Eye cream is one crucial ingredient to staying bright-eyed (despite the debauchery that may or may not have taken place the night before). These new treatments have outstanding ingredients or unique applicators that set them apart. With this type of technology at hand, you'll never have to worry about puffy, dark, or crinkly under eyes again.
Walking down the beauty aisle, there is a cream for almost every body part: hands, neck, and derriere. But to cut down on clutter (and cost), make these area-specific products do double-duty. Take eye cream, for instance. Did you know you can use it on more than just under your eyes? Get two new ways to wear eye cream when you read on.
Chances are you haven't been getting the full benefits of your eye cream. Even though it's touted for its effectiveness at eliminating under-eye circles and puffy eyes, there are other woes that can be cured with a swipe of eye cream. Find out how to maximize your application method (and find the right formula for you) after the jump.
Preparation: Picking Your Perfect Product
First, determine your primary concern: dark circles, crow's feet, or puffiness. For wrinkle prevention, reach for a night cream with retinol or antioxidants. We like Ole Henrikson Truth Is in the Eyes ($42). If tired, swollen eyes are your issue, then seek out a gel with a cooling roller ball and tightening ingredients like caffeine; StriVectin Tightening Eye Serum ($69) does the job nicely. Looking to divert attention from fine lines? Try an eye cream with illuminating particles and vitamin K. Try Skyn Iceland Eye Relief Pen ($20).
Pull Off the Application
- You only need a pea-sized dollop for both eyes. Apply every morning and night after your moisturizer.
- Be gentle! The skin around the eye is very sensitive. Use your ring finger to dab the cream along the orbital bone (also known as the eye contour). That means under the eye to the cheekbone, at the outer corners, and underneath the brows. Move in a circular fashion, and don't press too hard.
- If crow's feet are a concern, then make sure to get into the crevices at the corners.
- Don't forget the eyelids, either. This will create a smooth foundation for your eye makeup and stave off droopy lids.
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It's normal for your eyes to look a little swollen first thing in the morning. But drinking alcohol, eating salty foods, allergies, and watching The Notebook can produce bigger bags that stick around for a few hours. Here's how to get rid of them fast.
Dried-out skin under your eyes isn't pretty, but it's a reality for a lot of us. The only thing that really helps is a moisture-trapping hydrator, which is why we've been using KTO Vitality Rose & Cucumber eye cream ($30). The primary ingredient is pure vegetable glycerin, which packs a hydrating punch and helps keep the moisture around, too, and the cream also has aloe, shea butter, jojoba, and a host of other excellent oils and soothers. It makes the little lines we get around our eyes from the in-office dry heat vanish completely, and after we put it on, our skin just feels a lot more comfortable, too.
And if you're wondering about the naturalness of the product, most of the ingredients are certified organic, and it's free of artificial preservatives, parabens, and sulfates. Plus, the price point is extremely reasonable for a product that works as well or better than some $80 products we've tried. All around an excellent bet if the windows to your soul are looking a little down at heel.
In the spoofy song, "The 12 Pains of Christmas," the singer explores all sorts of holiday-related issues: hangovers (which we have you covered on), rigging up the lights, and batteries-not-included — just to name a few. But one thing he doesn't mention is the puffy, tired-looking eyes that often come from not just overdoing it with rich foods and a packed schedule, but flying, as well. While the exclusion was probably just an oversight, it turns out puffy eyes don't have to be such a problem, after all. Luckily, it's an easy cure:
- Step one: "I think the best thing is to use cool, cloth compresses," explains celebrity dermatologist Dr. Harold Lancer. He recommends applying them for about a minute or two and then repeating after about an hour.
- Step two: Then, apply a touch of eye cream with hyaluronic acid in it, and it's as easy as that.
Not sure where to start or what to get when it comes to high-end skin care products? Team Bella has tried out lots of luxe skin care items over the years, and here are a few of our favorites. Some are slightly more reasonably priced than others, but all deliver luxurious results.
After discovering more than two gray hairs near my temples, lately, I've been paying a bit more attention to antiaging skin care. Arbonne's RE9 Advanced line, which consists of 11 products, is paraben-free and supposedly, you'll see results in 24 hours. I tried a few products out from the packaged-in-orange line, so to find out more about which item I liked most, just keep reading.
DrSugar is in the house! This week she's answering a question about treating wrinkles.
I have noticed the fine lines around my eyes becoming not so fine. I know it is just basic aging, but I would like to slow the process down. My sister said to put petroleum jelly (she uses Aquaphor) around my eyes at night. I've never used an eye cream before and am not really a fan of petroleum jelly — it just doesn't seem like a good idea to put a petroleum product on my skin, especially by my eyes. Is it safe? Will my body absorb dangerous chemicals?
— Concerned About Chemicals
I’m going to admit that I had to do some reconnaissance in my local drugstore to research this question. This research involved reading the labels of both regular petroleum jelly and Aquaphor (a Eucerin product). I also did the inevitable Google search for "Aquaphor" and for "fine lines and wrinkles." As a woman in her early 30s, this question interested me a bit personally as, like the reader, I am definitely noticing some little lines and crevices on my face! To learn more about the aging process and if you should be treating it with Vaseline, keep on reading.
I've been using Aveda's Tourmaline Charged Eye Cream ($32) on-and-off for several years; and recently, our love affair is back on, and here's why. The antioxidant-laden eye cream, which is more like a soft, easy-to-spread gel emulsion, never pills up on you or feels greasy. It simply just sinks right into the skin, creating a subtle luminosity under the eyes, which thanks to its smooth texture, wears nicely under concealer or foundation.
Whenever a beauty product costs more than $20, I think twice before making the purchase, and at $32, this eye cream isn't cheap, but since it tends to last me well over six months, I have no qualms about forking over my cash at the register. While Aveda claims this product reduces puffiness, I can't say I've noticed a big difference, and while the cream doesn't fade my dark circles, it does create a light-reflecting glow around the eyes. If you're looking for a lightly moisturizing way to perk up tired eyes, you might just want to eye this cream up.