March 2016 Birchbox Review #2: Wilma Schumann Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads

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Eye pads are the new skin fad.

We’re forever trying to find the big, hidden secret to decreasing dark circles and getting rid of puffiness. I would love to believe that something other than hydration, exercise, and routinely getting good sleep exists, but we all know that isn’t the case. There are no short cuts in skin care.

However, every once in a while we need a little temporary boost. These past few months I’ve been commuting weekly across a time zone to complete a certification program. Needless to say that 5 hours of driving weekly quickly takes a toll. Plus, living between two time zones has seriously thrown off my sleep cycle. This, of course, leads to sleepless nights and all kinds of tired eyes.

Eye pads have been my friends for helping me disguise how tired I am. I love them, because the cooling sensation they give help to temporarily de-puff. I’ve been using the ones from Skynn Iceland (also courtesy of Birchbox), but I’m always down to try another brand. I’d been eyeing these Hydrating Collagen Eye Pads from Wilma Schumann (USD $18.00 for 5 pairs), so I was excited to see that Birchbox was also including them in the Editor’s Box.

I love the Skynn Iceland ones, but I always want to see if there’s something better.

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Ugh, look at those dark circles. Not cute.

Like other eye pads, you peel these off of their containers and leave them on the skin for 20 minutes. These are a little different from the Skynn Iceland ones in that this is a collagen treatment that focuses on hydration as the main treatment. Regardless of the immediate results, these eye pads are delivering some star ingredients (collagen and hyaluronic acid) that, over time, can absolutely help with the overall appearance of dark circles and puffiness.

The issue here is that these ingredients are best used as a prolonged treatment as a part of a daily skincare routine. They don’t really deliver “immediate” results.

Another thing to note about the ingredients. They do contain Methylparaben. I know a lot of people freak out when they see parabens in the ingredients, because of a study linking them to breast cancer. Personally, I don’t avoid parabens because after doing my own extensive research, it seems that there isn’t anything else really backing up the claim. In fact, parabens are suppose to be less irritating than other cosmetic preservatives.

Still, to each his own. If you’re trying to avoid parabens, steer clear of these eye pads.

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So. Sexy.

Something I noticed while wearing these: they are so slippery. These eye pads go all over the place, so I recommend laying down and doing a mini relaxation session while wearing these. This was a bit of a minus for me, because with my usual eye pads, I can go about my business and get stuff done. With these, I had to keep pretty still or the pads would slide down my face.

They do feel nice on the skin, though. The jelly texture is incredibly soothing, and you can feel the ingredients seeping into the skin.

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After wearing the eye pads.

Now, were these effective? Mmm, not really. My skin did feel and look a little better from the added hydration, but the eye circles and slight puffiness were still there. Again, I wasn’t disappointed to find that these did nothing for my dark circles (only drinking water and getting several nights of good rest were going to treat them). However, I was a tad disappointed to see that they didn’t really “de-puff”. My Skynn Iceland pads do actually help with puffiness because they need to be stored in the fridge beforehand and are applied cold to the skin. The cool temperature, like a cold compress, helps with inflammation. I was sad to see that these didn’t deliver similar results.

Rating: 3/5. I’m rating these a 3 because they do contain some stellar ingredients and did leave my skin feeling very soft and hydrated. However, they didn’t attack the symptoms of tired eyes, which was a bust. But these aren’t a total loss. I think these could be absolutely wonderful for people suffering from really dry under eyes. If you use these in addition to eye creams, I think these can soften and hydrate the under eye skin area to give a great canvass for concealer. It’s a great way to do so because you won’t be tugging at delicate skin. I actually think I may get a pack of these in the winter, when I occasionally get bouts of dry skin in my eye area.

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