I’ve had quite an adventure with eye creams: there was the saga with the Clinique one and the bumps, the expensive Apot.Care bought as an emergency solution and a few more besides. While St Paula reckons eye creams are a bit of a stiff, I do think there’s some truth to using a specialised cream around your eyes. The skin there is thinner, with less sebaceous glands (the ones that produce oil), so it is often drier and more likely to have a compromised moisture barrier. There’s also less collagen and elastin in the skin (the stuff that keeps it supple and maintains structure), which is why you get laugh lines and frown lines and all that showing up sooner rather than later.
I’m on the fence about embracing signs of aging: I wrote a breakup letter to my grey hair a few months back, but to be fair I’m too lazy to maintain the colour and now I’m rather enjoying my witchy streaks. I’m not too into the idea of wrinkles around my eyes, though, so I’m trying to use eye cream regularly. I bought the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream when I visited the new Bobbi Brown counter at Queensgate a few months back (read about it here), and it’s pretty dope.
Before we go too much further, I should say this. No, you don’t need to spend this much money on an eye cream. It’s $85 for 15ml. There are cheaper ones – I’d be inclined to suggest the Trilogy Eye Contour Cream, which is my Mum’s ride-or-die eye cream and only $49 for 20ml, or Antipodes Kiwi Seed Eye Cream for a thicker cream that’s $58.50. I’m not writing about those ones, though. I’m writing about this one.
The jar touts the cream as including enriched mineral water and aloe vera, as though these are significantly effective ingredients. I doubt this is the case – they seem to have borrowed the idea of enriched water from MAC, and Wikipedia tells me that aloe vera’s effectiveness in skincare is flimsy at best.
The good shit, then, in this eye cream, is the squalane, retinyl palmitate, and hyaluronic acid. You should be well-versed in the benefits of hyaluronic acid by now; if not, familiarise yourself with this post. Retinyl palmitate is a combination of retinol (all-around magical ingredient I’m drafting a post about) and palmitic acid, which makes it a bit more chill on the skin than pure retinol.
Squalane, like hyaluronic acid, is found naturally in the skin. It’s an emollient ingredient which acts as an antioxidant, mimics the natural surface of the skin and prevents water loss. Pairing squalane with HA makes for some pretty positive moisturisation and boosts the skin’s ability to strengthen and repair. In a non-irritating formula like this (around the eyes is probably one of the most important times you want to be using a fragrance-free product), it’s a winning combination.
Do I remember to use this every day? No. Do I see a visible difference when I do? Yes, I believe so. An eye cream isn’t going to solve all your eye-area problems, but it’s a good help, and a damn good habit to get into before you start seeing signs of aging in the area. Seriously. Aging is much easier to prevent than to reverse.
Do you use an eye cream? Which one?