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LET’S TALK GOOD SKINCARE PRACTICES – PART III: EYE CREAMS

I scream, you scream, we all scream for Eye Creams!

If you’re wondering “why are we talking eye creams at this stage?” It’s because here is where they should enter your routine. After toners and before serums. This might change on the days you’re using an acid exfoliator, in which case you’d cleanse, exfoliate, mist tone and then apply your eye cream product and then serum, but we’ll discuss acid exfoliators another time!

The point being, eye products should be applied before serums and moisturisers because no matter how carefully applied, serums and creams will always reach the orbital bone and be absorbed by the delicate skin around the eyes which will then not be able to absorb the eye products, making them pointless, and it it might become “congested” or irritated with excessively rich products that might contain fragrance and weren’t designed for the eye area. Here is where it gets to be a bit tricky also, because the skin around the eye area is quite a bit thinner and more fragile than the rest of our face, so not all the same rules apply, and there’s a few extra added.

You’ll need products that not only are suitable to your skin type but are gentle enough to be used in the delicate eye area and target the other concerns we usually have around the eyes. For starters, eye products should not contain added fragrance. You don’t need it around your eyes and it will probably just aggravate and irritate the very delicate skin there. Most products will be formulated more with the concerns in mind rather than skin type, so it’s often a question of trial and error to find the formulation that works for you. Does it tackle dark circles? Puffiness? First lines and wrinkles? Dehydration? Is it nourishing enough for drier skin? Is it light enough for the oiler skin types? Also, if you’re having health issues, on medication, sleep deprived, poor diet or are a smoker, it will show in your eyes and the skin surrounding them.

Creams and topical treatments will only go so far to help some of the issues these will cause on your eye area (puffiness, bags, dark circles, discolouration, etc), they can’t do magic and “fix” everything, and for the most part, you’ll need continuous use if you want to see those results carry on, but they will help to some extent! The formulas will differ from traditional face creams and serums because the skin around the eyes is thinner, thus needing formulas that won’t overwhelm it and are easily absorbed. Key is also the quantities used. Don’t go overboard with applying more than what is recommended because your skin will resent it, either by exacerbating puffiness, under eye bags or even the milia around your eyes (milia are those little cysts made of keratin, not sebum, usually located around the eye area, that look like spots, BUT AREN’T. Don’t try to pop them, you’ll only hurt yourself and damage your skin. You can have them professionally removed or, with the right routine, get rid of them naturally).

For the most part eye cream formulas are designed to suit all skin types, basically treating all eye areas like sensitive skin, since as we mentioned, the skin there is much more delicate. On another note, I’m not easily impressed by eye creams. Often times I find they are to rich for my skin, which means I can’t see any benefits from then because my skin just won’t tolerate them, no matter how little I use, or even if they agree with my skin, I don’t see many results, so for me to actually be impressed enough by an eye cream to recommend it, it’s a feat. Obviously not all of the eye creams on this list were tested by me continuously, as they weren’t adequate for my skin, but I had my trusty volunteers (yes, I volunteer my friends and family to help out) test them for me and feedback their findings.

The Devices

Opatra Dermieye Device, RRP £279.00

This little device is unique in the sense that it works with a smart touch sensor, which only operates when its one of a kind ION technology operates with your own skin’s natural electrical current to send pulses through your skin to help creams absorb better into the skin. That helps reduce puffiness and wrinkles around the eyes. At the same time, the vibration massage stimulates blood circulation within the under eye blood vessels and helps regenerate skin cells production. This transfers the eye cream’s ingredients straight into dermal layers, allowing it to absorb much faster. As a result, you see the effects much quicker! Incredibly lightweight, slim and portable and with a lifetime warranty, it’s a device that will moderately reduce the appearance of dark circles, under-eye bags (puffiness), and even fine lines, all in just a few weeks of continuous use. After applying your eye cream, pick up the device and place your fingers on the metal plate located at the back of the device and place the head of the device onto your eye area. This completes the electrical circuit. The device will begin to vibrate, stimulating your blood cells and encouraging the skin to absorb the eye cream or serum of your choice. The little massage feels brilliant!

