With the holidays behind us, you’re probably looking a little pooped lately.
Between marathon shopping sessions, all-nighters to wrap presents and more holiday parties than you can remember (been there!), your face may be showing signs of wear and tear. The cold weather and and low humidity on planes can do a number on your circulation and your skin.
Facial fat tends to start shrinking around the eyes first, meaning they’re the first place on the face to show stress. And when getting a good night’s sleep or making lifestyle changes isn’t in the cards (hello, newborn baby), most people turn to supercharged eye creams. The trick is to find products that won’t damage your sensitive eye area and screw up your bod in the process.
Toxins in conventional eye creams can include alcohols, ammonia, DMDM hydantoin, phthalates, parabens and synthetic fragrances, all of which can cause allergic reactions, sensitivity and other scary problems. The most offensive ingredient found in conventional eye creams is hydroquinone, a severely toxic and very powerful skin whitener that is banned in the UK but not the US. It’s carcinogenic (cancer causing) on its own, and because it lightens skin, it reduces melanin, which is skin’s own UV protector. So if you want your peepers to be able to protect themselves, steer clear of the topical whiteners.
Natural Eye Creams
And really, why would you want to smear toxic chemicals around your beautiful baby blues? Stick with these natural eye creams for products that will work to eliminate puffiness and wrinkles without the side effects.
Weleda Pomegranate Firming Eye Cream. Part of a new line from a company we love, it’s an antioxidant-rich and fragrance-free cream that uses organic pomegranate seed oil to firm and protect the eye area. Refreshing and stimulating—kind of like putting a cucumber on your eyes. $33 atweleda.com or Whole Foods.
Mineral Fusion Revitalizing Eye Treatment.Uses the minerals magnesium, copper and zinc to stimulate new skin cell production and provide antioxidant defense against free radicals. Vegan and hypo-allergenic. Very hydrating and soothing. Contains peptides and botanicals to brighten dark circles. $24.99 at drugstore.com
DermaE Anti-Aging Eye Cream. From the family-owned and operated natural product company DermaE, the eye cream uses tamanu (oil from the tropical tamanu tree), pomegranate, CoQ10, green tea and acai to nourish, hydrate, soften and smooth. Vegan and pH-balanced. Great for moisturizing. $13.00 at LuckyVitamin.com.
Pros: Protecting and reversing the signs of aging or too much fun without the nasty ingredients.
Cons: We haven’t noticed any. Since we know you’d never consider Botox (injecting a toxin into your face is gross), natural eye creams are a great way to prevent and repair damage.
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Liz Farrington, Features Writer
A vegetarian who wishes she could stay vegan, Liz is a media professional and former editor at several fitness and lifestyle publications throughout Southern California. Now principal in Farrington Communications, she does sales, marketing, writing and editing for a range of clients. When she’s not shopping for leather-free handbags or deciding which companies to boycott, the Las Vegas resident enjoys following liberal politics, detoxing at the co-op, scoping farmers’ markets and volunteering for animal rescue