Beauty, Lifestyle

On the hunt for a killer eye cream?

Melissa Imbesi by Melissa Imbesi
February 5th, 2018

For the past few months I’ve started taking my skin care very seriously. I’ve gone from a woman who never took her make up off at night, to a woman who double-cleanses and spends 15 minutes in the bathroom applying serums, acids and creams to her face before bed. You see, I’m turning 39 this year and, well, time ain’t on my side. I can’t get away with neglecting my skin any longer because every time I look in the mirror, my fine lines seem to taunt me, screaming, “Time’s running out sweet cheeks. Time to start upping your game!” So I have.

One of the things I’ve committed to, among others, is diligent eye cream usage. Morning and night, I slather that shit on hoping that it’ll gently apply the brakes on the getaway car called ageing. I’m not expecting miracles, but I am expecting a lil’ extra sparkle around my tired peepers. While some people think eye creams are unnecessary, my butt is firmly grounded in the pro-eye cream camp and here’s why…

The skin around your eyes is delicate; way more delicate than the skin on your face. It’s thinner and it’s a virtually oil gland-free postcode (hello, dryness), so it definitely needs a little extra TLC, as well as a different, gentler formula than your face cream to keep it nice and hydrated. There’s also a host of issues that are specific to the eye area like puffiness, discolouration and it’s often the first area that we see fine lines and wrinkles appear.

eyes antipodesI’m currently using Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream and it’s beautiful. It’s rich, but sinks into the skin almost immediately and unlike many other eye creams, it doesn’t leave you with milia (those little white spots you often see on fresh babies) as a result of keratin getting trapped under the skin. I pick mine up from Priceline for $52.99. I dip in (always make sure your digits are clean first) and pat it – gently – around my orbital bone, all the way into the Crow’s Feet area on the sides of my eyes and then up to the brow bone, both morning and night. Because it hydrates so nicely, it leaves my under eye area smooth (but not sticky), so my concealer glides on like a dream.

If you’re in the market for an eye cream, here are some that eye cream aficionados are singing the praises of…

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye, $100 at Myer – This is the Robin to the Advanced Night Repair Face Serum’s Batman. Specifically for the eyes, this is meant to be dreamy x 1000 and delivers serious results in the eye plumping area. I’m keen to try this one next.

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The Ordinary Caffeine Solution 5%, $12.70 at Priceline – I’ve also been using this one on days where I wake up a little on the puffy side from a night of little sleep or bawling my eyes out watching movies like Wonder, which left me looking like I’d gone a few rounds with Tyson.

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Dermalogica Age Reversal Eye Complex, $79.20 at – This one also has an SPF 15 in it, so it’ll smooth AND protect your skin from further damage.

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Clinique All About Eyes, $58 at – Perfect for minimising dark circles and fine lines, this one is a winner and was voted #1 among readers of BeautyHeaven.

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La Mer The Eye Concentrate, $285 from Ok, this stuff will cost you a pretty penny but it’s meant to be the bomb in delivering results, particularly for those with dark circles.

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Just as an extra tip, get that eye cream around your lips too! I was a smoker (tsk tsk) and as I’m ageing I’m starting to see those little lines creeping up around my lips. The skin on our lips, like our eyes, is lacking in sebaceous glands so an eye cream is perfecto at keeping your smackers nice and hydrated and because it’s gentle enough to use around the sensitive eye area, it’s a-ok for lips. It’s like the best two-for-one deal ever.

Do you use eye cream… and do you think it makes a difference?

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