The votes are in!
— Krissy (@Krissy90220) November 2, 2016
When it came down to eye creams and face moisturizers you guys casted your votes and eye creams was the declared winner of this here blog post!
I think this is my first eye cream round-up. I’ve mentioned some here and there but this is the first comprehensive feature of some my favorites. I was a latecomer when it came to incorporating eye creams and treatments into my skincare routine and didn’t start taking them seriously until I attended school for skin care. I thought it was one of those products I would use later, like in my 30’s or 40’s. I told my instructor and she laughed. The truth was I should have been using eye creams years before.
“You should have a grown-up skincare routine in your early 20’s to be proactive not reactive because the inevitable is going to happen” is what my instructor would say and she was right.
We’re all going to age, some more graceful than others but we’re all going to age. Most women start notice the first signs of aging in their early to mid 20’s – fine lines under the eyes, frown lines around your beautiful smile, and don’t get me started on “turn up” skin. That dull lifeless skin you get after too much fun, alcohol, and surrounded by smoke. It’s so bad companies are creating skincare products specifically for those with party skin. Although I have a great skincare routine in general, I personally up if not double up on my skincare routine when I plan on having extra fun. That means 2 layers of eye cream (alcohol is dehydrating) and always keep a tube, sphere, or pot of lip balm handy to apply prior to lighting up.
So why do you need eye creams and treatments
- The skin of the eye area is thin and delicate
- Has a minimal amount of oil glands
What to look for when buying an eye cream or treatment
- Hydrating ingredients
- Vitamins that combat darkness like vitamin K
- Skin plumping peptides
- Free of ingredients that could cause milia, breakouts, or clogging to the area
Let’s chat about my favorites; new, old, and must-haves that stay in rotation
- Roll-on with massaging beads
- Oat kernal extract to soothe
- Lots of active lifting ingredients
Is it an essence? Is it an eye cream? It’s magical hybrid of both rolled into a single product. When I first tried this eye care essence I didn’t know what to expect because it’s in a tube, has a gel/ oil formula, metal rollers. It’s so convenient to use you’ll naturally get in the habit of using it daily. Simply click the bottom of the tube and apply it directly to the skin using the rollers. I personally don’t massage the product in with my fingers after directly applying it because I don’t care that it doesn’t “dry-down” I want my skin to absorb as much product as it can. Then I apply my moisturizer and/ or primer for makeup.
- Cools on contact
- Known to be used on top of makeup
I know a nice amount of beauty bloggers that keep a stick of this eye treatment in their bags or drawers at work. It’s really an underground favorite. It’s small in size but big on power! This is another one in a tube so you don’t have to expose your product to the air much and it makes it easy to apply. You get this immediate burst of coolness and hydration and it doesn’t feel heavy. Great if you’re new to using eye treatments and prefer a thin texture.
- Blue tint to brighten
- Blue algae
- Hyaluronic acid
You can’t miss this glass-potted blue-tinged eye cream. It’s screams HYDRATION! It Cosmetics is the millennial anti-aging brand and they never disappoint. I like to apply half a pea sized dollop to my ring finger and lightly tap it into my eye area (under eye and brow bone, all of that). This one does a great job with hydration, brightening, and dark circles. It even contains caffeine for circulation and vitamin c for the darkness. The blue tint is cute but doesn’t do much since I’m a brown girl. I don’t think it helps nearly as much all the other amazing ingredients.
- Cream serum formula
- Haloxyl decreases dark circles and puffiness
- Matrixyl 3000 peptide
I love the packaging and pump dispenser on this one and was recently added to the rotation. I wore it exclusively for a few weeks and got the most comments about my skin improving. This serum has a nice creamy texture and absorbs quickly but it still very much so feels like a traditional cream and less like the serum consistency I was expecting but I don’t expect anyone would take issue with it. It doesn’t have the same cooling effect as the others I mentioned; it’s not in the formula or packaging. I think if the bottle was glass instead of plastic it would feel cooler in temperature but you can and should always toss your creams in the fridge.