Eye cream under the microscope
To eye cream or not to eye cream, that is the big beauty question. While some are devotees of products dedicated to the undereye area, others just don't see the point. The argument is that the skin in that area is so delicate that something special needs to be used to treat it, plus who doesn't want a magic potion to whisk away fine line, puffiness and the dreaded dark circles?
Detractors will tell you that no cream, no matter how many antioxidants it's stuffed with, will banish dark circles. Unfortunately that's partly true, as for many of us the unsightly shading is caused by age and genetics. Obviously if yours are down to a calendar stuffed with late nights and not enough fruit and veg you might have a hope, but again a cream probably isn't the answer.
Whether you decide to use an eye product depends a great deal on your skin type. Those with sensitive skin will probably find they need something specially suited to the area - normal moisturisers will be too heavy and will likely cause irritation, or, worse, stop your make-up staying in place.
If you don't have particularly sensitive skin you'll likely find your normal moisturiser will suffice.
However, when eye creams come into their own is when you have a particular issue you want to attack. For many this is the slightly droopy look which comes with age - after all, a tight undereye area is one of the quickest ways to make your face look more youthful. REN's new Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift was created with this in mind and works on a couple of levels. Firstly it has light reflective particles in it which help make the whole area look brighter, plus there are ingredients to help with puffiness which also leave the under eye lifted and looking firmer almost straight away.
If fine lines are your nemesis, take a look at La Roche-Posay Redermic [R] Eyes. This is something a bit special, because it's an eye cream which has been formulated with retinol - the best ingredient for anti-ageing but which is usually too strong for sensitive skins. It contains 0.2 per cent Retinol plus a booster ingredient to help it work better, and caffeine, which will tighten things and improve the look of dark circles. As with all retinol products you might get a bit of flaking with this, so try using every other day to begin with.
Looking for a splurge? SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel could be the one. This has received rave reviews, particularly for the way it helps brighten dark circles and leaves the whole area hydrated. For anyone who's ever suffered crusty under-eye make-up, this could just be a must have.