Do you need an eye cream?
Where do you stand when it comes to eye creams? Most beauty lovers will have a cleanser, toner, moisturise regime down pat, probably including a serum and some treatments from time to time. Many will use an eye cream as well, but they are one of the more polarising products out there. While some people swear by them as a way to banish wrinkles and smooth crows’ feet, others insist they are a waste of money.
The consensus used to be that the skin around the eye is a lot more delicate than elsewhere on the face, which is why a special product is needed for it. Some beauty experts stand by that, others insist there is no reason a moisturiser designed for your face will do anything bad to your eye area.
We have a slightly different way of looking at this. If you find your serum or moisturiser works well around your eyes and you don’t want to splash out on something separate, then go with it. But if you have sensitive skin you might find your eyes don’t deal with having heavy products near them – they’ll start running or go red. If that’s the case then you probably do need a different cream.
Alongside that, it’s worth remembering that the skin around the eyes is susceptible to a lot of issues. We’re talking about dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, dehydration – you name it, this is where any skin issue will show. Many companies have woken up to this as well, which is why a new crop of products target eye-specific concerns. Here are our pick of the crop.
Alpha-H Absolute Eye Cream SPF15
This is different to many others because it has sun protection in it. Because the skin around the eye is thin it is prone to age spots, especially as most people don’t apply SPF in that area. Just have a think about when you last did and you’ll see our point.
Elizabeth Arden Flawless Future Ceramide Eye Gel
This is designed for people who are in their 20s, so don’t need a heavy duty anti-ageing solution. It’s a thin gel and is meant as a preventative step to help your skin look fresh and fight the signs of fatigue.
Benefit's Puff Off eye gel
Puffiness is one of the biggest complaints of the eye area, and that is what this cooling gel was created to combat. It feels calming when you apply it, helped in part by the iron-shaped tip which you use to massage it in.
Vichy Aqualia Awakening Eye Balm
The company’s Aqualia Thermal Serum caused a stir when it came out and this is the new product in the range. Like the serum it’s especially for people who have dehydration around the eyes – it’s another gel which smooths the whole area and keeps it moisturised all day.
Dior Hydra Life Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Crème
If you want something under your eyes but don’t like a thick cream, try this. It’s light and super quick to sink in, so it’s also the one for people who want to streamline their beauty routine.