Radiance Eye Cream is a thicker, more emollient version of Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream. Other than its texture, it shares the same problems as its facial counterpart, and is not recommended. This eye cream for dry skin also contains far more fragrance than beneficial ingredients, and fragrance isn’t skin care (and is a big no-no for use around the eyes). Royal jelly has no special benefits for skin; even if it did, the fact that this is packaged in a jar will hinder its effectiveness (as well as the efficacy of every other natural ingredient in this product). We really cannot stress enough what a poor formula this is for the eye area, but in fact most eye creams aren't necessary.
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.
Royal Jelly, one of nature's most nourishing substances, and bee pollen naturally replenish and renew your skin's essential nutrients, restoring a smooth, youthful appearance. This highly-concentrated formula also contains chamomile, cucumber and rosehip extracts, which are known to promote skin renewal and reduce puffiness and swelling. Natural mica diffuses light to minimize the look of fine lines.
Aqua (Water, Eau), Glycerin, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Lanolin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Coco-Glucoside, Royal Jelly, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Pollen Extract, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Extract, Betula Alba Bark Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Pinus Strobus Cone Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Tocopherol, Silica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Mica (CI 77019), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, 77492, 77499), Xanthan Gum, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, Amyl Cinnamal, Limonene, Linalool
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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