Available at Opatra.com

Peep Club Refresher Kit for Tired Eyes, RRP £80.00

Co-founder Nicola, who’s an optometrist, recommended to me to use the eye wand in conjunction with their eye spray and coconut balm to soothe and my eye cream of choice for optimal results, as they are designed to optimise, enhance and work together with your usual products. Designed to relieve dry, tired, irritated eyes by stimulating natural hydration, Peep Club’s Eye Wand is the desk-side device you really need to know about. Often we don’t even realise we suffer from dry eyes, as it’s not something with cookie cutter symptoms and is mostly associated with ageing and even menopause. But the fact is, modern life (and the current world situation especially) has thrust us to be in front of screens for much longer periods of time, increasing the periods of intense concentration in which we are not blinking as much as we should, thus not keeping our eyes as hydrated (that’s what tear is for) as they should, making them more vulnerable to infection.

How often have you wondered if you’d developed a sudden allergy to your mascara or eye cream because your eyes suddenly started stinging or watering when you apply them? Suffering from dry eyes will mean you lost the natural antibacterial protection your tear provides them, making them feel sensitised and vulnerable, which will make them sense your usual eye products as the aggressors. Using the Instant Relief Eye Spray will fortify the eye area and help your tear replenish itself. Plus when used together with the Eye Wand, the combination of heat and massage then works to gently stimulate and unblock the tiny glands responsible for hydrating your eyes. “It’s like a hot stone massage for the eyes,” says Natasha, co-founder and previous sufferer of screen-induced dry eyes. Even those who don’t suffer from dry eyes can benefit from using the Eye Wand. Boosted with circulation encouraging and lymphatic drainage functions, the device also helps to de-puff both under and upper eyelids. It also promotes youth-enhancing collagen and elastin production thanks to red light LED therapy. As Natasha puts it, the Eye Wand is “a treat, not just a treatment for dry eyes.” Use the Soothing Coconut Balm to cleanse and nourish the eye area.

You can use the spray up to 4 times a day, morning, evening and as a top up throughout the day (I mean, you can use it more often if you really need it, but you’ll easily find it’s not necessary to spray too often). To use the wand, heat it up to 37°C – 42°C max (this should take about 1 minute). Gently run the wand along your lower lid (below your eyelashes) starting with the inner corner of your eye and slowly working your way to the outer corner of your eye. One run from inner to outer corner should take 10-15 seconds. Repeat this motion for 60 seconds. Repeat the process for your upper lid (they advise turning the red LED light off when the wand is being used on the upper lid). Repeat the process on the other eye. For best results, use morning and evening for 2 weeks and then only as needed, for optimal eye maintenance. Not recommended for use longer than 60 seconds per area. 

Available at Peepclub.co.uk

The Patch-Mask Treatments

Patchology Illuminating Eye Gels, RRP £14.00 for pack of 5

Ideal for dull and dark under-eyes, these Illuminating Eye Gels are designed to deeply soothe and revitalise the delicate skin under the eyes. Enriched with Vitamin C which works to even and brighten your contour while softening fine lines, Green Tea Extract that minimises the appearance of dark circles by improving circulation, while antioxidant Mulberry Extract which is a natural brightening agent and Pearlescent Minerals to give an instantly radiant glow. Ideal as a booster treatment for dark circles after particularly rough nights, it gives under eyes’ skin an instant shot of brightness. Apply the pair of masks onto clean, dry under-eye area for five minutes. Remove the gels and massage the excess serum into your skin. They actually feel quite refreshing on application.

Available at Cult Beauty

BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Mask Treatment, RRP £80.00

A dual action, amazingly cooling, anti-aging treatment specifically developed to hydrate and revitalise the delicate eye area, providing an instant uplift. The EGF Eye Concentrate contains a high concentration of EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) and when used with the Imprinting Eye Masks which are enriched with Hyaluronic Acid, on top of the serum creates the perfect micro-environment for EGF and ensures maximum results. In 15 mins, the treatment reduces puffiness and the appearance of fatigue while restoring tone, firmness and radiance to the eye area. 

Available at Bioeffect.co.uk

Patchology Restoring Night Eye Gels, RRP from £4.00 for single pack

Delivering Retinol which helps speed up healthy cell turnover, Cedrus Atlantica Bark to brighten and reduce dark circles, a Peptide Complex reduces fine lines and wrinkles, Arnica and Cucumber Extracts work together to reduce puffiness and inflammation while Squalene naturally hydrates, softens and protects skin from free radicals. Great little pick-me-up treat for pamper days. After you remove the patches massage any leftover serum into skin to absorb.

