I often get asked my thoughts on eye creams: are they an essential part of a beauty routine or a waste of money? My answer is always ‘It depends’. If your eye cream contains the same ingredients as your moisturiser, I’d advise you to save your pennies and use your moisturiser around your eye area too (unless it’s particularly sensitive and your daily hydrator is very rich). If you are looking for an eye cream to tackle specific issues, such as puffiness, redness or lines, then by all means go ahead and get an eye cream specifically created for those needs.
I have always used eye cream. I actually asked for one as a present for my 18th birthday (yes, I kid you not - I was already worried about ageing in my teens…), however, after years of using eye creams, I recently decided to stop for six months to see if it made any difference. And oh yes it did.
Whilst I didn’t suddenly become engulfed by wrinkles, my eye area certainly looked a little more tired, a little less elastic and a bit puffier, which was all enough to make me start using eye cream again.
I spent a few months trying and testing a variety of eye creams and these 8 (all of which come in reusable, recyclable and sustainably packaging) have all come up trumps, for quality, needs, age and pockets.
B. Corporation certified and truly sustainable are just two of many reasons why I love Beauty Kitchen (and why you get not one but two of their eye creams reviewed in this article). Their Abyssinian Oil Eye and Deep Line Super Serum (a bargain at £15 for 30ml) is packed with Abyssinian oil and omegas 3, 6 and 9 to smooth, firm and hydrate the delicate eye area. Apply this rich serum morning and night for maximum hydration and smoothness. It’s fragrance free too, so perfect for those sensitive to scents. Beauty Kitchen will also refill your bottle once the product has run out. Simply return to your local Holland & Barrett and they will wash and refill (or reuse if you are not buying the product again) your bottle. You can also do so by post, or if you live in London you can do a DIY refill at Boots in Covent Garden.
Created for those in their 50s and 60s (but fantastic for younger and older skin in my opinion) B. Nourished Eye Cream (£13.99 for 15ml) is light yet extremely nourishing and hydrating thanks to hyaluronic acid. Another winner in Superdrug’s B. range, that can rival much more expensive eye creams.
D’Alchemy Age-Delay Eye Concentrate (£42.80 for 15ml) is a rich and luxurious eye cream for mature skin with a delicate rose fragrance. You only need a tiny bit of this hardworking product, which is packed with argan, linseed and musk rose oils, to see results in 3-4 weeks.
Two in One: Anti-Ageing and De-Puffing
Deciem Hylamide SubQ Eyes Advanced Serum (£17 for 15ml) tackles puffiness, under eye wrinkles and crow’s feet. The serum formula absorbs really quickly and works well as a base for makeup too. Vegan Society approved Tropic Eye Work Rejuvenating Serum (£28 for 10ml) is packed with vitamin C, coffee cherry extracts and hibiscus peptide to smooth the eye area, de-puff it and tackle pigmentation. For extra results, pop it into the fridge for half an hour before using.
Brightening and Firming
8 hour sleep in a bottle: award winning fragrance free Beauty Kitchen Seahorse Plankton and Bright Eyes Serum (£20 for 30ml) is a great pick me up that uses micro algae, seaweed, caffeine and probiotics to brighten, lift and smooth the eye area. If ‘heavy eyes’ are your problem, this ultra-light serum is what you need.
I have to admit that I was a little bit concerned about using a balm on the delicate eye area, as I feared it might be a little too heavy, but I was very wrong. Tropic Eye Dream Age-Defying Overnight Butterbalm (£38 for 15ml) is indeed a dream. You only apply a thin later of this rich balm before going to bed, and voila, in the morning your eye area looks and feels much smoother, soothed and moisturised. This balm will really make a difference for those with a dry to very dry eye contour, lacking elasticity, mature skin and for those living in cold climates. I tested it soon after the end of my ‘no eye cream hiatus’, and it made a difference from the first application.
Hydration for Younger Skin
Newly launched brand Skin Academy Zero, by Skin Academy, has created a lovely and very hydrating eye cream for younger skin, Skin Academy Zero 100% Natural Eye Cream (priced between £9.99-£12.99). Although it contains shea butter and coconut oil, which whilst very moisturising can be very rich, this eye cream is as light as a feather and absorbs in seconds. Its tube is made using sustainably sourced sugarcane ethanol and is fully recyclable.