We know that the terms used in the cosmeceutical industry can be very confusing.  Many of them are scientific and many are used interchangeably.  We strive to be your #1 source for everything related to eye creams and eye serums so we have created this manual to help break down common terms.   If you are looking for the best eye cream for your eye area, familiarize yourself with the below terminology.


Acetyl Hexapeptide-3

Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 is commonly sold under the brand name, Argireline. It works fast to alleviate facial tension, thus leading to the relaxation of facial muscles that contribute to lines and wrinkles.  Researchers have proven that Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 works by inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters released by the brain that tell these facial muscles to tense.  The result is relaxed musculature and reduced wrinkles and lines.  Acetyl Hexapeptide-3s effects are very similar to those of Botox injections, but the FDA only allows Botox serum to be injected in limited areas of the face and Acetyl Hexapeptide-3 may be applied wherever lines and wrinkles appear.  One recent published study showed a 30% reduction in wrinkle size after only 30 days of using Acetyl Hexapeptide-3.

Acai Berry

Acai Berry is one of the most renowned anti-aging supplements. It contains key amino acids and trace minerals that assist in peak muscle contraction and regeneration.  The application of an Acai Berry infused cream helps reverse destructive effects to the skin, which cause the initial signs of aging.  The Acai berry oil has been helping treat many particular skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Acid mantel

Acid mantel is a barrier of oil and perspiration, created by the sweat and sebaceous glands of the dermis and protects the body from infections. It can be stripped away by using harsh soaps thus disrupting the pH of the skin.  Accordingly, it is very important for an eye cream to be sensitive to the skin’s pH balance, so as not to effect the acid mantel protection naturally afforded by the dermis.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is one of the oldest and most popular medicinal plants known to man.  Aloe Vera is a renowned ultra-moisturizer that is known to be highly effective as a skin hydrator.  It has also been referred to as the ‘First Aid’ plant because of its ability to heal and soothe skin.  It is particularly useful on fixing dry and damaged skin, especially around the eye area where ‘crows feet’ develop quickly with age.  Aloe Vera is an essential ingredient in any anti-wrinkle cream.


Antioxidants are nutrients and enzymes that can help to prevent and repair damage to your body’s tissue.  Antioxidants do this by slowing or preventing the effect of free radicals, which start oxidation — a process that causes damage from oxygen that can lead to cell dysfunction.  An antioxidant is an agent that inhibits oxidation, whereby neutralizing free radicals.  An example of a potent antioxidant effectively used in top skin care products is resveratrol.  Other examples of antioxidants used in skin care products are grape seed extract, green tea extract, and Vitamins A, C, and E.


Argireline is the brand name for Acetyl Hexapeptide-3.  It is manufactured by Center Chem in Conneticut. It has been called by top skin care professionals, as the best needle-free alternative to botox. Argireline has been shown to drastically reduce wrinkle depth, particularly around the forehead and eye area.  It is found in many of the best-rated anti-aging products for this reason. While Argireline can be applied daily in cream form, it is completely discomfort-free.


Astringent is a solution that removes oil from the skin.  Astringents normally contain alcohol or salicylic acid.  It is often used after a facial wash to remove any remaining traces of a cleanser.  It also works to rid your pores of environmental effects such as dirt, oil, and makeup left behind by your cleanser.  It is an integral part of facial cleansing.


Basal Layer

The basal layer is the lowermost layer of the epidermis.  This layer provides replacement cells that travel upward and replenish the skin.  A good quality eye cream will stimulate the basal layer, thus allowing for faster and more effective skin rejuvenation.  A prime example of an eye cream with known high basal layer stimulation properties is Elite Serum, distributed by industry leaders SkinPro, based  in Florida.


Beeswax is a natural substance obtained from the honeycomb of the honeybee, as well as other Apis species. Both yellow beeswax and white beeswax are used as thickeners, emulsifiers or stiffening agents in various skin and eye creams.  Burt’s Bees uses this natural substance as the main ingredient for their products.

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