Lately, I’ve been feeling like I’ve got HUGE bags under my eyes. Hell, there are HUGE bags above them, too. I have dabbled in a few different eye creams (Mary Kay Time Wise Firming Eye Cream, Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Gel), but never really got into it. So, I went to someone who just might be an Eye Cream Expert: my best friend Sheena. Tomorrow is her birthday, so what better way to commemorate getting older by letting HER give you some anti-aging advice (Happy Birthday, boobie!)?
At some point in college, it dawned on me that I will get old and (as if it could get any worse), look old. Back then, one of my roommates and I decided to pool our money to buy a tube of the hottest new item: L’Oreal Paris Wrinkle De-Crease Collagen Filler ($25).
Our plan was to start fighting age early, and when everyone else was looking leathery and wrinkled, we would still look 21 and would get all the guys. As it turned out, the cream gave me a rash across my forehead and instead of looking young and hot, I looked gross and diseased (and got no guys).
But that didn’t stop my hunt for the perfect product to fight age; I started looking specifically for eye creams because Cosmopolitan and Oprah told me that eyes are the most important and what gets noticed first.
So, I’ve compiled a list of some of the different creams and serums I have tried and what they actually do for the skin around your eyes. Hopefully this will save some time (and money!) for anyone else in search of the perfect product.
What it’s supposed to do: Lift eyes like they defy gravity!
What it did: This is by far my most favorite eye product because it actually works and is pretty inexpensive. The jar that it comes in has two separate products, one for use on the upper lid and one for under your eyes. You can feel the upper lid gel tightening as it dries, which makes me happy because you can actually see it in action. The cream for the under eye reduces the appearance of dark circles, which was pretty impressive to me because they didn’t even claim that feature in the description. What they do claim in the description is that this product has injectable grade Arginine and PVP. Yes injectable grade! I just like the way that sounds.
What it didn’t do: Last long. I don’t know how long this jar is actually supposed to last, but I used it all in a little less than a month.
What it’s supposed to do: Fight signs of aging and sun damage by visibly lifting and firming skin around the eyes reducing the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and dark circles.
What it did: After using this product just a few times the area around my eyes seemed much brighter and dark circles were not as apparent. No more tired eyes, yay!
What it didn’t do: I didn’t notice any line reducing or firming action happening when I used this, which was disappointing.
When I pay $20 or more for a product I want it to shrink my skin so much that my eyeballs feel like they are about to pop out of my head.
What it’s supposed to do: Hydrate, lift, and firm around the eyes while helping to erase the look of lines.
What it did: Hydrates and slightly firms. When I went to Macy’s to buy this product, the consultant working at the Clinique counter told me that this product was, “…like for our Grandmothers.” I bought it anyway and gave her the [firmed] stink eye as I walked away. So maybe I’m not the ideal consumer for this product, but it did kind of work for me. I noticed that when used every day it did firm the area around my eyes, although not as much as I would have liked but it did give great hydration like they claim. Another plus is that the tiny jar lasts a long time, the consultant told me one jar should last about 6 months.
What it didn’t do: Erase the look of lines and give a lasting firmness. The firmness that this product gives definitely goes away if you don’t use it twice a day every day.
Note: These all came in a Christmas gift pack together from Clinique.com that was $67.50.
What it’s supposed to do (Serum): After 12 weeks of use delivers 63% of visible wrinkle improvement that you would get from a laser procedure at a dermatologist. Reverses sun damage and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles.
What it did: I really really loved this product (serum) if just for the fact that it made my skin so silky and smooth after I put it on. I don’t know if you’re supposed to use this on your eyes, but I did. I also used it with the eye cream and uplifting firming cream. I figure my eyes probably have sun damage too, so why not? I didn’t notice much of a difference in the area around my eyes with any of the products, but it did make the skin tone in the rest of my face more even. I also didn’t notice any difference when using the uplifting firming cream, but if nothing else it was a nice light moisturizer.
What it didn’t do: Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. I don’t have many lines or wrinkles, but I didn’t notice a difference at all in the ones that I do have. Boooo!
At home remedies
Frozen metal spoons—Decreases eye swelling/puffiness. Keep metal spoons in the freezer for a quick fix for eye swelling, this usually works in about 5-10 minutes.
Greek yogurt—Minimizes redness in the skin. Apply Greek yogurt like a face mask and leave on 10-15 minutes.
Egg white face mask—Tightens skin to reduce appearance of fine lines. Apply egg whites like a face mask to a clean face and let sit for 15 minutes until completely dry.
Extra virgin olive oil/grape seed oil/almond oil—Minimizes wrinkles. Rub oil(s) on wrinkles for a few minutes daily.
Cucumbers/potatoes—Diminishes the look of wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes. Place slices on eyes for 15-20 minutes daily.
…So there you have it—Sheena, the Eye Cream Expert’s take on getting rid of bags, dark circles, and wrinkles. Don’t mind me while I try all of the above. In the meantime, I think Sheena should plop her face into a birthday cake iced with egg whites (a la Mrs. Doubtfire) to fight age. Now THAT’S having your cake and eating it, too.