This eye cream's claim of erasing dark circles sounds enticing, and to some extent it can "erase" them, but the effect is temporary and strictly cosmetic. What's at work here is the opacity and pigment effect from titanium dioxide, this eye cream's second ingredient. In this amount, you'll get some amount of camouflage and brightening, but a good concealer can do a lot more—and most concealers use titanium dioxide as a pigment and for its opacity.
Otherwise, this fragrance-free eye cream doesn't contain anything unique for the eye area, so it's more reason to think twice before using an eye cream, as we explain in the More Info section. Yes, this contains some good, lightweight moisturizing ingredients, but nothing that isn't found in many facial moisturizers—so there's really no reason to splurge on this.
Should you choose to try this, and it is an overall good formula, it contains a few good plant-based anti-irritants and antioxidants, many of which show up in other products from First Aid Beauty. But despite the positives as well as the slick dispensing system (the eye cream is dispense via a smooth metal tip applicator), this isn't a must-have eye cream for anyone already using a well formulated facial moisturizer or serum, both of which can also be used around the eyes.
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 and/or serum around your eyes.
Eye Duty Triple Remedy instantly erases dark circles while delivering serious, long-term skincare benefits to the orbital eye area. Upon application, it instantly brightens the entire eye area with a soft universal tint and light reflecting pigments that create an illusion of bright, smooth, and youthful skin.
Water/Aqua/Eau, Titanium Dioxide, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Pentylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-3 Polmdimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycrylene, Sodium Polymethacrylate, Isopropyl Myristate, Isohexadecane, Retinyl Palmitate, Caffeine, Polyester-8, Iron Oxides, Diethylhexyl Syringylidenemalonate, Polysorbate 60, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Polysilicone-11, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chrysanthemum Parthenium (Feverfew) Extract, Stearic Acid, Aluminum Hydroxide, Stearalkonium Hectorite, Xanthan Gum, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Phosphatidylcholine, Sodium Benzoate, Potassium Sorbate, Propylene Carbonate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Aminobutyric Acid
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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