Available at Cult Beauty

florence by mills Swimming Under The Eyes Gel Pads, RRP £34.00 for 60 pads

Incredibly cooling, refreshing and soothing, these fun whale-shaped patches give your skin some much needed nourishment. With an amazing 60 pairs of patches included in the pot, they are not only amazing value but the super cute whale design will help the delicate eye area re-energise with each application! The patches use a blend of Coconut Extract to soothe and depuff, Sodium Hyaluronate (a form of Hyaluronic Acid) to brighten, and also Pine Extract to feed the skin with antioxidant goodness. They truly are effective at refreshing (so cooling) and depuffing the delicate eye area.

Available from Beauty Bay and ASOS

Patchology Rejuvenating Eye Gels, RRP from £3.00 for single pack

Targeting dehydration lines and tired eyes, each pair of hydrogel patches is infused with Caffeine to improve micro-stimulation for brighter tone and reduced puffiness. Sodium Hyaluronate that naturally binds moisture to the skin, Centella Asiatica which encourages collagen production while inhibiting inflammation, Hydrolysed Collagen to improve skin’s hydration, elasticity, tone and density and finally, Vitamin C and Omega 3 fatty acid-rich Portulaca Oleracea Extract which brightens the under-eye. 

Available at Cult Beauty

Dark Circles

Let me start by saying, most dark circles are genetic, but some will appear when blood vessels close to the skins’ surface move closer to the top layer of the skin, becoming more visible. That can be caused by a lack of sleep, ageing, stress, or even lack of iron in your diet, but if they are purely genetic no amount of cream will make them “go away”. Creams will however help, together with a good concealer, to brighten and diminish their appearance, but that’s about it. If your dark circles are instead from a lack of sleep, these will be slightly more effective.

Skin Generics Tetrapeptide Anti-Ageing Eye Contour Serum, RRP £29.95

Korean-Inspired eye care designed to fight dark circles, wrinkles, and puffiness with daily use, containing an impressive 30% of active ingredients, this little bottle promises to work hard and fast for visible results. Meadowfoam Extract is an intensive moisturiser, Actimoist gives a moisture boost to restore the skin, Argilerine which offers a flash-lifting effect, and Eyeseryl which reduces dark circles and soothes the under-eye area, work together to smooth and fade dark circles.

Available at Argos

Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, RRP £56.00

Gorgeously brightening eye serum that fights dark circles and depuffs the under eye area with an illuminating formula. Formulated to target multiple types of dark circles, from the blue/purple ones which are due to low microcirculation and thin skin around the eyes which increases visibility of un-oxygenated blood (which is blue), brown dark-circles which can be caused by sun damage, irritation and genetics which can result in hyperpigmentation and red which can be triggered by inflammation, irritation and allergies. It contains gold-stabilised Vitamin C for maximum efficacy and light-reflecting Micro-Minerals that instantly brighten. Vitamin C is especially important for the delicate eye area because it delivers enhanced antioxidant defense for brighter, healthier-looking skin.

Available at Murad.co.uk and LookFantastic.com

First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Niacinamide Brightening Cream, RRP £28.00

This is an impressive little pot of eye care goodness from the get-go! The illuminating formula brightens, hydrates, and smooths the eye area while helping to reduce the appearance of dark circles over time. Featuring universally flattering peach Micro-Pearls that add a sheer luminosity (they really do!), the lightweight formula immediately makes eyes look more awake. Texture is a bit like a gel-cream formula, light but powerful. Active ingredients like Niacinamide (a form of Vitamin B3) help fade the appearance of brown under-eye dark circles by helping to reduce melanin production, Pumpkin Extract, a botanical extract that helps soothe, depuff and regulate blood flow, helping to minimize the appearance of blue under-eye circles, Sodium Hyaluronate, a powerful humectant that boosts skin’s moisture content, helps skin appear smoother and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, Caffeine, a vasoconstrictor that helps reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. The result is a brightened, refreshed and revitalized look. The clean formulation is dermatologist-tested, fragrance free and safe for sensitive skin. Use AM and PM after cleansing, but it’s particularly brilliant in the morning before makeup, due to the instant illuminating effect it provides.

