Favorites: Eye Creams That Do It All
Can you ever have too many eye creams? That’s like asking if you can ever have too many stilettos. Answer: NO.
I’ve been using eye cream since about 13-years-old. I’ve always been obsessed with beauty products, so adding eye cream to my beauty routine felt mature – like mom – and well-rounded. Although, thankfully, my application and technique has gotten better with age: I went from applying sporadically and haphazardly rubbing it on to diligently using every morning and night with a light finger tapping (ring finger as it is the most gentle) from inner to outer corners of my eye. Over the years, I have perfected my application technique, and I can even be caught applying multiple times during the day if the area around my eye feels too dry or cracked.
So, you see, I am of the school of thought that you can never have too many eye creams… and you can’t really apply too often. I like to have at least three different eye creams chilling in my beauty cabinet at all times, plus another one in the fridge. I usually change it up daily and then put them all on rotation, sometimes even layering. And, I’ve gotta say, the preventative measures have really worked. Sure, I have a few fine lines (I mean, I’m no longer in my 20s, so it’s to be expected), but my eye area is looking good.
Here are some of my favorite eye creams that do it all:
Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream ($18) – Hyaluronic acid is one of the best anti-aging ingredients around, not to mention that it helps retain moisture and plumps the area. This cream isn’t very thick, but it gives immediate glowing results. It’s one of my staples.
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Eye Cream ($42) – I’ve only recently discovered this one, but I absolutely love it and have already restocked. It’s not thick, but it’s not liquidy either. It provides the perfect amount of moisture, thanks to hyaluronic acid and the Super 7 Complex, to the eye area for instant, noticeable results.
Simple Revitalizing Eye Roll-On ($8) – Oh, how I love the feeling of a cold roll-on when I’m exhausted. This drugstore find is always on-call, just a few steps away, kept in my fridge for increased cooling effect. It’s ideal for waking up tired eyes and decreasing puffiness. Massage the remaining serum onto the skin for instant awakening effects. Don’t be afraid to layer your formulas for optimal results. I follow this up with a creamier eye cream like Sunday Riley (below) or Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve (above).
Sunday Riley Start Over Active Eye Cream ($85) – Yes, it’s expensive but a little goes a long way so it lasts forever. And it really works. This is another cream that I constantly keep stocked, as it works wonders on dark circles and puffiness. Great for mornings after one too many vodkas and right before getting ready for an evening out when you want to look alive and youthful in an instant!
Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($29) – This stuff is deliciously creamy but has a unique way of absorbing into the skin without getting into your eyes or leaving behind a residue. I love how awake and dewy it makes my eye area appear without ever creating any milia (which is a common problem I run across with eye creams that are on the creamier side).
Peter Thomas Roth Laser-Free Resurfacing Eye Serum ($58) – I have long been a fan of this gel-like eye serum. It renews and repairs the eye area while improving puffiness and wrinkles. Plus, Dragon’s Blood, the potent namesake ingredient, instantly awakens tired eyes. *Because this formula has a gel consistency, this too can be kept in the fridge for increased awakening and de-puffing results.
Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Eye Cream ($48) – This all-natural eye cream is major: Its ingredients brighten while diminishing dark circles and puffiness. Plus, it’s rather nourishing so it works on fine lines and wrinkles, but without being thick and greasy. I use this constantly, especially when my skin appears sallow.
TIP: Use a dab of eye cream around your mouth to help with tiny lines. Since the skin around the mouth area is delicate like the skin around the eyes, eye cream actually acts as a perfect moisturizer and, in some cases, plumper for this wrinkle-prone area.
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