Eye eye captain! To eye cream or not, that is the question!

'The eyes are the window to the soul' if that's the case they need to be in tip top condition.. Right! 🤷🏼‍♀️

After chatting to a bunch of my followers this morning on a Live I promised a little insight into eye creams. Here are my thoughts, opinions and recommendations, I hope they help you understand the whole situation a little better!

I should probably start this off by saying I'm the perfect candidate when it comes to trying under eye creams, gels and patches, I am a 38 year old mother of four teenagers, I am more than likely peri-menopausal and would also be blessed with hereditary genes of prominent crows feet. I like to think though, that my very happy expressive face is the cause of my many fine lines and wrinkles 😝 every cloud and all that!!

Let's be honest, the whole entire skin situation is like looking at a 5000 piece jigsaw, it is mind boggling. My advice is to start breaking each section down and start asking yourself some very simple questions. For example, you are on the hunt for an eye cream, remember you are buying it for your under eye, not because you saw it on Mary's story on Instagram. Ask yourself, what texture do I need, is my skin dry/dehydrated, is it puffiness that's bothering me, dark circles for days the problem? These simple questions are so important in deciphering exactly what you need to look for when choosing the right product for you.

When should I start using eye cream?

I would always be an advocate of prevention rather than cure, before you even see a whisper of a fine line, start forming the habit of routine, every night applying half a grain of rice size on your ring finger, placing just above the orbital bone, tapping gently. Gently being the operative word here! The skin around your eyes is so thin, you alone can cause it to crease by pulling and tugging on it!

I want to be very realistic here and state that no eye cream is going to magically get rid of wrinkles over night, if you find one please jesus send it my way! Ingredients like caffeine, green tea and peptides help reduce puffiness, dark circles and wrinkles and they are the key words you need to be looking for respectively.

Your eye creams should never smell nice, fragrance is an added extra that is not welcome around the eye area, as is mineral oil, its just to heavy and can cause puffiness or milia (white heads).

I hear women complain a lot about watery eyes, happens irregularly with different products, an ingredient you need to watch out for that triggers this is Bismuth Oxychloride, also known as an allergen, it can cause itchiness or watering of the eyes, it is also used in mineral makeup (FYI)

Below I will add some pictures of my favourite eye creams, gels and patches that I have trialled and tested over the years that I found worked in some way shape or form. Personally I like to use creams at night while I sleep but for under makeup I prefer the lighter weight/texture of a gel. Less creasing of product allows concealer to perform its own duty in colour correcting.

Lastly packaging is another stickler for me, I prefer a pump or tube over an open air container, they preserve the product for longer and also there is less waste, I find with open air containers I tend to get through them quickly in order to get maximum benefit from the product!

I hope you have a better understanding of eye creams now, if you have any questions, send me a DM over on Instagram I am only happy to help!

Until next time, keep those peepers bright!

S x

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