This moisturizer from the Superskin group of products in the Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care line has two distinctions over and above any of the other products they sell: It's a decent formula and doesn't contain any fragrance. What makes it absurd is you get less of the good stuff in this Eye & Lip Treatment and none of the bad as other Earle's products tend to have. One step forward and two steps back. Oddly enough, you have to pay a lot of money for Earle to put fewer ingredients in this product.
Ounce-per-ounce, this is Earle's most expensive product and all your skin is really getting in comparison to anything else you might be outside of the Superskin group is no fragrance, synthetic or natural. Now why couldn't they do that for all their products that have more interesting formulations? This product doesn't contain anything unique for skin around the eyes; see More Info to learn why an eye cream or oil is usually not necessary.
The benefit is from the handful of emollient oils and antioxidants this treatment contains, but that's about it. Not a bad formula at all, just not a great one.
In terms of where you can use it, this isn't a lip balm so it isn't very effective for the lip area (the oils tend to slide right off). It works as a good moisturizer for the face if you have normal to slightly dry skin.
By the way, this also contain aspartame (Equal) which we suspect is included so it doesn't taste bad when applied over the lips.
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.
Specially formulated for more mature skin, this powerful serum contains naturally active ingredients which work hard to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Vitellaria Paradoxa (Shea Butter), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Myristyl Myristate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pyrus Communis (Pear) Seed Extract, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract, Xanthan Gum, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Aspartic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid.
Strengths: Reasonable prices.
Weaknesses: No sunscreens; jar packaging; products are overly fragranced and contain irritating plant extracts; no reliable products for acne; products for those with rosacea, sensitive skin, and eczema contain irritating fragrant components and perfume.
Liz Earle began her United Kingdom-based cosmetics company in 1995 with her name affixed to the label, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care. Originally located on the Isle of Wright, the company their products were inspired by the natural foliage of this part of the world’s rainy, cold environs.
A prolific writer of more than 30 beauty books along with a background as a beauty journalist and broadcaster, Earle became a diehard believer in all things natural. One of her books even suggests you can beat cellulite with scrubs, creams, and massage oils. We wouldn’t bet on it any more than the allure of all natural holds the answer to having beautiful skin, but even Earle’s products don’t follow that philosophy wholeheartedly as they are not all natural in the least. In fact, you could say they are about as natural as polyester. Labeling the line “naturally active” is a clever play on words; it makes you think the products are natural without really saying they are.
After 15 years of being one of the biggest independent UK-based personal care companies Liz Earle was bought by Avon in 2010. That has certainly changed the face of the company! It’s interesting to point out that despite Avon’s home consultant business model, Liz Earle stopped the home consulting side of their business shortly after joining the fold at Avon.
Business decisions aside, the products are what matter and what’s inside those products matters most. We were first struck by the line’s lack of sunscreens. The company’s convoluted explanation for this is how the weather in the UK doesn’t warrant it (though we’re not sure how that factors into the brand’s U.S. distribution) and also because synthetic sunscreens are bad for skin. None of that is true. Daylight (as in UV light, which is present whether the sun is shining or not) in any amount causes immediate and long-term skin damage. Only a few minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day causes premature aging, though you won’t see these effects until years later. Numerous studies have shown how regular use of sunscreen with all types of active ingredients, including synthetic and mineral, makes skin look significantly younger, longer—and reduces risk of skin cancer.
The company does say mineral sunscreen ingredients are good yet that only shows up in their Daily Eye Repair with an SPF 10 (SPF 15 is considered the minimum by medical and regulatory boards around the world) and it appears this product is only be sold in the U.K. There is no explanation why there aren’t other mineral-based sunscreens in the line.
Although we find the lack of sunscreens a sign of bad (or at least shortsighted) skin care, we are also highly skeptical of skin-care companies that sell bust and neck treatments. Earle’s Superskin Bust & Neck Treatment claims the natural ingredients it contains can plump skin around the bust. Again don’t count on it, but we admit the application description will arouse something! Ironically, the description for the product explains how sun exposure ages skin, but then we’re going back to the lack of sun protection in the line. Now that’s contradictory! Regardless skin on the neck, chest, and face benefit from the same state-of-the-art ingredients and there is not a shred of unbiased research to the contrary.
Despite the reservations mentioned above, there are some interesting formulations in Earle’s line with great price points. But even the better formulas suffer from too much fragrance, dubious and overblown claims, and prevalent use of irritating plant extracts. Oddly enough, the fragrance-free formulations in this product line have some of the more ordinary formulations when it comes to antioxidants or soothing emollients—two categories of ingredients those with sensitive skin really need.
In short, Liz Earle Naturally Active Skin Care is nothing to get all that excited about, whether you’re a fan of natural ingredients or simply want skin care from the U.K.
For more information about Liz Earle, visit www.lizearle.com or call 1-800-515-5911.
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