Advanced Relief Cooling Eye Gel

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 12.00
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After reading the ingredient list for this eye gel, we wondered aloud "What was Ulta thinking?"

Rather than containing a range of truly soothing ingredients, the formula is front-loaded with irritating lavender water and eucalyptus oil. Eucalyptus oil, like rosemary oil, is one that has benefits and risks. Because the risks are primarily with topical application to skin, eucalyptus oil is an ingredient to avoid (Sources: www.naturaldatabase.com; Basic Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, June 2006, pages 575-581). The cooling sensation you'll feel upon application is your skin telling you it's being irritated, not soothed.

Another point: Eucalyptus has no special benefit for skin around the eyes, regardless of the eye-area concern, if anything that is a riskier area; see More Info to learn why not everyone needs an eye gel.

This eye gel does contain a few beneficial (and ironically soothing) ingredients for skin anywhere on the face, but lots of other products contain such ingredients without troublemakers like eucalyptus and lavender along with other potentially problematic ingredients, including fragrance, which should never be applied close to the eyes. Again, what was Ulta thinking?

It almost goes without saying that this product cannot improve puffiness nor help with dark circles. See More Info for details on why products for dark circles typically do not work well, if at all.

  • Contains some soothing ingredients for skin anywhere on the face.
  • Inexpensive.
  • The formula is front-loaded with potent skin irritants.
  • The formula contains ingredients that are inappropriate for use around the eyes.
  • Cannot alleviate puffiness or dark circles and could potentially make matters worse.
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Why You May Not Need an Eye Gel: Most eye gels 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 gel 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 gel.

You would be shocked how many eye gels 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.

Dark Circles: Dark circles are caused by several factors, and unfortunately, there aren't any skin-care products in the world that can tackle all or even most of the causes of them. While there are definitely things you can do to improve dark circles as well as keep them from getting worse, your solution won't be found in a specialty product labeled with miraculous claims or a miracle ingredient.

The most common causes of dark circles include sun damage, irritation, allergies, genetics, and veins/capillaries showing through the surface layer of skin. For genetic causes, dark circles aren't going to respond to topical treatment, but those caused by sun damage can be treated, as can those stemming from irritation or allergies.

See our article, Shed Some Light on Dark Circles, for the hype-free facts about this concern, and possible solutions for some forms of undereye discolorations.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Soothing eye gel for all skin types. Cools on contact while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness. Advanced Protection Factor + (APF+) technology helps skin fight against environmental stressors and all free-radical types to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin tone and texture.

Water, Lavandula Intermedia Flower/Leaf/Stem Water, Glycerin, Eucalyptus Radiata Flower/Leaf/Stem Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Fruit Extract, Zea Mays (Corn) Silk Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Saccharomyces Ferment Lysate Extract, Xanthan Gum, Sodium PCA, Urea, Trehalose, Polyquantemium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Fragrance, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Hydroxide, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol.

Since Ulta was founded in 1990, the company has continued to carve out a unique position as a specialty beauty store by offering a large selection of upscale and drugstore cosmetics in all price ranges, all under one roof. There are currently over 675 Ulta locations across the United States, and, like Sephora, Ulta sells its own product line right alongside more familiar brands such as Revlon, Murad, and philosophy.

The Ulta Collection offers a variety of basic makeup products, from foundation to eye shadow to lip gloss. Nearly all items in the Ulta Collection are inexpensive, and its lower price point is a major draw.

As with most cosmetics lines, Ulta has its share of good and bad products; however, it seems for every good to great makeup product the line has two average-to-poor options. Testers may or may not be available, so choose wisely.

Among the safer categories of Ulta makeup are the eyeshadows, many of the mascaras, brow products, and most of the foundations, particularly the cream-to-powder and powder formulas.

Despite our enthusiasm for Ulta's large selection of eyeshadow, the quality is inconsistent, especially when it comes to texture and how they apply, even among different shades in the same category. The best way to shop this line is to pay attention to which products we've reviewed favorably and to take extra time to play with the products in-store (assuming the Ulta you frequent keeps testers available).

In recent years, Ulta has branched out from makeup to skin care. Their namesake skin care has the same affordable price point as the makeup, and some of the products are actually quite good. Skip the cleansers, ignore the moisturizers in jar packaging, and forget about the pore-tightening products...the rest is worth exploring, but again, this is not a brand to shop without some knowledge of what you're buying and how it performs.

For more information about Ulta Beauty, visit www.ulta.com.

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