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Is this cheap eye cream too good to be true?

Adelinna asks…I have been looking for a simple hydrating cream for eyes without any anti-aging ingredients. My skin is very sensitive and some of them give make my skin itch. I finally tried a cream suggested by a friend from German brand Balea. It feels very good and it is very cheap. The price make me think on whats really inside. I would be happy if you can have a look and let me know what you think. THANK YOU!

The Beauty Brains respond:

As Randy has already noted in our Forum, this Balea eye cream appears to be a good eye cream for a several reasons:

1. It contains a high level of urea (5%) which is part of skin’s natural moisturizing factor.
2. The primary oil is squalane which is very compatible with skin lipids.
3. The rest of the moisturizing ingredients are “light weight.”
4. The emulsifying ingredients (DECYL OLEATE and others) are mild and unlikely to bother your skin.

The product is very reasonably priced (about $4 for 0.5 ounces) so if you like the way it performs you should certainly keep using it.  The only problem with this product is that it’s from a company based in Germany and may be difficult to obtain here in the U.S.

Balea eye cream ingredients

AQUA · UREA · GLYCERIN · DECYL OLEATE · SQUALANE · CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE · SIMMONDSIA CHINENSIS SEED OIL · PERSEA GRATISSIMA OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES · C14-22 ALCOHOLS · SACCHARIDE ISOMERATE · PANTHENOL · C12-20 ALKYL GLUCOSIDE · SODIUM ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE COPOLYMER · PALMITOYL PROLINE, POLYISOBUTENE · SODIUM ACRYLATES/C10-30 ALKYL ACRYLATES CROSSPOLYMER · SODIUM CITRATE · MAGNESIUM PALMITOYL GLUTAMATE · SODIUM PALMITOYL SARCOSINATE · SORBITAN OLEATE · HYDROLYZED ALGIN · CAPRYLYL/CAPRYL GLUCOSIDE · CHLORELLA VULGARIS EXTRACT · MARIS AQUA · TOCOPHEROL · LECITHIN · ASCORBYL PALMITATE · GLYCERYL STEARATE · GLYCERYL OLEATE · XANTHAN GUM · PHENOXYETHANOL · ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN · PARFUM.

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  • Emma January 13, 2014, 9:04 am

    Has the reader ever thought of trying the Lush enchanted eye cream? It is super gentle too and available to buy in the US :)

  • Adelinna January 13, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Thanks, Perry! Appreciate the answer :-)
    Hi Emma! Good question. Thing is – I am based in Europe now, so I can easily get that cream… I also checked the Lush cream and it appears to be much more expensive, but since I am happy with this Balea cream which is a few times cheaper (and appears to be a good one!!!), why changing?

  • eastvillagesiren January 13, 2014, 9:39 pm

    The ingredients in this eye cream are impressive. I wish it were available in the U.S.; the price, even with conversion, is great!

  • Stacy January 14, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I’m of the belief there is no need for a separate eye cream. If you’re using a well formulated moisturizer, you can use that under your eyes as well.

  • Barbara January 27, 2014, 11:39 am

    Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada sells Balea. Here is the link.

    http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/Beauty-And-Body/Brands/Balea.aspx

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