Moisturizing Eye Bomb
belif's Moisturizing Eye Bomb has so many aspects that are positive, but also a couple drawbacks that mean you just aren't getting an eye cream that's worth your money.
First, the positives: This has a rich, gel-lotion texture that feels instantly hydrating and soothing to the eye area. It's not too thick or greasy and sinks into skin quickly. The formula includes ingredients that will help improve the look and feel of skin around they eye area, among them skin-replenishing ingredients, hydrating ingredients, and antioxidants.
If belif had stopped there, this would be considered a good eye cream, no matter the price. But alongside the beneficial ingredients there are also fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin. That's a problem no matter what skin care product it's in, but particularly when it comes to products you'll apply around your eyes!
Even if those ingredients weren't here, there's still the matter that this is packaged in a jar, meaning most of the previously-mentioned good ingredients won't be protected from light and air (see More Info for details).
Overall, while there are appealing aspects to Moisturizing Eye Bomb, they're not enough choose this over the better picks on our list of best eye creams.
- Has a rich, hydrating texture.
- Includes skin-beneficial ingredients to help improve the look and feel of the eye area.
- Contains fragrance ingredients that can irritate skin (especially around the eyes!).
- Packaged in a jar, meaning its beneficial ingredients won't remain effective over time.
Jar Packaging & Anti-Aging Moisturizers: Beneficial anti-aging ingredients, which include 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 a jar is opened and lets air in, these important ingredients begin to deteriorate, becoming less and less effective. Routine exposure to daylight also is 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, 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:
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
Owned by South Korean corporate giant LG (yes, the electronics company), belif is a natural skin care brand whose main selling point is the fusion of the sensibilities of Korean skin care – sheet masks and essences are featured prominently - with the philosophy of an old-fashioned European apothecary.
The result is an offering of skin care products that is best described as hit-or-miss. Most of them contain a mix of herbs based off “Napier’s Formula,” a blend of herbs concocted by Scottish apothecary Duncan Napier in the mid-19th century. Anecdotal stories tell of its miraculous effect on skin, though there’s no hard research showing this specific blend of ingredients is better than any other beneficial skin care ingredients.
There are some good products with a robust blend of antioxidants to be found, but most of belief’s lineup contains fragrance (or additional fragrance ingredients), and the brand usually packages its moisturizers in jars (which puts beneficial air- and light-sensitive skin care ingredients at risk because of exposure to both). Were it not for these two missteps, we’d be much more enthusiastic to recommend this brand as an option.
You can find out more about belif by visiting the brand’s website at https://www.belifusa.com/.
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