Available online at Look Fantastic, ASOS and Feel Unique

Sunday Riley Autocorrect Brightening & Depuffing Eye Contour Cream, RRP £60.00

Absolutely brilliant, this is another one that delivers an instant brightening effect. Auto Correct is a runaway bestseller that banishes tired-looking eyes. An eye cream that instantly delivers a lifted and depuffed look to the eye area while rapidly reducing the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. Refresh, revive and hydrate tired eyes with this luxurious cream that works to nourish the delicate eye area and impart a noticeably lifted look. This rich (but not heavy) cream contains Caffeine, Horse Chestnut, Shea Butter, Watermelon Extract and Ginseng Root to energise and soothe the eye area while protecting skin from oxidant damage. It contributes towards a smoother, more radiant complexion and helps to reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles while hydrating and rebalancing the skin. It should be applied morning and evening. It can also be patted into the skin intermittently during the day to revive fatigued eyes. Apply two to three pumps (depending on your skin’s needs, sometimes one pump is enough) using your ring and middle fingers, lightly tapping into the skin around the eye area. Free from Sulfates, parabens, gluten, soy, and phthalates. Again, I find this particularly effective before makeup as it is truly brightening!

Available at Cult Beauty, Space NK, Sunday Riley and other selected retailers

Q+A Caffeine Eye Serum, RRP £6.50

The active ingredients in Q+A Caffeine Eye Serum work together to help reduce the appearance of ageing around the eyes, by toning the delicate skin and brightening dark circles. Great for mature skin also. Caffeine helps improve circulation by refreshing and depuffing the skin. Green Tea Extract is a powerful natural antioxidant. The EGCG antioxidant found in Green Tea leaves has been proven to protect even the most delicate skin from environmental stressors. Pomegranate Extract is a superfruit that has a range of unique antioxidant benefits that help to naturally tone your skin. Its high nutritional value means that it’s a treat for even the most delicate areas of skin. Delicately apply to the under-eye area, and dab any excess on the ocular upper bone. Use morning and night.

Available at qandaskin.com, Sainsbury’s, Holland & Barrett and other selected retailers

Puffiness/Under Eye Bags

Puffiness and under eye bags can be due to lifestyle, like smoking and an uneven sleep pattern, diet (a diet high in salt causes water retention and can lead to swelling), or medication (like antibiotics) and illness, like allergies, where congestion and inflammation can sometimes exacerbate under-eye puffiness or thyroid problems can cause the eyes to become swollen. Having under-eye bags can also be a genetic physical characteristic that runs in your family. Another cause can be the natural aging process, loss of firmness in the skin and muscles happens as we age.

florence by mills Look Alive Eye Balm, RRP £16.00 

A cooling little antidote to late nights and early morning alarms, the Look Alive Eye Balm helps to depuff and cool the delicate eye area in a soothing swipe. Made using a powerful Peptide blend to help brighten dark circles, Vitamin B12 to hydrate and glow up the skin, Snow Mushroom Extract packed with antioxidants to protect from pollution, and mineral rich Malachite Extract to destress, this blend will leave sleepy skin re-energised and renewed. Using the cooling metal tip, apply a small amount under your eyes. Gently tap it in with clean fingertips. Absorbs very nicely and I love the feel of the cooling tip on application.

Available at Beauty Bay, ASOS & Look Fantastic

Syrene Aqua Restore Eye Essence, RRP £65.00

A beautifully gentle gel that helps reduce puffiness and brighten dark circles and also smooths the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Only a droplet is needed to help firm, refresh, depuff, brighten and reduce the appearance of dark circles under the eye. This gentle eye gel also helps restore skin elasticity to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The beautiful moisturising essence calms to combat puffiness, leaving eyes totally refreshed. For an extra burst of coolness, which will also help with depuffing the eye area, you can pop it in the fridge for a few minutes before applying. 

Available at syreneskincare.co.uk, Liberty’s and Harvey Nichols

Organic Apoteke Rejuvenating Eye Cream, RRP £42.95

This gentle organic, hydrating and refreshing eye cream has a triple benefit formula, which will diminish under-eye puffiness, dark circles, and fine lines and wrinkles whilst smoothing and firming. Rich in antioxidants and regenerative oils, with ingredients such as Pentapeptides to smooth, firm and tone and support skin’s structure, Bilberry Extract rich in antioxidants to strengthen capillaries and Eyebright Extract to reduce under eye puffiness and brighten tired eyes.

