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The skin around my eyes seem to be aging quicker than the rest of my face. I've always suffered with dark circles and so I have been covering the delicate area with concealer for years so this might be why. I also pull on the skin when inserting and removing my contact lenses so I thought I could do with a bit of help in this area. For these reasons, I purchased the Eye Contour Day Balm by Dr. Hauschka.
What does the product do?
The product has been designed in order to help tone the skin around the eye and to help maintain the elasticity of the eyelid. In doing so, it helps to prevent new wrinkles from forming and strengthen the skin around the eye, putting an end to anymore more crows feet. It also promises to soothe irritations in the eye area which I thought sounded good as a contact lens wearer but it always promises to help relieve the symptoms of hay fever. It is suitable for use on mature, dry or normal skin.
How does it work?
The product contains a lot of natural ingredients which help this balm get to work. It contains Castor Oil which is known for helping to keep the skin youthful and winkle free and Peanut Oil which contains fatty acids which are essential for healthy skin. Obviously the inclusion of this ingredient makes this product unsuitable for those who suffer from nut allergies. Apricot Oil helps the skin to hold onto its elasticity which prevents new wrinkles from forming, while Carrot Root Extract helps to condition and protect the skin. Cocoa butter is included to nourish and hydrate the skin.
How do you use the product?
The balm is to be applied in the morning to clean skin that has already been moisturised. You need to take a tiny amount of the balm and warm it between your fingers to make it easier to apply. You then spread the balm gently across the skin around the eye, taking great care not to pull the delicate skin when you do so. You need to leave the balm to get to work for around ten minutes and then you need to remove the excess balm by blotting the area gently with a tissue. The product shouldn't be used at night time.
Packaging and Price
The product is packaged in the conventional white plastic that is always found with this brand. It looks like a lip balm because of its screw top lid and tiny pot. The pot has no particular design over than an orange stripe and the balm is fairly easy to access providing that you haven't got nails that are too long.
The balm is stupidly expensive but it will last a very long time if used correctly and it's nice to treat yourself once in a while. It will set you back around £25 for 10ml of the balm and it can be bought from any department stores with a Dr. Hauschka stand such as Boots and also from a variety of online websites.
This product is simple to apply if you use it correctly. You really do only need to use a teeny tiny bit of this product because its texture is quite waxy and greasy. If you over do it then you'll end up looking messy and it's a waste of the product. If you do use a small amount of the product and remember to blot, then this isn't a problem. If you warm the balm between your fingers first then it does glide across the skin without pulling which is extremely important in a product of this type. It feels completely comfortable on my skin and doesn't make my eye sting or itch, even when I'm wearing my contact lenses. Despite the bright orange colour of the product, it goes onto the skin clear and doesn't show up at all so you needn't panic when you first remove the lid. The aroma is that of vegetables! Hardly the most beautiful fragrance but it doesn't hang around on the skin and it is natural so it's better than an artificial one being applied to the skin. I've also found that you can apply the product to the lips as well but I tend not to waste such an expensive product on the lips if I can help it.
The product does seem to brighten the skin and to make it more toned. I think that my fine lines and crow's feet have been reduced marginally and my bags appear less because of the patting access that I use to apply the product. It makes the skin around my eye feel really hydrated and it also seems to brighten the skin beneath the eye so my bags are less evident. Make up is easily applied over the top as long as you remember to blot the skin properly and it has only caused me blemishes if I've got some on my cheeks as it has a very greasy consistency. I don't suffer from hay fever so can't comment on its benefits there but it does bring some comfort to the eye area and it is quite awakening.
All in all, despite being very expensive, I think this is a great eye product which brightens, tones and hydrates the skin area. If used properly, it should be long lasting and make the skin look healthier and younger when used continually. I wouldn't hesitate to buy this product again. I just hope it doesn't run out anytime soon so that I have to!!
I got a couple of sachets of this in my bag when I recently bought the Lip Balm from this brand. I do like a few products from this brand and I have been lucky enough to try a few different products in sample sizes. Yes I don't get a lot of use from samples, but at least I get to try different products without paying for them. They seem to be quite generous at giving samples out which is great in my eyes.
I can't comment on the packaging of this tub as I have only seen the tub in store and on the picture on here.
I use an Eye Cream every night as although I don't feel I have wrinkles or that I feel that I should be looking after the eye area. After all I am not getting any younger!! I know this says that it is a Day Cream but I just never got around to using it through the day.
Accordingly to the back of the sample this product will sooth tender skin, visibly smooth wrinkes and fine lines and moisturise as well. This product includes Cocoa butter, Jojoba Oil and other extracts.
This Cream doesn't have all that much scent to it. It smells just like a normal Moisturising Cream scent which is alright.
Just apply a small dot of this to the eye area. I rubbed this over my eyelids, under eye area as well as the sides - figured I may as well cover all the area as I do that with my normal Eye Cream. The Cream is a medium thickness and it seemed to be quite greasy at first, but this rubs in easy enough and although the skin around the eye looks a bit shiny at first once this soaks in then 5 minutes later the area is looking more matt. I'm not fussed how it looks really since I use this at night but I guess some people may use this through the day.
I got a good few applications out of each 7ml sachet so a little does go a long way.
This isn't that cheap and the 10g tub costs between £22-£28 online but the price is in keeping with the rest of the brand and this is more a designer kind of brand anyway.
A good product that does a good a good job and I would possibily buy this myself if it was slightly cheaper than it currently is.
