Calm Itchy Eyes and Fine Lines with Dermalogica’s UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum

I have the worst luck with eye creams. My undereye area is extremely delicate and is prone to premature fine lines. It’s also very susceptible to eye creams that are just slightly richer that what my skin can take. With eye creams that are too rich for my undereye area comes milia or oil seeds.


I can’t remember which eye cream I was using a year ago but soon after using it, an oil seed grew on my left eye. I couldn’t get rid of it because it’s so near my eye. It’s not just there; it’s bloody growing! The skin around it is starting to sag as well and it just looks awful every time I do a close-up of my left eye. As I’m worried about sprouting more of these oil seeds, I have to be very careful as to what eye creams I use, particularly in their texture and consistency.

Dermalogica UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to try out Dermalogica’s UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum. It really does look and feel like a regular skin serum if not more watery. Just like its UltraCalming range, the eye serum smells faintly of lavender which is lovely.

Dermalogica UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum Ingredients

The eye serum was developed for individuals who experience skin irritation around the eye area. Good for me because my eyes do get irritated and itchy quite often and I have a terrible habit of rubbing them when they’re itchy (seriously, tell me how to stop rubbing them when they’re itchy. How do you combat that?!).

Dermalogica UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum

The eye serum contains anti-aging ingredients like Magnesium Ascorbyl Phospate (MAP – a water-soluble form of Vitamin C) which is effective in low concentrations and is stable at a neutral pH. It also contains Hexapeptide-11 (derived from yeast) that consists of 6 amino acids which firm the skin, help improve elasticity and reduce fine lines. I’m still waiting to hear from Dermalogica on whether this is a gluten-free product or not. I’ll update this post and let you know as soon as I get more information. Update (31 July 2013): Dermalogica has confirmed that the eye serum is formulated without gluten.

So, did this work for me? It didn’t miraculously erase fine lines but I’ve noticed that I’m not getting any more fine lines around the eyes (it may not look better but as long as it’s not doing worse, I’d say the product is working :P). The serum calms any irritation around my eyes which stops me from rubbing them. It also reduce puffiness below my eyes.

Dermalogica UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum

I love how thin and watery the texture is. Many women may prefer creams for the undereye area but this thin serum works a real treat for me. There’s no development of any new milia yet it’s still rich enough for my very thin and delicate undereye area. Even though it’s called a serum (and usually, you’d apply a moisturiser over a serum), there’s no need for you to apply an extra eye cream over this. I find that the eye serum more than suffices as an eye cream.

This has been my go-to eye cream for day and night and I can’t be happier with it. This is coming with me for when I’m travelling as the thin bottle barely takes up any space or weight. Easy peasy. πŸ™‚

Dermalogica UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum

Dermalogica’s UltraCalming UltraSmoothing Eye Serum retails at AU$69.00 for 15ml and is available at Dermalogica skin centres, selected David Jones stores and Adore Beauty.

What I like about it: Lightweight, applies well on skin, soothing scent, reduces puffiness and irritation under the eyes.

What I do not like about it: Nothing

Do you encounter problems with milia? How did you fix it (short of laser surgery and all that)? What’s the best way to stop itchy hands from rubbing itchy eyes? I’ve tried nail polish on fingers. It doesn’t work. Ish, I’m such a kid with fine lines. πŸ˜›

Note: This product was provided for editorial consideration.

For weekly updates, news and heaps more fun stuff, do subscribe and join the awesome BA Insider community!

Join the BA Insider Community



20 comments… add one
  1. LeGeeque

    oooh! Adding this to my shopping cart πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€
    LeGeeque recently posted..Being a nerd snobMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Since you like their Ultracalming range so much, I’m sure you’ll love this too πŸ™‚

  2. Rosemarie

    I get milia too, they’re really annoying. I haven’t found a way to get rid of them yet. If you find out I’d be really interested to know! I’ve been avoiding eye creams for this reason.
    Rosemarie recently posted..Guest Post on The Plastic DiariesMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Annoying, right? On one hand, you want to use something to moisturise the delicate area, on the other hand, thick ones come back and bite you on your eyes with milia >.<

  3. Renee | Beauty Fool

    Oh man, once upon a time in highschool I had a milia seed and… you don’t wanna know how I got rid of it, haha. But it was effective. Let’s just say… nail clipper. Or yeah, I was crazy when I was 16! Haha.

