One product to deal with puffy eyes? Meet Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel

Sunday 9 July 2023

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel

Do you use eye cream? I do! The skin around the eyes is sensitive, but during summer my eyes can get a bit puffy. How to deal with them? Klairs released its Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel some time ago, but thanks to Wishtrend I finally had a chance to test it. Is this eye cream your next favourite eye cream? 

About the brand Klairs 

Klairs is a K-beauty brand and one of the first South Korean brands I've ever tried. The motto of the company is 'simple but enough'. Klairs is a part of Wishcompany, and its origins take us back to 2012 when Klairs officially became a part of Wishcompany. The name's meaning is a bit different from other brands. According to Klairs, the name Dear, Klairs comes from the fictional character Klair, a girl with sensitive skin, the name is like a letter to her. Even if the full name of a brand is Dear, Klairs we stick to using Klairs and honestly, I barely ever see anyone using the full name of a company. Klairs notice how changing, and challenging the cosmetic market can be that's why they decided to focus on quality over quantity. 'Simple but enough' means that the brand won't create many products, instead, they focus on simple solutions. The brand doesn't only listen to customers, and their ideas, but Klairs' focus on the environment is a part of the brand's mission. All skin types can use Klairs products. The brand is cruelty-free and vegetarian-friendly, and the majority of products are vegan-friendly. You won't find here parabens, artificial colourants and scents. I don't think parabens are evil, but some people prefer to avoid them.    

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel - Packaging  

I'm not sure if there's much to say about the packaging, because lately Klairs has changed the packaging to tube. The old packaging has a very minimalistic vibe, the bottle is made out of plastic, but it has a good pump. The new version comes in a tube.   

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel - Texture & Scent  

It's a lightweight gel with no artificial scent.   

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel - Ingredients  

Water, Glycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Butylene Glycol, Propanediol, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Caffeine, Phaseolus Angularis Seed Extract, Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Chaenomeles Sinensis Fruit Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Diospyros Kaki Leaf Extract, Perilla Frutescens Extract, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Copper Tripeptide-1, Oligopeptide-29, Oligopeptide-32, Carbomer, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/​Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Caprylyl/​Capryl Glucoside, Sodium PCA, Tromethamine, Ethylhexylglycerin  

Water hides in cosmetic products under names such as Aqua or Eau. It's a solvent, but it's not your regular drinking water. Water in skin care needs to fit some standards. It should be clean and free from minerals, microorganisms or other substances. Usually, water makes up the majority of the content of the product. Glycerin or Glycerol is a humectant. Its origin can be natural or synthetic - depending on the product. It protects TEWL (transepidermal water loss) and naturally occurs in the skin. It's one of the NMFs - natural moisturizing factors. It's practical in hair care. Glycerin won't clog your skin or irritate it just the opposite - it protects your skin from irritation. 1,2-Hexanediol is a synthetic solvent and preservative - it protects products from microorganisms by boosting other preservatives. At the same time, it can moisturize the skin, and it has no unpleasant effects on your epidermis. Butylene Glycol is a common ingredient in products. It's not only a solvent. We use butylene glycol because it helps with the penetration of active ingredients, protects products from drying and moisturizes skin and hair. This ingredient can prevent hair loss and make your hair stronger. Propanediol is also known as natural glycol - an alternative to propylene glycol. Propanediol is a solvent with additional moisturizing properties. It makes the product smooth to the touch. It can even improve the effectiveness of active ingredients. Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil is sometimes called "the gold of Morocco", this oil is super popular in skincare. It's an oily emollient, full of oleic acid. It's not the best choice for acne-prone skin, but sensitive and mature skin types enjoy it a lot. It helps to revitalize the skin, that's why you might see it recommended for scars or stretch marks. Argan oil is a wonderful ingredient for hair - it hydrates and nourishes the hair. Even if Argan oil is popular, we should remember that it won't make miracles. Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil is an emollient and a source of vitamin E. The structure of jojoba oil is very similar to human sebum, that's why all skin types shouldn't be scared of this oil. It creates a delicate, non-oily film barrier on the surface of the skin. It helps to restore your hydrolipid barrier. Jojoba oil can be applied straight onto the skin. In hair care, jojoba oil makes hair stronger and hydrated. PS. Jojoba oil isn't an oil, but a waxy ester. 

