This fragrance-free eye cream for normal to slightly dry skin is made out to be a multi-tasker but its formula is mostly disappointing. First, you don’t need an eye cream (see More Info to learn why) ; second, almost all of the beneficial anti-aging ingredients this eye cream contains are listed after the preservative, meaning they don’t count for much. We’re also concerned that the amount of film-forming agent (sodium polyacrylate) may prove irritating for use around the eyes, though it can help smooth the appearance of fine lines and make skin feel a bit tighter (do keep in mind that making skin feel tighter is NOT the same as actually making it tighter; this eye cream won’t lift sagging skin). As for the multiple benefits this is supposed to provide, you can count on smoothing hydration, a silky finish, and some antioxidants benefit but that’s about it. The amount of alpha-arbutin (a skin lightening ingredient) is likely too low to improve dark circles, and that’s assuming your dark circles are caused by melanin (skin pigment) rather than dilated blood vessels beneath the skin. All told, this eye cream is more talk than action, and, despite its smooth texture, your skin deserves better. You’ll find superior options from the numerous fragrance-free facial moisturizers and serums we recommend.
We know it’s hard to believe, but the truth is you don’t need a special product for the eye area, whether labeled eye cream or something else. Although there is much you can do to improve the skin around your eyes, the ingredients capable of doing that don’t need to come from, and often aren’t even included in, an eye cream. For example, most eye creams (such as this one) don’t contain sunscreen, and that is a serious problem because it leaves the skin around your eyes vulnerable to sun damage, which will make dark circles and wrinkling worse! 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!
This concentrated yet soothing cream addresses common signs of aging in the eye area. Its five-in-one formula smoothes, firms, brightens, and nourishes the skin while imparting a beautiful, subtle glow to the undereye area.
Water, Glycerin, Dimethicone, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Silica, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Caprylyl Methicone, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Methicone, Enteromorpha Compressa Extract, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Retinyl Palmitate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Polysilicone-11, Alpha-Arbutin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Bisabolol, Niacinamide, Tocopherol.
First Aid Beauty At-A-Glance
Strengths: Several fragrance-free products; relatively reasonable pricing; sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection; wonderful fragrance-free body wash.
Weaknesses: AHA pads contain a low amount of glycolic and lactic acids; some products contain fragrant plant extracts; every product contains feverfew extract, which has benefits, but also can be an irritant; jar packaging; for a line meant for sensitive skin, their use of common irritants is disappointing.
With a name like First Aid Beauty (FAB for short), it's obvious this line is meant to rescue your skin from distress, and, indeed, these products are targeted toward those who have sensitive, easily irritated skin, but who still want an elegant, department-store flair. Ironically, FAB falls short on both ends of the spectrum.
Despite the company's claims of providing "therapeutic action" for "tough skin conditions," some of the products contain irritating ingredients that are extremely problematic for any skin type, especially for those with sensitive or compromised skin. It was disappointing to see known irritants like sulfur, balsam resin, and witch hazel in products claiming to calm your skin and reduce redness. "What were they thinking?" was a question that came up more than once while reviewing this line!
On the bright side, First Aid Beauty does have a very good fragrance-free body wash. There are also a few products that omit the fragrance, which is a definite must for sensitive skin, although, in fact, all skin types do best with fragrance-free products. Unfortunately, the fragrance-free formulas in this line come up short on important ingredients, like antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
It is best to avoid their Ultra Repair Cream, the SPF 30 sunscreen, Detox Eye Roller, Blemish Eraser, and the Anti-Redness Serum because they all contain enough irritating ingredients to make conditions like acne, redness, and sensitivity worse.
For more information about First Aid Beauty, visit your local Sephora or Ulta or call (800) 322-3619 or visit www.firstaidbeauty.com.
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