I’m always surprised when make-up avid, moisturiser loving women don’t use an eye cream. This no doubt stretches back to my early skincare training when my counter manager stood aghast that I had not already begun using one. I was nineteen.
Clearly my belief that I was too young to start was misguided, and on set the fear that I’d caused irreparable damage to my should’ve-been-youthful eyes! This might not have been the reality but, nonetheless, I’ve been a complete devotee ever since.
The skin around your eye is so delicate that it needs some very special care. It’s one of the first areas to show signs of ageing, as well as the effects of everyday wear and tear: toxins, tiredness, dietary deficiencies, and more.
Due to how fine the skin is, it’s vital that you don’t overload the area. This means an absolute no to using your ordinary moisturiser (unless it specifies that it’s appropriate to) and another big no to pinching your husband’s (that’s if he’s even modern enough to use one: mine isn’t!)
What you need is a dedicated eye cream or gel that caters to your personal skin concerns, whether that’s lines, puffs, shadows or a combination of factors.
And it also requires the correct application. It’s no good slopping on a thick layer as the oils can clog the eye area and lead to puffiness and – in the most severe cases – a more permanent product build up. You only need a small drop of cream, which you dab onto your orbital (eye) bone. As the product warms it will creep to where it needs to go, without fear of overload.
It’s always best to apply eye cream using your ring finger (the weakest on your hand), using a light tapping motion to boost the circulation.
So, now you know that you most definitely need one and you also know how to apply it, which one should you choose? I’m pleased to share three of my favourites:
Pai Echium Organic Eye Cream:
Pai, founded by Sarah Brown, is a beautiful organic line particularly famed for its suitability for sensitive skins. This is an anti-ageing eye cream based on Echium (naturally rich in GLA and a rare form of omega 3) to regenerate those delicate cells and reduce future damage.
Its light cream consistency spreads well and sinks to a comfortable finish.
£24.00 for 10ml – www.paiskincare.com
ila Rainforest Renew Eye Serum:
ila is a luxurious natural spa brand which summons the power of some very exotic ingredients. The eye serum uses ‘Amazonian Elixir’, Babassu Oil and White Lily to fight puffs, pigmentation and lines.
As a serum, it has the feeling of a more fluid gel, which is cooling and refreshing to apply.
£43.00 for 15ml – www.ila-spa.com
balance Me Extra Care Wonder Eye Cream:
balanceMe’s wonderful offering has been formulated to perk up tired peepers, lessen shadows and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Coconut oil, lemon and cucumber oil create a fresh and tempting mix.
Returning to a cream consistency, it leaves the skin feeling delightfully restored.
£20.00 for 15ml – www.balanceme.co.uk
So these are my top picks; don’t forget to let me know yours!
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