05.24.2013
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Radiance Eye Creme
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0.5 fl. oz. for $18
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Eye Moisturizers
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:Yes
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Radiance Eye Cream is a thicker, more emollient version of Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream. Other than its texture, it shares the same problems as its facial counterpart, and is not recommended. This eye cream for dry skin also contains far more fragrance than beneficial ingredients, and fragrance isn’t skin care (and is a big no-no for use around the eyes). Royal jelly has no special benefits for skin; even if it did, the fact that this is packaged in a jar will hinder its effectiveness (as well as the efficacy of every other natural ingredient in this product). We really cannot stress enough what a poor formula this is for the eye area, but in fact most eye creams aren't necessary.

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.

Claims

Royal Jelly, one of nature's most nourishing substances, and bee pollen naturally replenish and renew your skin's essential nutrients, restoring a smooth, youthful appearance. This highly-concentrated formula also contains chamomile, cucumber and rosehip extracts, which are known to promote skin renewal and reduce puffiness and swelling. Natural mica diffuses light to minimize the look of fine lines.

Ingredients

Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Coco-Glucoside, Royal Jelly, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pollen Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Pinus Strobus Cone Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Tocopherol, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool

Brand Overview

Burt's Bees At-A-Glance

Strengths: Budget-priced (it's always a letdown when you pay too much for lackluster to ineffective products); good lip gloss; complete ingredient lists for every product are available on the company's Web site; one of the few lines that actually adheres to its all-natural marketing (though the results aren't always best for skin).

Weaknesses: Pervasive use of irritating ingredients, all of which have documentation proving their problematic nature for skin (and lips); average to poor sunscreens; poorly formulated toners and masks; antioxidants sullied by jar packaging in many instances.

Almost all the skin-care lines in the world prefer to identify themselves as originating from companies established to create elegant, scientific formulations conceived with an in-depth understanding of the skin’s functions and needs. We say almost, because Burt's Bees makes no such claim. Quite the contrary; this line is about as unglamorous and as unscientific as it gets (the picture of Burt on the label made me think we were buying fishing gear, and press materials for the brand mention he used to live in a turkey coop). Talk about being an iconoclast!

This is how the company's founder Roxanne Quimby describes its history on its Web site: "I guess you could say it all started because there weren't many jobs up there north of Bangor. Though we found, grew, or traded for most of what we needed, I figure a person's got to have at least 3000 dollars a year in actual greenbacks to survive in this old world, especially if you've got kids. I'd been let go from my last three part-time waitressing jobs and had been buying low and selling high at yard sales and flea markets, which brought in about $150 a week during good weather. How we got started making lip balm and ended up in North Carolina is another story, and a long one at that, so I’ll save it for some other time." This is a skin-care line?

Aside from its humble, amorphous beginning, Burt's Bees is about natural, earth-friendly skin-care products, as well as overly fragranced products. Its philosophy in this respect is sincere: "To us, the word 'natural' means only one thing. It means, 'harvested from nature.' And we adhere to that definition like the strictest of school teachers."

For those seeking a line of skin-care products with truly natural ingredients, this is one of the few that steadfastly adheres to its commitment: there is no hypocrisy here. If the ingredient lists are accurate, and there is no reason to assume otherwise, then you will not find preservatives or synthetically derived ingredients of any kind. Just from the all-natural point of view, there will definitely be people who will be excited about these products, but I'm not one of them. Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin.

We know that most people are attracted by fragrance, and in this regard these products excel. They are also notable for the lack of preservatives, which can be beneficial for those who can’t tolerate preservatives. (That lack may be an issue for product stability, although we did not have these products tested for contamination.) But for any other skin-care need, we suggest you use your wisdom and recognize that while Mother Nature is assuredly wise about the Earth, She does not have everything the skin needs. In fact, Mother Nature offers up many problematic things for skin, including the sun and poison ivy.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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