Yes!!! The list is out :D Have you been waiting eagerly for this? After all the research & comparison I’ve done, here’s my top 10 eye creams to recommend! It’s really difficult to find a good eye cream that works when there is just too many eye creams in the market… and the following recommended eye creams have been tried & tested, & are very popular among today’s women ;)
You have to be faithful when using an eye cream. Why? Because as mentioned previously, the eye area is one of the first signs of aging! Especially if you are already beyond your mid-20s! To brighten up your eyes & ensure that application of concealers are smooth, you need to make sure your eye area has already been prepped well with an eye cream. Most eye creams & eye serums contain important ingredients such as retinol, collagen, alpha-hydroxy acids, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A & cucumber extract.
What are the benefits of using eye creams? They…..
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles around your eyes
- Tighten your under-eye skin
- Lighten dark circles under your eyes
- Enhance the appearance of your eyes
- Reduce the puffiness
- Prevent further damage to the delicate skin around your eyes
- Provide extra moisture
- Smooth and calm the eye area
And in case you didn’t know, there is a difference between eye creams & eye gels. Cream-based formulas are more suitable for dry skin types whereas gel-based formulas are suitable for medium to oily skin types. Also, using too rich formulas on oily skin type of eyes may produce oil seeds or oil clogs around the eye areas, which is a serious issue altogether!
TOP 10 EYE CREAMS & GELS
1) La Mer Eye Balm
Rich, luxurious, soothing, & intensely hydrating! Not greasy nor heavy, it spreads easily & is absorbed almost immediately. It provides a calming, soothing & brightening effect, thanks to the Brazilian Malachite, one of the ingredients found in this amazing cream. Provides excellent results when applied to other vulnerable areas, such as smile lines, forehead lines & lips. Suitable for all types of eye areas. The only downside? It will burn a hole in your pocket :P
2) Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel
Suited for all skin types, this instantly revitalizing essential harnesses the natural power of cucumber and calendula to counter signs of fatigue, irritation, & age. It intensely hydrates & uses humectants to plump, firm, & smooth the often-neglected eye zone.
- Aloe vera gel Moisturizes, calms & heals
- Calendula extract Lightly energizes & softens
- Cucumber extract Tightens pores & works as a decongestant
- Eyebright extract Calms, soothes & constricts the capillaries around the eye area
- Hyaluronic acid Seals in moisture to the skin
3) Lancome Renergie Anti-Wrinkle & Firming Eye Cream
This highly rated ultra fine creme works to correct the signs of aging around the delicate eye area & is formulated with powerful hydrating agents to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines. It also contains plant extracts that restore firmness. With continued use, it proclaims to reveal younger-looking eyes ;) Recommended for women aged 25 & above.
4) Clinique All About Eyes
This particularly lightweight eye cream diminishes the appearance of eye puffs, darkness & fine lines. It also actually helps to hold eye makeup in place. For use in both morning & night, & for under-eye area and on the eyelids. Ophthalmologist Tested. Suitable for all skin types, it is also one of the best-sellers in Sephora. Try Clinique All About Eyes Rich for anti-aging & intense moisture if you have dry eye areas.
5) Olay Total Effects Eye Transforming Cream
Not only is this reasonably priced… most importantly, it has proven to be “GOOD”! Said to be America’s #1 selling eye cream, this lightweight anti-aging cream provides 7 transforming therapies in a bottle!
- Line Minimization: Reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles
- Lightening: Reduces the appearance of dark circles
- Brightening: Improves dullness
- Reducing Puffiness
- Moisture Nourishment: For firmer appearance & suppleness
- Gentle Smoothing: Renews skin texture
- Tone Enhancement: Reduces appearance of blotchy skin
The cream aids well in smoothing, de-puffing & brightening to give your eyes the immediate glow. However, it does not really help in minimizing dark eyes circles and the glitter pigments in the cream provides a temporary aesthetic effect only when it is applied. But it is said that you are able to see visibly good results in a week! So cut this product some slack; for its price, you already have more than you bargain for :)
6) Kate Somerville Line Release Under Eye Repair Cream
The cream cushions, firms, and lifts the delicate skin around the eyes. You are able to see immediate results as this intensive formula brightens & smoothes the skin, reducing expression lines & dark circles. The eye area will be left hydrated & fresh, so your beautiful eyes can stand out against a pristine canvas! This product is said to blast dark circles & fine lines, allowing you to skip your concealer.
