The formula for Intense Hydration Eye Cream is nearly identical to Burt's Bees Intense Hydration Day Lotion, yet is a fraction of the size for the same price. This is a classic example of a company charging you more just because something is labeled an eye cream when, in truth, most eye creams aren't necessary (see More Info).
That notion aside, this emollient cream contains some noteworthy antioxidants and moisturizing ingredients, but is also packed with potential skin irritants that trump the benefit of the good ingredients. The "Clary Sage" that Burt's Bees is so heavily promoting with this product is one of the main fragrant, irritating offenders on the list (see More Info) and has no benefit for the eye area. In fact, irritation around the eye area is more problematic than the rest of the face.
One other thing to note: There is no credible research proving that topical application of probiotics has any sort of benefit to skin. "Probiotic technology" is little more than a marketing gimmick when it comes to skin care; it's good for your diet but unlikely of benefit for your face.
Why You May Not Need an Eye Cream: Most eye creams aren't necessary. That's either because they are poorly formulated, contain nothing special for the eye area, or come in packaging that won't keep key ingredients stable. Just because the product is labeled as an eye cream doesn't mean it's good for your eye area; in fact, many can actually make matters worse.
There is much you can do to improve signs of aging around your eyes. Any product loaded with antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients, skin-lightening ingredients, anti-inflammatory ingredients, and effective emollients will work wonders and those ingredients don't have to come from a product labeled as an eye cream.
You would be shocked how many eye creams lack even the most basic ingredients to help skin. For example, most eye creams don't contain sunscreen. During the day that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage and this absolutely will make dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles worse!
Whatever product you put around your eye area, regardless of what it is labeled, must be well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes! That may mean you need an eye cream, but you may also do just as well applying your regular facial moisturizer around your eyes.
You can save money and take superior care of your eye area by using your face product if it is well formulated and appropriate for the skin type around your eyes!
Potential Irritants: Irritation, including from high amounts of fragrance, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135 and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).
Give your skin the gift of hydration it dearly deserves. Our replenishing treatment mask is clinically proven to intensely hydrate skin and also helps increase skin’s ability to retain moisture. So your skin will possess softness and suppleness like never before.
Aqua (Water, Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Parfum (Fragrance), Propanediol, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Extract, Lactobacillus, Polymnia Sonchifolia Root Juice, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Trichilia Emetica Seed Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Powder, Alpha-Glucan Oligosaccharide, Cera Alba (Beeswax, Cire D'abeille), Tocopherol, Astrocaryum Tucuma Seed Butter, Maltodextrin, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel, Stearic Acid, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Potassium Stearate, Sodium PCA, Sodium Benzoate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Lecithin, Potassium Sorbate, Linalool, Eugenol, Amyl Cinnamal, Hydroxycitronellal
Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.
With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.
Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.
There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.
For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.
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