This eye cream contains a great range of beneficial ingredients for skin anywhere on the face, not just the eye area. Nothing in here is unique for the eye area; you just get charged twice as much for a virtually identical face cream (see More Info to find out why).
This has a lightweight yet hydrating texture that contains several antioxidants, and the opaque bottle packaging will keep them stable during use. Biotherm included small amounts of helpful skin-repairing and cell-communicating ingredients, too, and these provide further anti-aging benefits.
Unfortunately, an overall impressive formula is sidetracked by the inclusion of fragrant coriander oil. This fragrant plant oil is known to cause contact dermatitis and also to make skin more sun-sensitive due to its chief fragrant component, linalool. Skin anywhere on the face does not need irritating ingredients, but when these ingredients are applied close to the eye, they become even more of a problem; plus applying fragrant irritants around the eye can make dark circles look worse.
One more point, Biotherm’s claims and advertised ingredients would lead you to believe their products are all about natural formulations, and that is absolutely not the case. These products are steeped in synthetics, some that are great for skin, but also some that are definitely problematic.
- Lightweight yet hydrating formula contains several antioxidants.
- Packaged to keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use.
- Contains fragrant coriander oil, known to cause skin irritation and to make skin more sun-sensitive, which can make dark circles worse.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream
Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
Irritation From Fragrance and Fragrant Oils
Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).