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!