Liz Earle Eyebright -the essential that you didn’t know you needed.

As part of an the interview process for my (very exciting) new job we had to pick one of our absolute favourite products that we think that everyone needs and sell it to the rest of the group. It was a really interesting icebreaker where we shared some top tips, recommendations and added products to our ever growing shopping lists. I have a lot of beauty products. Far more than is necessary really. Although I haven’t tried everything on the market, I have given it a fair shot and the Liz Earle Eyebright is something I come back to time and time again.

On the face of it Eyebright is not an automatic ‘need it, must buy it’ product for most. It removes light eye makeup (however I would always prefer to use a cleansing balm or micellar water) but it comes in to it’s own as a soothing treatment. It is not as glamorous as many of the offerings in the beauty hall and can quite easily be overlooked but I really think it is one that you should pop in to your basket.

If you suffer from allergies, a couple of cotton pads doused in Eyebright and popped on the eyes will sooth any itchiness, burning or irritation without causing any further discomfort. 

The herb Eyebright (Euphrasia Officinalis) has been used in homeopathy and herbal medicine for many years. Containing flavonoids (luteolin and quercetin) which have antihistamine properties, it is proven to reduce inflammation in the eye area. The best way of thinking about it is the way in which we use antihistamine tablets to reduce allergic reactions and their side effects. Not only that, but it instantly cools the skin and provides immediate relief.

When preparing a bride’s skin for makeup on their wedding day, I often take a a half cotton round soaked in Eyebright and place it under the eyes, leaving it there for the fifteen minutes it takes me to get set up. Especially if you have had less sleep than you would have liked or have been crying, the difference on the puffiness of the eyes is noticeable.

Liz Earle is not really a brand I have much experience with using. I have of course tried the iconic Cleanse and Polish (although it was many years ago) but I will absolutely be trying a few more bits over the coming months.

Have you tried Eyebright? 

NB. My latest role involves recommending products across the premium beauty hall at Britain’s leading pharmacy retailer. I am completely unbiased and unregulated by any brand which allows me to recommend the products I love, irrespective of brand. My role as a beauty specialist and my blog are completely separate entities. This product (and its many bottles before) was purchased by myself before I was employed by them. 

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  • Timmy

    Ooh, I love a recommendation for something you wouldn’t normally go to. Spending all day at the computer means I regularly feel my eyes need a bit of TLC – I think I got one of these in a GWP so will search for it and give it a go for sure.

  • Caz / InvisiblyMe

    Ooo this sounds good! I have sore eyes from Sjogrens, so dry eyes, nose and mouth. My peepers get sore and I get grumpy, and I look really tired too. This sounds pretty soothing and I hadn’t come across it until your review. I think the only Liz Earle product I’ve ever bought was their Hot Cloth Cleanser, then I’ve tried some minis that I had free once for cleansing and toning. I’ll check this one out – thanks for the great review!

    Caz xx

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