Is there any reason I can't use this product underneath the eye?

edited February 2014 in Ask the Beauty Brains

I have been trying this Laura Mercier Primer - Protect as my sunscreen and asked a rep from the company if it was ok to use near the eye area. He suggested I use a eye cream instead; don't think he really understood this would be in addition to my normal moisturizer. It doesn't seem from the ingredients there is anything that would be bad for use in the under eye area (I wouldn't apply near my tear ducts). What do you think?

Foundation Primer Protect:

Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.3%), Octocrylene (3.0%), Oxybenzone (2.0%).

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Isohexadecane, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 80, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Disodium EDTA, PEG-8, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Citric Acid, Ascorbic Acid. May Contain (+/-): Yellow 5, Red 6.


  • I hope the Brains can answer your question. My only thought is I wouldn't use a primer as my sunscreen. If it works the same as getting the amount of protection listed on the label as foundation does, then you would have to use a LOT of it (more than would look good) to get the the SPF listed on the label.

  • The SPF is 30; I know this is called a primer, but it does not have the same type of feel as other primers. To be honest, it really seems more like a sunscreen than primer, which is fine with me. My interpretation of this is "primer=sunscreen". Any way, waiting for an answer :)
  • I wouldn't use anything but a physical sunscreen around the eyes and all the LM products with sunscreen have chemical screens. A lot of people, myself included find that high concentrations of Avobenzone and other sunscreen agents stings the skin and the eyes are particularly vulnerable to this. 

    I do wish they would make more products for the eye area with physical screens (Clarins has a great one which is a beautiful base for eye makeup).
  • I too wish there were more physical sunscreens for the eye area.
  • Me, too.

    I think Shesedio has a physical sunscreen for the eyes.

    Yeah, chemical sunscreens can and do irritate more than physical ones, but a true allergic reaction is rare.

  • Lets start a petition!
  • We should "mob" L'Oreal first!
  • The shiseido one is quite gentle but it does also have a small concentration of chemical screen too. They've probably tested it well, because my eyes can definitely stand it and they cannot stand most sunscreen products.

    They wouldn't make anything like that unless their market research proved that it could sell bucketloads. And I can tell you it won't, despite the fact that sunscreen is the most proven way to keep skin looking young, generic oil-in-water eye creams with snazzy marketing stories always sell better.

    A company that markets to the majority, like L'oreal, will never be the innovator in this category, it will be an indie brand with a more critical following.

    Though I definitely anxiously await the arrival of many eye sunscreen products on the market. Vive le Choice.
  • There is a baby sunscreen I use that does not hurt around my eye area I will find out the name and report back here.
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