Eye Creams That Work

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My Alex Edit of eye creams I’d recommend to tackle different under eye skin concerns. These are eye creams that actually work. The skin around our eyes is thin and can get dry quicker especially with the constant friciton from face coverings and the growing number of hours we spend on Zoom.

When it comes to choosing an eye cream there isn’t one that suits all. It really depends on the concern you are looking to treat. This could be hydration, depuffing, reducing fine lines or dark circles. I will say though, when it comes to dealing with dark circles you need to hedge your expectations. The ability for any product to help diminish dark circles depends on the cause of them in the first place. If they are genetic, there is only so far a topical product can be of help.

You also need to look at the type of under eye circles you have. Are they red? This is usually caused by inflammation or allergies. I tend to get this the most. Are they blue? This is due to low microcirculation often caused by drinking the night before or lack of sleep. Are they brown? This tends to be genetic but can also be caused by excessive sun exposure. It’s almost like hyperpigmentation under the eyes.

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Estee Lauder ANR Eye Cream*

With the ANR serum being my forever product, the eye cream is no exception. This is my go-to and offers continuous hydration alongside all the skin repairing and protection you need – including against blue light. I like to apply a generous layer of this under my eyes, almost like a mask, it has served me well for many years and I always recommend it.

Estee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Eye Serum*

A new launch in the Estee Lauder range. This super lightweight eye serum packs a punch with ingredients to smooth, hydrate and soothe the eye area. It also comes with a great massaging tool to cool and reduce puffiness. 

La Mer Eye Concentrate*

Whilst I love La Mer’s iconic Lifting Eye Serum, their new Eye Concentrate is beautiful. Despite its luxe, heavy texture it feels creamy and light on the skin. It really restores the eye area and relieves skin that’s been hit by cold, dry air. Again, this one comes with a massaging tool. I’m enjoying using these and find they make such a difference to boost micro-circulation and de-puff.

Biossance Squalane + Marine Algae Eye Cream*

This is quite a rich eye cream that melts nicely into the skin delivering hydration whilst smoothing and firming around the eye area. The squalane in this formulation helps to promote elasticity in the skin and the marine algae extract aids in lifting and reducing fine lines. If you’re looking to begin with an anti-aging eye cream this is a great one to start with.

Murad Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector*

A new launch from Murad, with hero ingredient vitamin C to brighten dark circles. If you’ve read my Vitamin C Edit you’ll know that I stress the importance of a stable vitamin C formulation. And this is definitely one, stabilised with gold and in an airtight pump to avoid oxidation. It penetrates the skin at the right rate with a low risk of irritation and includes two different algae extracts to soothe and hydrate skin around the eye area.

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream*

Another anti-aging eye cream upgrade for your 30s and beyond. Whilst no cream is going to be able to erase crow’s feet or deep wrinkles, this Shiseido formulation really packs a punch. It has this medium creamy texture with a velvety feel that’s not too heavy on the skin but offers this smoothing, plumping and nourishing layer for your delicate eye area. Brilliant for hydrating and bringing radiance back. 

Sisley Black Rose Eye Contour Fluid*

One of my favourites to revive and refresh the eye area. You’ve got Black Rose to smooth and soften, vitamin E and shea oil to add that protective nourishing layer and Red Vine and Chlorella extracts to brighten and illuminate. I adore the ceramic applicator – you just press and the product comes out. It glides easily around your eye contour and feels amazingly cooling on the skin aiding in depuffing for morning or night.