The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm is designed to relieve puffiness and fine lines around the eyes. Particularly perfect for those with sensitive undereye skin, this blend includes cucumber, guava, aloe vera, jojoba and pomegranate.
The Rumors are True: Cucumber Does Improve the Undereye Area
The use of cucumber extract in an eye treatment shouldn’t be too surprising if you’re familiar with the popular at-home beauty treatment of using cucumber slices on your eyes to cool and calm. The extract itself contains ascorbic and caffeic acid and has significant antioxidant activities due to its DPPH and superoxide radical scavenging abilities. According to a study in the Archives of Dermatological Research, it also might be able to inhibit the activity of hyaluronidase and elastase, enzymes that are responsible for degrading hyaluronic acid and elasin (Archives of Dermatological Research).
Surprisingly, studies also show that cucumber fights dark circles and hyperpigmentation at a cost — it can cause skin dryness, so it’s good that The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm contains hydrators like macadamia and avocado seed oils. Cucumber mildly inhibits melanin production, but it also decreases the level of sebum found in the skin, which is good for acne, but bad for those with dry skin. Cucumber was shown to cause a decrease in skin moisture content and an increase of water loss (TEWL) (African Journal of Biotechnology).
Jojoba Oil Replenishes Lost Natural Oils in the Undereye Area
“Jojoba oil is rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “This means it can help the skin retain moisture and heal itself.” (source)
Scientific research confirms this. One study shows that use of jojoba oil shows modest swelling, indicative of moisture retention, in the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of skin) after use (Journal of Dermatological Science, 2008).
This means that jojoba oil is good for those with oily and acne-prone skin in small amounts. Just remember what I said above: Applying too much of any oil is not a good thing. Think a dime-size amount for the entire face.
Personal Use and Opinions
The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm is a medium-weight formula. “Balm” is a nice word for it, because it’s more cream-like than a gel, but reminds you too much of a lotion to call it a gel. It comes out of the pump a creamy white with a faint, nutty smell reminiscent of the macadamia nut content. It glides across the skin very easily and dries clear. The scent is still present, but more faint, once absorbed. It absorbs within seconds and leaves the skin smooth. I wouldn’t say it is sticky, but there is a bit of a residue. It should not bother most persons.
I religiously use the FutureDerm seven: retinoids, amino acids, vitamins C and E, AHAs, peptides, sunscreen, and antioxidants. For that reason, I don’t have undereye wrinkles, fine lines, or puffiness. However, I did think that this balm felt nice and hydrating under the eyes, especially after I used a rather potent vitamin CE serum under my eyes. Makeup glided on easily afterwards.
The Jojoba Company Cucumber and Guava Firming Eye Balm is fantastic product for those with sensitive skin who are looking for a more natural solution for puffy undereyes. Cucumber extract will help fend off dark circles by mildly inhibiting hyperpigmentation, while jojoba oil will provide antioxidant protection and hydrate well. The result? Smoother, softer undereyes — with less puffiness over time. I recommend it!
Aqua (Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Macadamia Integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Carica Papaya (Papaya) Fruit Extract, Psidium Guajava (Guava) Fruit Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola) Extract, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Carbomer, Dimethicone, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol**, Potassium Sorbate**, Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol.
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba.