Choosing The Right Product

Choosing an anti aging product can be a difficult task for the average consumer.  Often times, ingredients and formulations confuse people just enough to the point to where they just choose a product based on it’s marketing.  I recommend several things to keep in mind when choosing products, and I have detailed them below.

Guide to Buying Anti Aging Products

Ingredients

What ingredients does the eye cream have?  Are they common ingredients that you can search for in Google and read up on?  Or are they completely bogus-sounding?

Here is an example….ingredients like retinol, matrixyl, sodium hyaluronic acid, gaba, and resveratrol are all found in some form DEEP into Google.  Not only will you find many products that contain these ingredients, but you will find a wealth of information about the ingredients, where they are found, and what they exactly do.  All ingredients have ups and downs, and if you cannot find out information about a particular ingredient, it should raise a red flag.

On the flipside, take an ingredient that sounds strange, or just too good to be true.  Google it.  See how many results appear.  If it is hard to find information about the ingredients, the most important part of the eye cream, chances are the advertising isn’t true.  If a company claims to have a miracle ingredient, yet Google doesn’t show much information about it, chances are the ingredient is all hype.  Stick to ingredients you can read about, and you will be on your way to finding the best eye cream out there.

Manufacturing Facility

Where is the eye cream made?

Does the company even talk about that?

If they don’t, send an email to customer service, or better yet, so they can’t conjure up a lie, call them and ask them exactly where it’s made.  Cosmetics, and particularly, eye creams, need to be made in sanitary conditions, and it’s always best to choose an American-made eye cream.  (I wasn’t even born in America, so please don’t think I’m just a proud American for saying that!)  Reason being, plants based in the United States are subject to strict health codes.  They are routinely inspected by the States health board as well as the FDA.  Do your background research before buying.  Many companies, looking to increase their profit margins, use cheap labor and third world technology when making their creams.  It’s important to know this because if even a HINT of bacteria or dirt touches the formula as it’s being made, it can ruin the effects of the entire batch.

Look at it this way……. If a company is constantly out of stock on a certain eye cream or product, odds are they have outsourced a distant lab in a third world country and are waiting for their next batch to be made.  This “lab” consists of people who have little education, and obviously less product knowledge when compared to a well-schooled certified technician.  Essentially, you have cheap labor mixing ingredients in slop buckets as they are told.

Compare this to a facility that is routinely inspected by the FDA.  They have all the latest technology, product mixers, safety regulations, and employ certified technicians.  There are insured, health-inspected employees who are trained to run this technology because they went to school for years to learn just how to formulate cosmetic products.  They also are subject to training and coursework throughout the year to remain up to date on the latest health codes and rules.  The decision is an easy one. If you care about your skin, look into this before purchasing an eye cream.

That example may have been a bit extreme for some people, but it’s a real world example.  In this global economy, it’s hard to avoid people always looking to make an inferior product in order to increase their profit margins.

My advice is to ask questions. Hopefully you will get honest answers.  Ask for directions to the facility and look it up on Google Maps.  It should exist, exactly as it was described to you by the company.  You are spending your hard-earned money on this eye cream, you may as well put in ten minutes to find out what exactly you are buying and who is making it.

Company Behind the Product

I really don’t consider a product higher in quality if it is made by a large corporation.  I can cite many examples where I have experienced higher satisfaction as a customer or client by choosing a smaller company to fulfill a need I have had.  For example, a good lawyer could be working for themselves and not part of a worldwide firm that may be well known.  The same can be said for skin care products.  You don’t have to buy from a huge company to buy a quality product.  However, these are some questions I like to keep in mind when choosing an eye cream.

Does the company have an 800 #?

In most cases, an 800 number means the company at least put in the effort to be reachable on a toll-free basis.  If they went through this trouble, you have a crutch to lean on should you have an issue with the product at some point.  Companies should always have a well-advertised method of contact, and a phone number is a good start.  If they make you resort to strictly email contact, you should just assume you will have no way to interact with a human except over written exchanges.

Does the company respond promptly to emails and phone messages?

I’m a customer service freak.  If I answer a BUYING question and a company does not get back to me in a timely manner, I simply move on to the next one.  If they aren’t hungry to service your order, how will they treat you once you have already ordered?

Background Check

Although I know that some customers are very hard to please, I frequently read consumer review websites.  I like to see what real consumers say about the product.  I also visit sites like RipoffReport.com.  Sites like that and many others document consumer complaints.  Simply go there and search for the company you want to investigate.  Of course, I understand that almost every company has some dissatisfied customers, you really can’t please everybody in this world – but if I see a long history of unsatisfied customers, I consider that  a red flag and enough reason to avoid the product if I have other options.

Animal Testing

I typically don’t review any sort of anti-aging eye cream that was tested on animals at any state of development.  I’m not aware that any product I have reviewed on this website has been tested on animals.  I think it’s wrong, inconsiderate, and cruel to test eye cream products on animals.