Skin 101: Eye Creams – PART 1

I am a firm believer in using an eye cream. Truth be told, I have been using it since I was about 21 years old, because I believed in prevention.

Since then, I’ve tried very expensive eye creams with all sorts of exotic ingredients, and I’ve tried fairly basic and relatively inexpensive eye creams and I’ve had good results with many of them. With the more expensive ones, I noticed small things like longer-lasting hydration under makeup, while some of the less expensive ones seemed to sit on top of the skin and caused my eye makeup to smudge.

After trying my fair share of eye creams I’ve learnt that, not every eye cream is an overnight success…(yeah sadly..) Having said that, I use super (or claimed to be magical) – in other words heavy duty eye creams in the night and prefer something hydrating and light serums in the day time. 
Although I strongly advocate the use of a high quality eye cream, I think it is important to point out that if you are not following a healthy diet and lifestyle to prevent eye issues from the inside out, how expensive the eye cream is will do you very little good regardless of how expensive or high-tech the formulation are. 

So here’s my share: 

Vichy LiftActiv Retinol HA Eyes –  I noticed a difference after a couple of days worth of use, which highly unusual for an anti-aging eye cream. I love that makeup looks so much better under my eyes, not caked in the fine lines. Deeply moisturizing without being greasy. This little bottle should last months.

Elemis Pro-collagen Advanced eye treatment – My favorite night eye serum. Expensive but worth it. I gently tap the serum into the area under my eye, along my brow bone and at the edges of my eyes (never on the eye lid) and then allow it to sink in before I moisture. Instead of baggy bits around my eyes in the morning when I wake up, the skin is flat!
Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate – This product has some really great ingredients & does live up to its claims. If you’ve extremely sensitive skin, then probably this isn’t for you. Otherwise if want to brighten your eye area and get rid of bags and under eye circles you may just fall in love.
Lancome Genifique Yeux Light-Pearl Eye-Illuminating Youth Activating Serum –  This is one of those serums that I really like idea of of the applicator and feel like senstation alone is soothing. I noticed by the end of the day 4 that there was a difference. My dehydration lines seemed slightly less apparent but I couldnt get over how much brighter that area of the eyes appeared. It midly reduces and smooths out my under-eye area. Now, does it help with wrinkles? NO.

Caudalie Premier Cru The Eye Cream – This eye cream is great for day time under makeup because it almost acts as an eye primer smoothing out any fine lines easily.  It also lightens dark spots and has a matte finish with a little bit of a pearlescent glow to it that brightens up the eye area right away. As it’s a richer formula than the serums I’ve opted for previously, I found that it took a while to sink into the skin but the trade-off was that my skin felt especially & incredibly nourished and my dehydration issues were improved. Best for dry eye areas.

Herbline Essentials Eye Gel (Aloe Vera & Honey) – I seriously love the gel texture and cooling effect of this organic eye gel. It hydrates and tightens the skin and doesn’t feel heavy when you apply. Perfect for mornings or anytime of the day. Mostly I pop this in handbag 🙂 I wouldn’t say it is very powerful but love how it cools down the eye area. Very refreshing.

Kerstin Florian Correcting Brightening eye Cream – this was recommended by my previous spa therapist. The Swedish born spa expert brand (from US) surely  knows what its’ talking about. After using rich textured cream the eye area became more smoother & surprisingly brighter. So if you are looking for a brightening eye cream -> this is the one. 

 2nd part is coming .. 🙂