First Aid Beauty has jumped on the gimmicky trend of putting eye cream into a small bottle where the top part is outfitted with a metal roller-ball applicator. You're supposed to massage this around your eyes and watch as it combats dark circles, age-related skin volume loss around the eyes, and wrinkles. How a roller ball is supposed to help with this is anyone's guess, but it certainly is not backed up by research of any kind.
Roller-ball applicator or not, this isn't going to help. In fact, because the formula contains irritants, such as witch hazel and a fairly concentrated form of menthol, it stands a good chance of making all of your eye-area concerns worse, not better!
There are no toxins lurking around your eyes that need to be eliminated via skin-care products, but the word "detox" is firmly entrenched in the minds of women thanks to misleading cosmetic marketing.
- The massaging action can help somewhat to reduce mild puffiness due to water-retention, but not that associated with the aging process or sun damage. (It's better to do that with a separate massage tool rather than this version, which contains irritating ingredients.)
- Contains a high amount of the skin irritant witch hazel.
- Menthyl lactate, a form of menthol, provides a cooling sensation, but that reaction is actually your skin being irritated.
- Can make eye-area concerns worse due to the irritating ingredients, which can cause swelling and collagen breakdown.
This eye-area product assumes that the cause of dark circles is dilated blood vessels. Although they do play a role, there are multiple factors responsible for this common undereye complaint, from heredity to sun damage, excess melanin (skin pigment) production, and allergies. They maintain that the caffeine in this product constricts blood vessels so, voilá, no more dark circles—but there isn't any research proving that topical application of caffeine can do this (and considering how much caffeine we consume via coffee, tea, and soda, you'd think no one would have dark circles if caffeine could help in this regard).
The irritating ingredients in this product impair skin's healing process and its ability to produce healthy collagen, which isn't the way to address your eye-area concerns.
This product leaves a shiny finish on skin because it contains mica (a standard ingredient in cosmetics that imparts shine, nothing else). This can make dark circles look slightly better, but the effect is strictly cosmetic and easily outdone by applying a great concealer instead.
You don't need a separate product for the eye area. Skin around the eye area responds to the same state-of-the-art ingredients that skin on the face does when it comes to fighting wrinkles and aging. There is no research showing that eye-area skin needs ingredients different from what skin anywhere else on the face needs.
FAB’s Detox Eye Roller contains caffeine, a potent vasoconstrictor that constricts the fine blood vessels that cause dark undereye circles. Hyaluronate and advanced peptides recapture lost volume and increase collagen production to reduce fine lines. Witch hazel protects and soothes the very delicate skin under the eye. Within minutes of application, the appearance of the undereye area is improved with more dramatic results over time.
Water, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Palmitoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Polyacrylate, Ethoxydiglycol, Polysorbate 20, Caffeine, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Benzoic Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, sold exclusively at Sephora in the United States, call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.