Let’s talk about eye cream, shall we? You need one. Yes, need. I’ve always used eye cream religiously as I get bags under my eyes when I’m tired, and I always have dark circles (even when I’m my most rested.) But here’s the thing. Even if you don’t care about the bags or dark circles, you still need one for anti-aging benefits! The skin under your eyes is naturally thinner than the rest of your skin, and doesn’t contain any oil glands. So it’s prone to dryness and needs a little extra TLC. Furthermore… as we age, skin becomes less elastic and that crepe-like texture will only get worse. Alas, with regular use, an eye cream will keep that area soft + supple. The short term benefits include de-puffing + help for dark circles, but in the long term, you will look younger.
Finding the right one can be hard. Lucky for you, I’ve tried quite a few. Today I’ve rounded up my five favorites. While it was hard to choose, these ones really are the best. (And a shout-out to Benefit Puff Off… while it didn’t make the top 5, it’s amazing for puffiness.) In terms of application, I typically take one small pump and gently pat it in a little circle around my eye… starting around the contour of my eye below the orbital bone (under my eyebrow) and working around my eye and over the under eye area, gently massaging the area with my pinky finger. For extra credit, try using an eye mask once a week. This one from Sisley is fab and I really love this one from SK-II… though I tracked down a more affordable version in Chinatown this weekend that I can’t wait to try out.
Verso Super Eye Serum. Everyone I know is raving about Verso right now (read my friend Annie’s post about it here), and how magical this eye serum is. When everyone is raving about something I usually feel conflicted (a sudden urge to try it, mixed with skepticism — good PR can make even the worst products sound incredible.) Alas, I managed to get my paws on a bottle and I have to say. This stuff is goooood. It contains a retinol but it’s still super gentle. After consistently using it for seven days straight, the skin under my eyes was tighter (bags be gone) and my dark circles had considerably faded.
Clarins Super Restorative Total Eye Concentrate. Though I’ve been working toward an all natural routine, Clarins is one of those favorite brands that I make an exception for. Their products really, truly work and the first eye cream I ever used was actually from Clarins (it was this one. I started using eye cream at age twenty two because my boss at my first job insisted upon it.) The eye concentrate is powered by organic harunganathe (a replenishing plant from Madagascar) and while it’s an all in one product (it does everything) the real focus is upon lifting the skin… eliminating puffiness and making you appear more awake. It’s an eye lift in a bottle! 😉
One Love Organics Eye Balm. I love this stuff. Really love it. It literally feels as if you are smoothing butter on under your eyes. (If butter contained Bulgarian lavender, that is…) While it isn’t as high-tech as the other products featured here, it is 100% natural and organic. The balm melts into your skin, moisturizing and firming big time. This is my usual go-to when I’m not testing products and I just love how hydrating it is.
SK-II Facial Treatment Essence-Eye. I talked about this one last week in what basically amounted to a love letter to SK-II, so I teetered on whether to mention it again, but in the interest of sticking to my top five picks rather than featuring new products, I had to include it as it’s one of the best eye creams I’ve ever used and my current obsession. It’s ultra hydrating and reduces dark circles + puffiness. But most importantly, it contains Pitera, the magical elixir that is the basis behind SK-II and quite possibly, the actual fountain of youth.
Yes To Blueberries Eye Firming Treatment. I’ve been testing more and more drugstore beauty products and this is the best drugstore eye treatment I’ve tried. (I wrote more about it here.) Anddd, bonus points: It’s nearly 100% natural. It’s super creamy and sinks right into your skin. In a clinical trial, it improved fine lines in seven days and elasticity in 28 days. When I used it for a week, I noticed that my skin was considerably softer, and much smoother.