You might never leave home in the harsh winter weather without first having applied lashings of moisturiser, but what about eye cream? This can often be forgotten, but it is a great way of giving the sensitive area around your eyes some added protection and is an essential if you want to make an effort to ward off wrinkles and banish dark circles and puffiness. But if you’re an eye cream novice, or you simply fancy a change from your usual brand, the sheer choice out there is enough to make those peepers water. It’s important to at least make an effort to wade through the options, however, as different products are better suited to certain eyes, and there are various benefits on offer depending on the type you choose. To start off your search, here’s a round-up of some of the best beauty buys for reviving, protecting and nourishing your eye area. You might just find one that is perfectly suited for you, or at least get a better idea of where you should look for your next product and what sort of attributes you should be looking out for.
Experts who have tried out the Puff Off eye gel from Benefit, which is £20.25 at Debenhams, have consistently raved about its ability to instantly soothe sore and inflamed eyes and its prowess at reducing the noticeability of fine wrinkles and lines. The handy applicator allows you to ‘iron on’ the gel, leaving your eye area looking smoother and feeling cool, refreshed and very soft. If you’re not yet ready for an ironing, however, the Flawless Future Eye Gel Powered by Ceramide, £35 from Elizabeth Arden, is the ideal choice for securing a smooth future for your eyes. It’s great at immediately minimising the signs of tiredness and stress whilst cooling and nourishing. It will instantly make your eyes seem brighter and bigger and your skin smoother and more youthful than ever. The Flawless Future eye gel, also available for £35 from Harrods and other major stores, is best for you if you are in your 20s and may just be starting to see the first signs of ageing. It’s an antidote to panic and a recipe for, potentially at least, holding back time.
If you’re looking for a great all-round eye cream that promises to do battle with everything from wrinkles and fine lines to dark circles and puffiness, you need to check out All About Eyes from Clinique, available for £26.50 from Boots. It’s an excellent combatant when it comes to the fight against the signs of ageing, tiredness and stress and is also a great primer, smoothing out your complexion and helping to keep your carefully applied make-up where it should be all day. Or what about an eye cream that is make-up in itself? The Resource Anti-Dark Circle Eye Illuminator from Darphin, £39 at Feel Unique, is the perfect tinted product for early-morning use, combating the effects of a late night by smoothly gliding on to create a translucent sheen with an immediate eye-brightening effect. This is just a small glance at some of the best products available, but there are plenty of others to be on the look-out for. Some of our other favourites include the Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream, £25.50 at Boots, the very affordable Garnier Skin Natural Ultra Lift Eye Cream, £9.99 at Tesco, the super-natural Vitamin E Eye Cream from the Body Shop, priced at a reasonable £12, and the Olay Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum, which has been reduced in price from £21.99 to £14.65 at Superdrug.