Love it or Leave
It: Eye Creams
Hope in a jar doesn’t come cheap for those looking
to repair and protect the delicate skin around their
eyes. From dark circles to fine lines to under
eye puffiness, there are a bevy of products that promise
to turn back the clock, or stop it all together. But,
only a handful of eye creams deliver on their promises
to rejuvenate under eye skin.
The Eyes Have It from Prescribed Solutions
($90 at prescribedsolutions.com)
made us eye cream believers. Once applied, the Vitamin
K formula imparts a faint shimmer that instantly lends
the appearance of brighter eyes. And, within just days,
the skin under our eyes was firmer and our under eye
puffiness was visibly reduced. This product’s
promise to reduce puffiness, dark circles, and crow’s
feet actually rings true.
Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse eye cream from Neutrogena,
($19.99 at your local drugstore) boasts a fresh scent
and a lightweight formula that we loved. However, perhaps
because of the fragrance in the product, the eye cream
made our eyes water and left us crying for something
r3p eye from Dr. Brandt Skincare ($80
rich in peptides and Vitamins A, C & E, has a clean,
fresh scent and is absorbed immediately in to the delicate
skin around eyes. Fine lines are softened and after
a few days of use, under eye circles are greatly diminished.
Plus, we loved the rich, yet surprisingly non-greasy,
Active Botanical Eye Creme and Firming
Eye Revitalizer from Seven Skincare ($32 for the
active botanical eye cream and $32 for the firming eye
revitalizer at sevenskincare.com)
promises to work in tandem to combat key concerns including
fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness. Unfortunately,
the Revitalizer and Creme irritated the skin under our
eyes so we had to discontinue use immediately.
Somme Eye Contour from Somme Institute
($72 at sommeinstitute.com)
is a lightweight, moisturizing cream with a gentle scent.
The non-comedogenic formula is ideal for oily/problem
skin. Best of all, the product delivered on its promise
to hydrate and contour while reducing the appearance
of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. And it is
gentle enough for daily use!
We wanted to love Age Reversal Pomegranate Eye Serum
from Organics Desert Essence ($14.99
at whole foods and natural health food stores) because
of its biodegradable packaging and its promise to improve
skin tone and firmness. Unfortunately, the “warming
effect” this product delivers is more akin to
the sting of summer sunburn than the comfort of a warm
eye pillow. Plus, it leaves behind an unwelcome oily
Love it bargain!
Purist Naturals Ginkgo Eye Cream is a thicker-than-serum,
lighter-than-lotion eye cream that goes on smooth to
reduce puffiness and moisturizes to smooth fine lines.
This fix-all cream also does well reducing dark circles
and helping tired eyes appear rejuvenated. What’s
more, the cream leaves behind no hint of oil or shine
but does lend a sweet botanical scent. For a measly
$10.99 at Sally Beauty Stores, this product is well
worth its price.