Rose Glow + Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm
The issue with Tula’s Rose Glow + Get It Cooling & Brightening Eye Balm is given away in the name itself. The formula contains cooling agents (menthyl lactate and menthone glycerin acetal, both derived from menthol) known to sensitize skin.
This balm comes in a twist-up stick format that glides over the eye area “for an instant pick-me-up” imparting a sheer, pinkish-white shimmering sheen for a dewy glow and brightening effect. The formula starts out with a beneficial mix of pre-/pro-/post-biotic ingredients, soothing aloe, hydrating hyaluronic acid and antioxidant-rich plant extracts + rose hip oil.
Unfortunately, things take a nosedive with the aforementioned cooling agents. Instead of soothing skin, these ingredients trigger an inflammatory response that hurts skin overall (see More Info to learn the full ramifications). They can also irritate the eyes.
The bottom line: You’re better off with well-formulated eye treatments that offer skin a pick-me-up without needlessly irritating it.
P.S. If you read Tula’s claim that rosehip oil is a “retinol alternative,” you can ignore that. Rosehip oil is a good, non-fragrant plant oil that provides antioxidant properties and beneficial fatty acids, but in no way is it on par with the anti-aging prowess of retinol.
- Imparts an instant glow to perk up skin cosmetically.
- Formulated with a beneficial mix of pre-/pro-/post-biotic ingredients + antioxidant-rich extracts.
- Hyaluronic acid and glycerin boost skin’s hydration.
- Contains skin-sensitizing cooling agents that trigger inflammation in skin.
- Don’t expect your wrinkles to disappear (this formula isn’t on par with retinol as implied).
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
Our best-selling, hyaluronic acid Eye Balm, now with even more glow-enhancing ingredients. Instantly hydrates, cools & helps reduce the look of fine lines & wrinkles around the eyes. Made with the same ingredients you love in the original Eye Balm—think: probiotics & superfoods like caffeine, aloe & watermelon—plus the addition of rosewater & rosehip oil (known to be a plant-based retinol alternative). Delivers an instant pick-me-up so you look refreshed, feel energized & can glow & get it!
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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