Let’s face it, we need to protect our eye area at all costs. The skin around the eyes is almost ten times thinner than the skin on our face, making it much more delicate and susceptible to things like ageing (think fine lines and wrinkles), discolouration (hello, dark rings, my old friend), puffiness and dehydration. It’s also prone to decreased elasticity and collagen production. And, don’t forget the uneasiness and discomfort caused by sinuses and excess toxins. *Eye creams enter the chat*
A great eye cream suited to your skin’s concerns is a crucial step in your daily skincare routine. They’re developed to specifically treat your peepers’ needs and make them appear youthfully fresh and radiant – even when you’ve had a bad night’s sleep. This is why you shouldn’t only rely solely on your moisturiser to treat your eyes. We suggest investing in an eye cream or eye serum instead.
Eye Creams 101: When And How To Apply
It sounds obvious, but before applying anything to your eye area, make sure your hands are clean. You’d be amazed at how much oil and dirt our hands contain, preventing the eye cream from properly penetrating the skin and allowing the ingredients to do their job. Once you’ve cleansed and toned, apply your eye cream. We suggest applying it before your serum and moisturiser in order for it to work properly and not be compromised by any strong ingredients found in your other products.
Use your ring finger to gently tap the eye cream into the hollow of your eyes, all the way up to your brow bone. Be careful not to get any formula into the inner and outer corners of your eyes and waterline, and make sure not to pull or stretch the skin; remember, gentle movements are best.
Here, the eye creams for every concern…
If you can’t seem to escape dark rings under your eyes, choose an eye cream that contains ingredients such as vitamin C and niacinamide to help brighten. The Origins GinZing Vitamin C & Niacinamide Eye Cream To Brighten And Depuff is a little pot of gold. Along with reducing darkness, it depuffs and adds hydration. It’s available in two shades that can be worn under your concealer (Original is for fair to medium tones and Warm is for medium to deep tones). Over time, you’ll notice your dark rings begin to fade through consistent use of this product.
Do your eyes look as though they’re lacking elasticity? Eucerin’s Elasticity Filler Eye Cream will sort it out for you. It contains a bunch of anti-ageing benefits to make the eyes look more youthful and radiant, such as molecular hyaluronic acid and arctiin. The collagen around your eye area will appear more plumped and it will look like you’ve had the best night’s sleep ever. We also love the pointed applicator – it makes application a breeze!
Dehydrated eyes? No problem. Bobbi Brown’s Hydrating Eye Cream has a silky, soft texture that absorbs quickly into the skin. It hydrates, nourishes and works well with your concealer to give your eyes that super glowy, refreshed look. The winning combination of ingredients, such as jojoba oil, witch hazel, avocado oil and aloe vera, ensure that your eye area looks and feels the best at all times. It’s also a must for long-haul flights and will be your new travel bestie on the plane. Apply to your eye area before landing to help with the dryness and dehydration caused by the air conditioner on the plane. Thank us later!
Puffiness around the eye area is one of the most common concerns we experience on a daily basis. Sensai’s Total Eye Treatment consists of two products to cool and calm while adding a boost of youthfulness. The Refreshing Eye Essence has an applicator with a ball at the end of it to help with drainage and massage. The Melty Rich Eye Cream is rich in texture and, once applied, refreshens the eye area to reveal a revitalised overall look. This duo is totally worth the splurge.
If you’re wondering how you can fade the fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, we’re here to help. Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Eye Cream contains a potent blend of retinol, peptides and niacinamide to fill in creases, as well as intensely brightening and hydrating the eye area. It’s a brilliant multitasking eye cream that ticks all the boxes in achieving youthful-looking eyes. The pump dispenser ensures no product wastage too.