Available at www.organicapoteke.com

Embryolisse Radiant Eye, RRP £21.00

This is a cool little stick with a genuinely cooling and radiance boosting effect that brightens eyes making them look fresher and more relaxed. Make-up is enhanced on refreshed smooth skin, holds better and lasts longer while the eyes and face are illuminated. Day after day, the botanical actives, Sugar Derivatives and Aloe Vera, moisturise and smooth skin texture while a Metabiotic improves microcirculation to reduce puffiness and dark circles. An immediate feeling of freshness and well-being relaxes eyes while an invisible firming film reduces signs of fatigue as the massage action and cooling effect decongest tissues to actively reduce puffiness. Sweep on from the inner corner of the eye towards the outer corner on upper and lower lids in the morning, evening or anytime to brighten and cool the eye area. Apply more frequently in case of intense fatigue. For a stronger cooling effect, keep it in the fridge in between applications.

Available at Feel Unique

Green People Firming Eye Serum, RRP £16.50

Ideal to firm and tone tired, puffy eyes, this Eye Serum gently soothes, firms and brightens the delicate eye area, gently restoring a youthful radiance. Boasting a synergistic blend of some of the most effective natural anti-ageing ingredients like Chicory Extract which has a long-term tightening and firming effect and helps increase collagen over time, Marshmallow which is soothing and helps calm redness, Tara Bush to moisturise and help boost hydration and Perilla Oil which is nourishing, repairing and soothing, and used over time as part of a daily skin care regime, can improve skin elasticity and offer increased long-term firming and toning. Certified Organic, cruelty-free and vegan, it’s highly concentrated so a little goes a long way.

Available at Green People

Dry/Dehydrated/Fine Lines

No, dry and dehydrated are not the same thing! Dry skin usually lacks or is very low on the natural oils (sebum) our skin produces to protect itself, meaning the skin’s protective barrier can be easily depleted or compromised and there may also be a lack of natural moisturising factors or NMF (usually our skin produces these also, these commonly being squalane, wax esters and triglycerides). Dry skin will usually feel tight and uncomfortable and look dull and lackluster and sometimes be flaky. Dehydrated skin is missing water, not oil, and that is usually caused by external factors such as extreme/constant weather changes (air con, heating, cold, etc), unbalanced diet or lack of proper water intake, medication, hormonal changes, too much caffeine or alcohol or even stress, among other things. Dehydrated skin will also feel tight and look dull. People who suffer from dry, dehydrated or sensitive will be more likely to experience fine lines around the eye area. These are usually caused by the fact the delicate skin around the eyes is lacking hydration as well as some natural lipids.

Vichy Mineral 89 Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier, RRP £20.00

Designed to hydrate and protect the skin barrier around the delicate eye area. A hydrating eye serum enriched by Vichy’s Thermal Mineralizing Water, Hyaluronic Acid and Caffeine to strengthen, hydrate and energise. The eye cream smooths and brightens the eye contours whilst protecting the skin barrier. Skin feels instantly soothed and looks revitalised and brighter. Hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin, it really is a brilliant hydrating and plumping serum for the eye area.

Available at Boots, Feel Unique and Look Fantastic

SHIRO Kombu Moisturising Eye Cream, RRP £58.00

Made with their bestselling Gagome Kombu serum which is rich in nutrients deep from the sea, sourced from Hakodate, Hokkaido. It contains especially high amounts of gelatinous compounds full of Fucoidan and Alginic Acid, which help skin retain its moisture and a blend of White Sesame Oil, this eye cream nourishes and hydrates the delicate skin around your eyes for more radiant, plumper looking skin. Suitable to use morning and evening. 

Available at Shiro-shiro.uk

Dr. Hauschka Eye Balm, RRP £30.50 

This eye balm is brilliant for dry skin as it offers effective and intensive care for the skin around the eyes, protecting it against external influences. When warmed between your fingertips, the solid, fragrant balm turns silky smooth and super easy to apply. As the Eye Balm is so rich, it can be used very sparingly, particularly if your skin is more dehydrated but not so dry. You can also apply it to reduce the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and to provide extra protection in cold weather. Carrot, Calendula and Anthyllis soothe delicate skin while Apricot Kernel Oil, Jojoba Oil and Beeswax moisturise, soften and smooth dry skin and fine dehydration lines.