Tocopherol is an antioxidant known as Vitamin E. It's an oil-soluble vitamin that fights free radicals and makes UVB protection and natural lipid barrier stronger. It's good to mix it with vitamin C for better effects. Oily skin might react with pore-clogging to vitamin E. It is not true that vitamin E works as a preservative or helps with scars. Caffeine is an antioxidant with a positive meaning for your skin and body. It stimulates blood circulation, it can reduce redness, dark circles and puffy eyes. It's one of the first ingredients I would use to fight cellulite. In hair care, caffeine can boost hair growth, it's recommended for men who deal with androgenic alopecia. Phaseolus Angularis Seed Extract or Adzuki Bean Seed Extract is a source of stigmasterol and oleanolic acid. It's an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract is one of the ingredients from the Artemisia family. Artemisia Princeps is also known as Japanese mugwort, first wormwood or Yomogi. Mugwort is still a trendy ingredient in K-beauty. Artemisia Princeps Leaf Extract is an anti-inflammatory ingredient and a source of phellandrenes. Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract is an antioxidant - it fights free radicals and fixes the damage. Green tea is a source of many positive substances for the skin such as catechins (EGCG, EGC, EC, CG), flavonoids, amino acids, vitamin C, and minerals. It works for all skin types. Since it has antibacterial properties, many products for young, acne-prone skin contain this ingredient. It has soothing properties, and it's good to use it along with sunscreen to boost the protection of your skin. Chaenomeles Sinensis (Quince) Fruit Extract is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It comes from Chinese quince, and it's a source of flavonoids and vitamin C - that's why it might have brightening properties. Chrysanthellum Indicum (Golden Chamomile) Extract is a source of flavonoids and carotenoids. It's an antioxidant with a soothing effect. It helps with redness. Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract is a source of camphor. It warms up the skin, and it has antibacterial properties. It boosts blood circulation. Diospyros Kaki (Persimmon) Leaf Extract has antibacterial properties. It might help with wrinkles and skin elasticity. It's an antioxidant with soothing properties. It might help with stretch marks. Perilla Frutescens Extract is an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. It's a source of perillic acid and beta-carotene. Portulaca Oleracea Extract is a source of polysaccharides, flavonoids, betaxanthins, betacyanins and glutathione. It's one of the plants used in Korean traditional medicine, but in skincare, this antioxidant has soothing and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 is a synthetic peptide (sometimes called neuropeptide or biomimetic peptide). Lots of brands and media did a great job marketing this substance. That's why you can spot it with names such as Botox-like peptides or treatments. It won't give you the same effects as Botox, but there are some similarities. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 can help with wrinkles by decreasing the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines created by repetitive movements of muscles. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 inhibits SNARE complex and catecholamine release. It can stimulate collagen synthesis, and it has powerful, water-binding properties. That's why acetyl hexapeptide-8 might increase the moisture of the skin. It's better to use this peptide near the eye area to prevent fine lines in the eye area. Unless you have drooping eyelids, then the use of acetyl hexapeptide-8 is not recommended for you. If you have muscle problems, it's better to consult with your doctor or PT first, before adding acetyl hexapeptide-8 to your routine. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 can hide under the name Argireline or Acetyl Hexapeptide-3. Copper Tripeptide-1 is a peptide created with three amino acids: glycine, histidine and lysine + copper. It boosts collagen and elastin production. It's super useful in wound healing - especially for acne-prone skin. Copper Tripeptide-1 is an antioxidant that stimulates hair growth and prevents hair loss. Oligopeptide-29 is a synthetic peptide. It's made out of 12 amino acids such as arginine, lysine, serine and more. It has antioxidant and anti-ageing properties. Oligopeptide-32 is a synthetic peptide with antioxidant properties. It's made out of 12 amino acids such as arginine, lysine, serine, tryptophan and more. It has anti-aging and moisturizing properties. Carbomer is a synthetic thickener. Hydroxyethylcellulose is a thickener and it creates a protective film on the skin. Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer is a polymer that works as an emulsifier and thickener. Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate is an emulsifier. Sorbitan Isostearate is an emulsifier. Caprylyl/​Capryl Glucoside is a non-ionic surfactant and stabilizer. Sodium PCA is a humectant. Tromethamine is a synthetic pH adjuster. Ethylhexylglycerin is a preservative with subtle moisturizing and antimicrobial properties.   

Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel

How does Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel work?  

I'm not even telling you how late I am with my reviews (and not only that). I'm so late that Klairs already redesigned this Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel, but I can justify that - I work more than full time and over a week ago I had my bachelor thesis defense so officially I'm a cosmetologist (not only an esthetician). Back to the cream. The texture is ideal for summer since it's a lightweight gel, and I'm not sure how about you, but my puffy eyes are caused by allergies. You can ask my friend how taking photos in the rose garden goes, usually after a few minutes I start to have allergic reactions to pollen.   

The mix of Caffeine, peptides and plant extract selected for this formula is fantastic - I wouldn't say it's impressive in fighting wrinkles since I know formulas that target this issue better, but if you're in your 20s or 30s and your eye area is sensitive just like mine - you should enjoy it. It boosts microcirculation so the puffiness should get reduced (depending on the cause of puffiness, if puffy eyes are genetic in your family then instead of moisturizer I would think about more advanced treatments than creams).  

Pro tip if it comes to Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel? Just store it in a fridge, the mix of cold and gel texture is the best to depuff your eyes.  

It's a good cream which I can recommend, but does it beat my favourite eye cream? I do not plan to change my favourite eye cream, but if you're in your 20s or you deal with puffiness then this one is a great choice for you.  

Where to buy Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel and how much does it cost?  

I got Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel* from Wishtrend*. Currently, Klairs Fundamental Eye Awakening Gel costs $25/35ml, and its PAO date is 12 months. You can use my code DOMINIKA15 to get 15% off on your Wishtrend purchase.    

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