Serums can be a very important part of skincare, adding or even boosting (quantity-wise but sometimes also absorption-wise) the ingredients that your moisturiser is lacking in. While many serums tend to be specific ingredient based (ie. Hyaluronic acid serum or vitamin C serum etc) they are not often area specific. In fact, area specific skincare, tends to be mostly a marketing play as more often than not, our skin needs the same care and ingredients throughout.
However, in the past few months I’ve come across the Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum and while I didn’t think much of it, I was curious enough to try it out. I’ve always had darker under eye skin, no matter whether I drink enough water, sleep well, eat healthy, exercise or go crazy on skincare. No cosmetic has ever made a considerable difference to the darkness of my eyes and the only thing that worked for me was sleeping 8 hours on several consecutive days BUT going to bed at around 10-11, not just sleeping for 8 hours at any time.
Nevertheless, life does get in the way and going to bed every day at 10 is challenging to say the least. As a result, I’m still looking for anything that could help with the darkness under my eyes and I’m sure that I’m not alone.
So, does the Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum work and is it worth your time and money? Let’s find out!
The Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum comes with cardboard outer packaging that has the typical Dr Botanicals branding design. Simple, a little clinical but cute.
I have a love-hate relationship with the Dr Botanicals branding, like for example the Po writing on this product. I find the idea of making elements out of the active ingredients quite clever and powerful. On the other hand, it’s almost like “disrespecting chemistry elements” and as a chemist I obviously don’t like that. I don’t know, very mixed feelings.
The actual serum comes in a glass bottle with a dropper. It looks nice, it’s appropriate for the product and it’s easy to use.
Colour and Texture
This serum has a very pale yellow colour and a watery oil texture.
The oily texture makes the serum easy to apply and the fact that it is a watery oil minimises the oily feeling after. You won’t feel that you need to clean your fingers after using this for example. However, on the negative side, the watery nature of this oil means that it will run down your finger very quickly and you will need to dispense it in a clever angle and apply it under the eye quickly.
This serum has a very subtle oily scent that you will likely not smell at all unless you put you nose on the product or your skin.
A 15mL bottle retails for £19 which is neither insanely expensive nor cheap. However, the ingredient list is simple and therefore the price could have been lower but on the other hand, this serum will last you for ages, probably longer than its actual life time!
Practicality of use – user experience
As mentioned above, this serum is easy to use, especially because it comes with a dropper. All you need is a drop per under eye and applying it is mess free, in terms of your fingers won’t feel oily. However, the more watery texture of this oil serum means that it will run down your fingers quickly and you have to apply it fast.
Nevertheless, the experience from using this oil is overall pleasant. It’s absorbed by the skin relatively quickly, given its slightly oily texture, and it eventually all gets absorbed without leaving any residues behind.
After using the Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum consistently, every night for several consecutive days I thought that my under eyes were getting brighter. However, bear in mind that my skincare tends to be high in vitamin C which is also known to brighten the skin.
Nevertheless, the overall result wasn’t enough to say I don’t need a concealer anymore but it was enough to make me feel better about the situation. Now whether it was all because of the vitamin C, the serum, a synergistic effect between vitamin C and the serum or even emotional, it’s very hard to factually conclude. I tried for several days taking pictures and even snap shots of my skin under a microscope but the light being different every day, which even affected my overall studio light meant that it was impossible to make factual conclusions.
Nevertheless, if you really struggle with dark eyes and you think you are doing everything else correctly (water, diet, sleep, exercise etc) this might be a product worth trying but don’t expect miracles and add vitamin C in your routine too. My eyes were slightly better but the problem did not go away. Plus, bear in mind that your dark eyes might just be genetic (even if your family doesn’t have them), which I’m slowly suspecting that mine are!
This serum is compatible for all skin types.
Do not use cosmetics on broken skin and if the skin under your eyes is too thin and sensitive it, try a little of it first and consider using skincare products that will build it up, like ones that contain ceramides.
One of the biggest drawbacks of this serum is its lifetime. It sadly lasts for only 3M which is just not enough time to use it all up, if you use it only under the eyes and 1 drop per eye. As a result, you might want to consider using it on other areas too, as there is nothing specific in it that is eyes only anyways!
