This lightweight eye moisturizer has the same problem as MyChelle’s Fabulous Eye Cream, a preponderance of fragrant plant oils that are irritating for use anywhere on the face, but especially near the eyes. Fresh Eyes is the worse of the two because one of its main ingredients is witch hazel water, a plant that constricts skin and whose potential alcohol content can be a problem. Again, what a shame, because this product also contains several beneficial ingredients, although the jar packaging won’t keep them stable because they deteriorate in the presence of air.
Fresh Eyes refreshes eye tissue by reducing swelling and strengthening weakened capillaries which produce dark circles. Contains proven peptides to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Daisy flower to soothe, tone, and brighten. Kojic acid for excellent brightening effectiveness.
Water, Hamamelis (Witch Hazel) Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Stearic Acid, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5, Bellis Perennis (Daisy) Flower Extract, Glyceryl Monostearate, Ascorbic Acid , Polawax, Caffeine, Kojic Acid, Glycerin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, Tocotrienols, Tocopherol (D-Alpha), Cetyl Alcohol, Retinol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Citric Acid, Allantoin, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Euphrasia Officinalis (Eyebright) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Racemosa (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Red Mandarin) Leaf Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Phenethyl Alcohol, Caprylyl Glycol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral
Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.
Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.
Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.
Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.
For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.