Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream plays into the idea: Can your skincare be effective, yet affordable? And the answer here is, yes, so long as you keep it simple and your expectations reasonable! Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream is just $18 a jar, but contains a high concentration of classic hydrators (i.e., glycerin, mineral oil, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable oil, petrolatum) combined with a lesser concentration of more popular hydrators (i.e., hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate). It’s not going to help with undereye bags or puffiness, nor is it going to help with dark circles or other undereye discolorations, but it will help the skin look and feel more hydrated and plump for a few hours after application. It’s best for those who don’t have many concerns of aging, but want to combat undereye dryness and cosmetically improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. For ingredient analysis, read on!
Hyaluronic Acid and Sodium Hyaluronate Hydrate Differently, But Are Both Beneficial
Hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate are often terms that are used interchangeably in skincare, but they are different. Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced within the skin, but its production is reduced as you age. And that’s a shame, because hyaluronic acid binds to 1000 times its own weight in water. That said, hyaluronic acid has a high molecular weight, higher than the 500 Daltons or less needed to penetrate the skin (Healthline). So when it is applied to skin, hyaluronic acid sits atop the skin and both locks in moisture and binds to water molecules in the air, helping the skin retain moisture and reflect light better.
On the other hand, sodium hyaluronate has a lower molecular weight, so it can actually penetrate the skin. Sodium hyaluronate attracts and binds to water underneath the epidermis, so it makes the skin look fuller and plumper from the inside out (TheZoeReport).
Although it’s a bit unusual to see both in a single formulation, I love that Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream includes both hyaluronic acid and sodium hyaluronate. You’re locking in moisture and binding to moisture with hyaluronic acid, and also plumping up the skin a bit with sodium hyaluronate. Overall, win-win! No downside here.
Safflower Seed Oil Can Balance the Skin, Hydrate, and Provide Antioxidants
Safflower seed oil is often touted in skincare as being a superior source of essential fatty acids, like olive oil. When applied to the skin, safflower seed oil has been shown to hydrate, as well as to help the skin “balance” itself or maintain homeostasis (International Journal of Molecular Sciences). Interestingly enough, it is also a natural source of a pretty high concentration of antioxidant flavonoids, so much so that researchers suggest it as a source of valuable anti-aging activity (Cosmetics).
Euphrasia Extract Provides Some Dark Circle and Puffiness Relief, But Not Much
Euphrasia extract is also known as “Eyebright” in skincare. It’s a natural source of flavonoids, including luteolin and quercetin (Healthline), and there is limited evidence to show that the ingredient helps with dark circles and puffiness. But compared to, say, caffeine for undereye puffiness, or Haloxyl for dark circles caused by blood pooling, or vitamins C and E, glycolic acid, or brightening peptides for dark circles caused by hyperpigmentation, I’m skeptical that Eyebright has what it takes to measure up.
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream is one of those 6/10 or 7/10 “middle of the road” products. While I wouldn’t go into using it with super high expectations, the classic hydrators (i.e., glycerin, mineral oil, cetearyl alcohol, vegetable oil, petrolatum) combined with a lesser concentration of more popular hydrators (i.e., hyaluronic acid, sodium hyaluronate) can make the skin instantly feel more hydrated and look a little more plump and light-reflective. And, for $18, sometimes that is all you need.
So, in summary, do I think this is a superior product for dark circles, undereye puffiness, or undereye wrinkles? No. Do i think this product is solid for hydration? Yes.
Ingredients in Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream
Water, Glycerin, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil, Huile Minérale), Cetearyl Alcohol, Olus (Vegetable Oil, Huile Végétale), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Petrolatum, Ceteareth-20, Tocopherol, Hyaluronic Acid, Euphrasia Officinalis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Acrylate/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, PVM/MA Copolymer, Polyquaternium-24, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, CI 19140 (Yellow 5), CI 15985 (Yellow 6).