new review: eye cream

Shi Kai – Borage Dry Skin Therapy Eye Cream  rated 5 of 5 gingerrama on 8/3/2011 5:38:00 PM

Thoroughly good eye cream, recommended for the sensitive, thin, fragile, and dryish of skin. Contains borage (starflower) oil, which is high in EFA and GLA, and good on eczema and some other irritating skin conditions. Being what led me (eczematic, irritable) to the borage dry skin remedy range in the first place.

Other main active moisturising ingredients: water, jojoba oil, glycerin, shea butter, cyclomethicone. Cruelty-free, fragrance-free.

It’s a deceptively lightweight lotion-cream. Fluid, without being runny and watery. Easy to apply: the squeezy plastic tube being nice and practical (no great shakes on pretty packaging, but probably also part of the branding: this is functional stuff). Squeeze a dab out on to a finger-tip, rub that finger-tip against another one from the other hand, dab around eyes plus a little bit on eyelids, pat and press in. Sinks in well and fast. Retains moisture very well: this is noticeable when using the stuff overnight.

Application: I’ve been using this morning and evening for a few months now. Applied to damp skin, on top of a dab of rosehip oil. Morning: followed by sunscreen. If skin is very desiccated, or in dry weather: followed by a layer of something stronger: shea butter, lip balm (Badger unscented is good for this: mainly olive & castor oils, beeswax), a heavier cream. Other things would do much the same job–butters, waxes, petroleum jelly, etc.

Now, I should explain that I’m not asking much of an eye cream, or indeed any other cream that I use / repurpose around the eyes. Just to hydrate and moisturise, keep moisture there, stay where it’s put, not interfere with sunscreen or makeup, and not irritate. If it must insist on running into eyes–there’s no need, but migration does often happen overnight–I don’t mind so long as I don’t notice.

I’ve also used a number of other products in that same borage range, and tried them out on various parts of anatomy. The hand cream works around the eyes too, as a richer cream, usually overnight as it’s not great under makeup (used it last winter, feels much the same as my beloved old Allergenics emollient balm). The unscented original-formula lotion is tolerable around the eyes, though never really quite sinks in: no great shakes. The 24 Hour Face Cream was not good around the eyes: odd combination of feeling greasy then feeling too dry. Weird, as its ingredients are very like those in the eye cream version–minus the liquorice and cucumber extracts, plus some avocado oil–so there I was thinking that it would be a real deal, twice the size of tube for a similar price…

Comparable eye creams: the texture is very like Avène’s soothing eye cream; the Boots, Superdrug, and Simple basic eye creams; Derma E pycnogenol one, Trilogy, Dr.Hauschka, Clarins Baume and Baume Spécial, and a bunch of others. The effect is more moisturising: overnight, as good as much heavier creams (Clarins total eye contour thingie, Börlind LL Regeneration, etc.).

Cost: peanuts. USD 10.00-15.00 for 0.5 oz / 15 ml. Available in some US drugstores and supermarkets, otherwise online. Canada: not seen in shops here, I’ve bought it online; check Google for current best prices inc. shipping.

INGREDIENTS: Water, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Fruit, Tocopherol Acetate, Cucumber (Cucumis Sativus) Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate (licorice root extract), Diazolidinyl Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin

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