingredients what does say about those smaller amounts of good ingredients?

  18. Hi Caroline,
    I use the Phloretin CF antioxidant and am wondering if I really need to spend the extra money on the AOX Eye Gel? It seems like the ingredients overlap and I'm mindful of the cost. Phloretin CF (2% Phloretin, 10% Vitamin C and .5% Ferulic Acid) compared to the AOX Eye Gel (1% Phloretin, 5% Vitamin C and 0.5% Ferulic Acid.) Is there a rationale for adding on the AOX Eye Gel if I'm already using Phloretin CF? Should I not be using the Phloretin CF in the delicate eye area? Is the lower concentration of antioxidants in the AOX Eye Gel better for the delicate eye area? Thank you!

  19. Caroline, I'm so glad you endors this gel. I've been using it for about a month and I thought it was my imagination or the holiday period that gave me a smooth under eye skin. It's a worth investment for visible results. Love Skinceuticals. Please review the Phloretin gel, if you approve, I have an excuse for a second bottle :)))

  20. Hi Caroline - I'm 32 currently living in the U.S. but returning to Ireland soon so wanted to pick up a good eyecream before I go as have access to a lot of the brands you recommend. Was thinking Tata Harper, Sunday Riley or Kate Somerville? But was hoping you could advise which one you think would be most suitable before I splurge? I have no major eye issues - jst the fine lines most of us dread and try and prevent for as long as possible! Thanks so much!! Louise xxx