For the last year I have dedicated an inordinate amount of time to stressing, worrying, and moaning about my eyes. Specifically, the skin underneath my eyes. There’s no getting away from it: I am 30 years old now, and gradually but surely there are fine lines appearing on my face. And nowhere as noticeable and gutting as under my eyes.
When I first started noticing the lines, I frantically tried out all the different eye creams that I could, hoping that one of them would be the miracle cure that would tighten, brighten, firm, smoothe, bla bla bla insert marketing adjectives to infinity. As the months passed and the wrinkles did not, I started changing the way I slept – forcing myself to fall asleep on my back (which I HATE), waking myself up in the night to move if I’d rolled onto my front (which I LOVE). I cranked up the water intake. I ate more vegetables. I started wearing my glasses more to prevent squinting. I did so, so many things that are really, really good for you in general with the sole entire aim of improving the appearance of my under-eyes…and they did squat.
The issue, you see, is not just a couple of lines. That, I could cope with. Nope, my under-eyes make me glare at everyone else the same age as me, because they don’t seem to have this problem. The skin beneath their eyes is not a saggy, flabby, dry mess of thousands of tiny lines. The skin beneath their eyes doesn’t hold on for dear life to any makeup put ANYWHERE near it, with the result that the lines are chock-fulla product and look about two zillion times more apparent.
It sounds so flippant, that products could have appeared that saved my sanity. But, they kind of almost did. Here is a list of the various things I tried in order to minimise the appearance of those lines, to tighten the skin, to MOISTURISE it out of the Sahara deathzone it seemed to be stuck in:
- Clinique’s All About Eyes – perfectly pleasant, did nothing
- Una Brennan Superfacialist’s Neroli Firming Illuminate Eye Cream – fine, did nothing
- La Roche-Posay’s Hydraphase Intense Eyes – alright, quite hydrating, did nothing
- Benefit’s It’s Potent! Eye Cream – stung like a mother, did nothing
- Benefit’s Puff Off Eye Gel – felt nice, did nothing
- Clarins’ Eye Contour Balm – expensive, did nothing
- Eucerin Aquaporin Active Moisturising Eye Cream – felt nice, did nothing
- The Body Shop’s Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream – ok, did a little, not enough
- The Body Shop’s Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel – total placebo, did nothing
- Nuxe’s Reve de Miel – this is an extreme lip balm. LIP BALM. I was desperate. It did nothing.
- Haemorrhoid cream – I’m not kidding. I went there. IT. DID. NOTHING.
The shocking thing is that these are only the things I can remember. I used each one until it ran out, so it’s not like I didn’t give anything a decent shot. I began to be almost accepting of the fact that for the rest of my life I would hate my eyes, and idly wondered if Botox is acceptable in the under-eye area.
But THEN! Then, I stumbled across three products within the space of about two weeks, and together they quite literally Changed My LIFE. Since I began using them, I’ve only had perhaps one day where I’ve stressed about my eyes, and that was a day when I’d had barely any sleep and was starting to get hayfever symptoms, so even that doesn’t really count.
The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Eye Cream
I fully admit that I used to poo-poo The Body Shop’s eye creams, thinking that as they are so cheap relative to bigger brands there was no way they could measure up. The Elderflower Gel thing didn’t get rid of that presumption. However, THIS stuff! It’s almost more of a mousse than a cream – such a light, airy texture that melts into the skin around the eyes and, I’m not kidding, has an instant effect. I’m talking, look in the mirror in the morning and sigh, apply eye cream and BEAM. It feels fresh and beautiful, and it makes my eyes look smooth and radiant and happy. I tend to use it in the mornings, and it hydrates well into the late afternoon. I will never stop using this stuff.
£12.00 at The Body Shop here
Eucerin’s Anti-Age Volume Filler Eye Cream
There’s no getting away from the main downside of this stuff: it stings like a BITCH if you get it actually in your eye. You will cry, and that will wipe away all of the stuff that you actually managed to apply, BUT if you’re not a total clumsy klutz with sausage fingers like me, you’ll be fine. And you should try it anyway, because this cream is genius. I don’t know how it does it, but it actually Does What It Says On The Tin. Volume is injected. Skin is firmer. Skin is quenched. I apply at night, so that there is little to ruin the work that this stuff does, and even though yes, I wake up thinking “maaaan I look rough”, I don’t wake up thinking “WHY AM I EIGHTTYYYYY” any more. Which is excellent.
£22.00 at Boots here
Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Concealer
Helping this area of your face look good isn’t solely down to whatever lotions and potions you use. If you’re applying a super thick, super chalky-finish concealer to ageing eyes, you’re going to be emphasising those wrinkles no matter what. Over the last year or so I have had to gradually swap out a huge number of concealers that I used to love – Maybelline’s Eraser Concealer (holy cow this is HORRENDOUS for wrinkles), Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer (a good Nars dupe but far too heavy and chalky these days), Benefit’s anything (all of them are awful for fine lines), etc etc. I stumbled across this Urban Decay offering as a suggestion on a forum after Googling “best concealer for under-eye wrinkles” and I am SO GLAD that I did. This product, my friends, is my new God. It. Is. BEAUTIFUL. Applied lightly under the eyes, blended in with a slightly damp beauty blender, worshipped for all time. It doesn’t catch on the lines. It doesn’t highlight the wrinkles. It isn’t drying. It doesn’t look fake. It is the exact opposite of these things – natural, light, radiant, gentle, naked. It’s glorious. I’m never going back.
£17.50 at House Of Fraser here
Of course, something else could turn up eventually that is even better than those three, but for now (with my current budget anyway) I’m highly doubting it.