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First Aid Beauty

Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Cream

0.50 fl. oz. for $ 36.00
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First Aid Beauty’s Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Cream makes good on its claims of instantly brightening, hydrating, and smoothing eye-area skin. Unfortunately, the choice of jar packaging presents issues and we suspect many will find the level of shimmer from the peach micro-pearls to be problematic.

As we explain in More Info, the jar packaging won’t keep this eye cream’s numerous beneficial plant-derived ingredients stable once opened. The various types of algae, coffee and pumpkin extracts (among others) just can’t withstand such repeated exposures. On another note, this type of packaging is far less hygienic than a squeeze tube or bottle with a pump.

On the plus side, this contains a helpful amount of brightening, barrier-strengthening niacinamide, an ingredient that’s not vulnerable to light and air exposure.

On the minus side, the amount of mineral shimmer pigment mica is greater than all of the other anti-aging ingredients like panthenol, green tea, licorice, and vitamin E.

Speaking of the shimmer, the issue isn’t so much the moderate level of shine as it is the fact that this much shine makes fine lines and wrinkles pop. In essence, this eye cream looks best if you don’t have visible wrinkles. Otherwise, it doesn’t have the “filling” effect that would allow the shimmer to not emphasize lines.

Ultimately, the jar packaging is the deal-breaker disappointment because it diminishes most of the product’s best ingredients. See our list of best eye creams for alternatives.

Pros:
  • Instantly brightens, hydrates, and smooths as claimed.
  • Contains an effective amount of B vitamin niacinamide.
  • Intriguing mix of anti-inflammatory, barrier-repairing plants.
Cons:
  • Jar packaging reduces the efficacy of this cream’s best ingredients.
  • Shimmer level from peach micro-pearls makes wrinkles pop.
  • Excepting niacinamide, this contains more mica than state of the art anti-aging ingredients.

More Info:

Jar Packaging & Eye Creams: Many types of beneficial skin care ingredients such as all plant extracts, almost all vitamins, antioxidants, and other state-of-the-art ingredients, are unstable, which means they begin to break down in the presence of air. Once an eye cream's jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight is also problematic for these ingredients.

Jar packaging is also unsanitary because you dip your fingers into the jar with each use, contaminating the product. This stresses the preservative system, especially in water-based formulas, leading to further deterioration of the beneficial ingredients.

Remember: The ingredients that provide the most benefit in addressing visible signs of aging must be in airtight or air-restrictive packaging to remain effective throughout usage. Buying products in this type of packaging means that the ingredients have the best chance of remaining effective—to the benefit of your skin.

References for this information:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
Pharmacology Review, July 2013, pages 97–106
Dermatologic Therapy, May-June 2012, pages 252–259
Current Drug Delivery, November 2011, pages 640–660
Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry, May 2011, pages 4676–4683
Journal of Biophotonics, January 2010, pages 82–88
Guidelines of Stability Testing of Cosmetic Products, Colipa-CTFA, March 2004, pages 1–10

Jar Packaging: Yes
Tested on animals: No

This illuminating eye cream instantly brightens, hydrates and smooths the eye area while helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles over time. Peach Micro-Pearls help the eye area immediately appear dewy & revitalized, while Sodium Hyaluronate helps smooth & plump. Niacinamide, Pumpkin Seed Extract & Caffeine help diminish dark circles.

Water/Aqua/Eau, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Maris Aqua (Sea Water, Eau De Mer), Butylene Glycol, Niacinamide, Polysilicone-11, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Mica, Panthenol, Gigartina Stellata/Kappaphycus Alvarezii Extract, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Coffea Arabica (Coffee) Seed Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Caffeine, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phytosteryl/Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Hydroxyacetophenone, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Squalane, Hydrogenated Polycyclopentadiene, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Lecithin, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Linoleic Acid, Phytosteryl Canola Glycerides, Silica, Hexylene Glycol, Palmitic Acid, Oleic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sorbitan Isostearate, Polysorbate 60, Triolein, T-Butyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Citric Acid, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491 (Iron Oxides).

First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance

Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.

Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.

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, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.

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