"aaargh, under-eye wrinkles! laughter lines, right? RIGHT?"
This is something i've been pondering for a really long time now and thought i'd weigh in with my thoughts on it. Eye cream. That product hailed as the miracle worker - often most plugged out of all in beauty advertising - has become somewhat of extra effort rather than an actual necessity. I find personally I notice absolutely no difference in whether i'm using an anti-wrinkle eye cream, or an eye brightening cream, or even something like Nanoblur, which seemed to have little to no effect on me. Okay, so you might argue I still have young skin at 23, but i'm not 17, and I know that early to mid twenties is the key time for skin prevention in the future. I do my bit for my skin, I drink pints of water and I eat healthily alongside my skincare routine, but honestly? Eye cream has been something i've tried tons of and noticed absolutely no change at all over the last few years. I'm really starting to wonder if we're all just throwing money down the drain y'know!
When you switch cleansers or moisturisers, your skin reacts and either behaves or misbehaves accordingly. I've switched up eye creams from rollerball applicators to squeezy tube applicators to just plain old in the tub cream and after years of trying - my eyes look exactly the same. I don't think as a nation we'd ever get the real truth from cosmetic companies as to whether or not our so called beloved miracle eye creams actually work or not, because it's of course a whole new product range that beauty companies can sell us.
So i've decided to look into the real core of skin and find out truthfully what the difference between the skin immediately under our eyes to the skin surrounding and leading to our cheeks and forehead is, just to see if these claims made by eye creams can potentially actually work. It is fact that the skin around the eyes is about seven times thinner than the skin on the rest of your face - makes sense right, it's a delicate area. For this reason, it struggles to stay youthful. This is because it's prone to expression lines from your eye movement and also dryness/lack of hydration in that area. But realistically, is an eye cream the answer to these problems? Isn't normal moisturiser good enough?
What I did about 8 months ago, was gave up the eye cream for good. Actually I passed it on to my ma. (She reckons she's had a little change, but nothing dramatic.) Instead I worked on different ways to make my eyes look brighter. See, I have a little problem with lack of sleep (blame Twitter) and lack of finding good concealer (big article on this coming soon paleys) so I need my face to look as crisp and bright as possible, without revealing my sleepy black eyes. I found a couple of really good ways that help and I thought id share them with you. Number one is to try resting cucumber on your eyes for a few minutes. The natural water base of cucumber I found really helped wake up my eye area - and also me, ha!
The best tip came from being inspired after meeting Emma Hardie. She showed me how to massage away wrinkles from the face - as one of the main reasons wrinkles appear is due to muscles not being toned/the blood flow not being awakened - so instead of purchasing an eye cream, get your usual moisturiser and rub it gently around your eye area in circular motions, always rubbing in an upward motion and never a downward.
Honestly though, I think eye cream is a bit of a beauty fraud, and no matter how much expensive stuff we throw on our soft undereye skin, our wrinkles and dark circles will always be there. What do you think? Do you think eye cream is a bit of a fraud or do you think it actually works? Get a bit of a discussion going on TLL! Please leave your thoughts below and let me know if you try the tips!
Disclaimer: Sorry eye creams, I wish we could be friends. Unfortunately for now, i'm putting you on the naughty step of skincare!
Second disclaimer/question: a new direction for TLL in actual coherent articles like this. What do we reckon? If you enjoyed this article let me know in the comments!