Reviewed by Val
The biggest issue with my face is my eyes, or rather, everything surrounding them. It’s my own fault. Many summers were spent with me poolside, slathered in baby oil, baking my way towards wrinkleville. I laughed at the silly old people who warned me about the sun and premature aging. I’d admire my dark tan, certain that this would clearly never happen to me. Moron.
Fast forward to my current age of 42. Now when I stare in the mirror, I’m whining, “Why didn’t you listen to those old people!” which, to my dismay, I realize that I am one of. I tell younger “kids” at work to beware of the wrinkle maker in the sky. They ignore me, with a knowing look that I once had. And so the cycle of future self-cursers continues… which is why skin-correcting beauty products are here to stay.
Unwelcome aging issues have declared residence in the vicinity of my eyes. My crow’s feet announced themselves in my late 30s. Now, they’re taking an unsettling walk southbound. My once firm and smooth under-eye region has transformed into crepey loose skin that comes from loss of elasticity. I’ve had dark skin under my eyes since birth. As I’ve aged, they’re more obvious, courtesy of thinning skin.
With all of these unpleasantries, I was excited to try a product that was created to diminish them. This product, the Yes to Blueberries Brightening Eye Roller ($19.99) is designed to do four things: 1) improve firmness 2) decrease fine lines/wrinkles 3) reduce dark circles and 4) brighten skin. This product nourishes skin with antioxidant-rich botanicals. It has anthocyanins (a pigment in fruit and flowers) to fight free radicals, which damage skin’s microstructure. Circulation is stimulated with the help of horse chestnut. My personal favorite ingredient is the bearberry extract. It brightens dark circles by inhibiting melanin production.
Yes to Blueberries’ eye roller comes in a narrow cylindrical shape with a metal ball. While the roller ball feels refreshingly cool, it’s application design is far from ideal. The metal ball refused to budge. I rolled it on rough surfaces... Nothing. I banged it against anything within five feet... Nothing. I called it words that were definitely not in the G rating category… Nothing.
Finally, I bit it. I’m not kidding. I popped the ball out with my teeth. When I popped it back in... Eureka! Problem solved! Until the next time I tried to apply it. Luckily, this product is affordable at $20 for 0.5 ounces, so if you throw it out the closest window, you won’t feel too guilty.
I was surprised, however, when I chewed my way to an impressive reduction in dark circles. To ensure that I was objective, I only applied the product to my left eye and as prescribed, applied it in a gentle circular motion. Daily, I used it and after 2.5 weeks, I began to notice an improvement. Within a month, there was a 25% to 30% decrease in the darker pigmentation. I asked four other people and they all confirmed a considerable difference. Other positives about this eye roller are that it’s light, non-greasy and quick drying. The scent is pleasantly floral and it’s 99% natural.
Although I’ve developed an aversion to all things spherical and metal, I still think this product is worthwhile. Sadly, there were no changes with my crow’s feet or firmness.
Editor’s note: Yes To seems to have acknowledged that its Brightening Eye Roller applicator has a serious defect as the product is no longer available on the brand’s site.
Ingredients: Water, Vaccinium Cyanococcus (Blueberry) Fruit Juice, Glycerin, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Hydrolyzed Rhizobian Gum, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Bran Extract, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bearberry) Leaf Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Leuconostoc Ferment Filtrate, Superoxide Dismutase, Lecithin, Soybean Peroxidase, Glyceryl Caprylate, Xanthan Gum, Phenethyl Alcohol