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You don’t need to have a delicate complexion to reach for an eye cream for sensitive skin. External aggressors like pollution, alcohol and sensitising ingredients we apply to our face can trigger contact dermatitis. In other words, irritation that results in red swollen bumps that could be itchy or uncomfortable to the touch. Keeping your orbital area hydrated is essential because the skin here is thinner and as we age (sadly but inevitably), ‘imperfections’ like fine lines, redness and dark circles will only be more prominent. Get ahead with these eye creams I’ve tried and tested that won’t irritate your skin.
Kiehl’s Vitamin C
Best for: brightening and providing a smoothening base for makeup
Vitamin C seems to be every beauty brand’s favourite for an under-eye cream and considering its potent brightening properties, it’s easy to see why. This is formulated with a high concentration of 10% and hyaluronic acid, which helps to pep up and fill in those fine lines. Most of Kiehl’s products are generally considered non-ideal for sensitive skin types but this has caused no reactiveness. There’s also the gentle warming sensation as it’s massaged into your skin, which is comforting for tired eyes. Finally, I found that the silky finish of the texture was ideal as a primer for makeup.
Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux
Best for: a healthy eye area that needs hydration and pampering
If you’re only prone to puffy eyes and dark circles on those all-nighter occasions, then Chanel’s refreshing Hydra Beauty Micro Gel Yeux (£48) will do you just fine. As a general maintenance product, I love how fast it absorbs into the skin. This product contains the maison’s signature Camellia Alba extract which hydrates the orbital area.
La Prairie White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire
Best for: anti-ageing eyes
You’ll blink twice at the price tag. But if you’re the kinda gal that’s already got a bathroom shelf stocked with La Mer body cream and obscure, Swiss clinic brands, this won’t feel too alien. The White Caviar Eye Extraordinaire (£440) was inspired by architecture (yes, for real) taking into account the shape of the eye and how to reflect light and colour. Specifically, the technology targets the greying, dulling effects of pollution, as well as redness, which is usually the result of thinning skin that comes with age. And yes, undoubtedly you’re paying for the packaging – this beauty resembles a jewellery box and that eye cream applicator is a must-have beauty tool in itself.
QMS Medicosmetics Epigen Depuff Pollution Shield Eye Serum
Best for: tired-looking eyes
Epigenetics refers to the ‘expression’ of our DNA, without changing it. Derived from that intention, Epigen Depuff Pollution Shield Eye Serum (£85) protects skin against free radicals through its anti-oxidant ingredients. The serum, as the name suggests, is lightweight and full of hyaluronic acid, peptides and caffeine. This is particularly effective in the morning, thanks to its cool-to-the-touch ceramic applicator that helps to reduce puffiness. Massage everywhere.
CeraVe Eye Repair Cream
Best for: sensitive or reactive skin that needs some TLC
In the world of hyped beauty, a non-aesthetically pleasing brand cam make the statement of being sensible and does-what-it-says-on-the-tin. And what CeraVe’s Eye Repair Cream (£8.50) does is help build the skin barrier. Ceramides make up 50% of our epidermis by acting as its building blocks. Its signature ingredient also helps to retain moisture, giving the appearance of youthful orbital skin. Sounds pretty science-y but it is pharmaceutical approved!
Best for: to protect younger skin
This ultra-pretty bottle with the cutest name to match, is tailored to treat the eye and lip skin. Why? Well, contrary to what it seems, both areas have thin skin that needs constant hydration. The gentle, lightweight Bubblewrap (£23) contains avocado oil, hyaluronic acid (of course) and squalane. It’s also travel-friendly, so pop it into your see-through clutch and show off your taste in accessories and beauty products.
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