Glow Hour Brightening & Neutralizing Eye Balm
Tula makes lofty claims for Glow Hour Brightening & Neutralizing Eye Balm concerning its ability to treat undereye discolorations. Unfortunately, the formula is more likely to put skin in harm’s way, making this an iffy choice.
Glow Hour Brightening & Neutralizing Eye Balm comes as a twist-up stick that glides over skin. It imparts a pearlescent golden-peach hue meant to neutralize the appearance of dark circles. How well this cosmetic color-correcting effect will work depends on the severity of your dark circles, as well as how well it meshes with your natural skin color and undertone. At the very least it brightens a shadowy undereye (although the peachy hue won’t look natural on everyone).
The real issue comes down to irritants in the formula, primarily multiple menthol derivatives, which are ingredients that impart a cooling sensation on skin. Instead of soothing skin, this cooling reaction triggers inflammation below the surface and can also irritate the eyes. Making matters worse, the grapefruit extract in this formula is another potential irritant. (See More Info to learn about the ramifications of irritants in your skin care products.)
Otherwise, the formula contains a beneficial mix of pre-/pro-/post-biotic ingredients, as well as antioxidant-rich plant extracts and hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid. None of these are going to get rid of your dark circles, but they at least help replenish and strengthen skin in their own ways. Regardless, you’re better off getting those kinds of ingredients from products that omit the needless irritants.
- Contains beneficial antioxidants and pre-/pro-/post-biotic ingredients.
- Formulated with hydration-boosting hyaluronic acid.
- Formulated with irritants that pose a risk to the delicate eye area.
- Not capable of curing the root cause of dark circles.
Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice.
Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.
Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.
A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for it to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don’t get lulled into thinking that if you don’t see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.
Generally, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.
References for this information:
Annals of the Brazilian Journal of Dermatology, July-August 2017, pages 521-525
Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36
International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385
Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135
Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475
American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798
Treat the look of dark circles over time with this neutralizing & color correcting under-eye balm. Specially sized to fit in the small corners of the inner eye, this eye balm features grapefruit & algae to brighten the look of tired eyes plus lingonberry to protect from the damaging effects of pollution & blue light. Each swipe cools, hydrates, luminates with a golden peachy glow & transports you to the magical time of day that is glow hour.
Tula Skincare is a brand focused on an emerging group of skincare ingredients: probiotics. While it’s long been known that probiotics (such as those found in yogurt) were beneficial for health when consumed via certain foods and supplements, new research shows they’re also beneficial applied directly to skin. Internally, probiotics (which are live microorganisms that live in and on the body) can regulate digestive health; externally they play a role in managing a key component of skin’s surface known as its microbiome.
Tula was founded by Dr. Roshini Raj, a still-practicing gastroenterologist who says she noticed that many of her patients who had consumed probiotics showed signs of improvement in their skin. This concept of balancing skin became the core foundation of Tula, a word which means “balance” in Sanskrit.
To that end, all Tula products contain probiotics (in the non-living form of lysates, which retain many of the same topical benefits as live probiotics), along with some pre- and postbiotics as well. Postbiotics are exciting because these by-products from the breakdown of probiotics give each person’s microbiome key substances skin needs to be strong and healthy.
There are a couple of standout options, but unfortunately, Tula includes fragrance in the majority of their offerings, and fragrance – whether synthetic or from natural sources (essential oils and extracts) such as Tula uses, puts skin at risk for irritation. Irritation can disrupt skin in a way that counteracts the anti-inflammatory benefits of probiotic ingredients, so these formulas would be better minus the fragrance.
As far as packaging goes, with a few rare exceptions (such a couple of products in jars), Tula does a good job keeping its skin care in opaque containers that protect its best-yet-most-delicate ingredients from losing their potency in the presence of light and air. Overall, it’s a hit-or-miss brand – with some top-notch options, some that are good (except for the fragrance), and others to skip altogether.
To find out more about Tula, visit https://www.tula.com/.
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