The short lifetime is likely due to the fact that this product is free from typical preservatives. This product is also vegan friendly and not tested on animals.
Here’s what the brand says about this product:
“Our Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum aims to smooth and nourish your delicate eye area, leaving your skin looking smoother and brighter.
Vegan certified Dr. Botanicals products, are made only of natural ingredients. Never tested on animals, this range embodies our belief in the potent power of botanicals.
The active ingredients:
- Pomegranate extract is high in antioxidant activity aims to smooth and brighten the skin for a more radiant-looking eye area.
2) Raspberry seed oil contains high amounts of fatty acids and vitamin E that moisturise and protect skin’s complexion.”
The Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum contains 10 ingredients of which all 10 will offer you some skincare benefit, 0 potential negatives and 0 irritants.
It’s an impressive product in terms of simplicity, probable effectiveness (unless I imagined that my eyes are getting lighter) and the stat ratio of positives-negatives-irritants. It’s also great that it doesn’t contain any typical preservatives but that shortens it’s lifetime. However, it is a little disappointing that the entire marketing around this product, the Po for Pomegranate, is actually a little misleading as the Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract ingredient is the last on the list and therefore, likely the one in the least quantity present.
Overall, the ingredients are good, although not complete in terms of what your skin needs to stay healthy and youthful. However, that’s ok as this is meant to be an addon product, a serum before your moisturiser. Make sure that your moisturiser contains hyaluronic acid, vitamins, ceramides, phospholipids and anti-oxidants and you will eventually see a difference in your skin IF you are consistent.
To keep this article short, I am only listing the skin nourishing or skin positive/negative ingredients and ignoring the ones that only play formulation purposes. For the full list of these products’ ingredients scroll down to the “full list of ingredients” section.
- Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil – A fragrance and skin conditioning agent that is absorbed quickly by the skin and can offer some moisturisation.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride – A skin conditioner and replenisher. Can enhance the delivery of vitamins, pigments and other ingredients. Can act as a cleanser too and provide a lightweight non-greasy barrier of lubrication.
- Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil – A skin replenishing, emollient and anti-oxidant.
- Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil – Skin conditioner and deodorant.
- Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract – A skin conditioner and soother. It can have anti-inflammatory, wound healing agent and fragrance properties.
- Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil – A hair and skin conditioner.
- Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner.
- Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil – A skin conditioner high in vitamin E. It can improve skin hydration and provide anti-oxidant protection. It can also reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, reducing moisture loss. It is also rich in other nutrients (calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamins A, K and E etc) and can be used against inflammation and skin irritations.
- Tocopherol – Refers to a class of compounds with similar activities to vitamin E. A skin conditioner, anti-oxidant and fragrance agent. Check out: Vitamins C & E – Do they work in skin care?
- Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract – Rich in anti-oxidants (such as vitamin C) reducing sun damage and premature ageing. Can help skin heal faster.
Ingredients that can cause irritation to some:
This is actually really case specific, as different people have different sensitivities and allergies. Just because a compound has been reported by some to cause sensitivity, it doesn’t mean you will have an issue. “Sensitizer” compounds being present is not a negative in my opinion, as this is the case with pretty much everything out there and funnily enough I’ve seen products that are targeted specifically for sensitive skin, containing some compounds that have been reported by some, or are known to be, sensitizers.
If you have sensitive skin or you are prone to skin sensitisation and unwanted reactions, try a little bit of this at the back of your hand first and consult a medical doctor if you are concerned.
The following compounds present in this serum have been either proven or claimed by some to be sensitizers, irritants, allergens etc: N/A
While the extracts and seed oils contained in this serum are not specifically labelled as sensitisers or irritants, they might be to sensitive skin. This is because these extracts contain many compounds and it’s hard to know exactly all of them and their concentration.
Full list of ingredients:
Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Fruit Extract
I thought that the Dr Botanicals Pomegranate Superfood Brightening Eye Serum made my under eye skin a little brighter but since I don’t have factual evidence I cannot recommend it. However, the ingredients are good for an addon product and if you are doing everything else right (diet, water, exercise, skincare etc) then this might be a little addon worth trying. However, don’t base your entire skincare routine on this or expect miracles. Although I thought that my eyes were a little brighter, the darkness concern did not disappear.
I am not affiliated with any company or brand. These are my views and experiences.
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