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The one thing my skin routine was lacking was eye cream. I figured my day and nighttime moisturizers would be enough so why spend more money on products that essentially did the same thing? Boy, was I wrong. Eye creams are specially formulated to address the sensitive and delicate skin around the eye area. This area is especially prone to darkness, loss of moisture/dryness and fine lines.
Keep reading for the low down on some of my favorite eye creams to brighten, smooth and hydrate the delicate under eye area>>
While I would use eye creams and patches here and there, the Skinn Cosmetics 30-day Eye Boot Camp is what really sold me on having a solid eye care routine. This three-product set is designed to use morning and evening everyday for 30 days. I decided to try it out and consistently use it day and night for the next 30 days. I was so impressed with the results (I should have taken before and afters!)– the lines around my eyes had softened and the under eye area did not look as dark.
Designed as a four step routine, the AM Serum is applied first during the morning to help increase circulation to the eye area. This lightweight, non-greasy serum features an active clinical complex featuring hydrating niacinamide and tightening caffeine. After the serum is absorbed, the AM/PM Cream is applied to the skin. It contains a firming complex, softens fine lines and wrinkles and reduces dark circles. For the evening, the PM Serum, which features a microalgae and wild rosella extract, is applied to the eye area followed again by the AM/PM Cream.
I believe consistency was definitely key in seeing the best results with this set. The products are packed with ingredients to brighten, lift and smooth eyes and it did just that!
Here are some additional eye creams and products I have tried and recommend as well:
For a brightening and de-puffing quick-fix, I love reaching for the Bolden Awake Under Eye Patch. These patches feature a blend of alpha-arbutin, tranexamic Acid, niacinamide and vitamin C to nourish, brighten, hydrate and de-puff. I love that they instantly brighten eyes and provide longterm effects to soften lines. Bonus tip- Keep them in the refrigerator to increase the cooling and de-puffing effect!
During the day, SPF is a must to protect my skin. I have been loving the Supergoop! Bright-Eyed 100% Mineral Eye Cream SPF 40, which gently hydrates and illuminates all while protecting my delicate under eye area. I like that this eye cream is tinted so there is no white residue which can happen with products containing zinc oxide. It also contains wild butterfly ginger flower to protect skin from blue light as well as a blend of peptides, pomegranate and caffeine extracts to reduce puffiness and dark under eye circles. If you find that your eyes are sensitive to other sunscreen face products, I definitely recommend giving this a try as it is specially formulated for the eye area.
If you are on the hunt for an eye cream that nourishes, brightens and also provides some coverage, I recommend trying Replenix Tinted Brightening Eye Cream. This eye cream has gone TikTok viral and it’s so easy to see why– it actually works! It immediately covers darkness, blurs and smoothes skin while brightening the under eye area. While it doesn’t offer full coverage as a concealer would, it’s great for minimal days or to add an extra layer of coverage along with skincare benefits. The effect isn’t just temporary as the powerful actives work to provide long-term benefits as well. This eye cream features tightening edelweiss flower, moisture barrier-protecting hyaluronic acid and a collagen-boosting peptide blend to improve elasticity and firmness around the eye area.
Smoothing Algae Extract
Don’t wrinkle your nose at the mention of algae… did you know that algae extract is a powerful skincare ingredient? They contain proteins, vitamins and minerals that are extremely beneficial for skin from calming acne to reducing wrinkles. I have been impressed with the results I’ve been seeing from using the Versed Zero-G Smoothing Eye Cream. Along with algae extract, this lightweight eye cream contains olive oil to nourish and hydrate. Since it’s so weightless, it’s perfect for daytime wear. I also love that it has a subtle illuminating sheen that helps provide a brightening effect.
As part of my current nighttime skincare routine, I apply the Algenist Triple Algae Eye Renewal Balm. With an average four and a half star rating, I can see why this eye cream is a favorite. It features a blend of triple algae, a patented alguronic acid and peptides work together to smooth, hydrate and target darkness under the eyes. I like that this eye cream is rich and super hydrating, which is perfect to wear overnight. When I wake up, the skin around my eyes still feels moisturized and actually looks smoother. Three cheers for this triple algae blend!
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Have you tried any of these eye creams? Let me know your favorites in the comments!