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Curel

Moisture Eye Zone Essence

0.70 fl. oz. for $ 32.00
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Curel’s Moisture Eye Zone Essence is a middle-of-the-road product when it comes to eye treatments. It’s not all bad, but there’s not much to write home about, either.

Housed in an opaque squeeze tube with a needle-nose applicator that protects its beneficial ingredients, this product’s lotion texture is smooth and easy to apply, with no drag. It makes skin feel immediately refreshed and moisturized, absorbing quickly without a sticky or tacky feeling after. It doesn’t pill, and works well both over and under other skin care products, and under makeup as well.

Some stalwart hydrators are in the mix here, including glycerin and dimethicone, and they’re joined by skin-soothing allantoin and antioxidant ginger root extract.

But aside from those ingredients, this eye cream is largely lackluster. For a product that’s advertised as being deeply moisturizing and helps skin become “resistant to external aggressors,” it’s lacking in truly robust ingredients, including more emollients and a greater complement of antioxidants (or SPF…) to protect skin against environmental damage.

Another issue is that this contains eucalyptus leaf extract. It’s not nearly as problematic for skin as eucalyptus oil, but this fragrant plant still has the potential to irritate skin – especially the delicate skin around the eyes.

While there are aspects to like about this eye essence, you’ll be better off if you select one of the options on our list of best eye treatments instead.

Pros:
  • Lotion texture is easy to apply and works well over and under other skin care products.
  • Makes eye-area skin feel refreshed and moisturized.
  • Includes some reliable hydrators + soothing allantoin and antioxidant ginger root extract.
  • Packaged to protect its light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
Cons:
  • Formula would be more impressive with additional skin-beneficial ingredients.
  • Includes eucalyptus leaf extract, which puts skin (especially near the eyes) at risk for irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Designed specifically for dry, sensitive skin, the deeply moisturizing formula of the Curél Moisture Eye Zone Essence boosts the concentration of moisture in the skin, even around the thinner skin of the eye contour area. Skin becomes supple, fully moisturized and resistant to external aggressors.

Water/Aqua, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Cetyl-PG Hydroxyethyl Palmitamide, Dimethicone, PEG-32, Sodium Methyl Stearoyl Taurate, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Allantoin, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Cholesteryl Isostearate, Xanthan Gum, Arginine, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Bis-Methoxypropylamido Isodocosane, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Phenoxyethanol.

Strengths: Inexpensive and generously-sized; contains a consistent range of tried-and-true emollient ingredients.

Weaknesses: None of the products are state-of-the-art formulas; several products listed as being good for sensitive skin or not containing fragrance are fragranced and/or contain ingredients those with sensitive skin should avoid; Many products contain a high amount of irritating eucalyptus extract the foot cream contains irritating citrus juices; the hand cream is overly fragranced.

Long a staple of the body-care aisle at drugstores around the world, Curel and its sister company Jergens (and Biore) are owned by the Japan-based Kao Corporation. Like Jergens, Curel offers an assortment of body lotions for dry, itchy skin. Whereas Jergens has expanded into an array of self-tanning products alongside their body lotions, Curel remains firmly based around body lotions for dry skin. Considering Curels specialty, its disappointing that so many of their body lotions disappoint, either due to average formulas or the inclusion of fragrant plant extracts (most often eucalyptus).

Theres truly nothing worth considering from Curel, and that sad. The price point is excellent, the sizes are generous, but none of this matters if whats inside the bottles isnt great for your skin. Dont get us wrong; Curels body lotions contain some workhorse ingredients such as petrolatum and glycerin. Those can be great for dry skin, but theyre just the beginningdry skin needs a range of ingredients, including repairing and cell-communicating substances plus antioxidantsand those are lacking in pretty much every product Curel offers. In essence, Curel isnt the cure for dry skin.

If youve been intrigued by this line, your curiosity can stop here. Curel isnt the answer for dry, itchy, or sensitive skin (indeed, several of its products are a problem for sensitive skin). Other drugstore body lotions offer more for your money, and without problematic ingredients like eucalyptus. Some of those may cost a bit more, but when youre getting a truly superior formula, its money well spent!

For more information about Curel, call (800) 572-2931 or visit www.curel.com

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