Goat Milk De-Puffing Eye Balm
Can goat milk do anything special for the eye area? There’s no research verifying that it has special benefit for skin, this, but like other sources of milk, it can be a good source of emollient fats and water-binding agents for skin.
You’ll feel a cooling tingle as soon as you swipe this slick, hydrating balm around the eyes, but it’s not as refreshing as it might seem! This tingle comes from menthoxypropanediol, a menthol derivative with a potent cooling effect. Research has shown its anti-itch effect can reduce inflammation, but this is related to atopic dermatitis, not puffy eyes (Experimental Dermatology, June 2016).
We suspect the cooling sensation menthoxypropanediol provides in this product is more for effect than results, and it's possible it can cause irritation, especially if it gets into the eyes.
Otherwise, this is an interesting way to hydrate skin around the eyes. Along with the goat milk ingredients, you're also getting some novel hydrators, manuka honey, and a few non-fragrant, plant-derived antioxidants not often seen in skincare products.
None of the aforementioned ingredients can reduce the kind of puffiness that comes with age (see More Info for details); however, this might be worth considering as long as you keep in mind the cooling sensation has no impact on reducing puffiness.
- Hydrates skin around the eyes.
- Easy to apply.
- Fragrance free.
- Cooling agent menthoxypropanediol could irritate skin and eyes.
- Unable to reduce puffiness or dark circles.
Temporary puffy eyes, like from too much salt or the morning after a late night typically resolve on their own, though you can certainly apply eye-area gels or creams to hasten this process.
Revitalize tired eyes with this cooling eye balm, made with soothing Goat Milk, Natural Milk Proteins and nourishing Manuka Honey. This sheer formula glides on with ease to reduce puffiness, hydrate and reduce the appearance of crows feet and dark circle to revive the delicate eye area.
Kate Somerville At-A-Glance
Strengths: Provides complete ingredient lists on their website; effective Anti Bac Clearing Lotion for acne; good eczema cream; some fantastic serums and moisturizers chock-full of beneficial ingredients.
Weaknesses: Expensive; irritating cleansers and scrubs; several products contain irritating ingredients with no proven benefit for skin; disappointing CC cream.
The woman behind this line is a Los Angelesbased aesthetician who owns her own clinic, which specializes not only in aesthetic services but also in cosmetic corrective procedures involving injections (dermal fillers), lasers, Botox, and the like. The clinic is staffed with a doctor and nurses, which is definitely what you want if you're considering services beyond a facial or a massage.
The selling points of this line are Somerville's years of experience in the aesthetics industry and her allegedly devoted celebrity clientele. As such, her products and famous clientele get press in the pages of fashion magazines, which explains why we routinely get asked about this skin-care line. Somerville herself is every bit as attractive as her star clients, and the information on her Web site is presented in such a way that you sincerely believe she has your skin's best interests in mind. And wouldn't you want to trust your skin's needs to a professional who also tends to celebrities?
Knowing all these details, we were anticipating that most of the products bearing Somerville's name would be state-of-the-art slam dunks. Alas, many of them are far afield from that level of formulation. When it comes to giving skin what it needs to function as healthily and normally as possible (and, at these prices, that's what you should expect), this line is, unfortunately, hit or miss. What Somerville knows about giving an amazing facial is one thing, but she clearly missed the research that proves how problematic several of the plant oils that she uses can be. A professional concerned with the health of her clients' skin shouldn't be formulating products with cinnamon, grapefruit, and lavender oils, among others.
If we were one of Somerville's clients, we'd certainly take her to task for that oversight, but we'd also want to know why she offers only one sunscreen and doesn't offer any effective AHA or BHA exfoliants. A discussion of advanced skin science and state-of-the-art ingredients is not sufficient if your product line has gaps: limited sun protection options, no reliable exfoliants, no non-drying cleansers, and a complete lack of options to treat skin discolorations (pigment irregularities, unlike blackheads, cannot be manually extracted, which makes the absence of a skin lightening product an issue).
This product line may not be the one you want to build your skin-care routine around, but there are some exceptional products. Of all the aesthetician-backed lines we've reviewed, none come as close to providing the level of formulary excellence of many of Somerville's moisturizers and serums. They're pricey, but if you're going to spend in excess for skin-care products, you should be doing so on products that stand a very good chance of markedly improving your skins appearance. We are curious to see how this product line will expand and (hopefully) improve over the years. The current mishmash of awesome and awful products makes it risky to shop this line blindly (or on the sole rationale of a celebrity endorsement), but with careful consideration to avoid irritants you can find some products of value. Hopefully, she will expand the line to fill in the current gaps (especially for sun protection) and eliminate the irritants.
For more information about Kate Somerville, now owned by Unilever, call (800) 984-5283 or visit www.katesomerville.com.
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