24 September 2014

Eye Creams 101

Eye Creams Review featuring Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel, Monu Professional Skincare Eye Care Gel, Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream, Boots Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On Gel - Aspiring Londoner

When I was 17, I randomly walked into a Superdrug and got talked into having a skin consultation.  After much prodding with some kind of a device on my skin, I was told I have very dehydrated skin and desperately need an eye cream. Being 17 and completely clueless, I bought the first eye cream I could find and from that night onwards, I slathered my eye area (quite generously, might I add) with said eye cream.
Years have passed, and now that I’m a little more clued up, I know that not all of that was true.  At 17, there aren’t many of us that’ll 'desperately need' eye cream.  I wanted to share with you guys some eye creams, I've been using over various times throughout last year that may be of help.

Let me just say, if you are still in your teens/early twenties, it’s very highly unlikely that you’ll need eye cream.  Unless you can see/feel that there’s an extreme dehydration, under eye circle issue – don’t bother.  Just use your moisturiser and apply to the eye area as normal.  Now on to the rest of us with issues, there may be various issues you’re trying to address such as dark under eye circles, puffiness, redness, dryness, fine lines etc.  So be sure to check what the eye cream claims to do.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel Review - Aspiring Londoner

I am onto my second tube of this stuff and this should tell you how much I like this.  FYI it’s not a gel as the name suggests, it’s in fact a light cream.  It spreads evenly and easily under the eye area because of its light consistency.  It absorbs quick too as it’s so light and the eye area feels nice and hydrated instantly.  I like that it comes in a tube as it’s hygienic.  It does say it is good for anti-puffiness, I personally haven’t seen any such effect.  If you have sensitive skin, don’t have any specific concerns, and just want to moisturise and hydrate the under eye area – this is the eye cream for you.

Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream Review - Aspiring Londoner

I heard a lot of good reviews for this eye cream.  I had to get it!  It comes in a tub, which I don’t like.  I like my skincare to be hygienic, so I only this at night after cleansing my face.  It has a much thicker consistency (another reason I use this at night) and doesn’t absorb as quickly.  I have to work it in with my fingers.  But I actually like that, the thicker cream allows for a more mask-like treatment overnight for the under eye are, and the tapping motion/massage around the eyes feels quite nice!  For me it feels like this is going to be another one of those products that’ll be forever on my repurchase list as it hydrates my whole eye area so well!  If you have generally dry skin, flaky patches around the eyes – try this out, the moisture it provides is excellent!

Boots Botanics Refreshing Eye Roll-On Gel Review - Aspiring Londoner

This was actually bought for the Mr as he’s immensely lazy with anything skincare (boys eh?!).  So I had to get him something ‘easy and quick’.  What can be quicker than a roll-on eye cream?  Unfortunately he didn’t get on as it irritated his skin and stung where he applied it.  I decided to give it a go before writing it off.  It was fine on me.  I didn’t find it to be particularly brightening.  It was okay as an eye gel, but what I love about it is the metal roller ball.  During spring/summer, I suffer from horrible hay fever and this applied in the morning, straight from the fridge, did wonders for my puffy under eyes.  I loved the cooling effect and how nicely the cool, metal roller ball took down the puffiness.  It’s often on offer at Boots for around £5, so I’ll probably repurchase around hay fever season again!

Monu Professional Skincare Eye Cool Gel - Aspiring Londoner

This is the newest addition to my eye cream/gel family.  Firstly, love the packaging!  The Monica in me screams in joy at the pump packaging.  The frosty glass packaging is very chic too!  The gel is very light in texture and is really cooling to the eye area.  I keep this one in the fridge too and it really soothes my eye area after being cleansed by a hot cloth cleanser.  The cool after the hot is a special feeling (that sounds strange…it’s not, honestly!).  It claims to reduce under eye puffiness, correct sun damage, provide long lasting hydration and help with fine lines.  It does help with under eye puffiness for me (it seems like gels are better at this?) and provide hydration through the day.  It felt like the Hydraluron serum, but for my eye area!  I can’t speak for the sun damage correction, as unless the damage is ‘visible’, you can’t really tell!  If you’re after something for puffiness and hydration without using a thick cream – this should be right up your street!

Hope that helps anyone who’s looking for some options for eye creams!

What’s your favourite eye cream?  Did you spot any you’ve tried within my choices?  Share in the comments below or tweet me @aspiring_london!


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