This sheer tinted eye-area product has a silky texture that’s designed to conceal, brighten, and smooth skin. To some extent, it does just that, but not without some questionable ingredients, which we discuss below.
Of particular concern is the eyebright extract. According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (www.naturaldatabase.com), “Orally or topically, 10–60 drops eyebright tincture may induce mental confusion, headache, increased eye pressure with lacrimation, itching, redness, swelling of eyelid margins, dim vision, photophobia, weakness, sneezing, nausea, toothache, constipation, cough, dyspnea, insomnia, polyuria, and sweating.” Granted, the warnings above apply to a pure tincture rather than to the small amount in this product, but given that eyebright has no established benefit for calming skin, why take the chance?
This also contains marigold (also known as calendula), which can cause allergic contact dermatitis, especially among those allergic to ragweed or similar plants. It can be a good anti-inflammatory ingredient, but so are lots of others that don’t present an allergenic risk.
Given the potentially problematic ingredients in this product, you’d be better off applying a well-formulated facial moisturizer or serum to your undereye area (you don’t need a special eye cream; see More Info for details), and following with a soft, brightening concealer such as those from Maybelline or L’Oreal.
- Silky texture helps smooth undereye skin.
- Cosmetic pigments slightly camouflage undereye darkness and brighten skin.
- Contains some potentially problematic plant extracts with precautions against applying them around the eye.
- Marigold is a problem for topical use by those allergic to ragweed and similar plants.
We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye-area products (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse!
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product, if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
An exceptionally lightweight undereye smoothing treatment containing Bioelements exclusive MariBright Complex, a blend of marigold and eyebright botanical extracts to calm and soothe the eye area.
Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenylpropyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Glycerin, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina Powder, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol Acetate, Sodium Chloride, Polyethylene Oxide Lauryl Ether, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Dimethicone. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Mica, Iron Oxides, Talc
Bioelements is a spa-and-salon sold skin-care line that was founded in 1991 by makeup artist turned aesthetician, Barbara Salomone. An interview with Salomone in the January/February 2006 issue of Renew magazine had statements from her indicating that aestheticians will soon be recognized as true skin-care professionals and her advice to newcomers is to get as much education as you can. To that end, Bioelements has seven education centers across the United States. However, if they're teaching established and upcoming aestheticians about Bioelements products, we are worried. Few spa lines subject skin to the irritating ingredients dispersed through well over half of the products this line offers. If that isn't bad enough, Bioelements ignores some fundamental aspects of skin care. That means no well-formulated AHA or BHA products (it's not a good formula if it subjects skin to needless irritation), and sunscreens rated below the standard SPF 15 recommendation (sun protection products are vastly outnumbered in this line by moisturizers and serums), not to mention the need to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients, such as retinol, stable.
Company literature states that at Bioelements "We mean what we say. No gimmicks, no hype, and no false promises. We're professional skin care experts dedicated to keeping skin clean, clear, calm, and younger-looking." That sounds great but barely a word of it is true. This line definitely has its share of hype and false promises, from claiming that probiotics are a youth elixir, to regular references to what the line refers to as "Bioelements Adaptogens" and aromatherapist oils.
It's those very oils that causes havoc for skin, though in a spa experience their aroma can be pleasant. Skin-care experts would know better than to use any of Bioelements' numerous problem products, especially since, with so many irritants in most of the products, clear, calm skin is far from becoming a reality. Any company can establish its own education center, but what's key is the type of education provided and how the information is discussed. We have received countless letters from disheartened aestheticians bemoaning the "education" and classes they sit through, only to be spoon-fed information about skin-care products and practices they know are unhelpful and untrue. They ask me where to turn because they have a sincere interest in helping people take the best possible care of their skin, and are conscientious about the products they recommend. I hope this book helps such aestheticians, because Bioelements and many other spa-oriented lines are not creating products that epitomize state-of-the-art skin care, though they'd love for you to believe otherwise.
For more information about Bioelements, call 800.433.6650 or visit www.bioelements.com.