Unfortunately, this product is not available in Singapore :( Hopefully, someone will bring in this range soon! The creator of this product is one of the TOP dermatologists in US & her products are sought after by many of the top celebrities like Scarlet Johanson, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Alba, Annette Benning, Kirstin Dunst, Teri Hatcher & many more. I hope to get this product through my cousin from US :P
7) Dior Capture R60/80 1eres Rides – First Wrinkles Smoothing Eye Creme
This rich formula cream targets the physiology of wrinkles & is developed specially to act on those areas where lines first develop. It combines powerful Bi-Skin technology with the Ox-Cellular™ complex to fight aging triggered by micro-porosity as well as under eye circles & puffiness, giving you radiant eye contours. To put it simply, it re-invents anti-wrinkle care by protecting & re-launching skin cell activity to encourage faster, healthier regeneration, eventually “pushing” up the depressed wrinkle for a smoother, more even look. Designed specifically for the delicate, highly wrinkle-prone eye contour areas, XP Eye Crème is instantly absorbed & exceptionally soothing. Suitable for women aged 30 & above who have dry eye areas.
8) Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Puff Roller
Roll your dark eye circles & puffiness away! Super handy, super affordable & super light, achieving radiant & brighter eyes are just at your finger tips. While you are sleeping, circulation actually slows down & causes fluid to accumulate in your lower eye area. Hence, dark circles & puffiness appear. What this roller does is that it aids in gently stimulating micro-circulation around your eye area to decongest excess fluid delicately to diminish dark circles & puffiness. Suitable for all skin types. Try Garnier Ultra Life Pro Deep Wrinkle instead if your problem lies with wrinkled eye areas!
9) Clarins Eye Contour Gel
A lightweight odorless gel, this amazing product smooths out puffiness & also lessens dark circles. It is suitable for those aged 25 & below as it does not provide anti-wrinkle benefits. It combats the stress that your eyes face due to late nights & reduces the puffiness often found on Asian eyes. Suitable for all types of eye areas.
10) Murad Moisture Silk Eye Gel
This anti-aging miracle in a bottle soothes & conditions tired eyes, reduces puffiness & dark eye rings. It provides a silky finish & is enriched with anti-oxidants. A fave of many celebrity makeup artists, it creates a good canvas for concealer application.
EXTRA TIPS FOR EYE CARE
Put on sun shades when the rays are strong. To ensure right protection, look for shades with large frames & lenses with “UV 400″ for maximum coverage. Remember to apply sunscreen, no matter what!!!
Tuck an extra pillow under your head; the elevation helps to prevent fluid from settling under the skin around your eyes.
Don’t OVERDO it. Resist the urge to gob on tons of eye cream at night. Too much of your eye cream can lead to itchy eyes the following morning & it can actually make your eye bags look even puffier.
For immediate effect to pump up fine lines & wrinkles, use primer, eye care or concealers with silicon ingredients… because silicon will help to fill in the lines for an even appearance.
In addition, regular late nights, smoking, constantly rubbing of eyes & long periods of staring at the computer screen will speed up the process of dark eye circles & wrinkles :(You can also keep your eye creams & gels in the refrigerator for soothing cooling effect!
On top of eye creams, eye gels & eye serums, you can also try eye masks as a bonus! I will touch on eye masks, camouflaging dark eye rings, & choosing the right colours for puffy eyes in later entries… Hope you find that eye cream or eye gel that suits you ;)
p/s. Eye care works for most people but in some cases, like the minority with hereditary dark eye rings, it may only improve a certain extent. For more potent formulas, you can try Rexaline or Eyliplex-2, found at Sephora!
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