Words by Lydia Devlin
February 1st, 2017
As we age, our skin changes. Skin becomes looser, pores appear larger, collagen production slows down and fine lines creep up on us. That’s a fact of life and while this cannot be prevented, we can help to minimise the effects of ageing by changing our skincare regime accordingly.
The most delicate area of skin is around the eyes so of course, this is the first place you are most likely to see visible signs of ageing. Whether it’s dark circles, puffiness, fine lines or skin discolouration, these can all be slowed down or improved upon with the right products and care. Which means an eye cream is equally as important as your daily moisturiser. The main point to remember is when applying eye cream make sure you are encompassing the whole eye area which is made up of the undereye, brow bone, plus the inner and outer corners. Make sure you really work the cream/gel in and tap… Always tap! Never rub- you don’t want to exaggerate those fine lines or damage the sensitive and finer skin that sits under your eyes.
Remember, it’s easier to prevent than it is to treat so treat your skin with TLC from a young age and you’ll reap the benefits in the long term. The ideal time to start using a (lightweight) eye cream is in your early twenties.
To start you on this lifelong journey that is as necessary as daily moisturising we have compiled a list of the top eye creams to invest in now, sooner rather than later.
This product packs a serious hydrating punch! Noticing a difference only after a few uses I was super impressed by this gel which reduces puffiness and I also found that it helped to lighten my dark circles. If you’re in the market for an affordable eye product, Soap & Glory is one to check out.
Aimed at those in their 20s and early 30s, this eye cream from Benefit is lightweight and hydrating, perfect for those who suffer from a slight bit of dehydration and are starting to see fine lines appear. And due it being produced by a cosmetics brand you can expect this to sit nicely under makeup.
Cheat your beauty sleep with Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye Cream. Apply this cream in the evening and leave it to work its magic overnight. It gives dehydrated skin an intensive moisture boost around the delicate eye area while reducing puffiness at the same time so there’s no fear of waking up looking like your eyes have sunk inside your head. It’ll suit dry or mature skin as it’s beautifully rich and creamy.
The perfect skin pick-me-up, Anne Semonin’s Radiance Ice Cubes soothe and refresh tired eyes. As the name suggests, keep these in your freezer and apply in the morning, before makeup application, to give the eye area a boost of radiance and diminish any puffiness. Used as the last step in your skincare routine, the intense boost of moisture will prep the skin for whatever foundation or concealer you choose to follow up with. Treat yourself to these after a late night or on the day of a special occasion.
Within a few minutes you will actually see the results of this eye cream. While it helps with crows feet, puffiness and dark circles it is also packed with organic Harungana, Pueraria Lobata, Rose Petal and Shea Butter which instantly firm and really do help with visible ageing. Nicknamed as “a mini face lift”, it is quite the impressive product, even including D-Panthenol which conditions the lashes. Happy days!
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