If you apply the age-old adage, "You are what you eat," to your skin, you might want to reconsider what you feed your face every day.  A healthy diet is just as essential for your body as it is for your skin, which is permeable to cosmetic ingredients, both good and evil.  I have been doing my part to keep my eye area well-nourished with a steady diet of Be Fine Food Skin Care's Eye Blossom.

This "Miracle Eye Serum" uses potent natural ingredients to put a lid on unappetizing under-eye shadows. Its fluid consistency carves a unique course between the cream and gel divide, moisturizing the eye area with a silky, lightweight layer of nutrients.  Infused with a delightful cooling sensation and a refreshing cucumber scent, the serum fully absorbs into skin without the heft of a cream or the glean of a gel.  One box of eye blossoms amounts to a month's supply.

Though it boasts a cute name and clever presentation, I can't help but point out that the packaging is a silly waste.  Do four miniscule "blossoms" housing only a week's-worth of nectar really need to be sheathed in a plastic display disc and encased in a deceptively large box?  Nonetheless, the individual capsules facilitate portability, and it's what makes up the magic inside that matters.

Upon a cursory glance, the Eye Blossom's ingredients might appear less than natural, brimming with more chemical-denoting integers than pure organic names.  But do not be fooled by nomenclature- there is in fact an abundance of beneficial botanicals.  Chrysin, an antioxidant derived from blue passion flower, often crops up in eye cream formulations because it is considered one of the most effective factors for reducing stubborn dark circles around the eyes.  Grapefruit peel extract purifies and balances the complexion, while cucumber fruit extract contributes the cooling effect.  Rich in vitamins A, E, and D, wheat germ oil nourishes the skin, along with flaxseed oil.  With its high lipid and vitamin content, Avocado oil delivers rich nutrients and revitalizes dry skin.  Palm peptides provide natural UVA protection and help stimulate collagen production, plumping the skin so that shadows become less noticeable over time.

The non-botanicals are mostly benign.  Both glycerin, derived from vegetable oil, and butylene glycol, extracted from the Kava-Kava plant, promote the rentention of moisture in the skin.  Caprylic/Capric triglyceride, an emollient derived from coconut oil, not only lubricates the skin, but also helps healthful ingredients penetrate.  Hydrogenated polydecene, a gentle skin-conditioning agent, imparts a silky feeling to the skin and may convey anti-aging effects by reducing wrinkle volume.  Eye Blossom's mild preservatives, potassium sorbate and phenoxyethanol, are probably safe.  The only red flag is hexylene glycol, which can irritate eyes and skin and may cause dermatitis after prolonged contact.

It won't cure crow's feet or vanish wrinkles, but BeFine's Eye Blossom supplies a refreshing boost to the eye area.  One squirt from a single capsule feeds the skin essential nutrients.  Though I enjoy waking up to a dab of Eye Blossom under each eye, I haven't noticed any lasting changes beyond its immediate brightening effect.  This one seems more suited for anti-fatigue than for anti-aging.


Water, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sodium Polyacrylate Starch, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Trideceth-6 Phosphate, Steareth-20, Chrysin, N-hydroxysuccinimide, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Linum Usitatissimun (Linseed) Seed Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Peel Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Hexylene Glycol, Citric Acid, Fragrance.