    Quick question though; do you find this formula “moves”? I have so many eye issues (mostly just dry eye now) and I am so paranoid for using anything under my eye so I’m looking for a formula that will STAY PUT and never have the chance to go near my eyes. Thanks Tine πŸ™‚

    x Renee
    Renee | Beauty Fool recently posted..Are BB Creams Bad for Your Skin?My Profile

    1. Tine

      NO WAY! A nail clipper? You are mighty brave! As for me, the most I used was a pair of tweezers. Even then I was too chicken to go all the way πŸ˜›

      This formula didn’t move for me nor did it go into my eyes. I made sure I pat it down enough for it to stay put πŸ˜›

  4. Allison

    I get milia from time to time. In fact, I had one removed at my last facial in early June. The esthetician recommended a Thalgo eye gel instead of the eye creams I tend to favor. I tried the sample, but it didn’t feel like it was doing enough for me. I’m using Nuance AM/PM Super Eye Treatment which is a thin-ish but emollient product — it’s probably considered more of a serum than an eye cream — and it’s great for me to use in summer, here in the northern hemisphere. In winter, I guess I’ll have to see. I’ve been curious about Dermatologica products so I enjoyed the review.
    Allison recently posted..Hair & Humidity: Bed Head Tigi Straighten Out and CHI Air Ceramic Flat IronMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Thanks Allison. If you like a serum consistency compared to a creamy one for eye creams, you might want to check this one out. It’s emollient enough for me to use during the day and night. πŸ™‚

  5. The Style Saver

    I’m a big fan of the Dermalogica brand but haven’t tried this. If i don’t keep on top of my skincare around the eyes, the under eye area becomes a bit crepe like. I might well give this a try. Thanks
    The Style Saver recently posted..Joules Sale 2013My Profile

    1. Lara Laverne

      It’s good. It’s perhaps the best I have tried since I have had fine lines since early twenties. They will never completely go but this helps for sure.

      1. Tine

        I agree! πŸ™‚

    2. Tine

      Thanks for your comment. Do give it a go; it’s a pretty good eye gel πŸ™‚

  6. Jelena

    I also once had a therapist get rid of a milia I had. I think she kind of poked with a sterilised something or other! It didn’t hurt but was a bit uncomfortable for a minute. Worked a treat and never had one since. The funny thing was I got one and wasn’t even using eye cream then!

    1. Tine

      It does happen, milia sprouting up for no reason. I’ve had them appear and then disappear. The blasted one on my left eye just isn’t budging >.< Yikes! I'd be freaked out to be poked near the eye πŸ˜›

  7. giddy tigress

    This looks really good! I have a bad case of milia too, and I had a few removed by a beauty salon that used some chestnut cream to remove it. Works but it required a few days of the milia spots looking extra red/brown.
    giddy tigress recently posted..Comment on It’s Time for Learning with Time4Learning by littlelambMy Profile

    1. Tine

      Yikes really? Still, at least they’re gone now, so phew!

  8. Efrain

    Tine I don’t have any milia, but my eyes can turn irritated and itchy and I start to rub them too; this makes your eyes less itchy? I’m 19 and I don’t have fine lines, I have a big line in each undereye area so I need something that helps me with both things.

    1. Tine

      Don’t rub! If they’re itchy, put your eyes under the tap and running water. I’ve been rubbing so much, hence the awful fine lines under the eyes. You’re still young so don’t give fine lines a chance to appear prematurely.

  9. Michelle Beh

    Milia seed is very difficult to get rid off. But somebody told me that can try to consume fish oil to combat it. My mum did try and said its effective. I had been taking fish oil everyday hence not sure any effects on milia seed or not. I’m also love to rub my eyes. Sadly say, I haven’t find a way to prevent it.

    1. Tine

      Thanks for the recommendation Michelle. It IS very difficult to remove. It’s like, once it’s there, it’s stuck. Mine now looks like a skin tag than just a rounded bump. Ugh.

Leave a Reply

Share your latest blog post with us!

Scroll To Top

Not another bloody pop-up! I know. But now that I've gotten your attention (because this is how I roll *ahem ahem*), come join the BA Insider community! Sign up for a weekly newsy letter for your beauty and lifestyle fix. Straight to your inbox.

Because I love you for reading this and not closing the pop-up just yet, you'll also receive a FREE Skincare Cheat Sheet where I share some of my tips for taking better care of your skin. Let's keep that gorgeous mug of yours glowing!

We hate spam as much as baked beans. We also won't share your details with anyone because we're selfish like that.