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When it comes to mild to moderate dry skin, there are few products as oft-recommended at your local Sephora than belif Aqua Bomb Moisturizer. So it comes as no surprise that belif is following up on its hit product with a cream dedicated to the eyes, belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb. With a lightweight texture, belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb promises to deliver a 26-hour burst of moisture, boost elasticity, and to increase the resilience of the skin for flawless makeup application.
Unfortunately, I’m not a huge fan of belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb. The three ingredients that carry this product — panthenol (vitamin B5), oat kernel extract, and ceramide NP — are nothing sensational and can be found in many drugstore-grade products. Panthenol coats skin and hair as a humectant moisturizer — which means that it draws in moisture from the environment (International Journal of Cosmetic Science). Using panthenol in combination with glycerin and silicones also helps the moisture be retained within the skin.
Oat extract helps out the skin with including 60-64% polysaccharides, lipids, enzymes, saponins, prostaglandin synthetic inhibitors, vitamins, and flavonoids (Cosmetic Dermatology, 2008). It’s been shown to penetrate the skin deeply to help reduce wrinkles and fine lines over time (International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 2005).
Ceramides, on the other hand, are naturally reduced in people who suffer from dry to very dry skin (Acta Derm Venerealogy, 2005). While it is known that the amount and integrity of ceramides decreases in the skin naturally with age, it has been proposed recently that ceramide-degrading enzymes (ceramidases) may be a part of bacterial infection as well (Clinical and Skin Immunology). Whatever the cause, it is known that using ceramides on the skin may help with moisture retention.
At the same time, despite panthenol, oat extract, and ceramide, I’m not a fan of belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb for anything other than mild to moderate moisturization. It’s not going to result in the same wrinkle and fine line-reducing activity as, say, an eye cream with retinoids or AHAs, peptides, or high levels of vitamin C might, nor is it going to brighten up undereye skin as well as a cream with, say, vitamin C, kojic acid, azelaic acid, or any of those heavy-hitters. But, at the same time, if you’re young and looking for an eye cream to help treat mild to moderate dryness, this is OK — just not sensational.
Ingredients in belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb
Water, Dipropylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Squalane, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylyl Trimethicone, Dimethicone, HDI/TriMethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Sucrose Polystearate, 1,2-Hexanediol, PCA Dimethicone, Panthenol, Triethylhexanoin, Cellulose, Ceramide NP, Centella Asiatica Leaf Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract*, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract*, Nepeta Cataria Extract*, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Leaf Extract*, Baptisia Tinctoria Root Extract*, Stellaria Media (Chickweed) Extract*, Alchemilla Vulgaris Leaf Extract**, Viola Tricolor Extract**, Rosa Damascena Flower Extract**, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract**, Althaea Officinalis Root Extract**, Achillea Millefolium Flower Extract, Symphytum Officinale Leaf Extract, Trifolium Pratense (Clover) Flower Extract, Menyanthes Trifoliata Leaf Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Silica, Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydrogenated Lecithin, PEG-10 Rapeseed Sterol, Glycereth-20, C14-22 Alcohols, C12-20 Alkyl Glucoside, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymwer, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyproline, Carbomer, Tromethamine, Trisodium EDTA, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil+, Rosamarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil+, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower OIl+, Citral, Citrannellol, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool. *Napiers original formula. **Napiers moisture formula. +Fragrances of natural origin.