Available at drhauschka.co.uk

MONAT Eye Smooth Nourishing Eye Cream, RRP £70.00

This is an indulgent eye cream that uses Peptide technology to tighten the delicate skin around the eye contours. Caffeine depuffs and brightens, Moss Plant Stem Cells strengthen and protect, whilst plant-derived Squalene and REJUVENIQE S™ moisturise and condition the orbital eye area. Skin feels tighter, softer, smoother and revitalised. Dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness are diminished, revealing a brighter, more hydrated, plumped, youthful look. Use daily, morning and evening. Apply by scooping a small amount out with the spatula provided and gently patting around the eye area with your ring fingers then glide the eye roller provided (on the other end of the spatula) around the eyes in an upward and outward motion until fully absorbed.

Available online at www.monatglobal.com/uk

Filorga Optim-Eyes Cream, RRP £44.00

As most of the products we’ve been talking about here, this is actually quite a complete care product, but it does deliver great hydrating results by bringing together Hyaluronic acid + NCTF® to replenish tissues with a unique complex that reduces dark circles by promoting the elimination of pigmented residues, a powerful mix of active ingredients that boost the venous and lymphatic circulation to reduce swelling in the lower eyelid. A trio of draining active ingredients smooths the eye contour for a fresher appearance. You can also keep it in the fridge for an added cooling effect.

Available at Feel Unique

Lifting/Wrinkles

For the most part, this is what happens when “ageing” happens. The loss of tone and firmness that come from our skin producing less collagen around the eye area make expression lines more pronounced and the eye contour begins to sag. Ageing signs are usually more pronounced and easily the first area to show them is the eye area due to it being so delicate and the skin being so thin. Also, the tissue below the eyes is naturally missing a lot of essential soft tissue like fat or muscle, which help give skin some of its support.

The Organic Pharmacy Lifting Eye Gel, RRP £30.00 

This lifts and refreshes tired eyes with an intensive treatment that reduces the appearance of wrinkles and also targets puffiness and dark circles. You can put in the fridge for a greater cooling effect from the integrated cold roller. Clinically proven to significantly reduce the number (-34%), surface (-40%) and length (-34%) of wrinkles as assessed after 28 days of once a day application. Filled with Rosehip, Bilberry and Frankincense. Suitable for vegans. 

Available at The Organic Pharmacy

Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum, RRP £72.00

This is a highly potent yet gentle serum designed for even the most sensitive of skin types. It has 360 degree application, meaning you can even rub it into your eyelid as well as the eye contour to help minimize the signs of aging you can see as well as the ones you can’t. Provides 24 hour hydration to reduce dryness as it instantly brightens. Delivers an instant dose of retinol and another dose of retinol over time to minimize irritation and prolong its ageing care benefits.

Available at Murad

Elemental Herbology Age Support Eye Elixir, RRP £44.00

Love the light, smooth, serum-like texture of this elixir. Designed to encourage collagen production while reducing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness, with Lanablue®, a hydrating blue-green algae clinically proven to reduce wrinkle depth and stimulate collagen synthesis, Eyeliss,  a triple action peptide concentrate to reduce dark circles and puffiness and Marshmallow which is an anti-inflammatory and skin softening healing root extract that helps to maintain levels of hyaluronic acid in the skin, this triple-action formula leaves the delicate eye area renewed and repaired, leaving skin brighter, smoother and hydrated.

Available at Elemental Herbology

Odile OR, j’étincelle, The Flash Eye Lift, RRP £45.00 

This lightweight eye gel contains a wealth of potent activators to revive tired and puffy eyes, and improve the appearance of fine lines. Illuminates, invigorates and soothes, overtime the eye contour area appears brighter and more radiant. With its special blend of lifting factor and firming complex to revive and reduce under-eye puffiness and Sodium Hyaluronate to hydrate and strengthens the skin barrier, this eye gel will minimise the appearance of ageing around the eye area. Apply at night gently around the eye area or apply a thicker layer and leave on for 20 minutes to use it as an eye mask before doing makeup. Love how this lightweight gel texture quickly absorbs and feels refreshing on application.

Available at odile.co.uk from April 1st

BIOEFFECT EGF Eye Serum, RRP £69.00 

This revitalising age-defying serum was specifically developed to target the delicate eye area. It helps to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness, rebalance moisture levels and leaves the skin looking radiant and firm. To apply press gently on the dispenser base to release product and apply the cooling roller ball to clean skin above and below the eye. Massage gently with fingertips for even penetration. Wait 3-5 minutes to allow the serum to absorb before applying sunscreen or makeup. Lightweight and quickly absorbed, it feels gorgeous on application.

