Now that I’ve become the official fountain of beauty knowledge among my friends and family, I get the strangest questions. Take for example, the emergency call I got yesterday morning from a friend. “I’ve burned my eyes,” she said. “Huh? What? How? Shouldn’t you seek professional medical advice?” I answered. “I used that tightening mask you gave me and now the skin around my eyes is super tight and red and itchy. I can’t smile or it cracks. What do I do?” Oh, I see. This is my fault. “Slap some eye cream on and call me in the afternoon,” I said chuckling to myself. “Ha. Ha. I tried cream,” she answered bluntly. “Well, how the heck am I supposed to know! I’m a fledging writer with bad skin and eyebrows so thick I don’t need a hat to shade my face from the sun!” After she requested that I simmer down and informed me that this was indeed my fault but that she loved me anyway, we came up with a plan of action. First a dose of aloe vera gel to soothe and calm the area while replenishing and retaining any moisture left around her eyes. I recommended she drop by the health food store and grab a bottle of JASON Natural Cosmetics Aloe Vera Moisturizing Gel. It’s pure, cheap and you can pop it in the refrigerator for an extra cooling effect. Check. Next, this was the perfect opportunity for us to try out the new Problem Solved 20-in-1 wonder balm from Bliss. This one-stick quick fix has a proprietary Anti-Irritant Complex that works on chapping, chafing, blister prevention, post-peel or wax woes, craggy cuticles, unruly eyebrows, flyaways and makeup mishaps. Check. Finally, I recommended that she dab on a light moisturizer formulated specifically for the eye area. I suggested she seek out an eye cream that nourishes rather than treats the eye area to avoid any irritating ingredients. We decided on DDF Nourishing Eye Cream, an ultra-rich cream formulated for sensitive eyes. Check. Finally, I armed her with a little advice for future reference. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label before applying a treatment mask to the delicate eye area. Keep aloe vera gel and Bliss’s Problem Solved on hand for life’s little emergencies. And don’t go scaring me half to death before I’ve even had my first cup of coffee in the morning. JASON Aloe Mositurizing Gel is $10 at www.jason-natural.com. DDF Nourishing Eye Cream is $45 at www.ddfskincare.com. And Bliss Problem Solved is $18 at blissworld.com.
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