The Daily Eye Cream
The Daily Eye Cream by Fourth Ray Beauty has a swoon-worthy, decadent cream texture that intensely hydrates skin. The only thing holding the fragrance-free formula back from its full potential is the packaging that it comes in (more on that in a minute).
Starting with the pros, this eye cream is front-loaded with skin-replenishing humectants and emollients that work together to boost hydration and lock moisture in, resulting in supple, healthy-looking skin as promised. Skin is also treated to beneficial antioxidants, fatty acids, peptides and soothing agents for a well-rounded blend to truly replenish delicate eye area skin.
The downside is that the jar packaging allows some of these key ingredients to break down prematurely due to air and light exposure. See More Info below for an in-depth research-backed explanation on that.
Otherwise, there’s a lot to love about this eye cream, including its rich, luxe texture that leaves skin feeling soft, smooth, and vitally recharged with hydration. If it came in more protective packaging, it would’ve earned a higher rating, but as is, you’re better off with a well-formulated eye cream on our top-rated list.
- Replenishing humectants and emollients work together to boost hydration and lock in moisture.
- Beneficial antioxidants, fatty acids, peptides and soothing agents support skin’s health.
- Rich, luxe cream texture leaves skin soft and smooth.
- Fragrance free.
- Jar packaging compromises the efficacy of some of the ingredients.
Jar Packaging: 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 is also 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, especially in water-based formulas, 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:
Molecules, July 2018, ePublication
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
Here’s your go-to for adding mega moisture, while perfectly prepping eyes on the daily. Powered by plant-derived Squalane, plus Shea Butter and Lychee, to replenish moisture for supple, healthy-looking skin around the delicate eye area.
With as much focus on the metaphysical as on the scientific, Fourth Ray Beauty is the brainchild of Seed Beauty, the creator of social-media savvy lines like Kylie Cosmetics and ColourPop. The brand says its focus is on wellness-inspired skin care, and that the name Fourth Ray is derived from the fourth ray of the rainbow, which represents “beauty, harmony, purity, wholeness, and integration.”
Its lineup consists of mainly the basics when it comes to a skin care routine: cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and acne treatment. The formulas are largely unremarkable, with a lack of impressive ingredients, and most of its products contain fragrance. The standout is their cleansing oil which bypasses most of the pitfalls of its competition.
When it comes to its approach to acne and oily skin though, this brand with a New Age philosophy has a decidedly old-school approach by including witch hazel, alcohol, and other irritants that can make acne and oily skin worse.
Fourth Ray infuses each of its products with crystals to, as stated on its website, “cleanse not just your skin but your energy.” This is just marketing, though; there’s no scientific research proving that crystals can do anything for skin.
You can learn more about Fourth Ray Beauty on its website, fourthraybeauty.com.
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