Available at Bioeffect

All around care

These products are designed to give all round care for all skincare types and anyone that wants that full rounded treatment.

Evolve Beauty 360 Eye and Lip Contour, RRP £26.00

This is a supercharged eye cream based on their 360 Age Smarter concept, which is all about caringly working proactively with the body to support graceful ageing and care for the skin at every stage of life. This 360 view of ageing tackles not only fine lines and wrinkles but also age spots, texture and luminosity. The advanced formula is supercharged with an invigorating blend of Probiotics, Sacha Inchi Peptides and Hyaluronic Acid. The Cream works to combat dark circles, target puffiness and work to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The nourishing formula is suitable for all skin types and ages. Apply gently to the eye and lip area after cleansing, morning and night using your ring fingers to pat in any excess. Love the texture of this for both the eyes and the lip area, seriously gorgeous.

Available at Evolve Beauty

Wo Skincare Eye Contour Perfecting Essence, RRP from £19.00 for a 2 week supply

This is a multi-tasking essence that targets the total eye contour area. A powerful blend of botanical actives help to reduce the appearance of dark circles, boosting circulation, soothing and depuffing tired eyes. Nourishing hydrators smooth, firm and tone the skin around the delicate eye area. With Rice & Soya Bean Peptides, Bell Pepper Cell Cultures, Caffeine and Light Optical Diffusers to boost circulation and strengthen and firms the under eye area, help reduce dark circles and signs of fatigue, helps boost drainage and reduce puffiness and add a soft-focus effect to brighten dark circles and fatigued eyes. Although they are designed as single use ampoules, I find, for my skin type which is not particularly dry, one ampoule actually gives up to 3 uses.

Available at wearewo.com

Algenist Triple Algae Eye Balm, RRP £48.00

This targeted eye treatment helps to reduce dark under-eye circles, bags, puffiness, lines and wrinkles, while brightening and helping the eye area appear smoother and firmer. Features enhanced Algae technology that targets and decreases the appearance of discoloration around the eye area. This works as a multi-tasking treatment, acting as a moisturising primer for makeup application, while also revitalising, energising and recharging the 360° area around the eyes to correct and prevent pigmentation from occurring. This decadent, balmy, fragrance-free formula wears well under concealer. With their Patented & Exclusive Alguronic Acid which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles and fights environmental assaults that cause signs of aging in skin and helps keep skin in the eye area hydrated, Triple Algae (Brown, Red and Green) Blend that work synergistically to address varying causes and tones of dark under-eye circles and help brighten the overall look of the eye area, Skin-Responsive Multi-Peptide Complex with four fast-acting peptides that support the skin’s own protein synthesis and help promote the natural repair process. Peptides work together to stimulate barrier repair and combat sagging skin to help the eye area appear firmer and smoother, and Vitamin E which nourishes and provides antioxidant protection. Apply to the eye area twice a day before serum and moisturiser. Dab 3 to 4 dots under each eye. Gently tap in the product 360° around the eyes, full circle. Be careful not to tug, pull or drag the delicate eye-area skin. Apply on horizontal brow lines, furrowed brow lines and vertical laugh lines for a smoother and evened appearance.

Available at Space NK

Indeed Labs Eysilix II, RRP £24.99

The eye area is fragile territory being one of the first places to succumb to visible signs of ageing. While many eye creams promise to tackle everything from dark circles to puffiness and lines and wrinkles few actually deliver on everything. Providing both preventative and restorative measures through the use of cutting-edge ingredients and hardworking science, this serum targets the problems whatever the cause, while still respecting the delicate skin around the eyes. Fine lines, dark circles and a lack of firmness can all make eyes appear more aged. This contains an innovative combination of essential Peptides, Ceramides, Botanical Extracts and Probiotics specifically formulated to tackle these problem areas and leave eyes looking more refreshed and youthful.

Available at Boots, Cultbeauty.co.uk, Lookfantastic.com, Superdrug and other selected retailers

Sienna X Eye Cream SPF15, RRP £29.00

The ultimate protection for the delicate eye area, this anti-pollution formula with SPF15 is designed to lift and brighten the eye area whilst reducing the appearance of wrinkles. With 82% natural ingredients inside this vegan formula, you have 3% Marine Bamboo to reduce lines by 42% and fight the damaging effects of blue light and Infrared, whilst firming and smoothing the eye area, Minilkara Multinervis Leaf Extract to improve elasticity, Ginseng & Gynostemma Pentaphyllum Extract to help maintain healthy skin by regenerating cells and a Soft Focus Blurring Effect helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A little goes a long way and depending on your skin type, about half a pump will be enough to do both eyes.

