Saturday, 18 April 2015

#AtoZChallenge: Pretty Peepers: Do you NEED an Eye Cream?

do you need an eye cream

Ask the nearest person to you what comes to mind when they think of a youthful appearance. Go on, I’ll wait.

Got your answers?

Hands up if ‘young, vibrant, fresh looking eyes’ came up!

The skin around our eyes is so delicate that it’s the first area to show signs of ageing. Free-radical and environmental damage speeds up the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles too! I’m all for growing old gracefully, but if there’s anything I can do to make the transition as smooth and as slow as possible, I’m game!

I use an eye cream religiously morning and night. They’re great little things than can cover, conceal and heal an array of eye-woes. From brightening to tightening, lifting an de-puffing, there’s an eye cream out there for all concerns. But are you using the right eye cream…and are you using it correctly?

Choosing the right eye-cream

I never stick to a brand I know, I’m always trying something new and rummaging around the beauty counters for the next holy grail product. There are so many eye creams out there now that range from single-concerns to multi-functional products, so read the labels, ask the consultants and have a look at your eyes and note down your concerns. Dark, puffy circles around your eyes? You need a hydrating, de-puffing, cooling eye gel. Dry, tired looking eyes? You need a hydration boost with highlighting properties. Shop around, pick up samples, search online for reviews. 

Though it’s almost ran out, Liz Earles Daily Eye Repair has been my go-to, with it’s SPF10 mineral sunscreen, skin loving vitamin E and light-reflecting particles, it gives my eyes that ‘8 hours beauty sleep’ look even if I didn’t come close to getting it! 

Lately, I’ve been loving Simples Kind to Eyes Soothing Eye Balm (£3.99) as my evening eye cream. It reduces puffiness before it even starts, relaxing tired eyes after a long day and hydrating them throughout the night. 

Applying an eye-cream

As with any and all skincare products, always apply to a properly cleansed face. make sure you’ve gently removed every last trace of make up and your skin is squeaky clean and patted dry. Always apply your eye cream first. I never did this until about a year ago and the difference is eye-opening

The skin around the eyes is very thin so easily and quickly absorbs. You want to take advantage of this by applying your eye cream before anything else, then avoid putting any further serums, moisturisers or treatments anywhere near your eyes. That skin is thin so you don’t want to over-do it!

If you’re applying with your fingers, less is more. Build it up slowly and only apply it with your ring finger. This is the lightest of the fingers, so apply in feather-light touches, dabbing around the eye. Don’t rub or smear it in, go lightly and slowly. Dragging and pulling the skin around the eyes will cause fine lines and wrinkles to appear!

Go big or go home?

There really is an eye cream out there for every budget. But I’ve got to admit, I don’t think I’ve ever used one that’s cost more than £20. The reason for this? I’ve never felt I’ve needed to. I’ve tried higher end samples that have been a joy to use but have never managed to give me something a lower priced alternative hasn’t. I’m in no way against trying something a little pricier, and I do believe you get what you pay for, but with so many out there now, it’s easy than ever to find a more purse-friendly product that will leave you looking all bright eyed and bushy tailed!

Do you use an eye cream? 

Until next time,


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