This eye cream contains some great ingredients, yet none of them are special or unique for the eye area, and that includes the allegedly miraculous “soil minerals”. More of a fancy way to describe dirt, soil minerals most likely cannot penetrate skin as the molecular structure of the minerals is simply too large. But even if they could penetrate, what good would that do? Minerals require enzymes and other substances in the body in order to work—just adding them to an eye cream isn’t going to make your wrinkles, dark circles, or puffiness retreat.
Considering how much Bare Escentuals hypes their soil minerals, it’s interesting to note they haven’t pointed to any research proving why this complex is so amazing. Instead, we get consumer use studies of the products, yet this type of information is rarely helpful, despite seeming so.
Despite the lush, emollient texture of this eye cream, it makes two errors that cannot be overlooked. The first is jar packaging. The fact that it’s packaged in a jar means the beneficial ingredients won't remain stable once it is opened. All plant extracts, vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients (which this eye cream contains) break down in the presence of air, so once a jar is opened and lets the air in these important ingredients begin to deteriorate. Jars also are unsanitary because you’re dipping your fingers into them with each use, adding bacteria which further deteriorate the beneficial ingredients (Sources: Free Radical Biology and Medicine, September 2007, pages 818-829; Ageing Research Reviews, December 2007, pages 271-288; Dermatologic Therapy, September-October 2007, pages 314-321; International Journal of Pharmaceutics, June 12, 2005, pages 197-203; Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, January 2002, pages 1-32; International Society for Horticultural Science, www.actahort.org/members/showpdf?booknrarnr=778_5; Beautypackaging.com, and www.beautypackaging.com/articles/2007/03/airless-packaging.php).
The other issue that truly puts your skin at risk is the inclusion of lavender oil. Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. It is a must to avoid in skin-care products, but is fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).
In the end, we know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is, most eye creams aren't necessary. If you’re using a well formulated facial moisturizer and/or serum that’s loaded with anti-aging ingredients, these can and should be used around the eye area, too—no need for a separate product.