As I've told you in my past reviews, my biggest concern is my dry and thin skin all over my face and my little dehydration wrinkles around my eyes. Having a thin skin, I must be very careful, hydrating and protecting it more than normal because being so fragile, wrinkles can appear quicker than on other skin types...
Thanks God...!, I don't have deep wrinkles but specially during winter or cold season mainly, I can see very well little wrinkles around my eyes... and I'm not talking about the expression one, I mean when I smile or something like this... Anyway, I've looked for many years for a good cream to treat the delicate eye contour... and having tried the most expensive one existing on the market never got the results I was looking for. But one day I've discover this wonderful cream which is in fact more a balm than a cream, but gives you great results after the first application...
Dr Hauschka site states that this balm :
- Visibly smooth wrinkles and fine lines,
- Moisturize and protect against dryness (Cocoa Butter and Jojoba Oil),
- Soothe tender skin (Camellia and Anthyllis Extracts),
- Support and strengthen delicate skin (Neem and Silk Powder).
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Arachis Hypogaea (Peanut) Oil, Beeswax/Cera Flava, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Anthyllis Vulneraria Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John'swort) Extract, Silk/Serica Powder,Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Fragrance/Parfum (Essential Oil),Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Citral, Eugenol,Farnesol, Lecithin.
As all Dr Hauschka products, this balm has a clean and natural composition, smells great, hydrates well even if the texture is quite greasy and protects all day long your fragile eyes contour against dehydration or other exogenous harmful agents.
I must admit that I'm using this cream for a week now and I can really notice the difference, my eye contour is hydrated and my little dehydration wrinkles have diminished in depth and this without any optical cheat as many other conventional creams which are mainly using mineral compounds in order to reflect the light giving the impression of a smooth skin or worst using any type of silicon filmogenic derivatives...
This natural cream really treats the dehydration on eye contour area and gives a real comfort to the skin... I won't say that deep wrinkles will be completely treated with this cream, but using it on a daily base you can really improve your skin quality, giving it more hydration, protection for a great look and resilience...
This balm can also be used before steaming your face and treating yourself to a sauna, in order to protect the sensitive skin around the eyes.
There is also a little trick to know before applying this cream, a friend of mine told me to use a floral water toner before applying it around eye contour... I must admit that this technique helps a lot the balm to easy penetrate and be quickly absorbed by the skin, locking in the same time the moisture offered by the flower water toner into the skin.
You don't need a big amount of this balm meaning that the 10 g container can last you for at least 4 to 5 months using it only during the morning routine. You really need the amount of a rice grain that you have to soften through your fingers and then apply gently using a tapping and circular movements from the inner to the outer eye contour.
More than sure I won't changed it soon at least I'll found better than this one, but I'm not sure I'll find something better soon...
The price of this balm is around 23,00 Euro in Paris, but you can find it cheaper on German stores or even eBay.
As I've told you this balm won't do miracles for your skin but it will hydrate, nourish and protect it all day long, which is already a very good point. I guess for very warm season it can be a little to greasy on skin but you can use it from October till April without any problem.
I have always had very sensitive eyes, even as a baby, in photos you can see my eyes are "watery".
As Ive grown older they have also become dry and irritable, so Ive spent alot of time trying to find a good eye product that helps ease the delicate skin around my eyes which then aids the eyes themselves.
Approx 4 years ago I happened upon Dr Hauschka Eye Contour Day Balm
and, my search had ended! Ive been so happy with it I havent even tried any others since.
Its a German company and their products are Holistic, they carry BDIH seal of certified natural cosmetics.
All natural ingredients, grown through WALA and of the highest standard, sourced so they are fully sustainable.
Certified organic ingredients used when ever possible or wild harvested.
Its packed full of amazing ingredients, some you may not have heard of before.
I find it the most nourishing eye balm I have tried, but its not greasy and sinks in completely and fairly quickly.
Lets look at some of the ingredients-
Castor seed oil.
Peanut oil- wait a minute before you people with peanut allergies put it back on the shelf- it has the protein part (allergen) extracted so its safe for you.
Carrot Root Extract- an oil thats very soothing.
Apricot Kernel Oil- has restoring properties.
Calendula Officinalis- which is a flower extract from the Marigold plant, it heals & soothes
Cocoa seed butter oil and Jojoba seed oil and Silk.
St Johns Wort- this flower blossoms Midsummer and produces a deep red oil which is both antiviral & antiseptic( not just for depression then?)
Lecithin- moisturising and helps relieve fluid retention.
A selection of natural essential oils.
So, what a list? How can it not work? It seems to cover all the problems the delicate skin around eyes can throw at it.
Its packaged in a dinky little 10ml / 0.34floz white pot with a screw top and a teeny little box and is solid, I find its best stored in the fridge.
Take a small amount out with the tip of your nail, place it on the top of your clean finger, gently rub it with the clean tip of your same finger on the other hand.
It will turn into an oil, gently pat it under and around both eyes, use each morning and you should see & feel a big difference very quickly.
With its soothing, healing, restoring ingredients its very good for people who suffer with Hay Fever and other Allergies, its not perfumed so doesnt have any irritants., it just boasts a very delicate scent. I have never known another eye product that can actually eliminate redness and swelling like this one can.
Its available on the inter-net, and in
Dr Hauschka is the winner of Natural Health Beauty Awards 2009 this accompanies the UK Cool Brands 2008/2009 award for innovation, style, desirability.
Hope this shows you why I Love this product and what a fabulous product it is.
The delicate skin around the eyes is soothed, toned and strengthened with this cream containing special plant extracts and oils. Use in the mornings after moisturising.