I’ve never used eye cream. It’s often the product I tell people they can easily leave out of their skincare routines. The skin around the eye area is thinner, but creams and serums nowadays are so sophisticated that many experts tell me they are fine to use around the orbital bone.
But while eye creams are still popular products in the UK, in a chat with Alexia Inge, co-founder of beauty retailer Cult Beauty, she explained that there has been a real move away from ‘matchy-matchy’ skincare routines. That is, a serum, face cream and eye cream ‘set’, all from the same brand.
Instead, her customers have been buying eye creams that deliver results tailored to their specific concern. So if you have dry skin, a hydrating eye cream with a gel consistency may help. But if it’s fine lines you want to tackle, products with wrinkle-smoothing ingredients such as retinol have been popular.
And after years of not using any eye creams, I’ve found a few I absolutely love. The first is Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Line Erasing Eye Cream. Although retinol is a strong ingredient to use around the eye area, here it is cushioned by soothing ceramides that act like a buffer – and the result is a smoothing effect for lines and wrinkles.
While that’s not my primary concern, dark circles certainly are, and this cream contains the brightening ingredient niacinamide. I’ve been really impressed by it, and love the airless pump that dispenses just the right amount for each application.
If you’re a fan of Estée Lauder’s best-selling Advanced Night Repair Serum (I keep one on my bedside table, it’s that good) then you must try the Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix. The cooling steel applicator is excellent for de-puffing the eye area, and the cream is packed full of amino acids and hyaluronic acid for firming.
The other eye cream I’ve been loving is the Equilibrium Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm by Hourglass. At £92 it is very expensive, but a little of the thick, gel-like balm goes a long way.
I’ve been using it in the mornings to make my under-eyes appear more hydrated and fresh, and the balm consistency sinks in straight away, so it is a good base for make-up. In fact, I’d quite like a full-face version please, Hourglass – which I think, for an eye cream, is the ultimate stamp of approval.