Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes- reader reviewed and recommended
I’m turning 30 this year, and I am determined to take better care of my skin this decade. While I was pretty good in my 20s, making sure to wear sunscreen every day and exfoliating as often as I could remember to, I definitely had some bad habits to outgrow – namely late nights ending with me falling into bed with a full face of makeup. Overall, my skin isn’t much worse for the wear, but this year I have noticed a definite increase in under-eye puffiness that was never there before. It could be due to allergies or because I’m hitting my 30s, but whatever the cause, it’s not pretty! I’ve also got some of the thinnest under-eye skin around, so I’ve always got a half-circle of beautiful purply-blue veins showing through that have been driving me nuts since I was in middle school.
When TIA asked if I’d be interested in trying a treatment for dark, puffy eyes, I just about screamed “YES!” via email. I was sent Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes (52$), “the first physician strength, dermatologist developed, natural skincare line in the industry.” The medical and dermatological knowledge behind the development of this line definitely had my hopes high, and the product’s ingredient list didn’t do much to disappoint.
The ingredient list starts with distilled water, followed by hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump skin, and seaweed extract to firm and nourish the skin while providing antioxidant protection. I tend to like these two ingredients, as I find them to be incredibly soothing. Then comes a couple of heavy hitters: oxido reductases and soy peptide.
Oxido reductases is an incredibly powerful antioxidant that, when combined with soy peptides and rice bran extract, works to reduce the darkness of under-eye veins by affecting the rate of blood clotting (sounds scary, but possibly effective!), and reduces puffiness caused by inflammation. That is one hard-working eye cream!
In addition to those powerful ingredients, Bright Eyes also contains jojoba oil, apricot kernel oils, and squalene for hydration; arnica and vitamin K to reduce the appearance of dark veins and provide an anti-inflammatory effect (which helps with both puffiness and dark circles), and pulverized mica for an immediate brightening effect. Then came the chemical ingredients, like Laureth-7 and C13-14 Isoparaffin, which are harmless enough. However, I didn’t love the inclusion of polyacrylamide, which has the potential ability to secrete acrylamide – a known neurotoxin.
Next, came a couple of ingredients that I couldn’t find much information on: phenoethanol and ethylglycerin. I was quite sure that these were misspellings for phenoxyethanol and ethylglycerol (the latter of which I still believe to be true, in which case it’s harmless enough). I did, however, come across a number of products that include phenoethanol in their ingredient lists, so if anyone has any information there, please let me know. Finally, the ingredient list rounds out with oil of grapefruit and red tea extract, both of which provide antioxidant protection to the skin.
Bright Eyes has a lightweight cream consistency that soaks into the skin quickly, making it great for use during the day under makeup, and for all around the eyes at night. While the lightweight texture was nice and kept the cream from traveling into my eyes, I personally could have used a bit more moisture. I found myself topping off the eye cream with a bit of vitamin E oil after a few minutes, when my under-eye area started to show a few dry crinkles. I did really like the immediate brightening effect it provided, as well as the slight de-puffing I noticed upon application.
Over four weeks of use, I didn’t notice a significant long-term effect on my dark circles, but I’m not sure there’s much that can be done about those visible veins, save for an injection of fat or hyaluronic acid under my eyes… both of which sound dreadful. I did definitely notice that I woke up in the morning to slightly less swollen eyes than normal.
Overall, I really did like the product and will continue using Bright Eyes, as it does have quite a few things going for it. For one, the ingredients list isn’t too offensive, and contains some powerful ingredients that make up for the few negatives towards the end of the list. I really enjoyed the soft, fresh scent of the cream (in fact, I found it rather addictive), as well as the fact that it is packaged in an opaque, airtight pump container that makes it easy to dispense the perfect amount of product.
I’d recommend using it as an under-eye serum; however, and topping it off with a more moisturizing eye cream, as it could definitely use help in the moisturizing department.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Extract, Oxido Reductases, Soy Peptide, Hydrolyzed Rice Bran Extract, Jojoba oil, Apricot Kernel Oil, Squalene, Pulverized Mica, Arnica Tincture, Vitamin K1 (Phytonadione), Laureth-7, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Polyacrylamide, Phenoethanol, Ethylglycerin, Oil of Grapefruit, Red Tea Extract