Available at sienna-x.co.uk

Sensitive Skin

Sensitivity isn’t a skin type per se, it’s more of a skin condition that can be triggered by lifestyle or it can be genetic. Sensitive skin is “defined” by a depleted protective layer (which is what gives skin it’s barrier function that protects skin from external aggressions). So if your skin usually reacts badly to products or harsh weather conditions and gets inflamed, red, blotchy and/or itchy (this is called dermatitis), then you need to treat it as sensitive skin as it is likely it will continually react that same way. (There are many other skin conditions out there, such as dehydration, acne, rosacea, etc. These are usually – hopefully – temporary and caused by external factors like lifestyle, but some, such as eczema or psoriasis, can be triggered by illness or genetic factors, and harder to tackle and usually require some medical attention.) All skin types can suffer from sensitivity, although drier skins are usually more prone to it due to the skin’s protective barrier being depleted.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Skin Eye Cream, RRP £16.49

Designed to hydrate the delicate eye area and revive tired eyes without causing redness or irritation, this lightweight, hypoallergenic eye cream is infused with softening Cotton Extract and soothing Aloe to naturally hydrate the delicate eye area, help shield skin from potential irritants and revive tired eyes while calming and soothing the sensitive skin around the eyes. 

Available at Burt’s Bees

SVR Topialyse Palpebral Eye Cream, RRP £15.00

Designed specifically for sensitive skin conditions, this anti-itching, soothing eye cream for dry, sensitive, irritated, allergy-prone, eczema-prone, flaky and scaly skin on eyelids and under and around the eyes. The skin around the eyes is four times thinner than the skin on the rest of the face and is highly sensitive. This makes it more susceptible to external aggressions, allergies and irritations. The incredibly smooth and surprisingly balmy texture soothes irritation and itching, reduces redness and limits the appearance of irritations, hydrates and restores lipids to strengthen the skin barrier and protects skin from external aggressions while also being quite easy to apply and easily absorbed leaving skin with a long-lasting comfortable feel.

Available from uk.labo-svr.com, lookfantastic.com, feelunique.com and beautyexpert.com

Murad Revitalixir Recovery Serum, RRP £73.00

A serum for the face and eyes that works to hydrate while visibly reducing the effects of stress. Smooths stress lines, reduces under-eye puffiness and dark circles, and renews vibrancy immediately and over time while also hydrating as illuminating pearl provides an instant brightening effect.  A skin-relaxing blend of Neuropeptide, Paracress and Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil helps smooth while boosting softness and moisture. Niacinamide refines texture as Wild Indigo helps calm stress signals and visibly reduces under-eye dark circles. Caffeine reinvigorates tone while minimising under-eye puffiness.

Available at Murad

Green People Scent-free Anti-ageing Eye Cream, RRP £15.50

This gentle, nurturing eye treatment is rich in essential fatty acids, active vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including Evening Primrose oil, Seaweed, Perilla Seed oil and Avocado oil to help moisturise and soothe the delicate skin around the eyes.  Squalane, Jojoba Esters and Aloe Vera provide instant hydration for dry, delicate and sensitive skin. Baicalin, Green Algae and Tara Bush are added for their powerful anti-ageing results. Made without essential oils, this unscented certified organic Eye Cream is suitable for sensitive skin and allergy sufferers. It’s actually quite lightweight and easily absorbed on application.

Available at Green People

Avène Soothing Eye Contour Cream, RRP £10.00

A light and soothing eye contour cream designed for hypersensitive skin. This gentle eye cream for hypersensitive skin helps reduce the appearance of under-eye puffiness. It intensely moisturises the delicate under-eye skin while providing antioxidant protection. Ophthalmologist-tested it contains Dextran Sulfate to decongest and soothe puffy skin around the eyes, Bisabolol to help protect the eye contour, Moisturising Agents to leave the eye contour area soothed and hydrated and Avène Thermal Spring Water which is a unique, anti-irritating active with soothing properties that leave the skin feeling soothed, supple and soft.

Available at Look Fantastic

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