Look after the skin under and around your eyes. It’s the key beauty rule, and one that I know I at least, so often forget to follow. The delicate eye area skin ages first. It’s fragile, and needs a lot of TLC if it’s to make it through life without developing bags, puffiness, lines, wrinkles, droopiness, etc.
Yep, our eye area gets a hard time of it.
There are so many eyecare products on the market, it’s impossible to recommend just four. But I am going to do just that here and now, with four products that have landed on my desk of late, one of them one of my all-time favourite eye creams.
So, let’s start with 1. Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream (£33). I love this product. It melts into the skin, it hydrates, it creates a perfect base for concealer, and it just works so well. It contains Bobbi’s signature Enriched Mineral Water Blend to hydrate, balance and revive skin, along with Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel extract for comfort, Jojoba Seed, Avocado Oil, and Squalane to condition. It smells like old-school skincare and it’s a simple eye cream that does its job.
If you fancy a sheet mask for under the eyes then look no further than the 2. Beauty Pro Eye Therapy Under Eye Mask with Collagen & Green Tea (£4.95, beautypro.com). It’s cheap and cheerful, and feels lovely. The hydro gel patches are formulated with anti-ageing marine based collagen, combined with Green Tea, Aloe Vera and Vitamins A & E. It really helps if you have tired, puffy or swollen eyes, and works on dark circles too. I used this after a five-nights out in a row binge, and it made my eye area feel and look a whole lot better.
The Katharine Daniels Instant Effect Eye Mask, £58 for four, katherinedanielscosmetics.com (3.) is a salon strength eye mask, and has a salon price too. It will cost you £58 for a pack of four of these, but they work to plump, smooth, hydrate, form and revitalise the eye area in an instant, and I have to admit they did feel great on. The ingredients are sealed separately from the pre-cut dry masks. You released the activation liquid into the masks, and then apply them. It sounds more complicated than it is, trust me!
These are great for special occasions, and when your under-eye area needs a boost. They contains Sea Kelp, a specialised Mineral Complex of Calcium and Sodium, and Hyaluronic Acid. You leave these one for 20 minutes, so a great one to do for a treat.
Finally, 4. Algenist Elevate Firming & Lifting Contouring Eye Cream (£56, Space NK) which I haven’t tried yet. I am intrigued by this brand, I’ve enjoyed most of their products I have tried, and this one promises a lot. It contains Alguronic Acid + ProPeptide3 which combine to help hydrate the area around the eyes, visibly lift the upper eyelid, and visibly strengthen skin density and elasticity.
Optical diffusers blur imperfections and brighten the eye area for a smooth and youthful look. It’s definitely offering more than a run of the mill eye cream, in the way of anti-ageing qualities. You can use it day and night, but I would be inclined to add this to my evening routine.