Dear Cosmetic Company,
What’s the best under eye cream for a woman over 40 years old? Please help me! There are too many eye creams to choose from and I’m getting a headache trying to decide!
Do I need an eye cream with hyaluronic acid? One with anti-aging ingredients? What type of under eye product is better - a cream, gel or serum????
Desperate Seeking a Solution
Don’t you wish you could write to cosmetic manufacturers and ask them to help you select the perfect under eye wrinkle cream made just for your needs?
There are way too many to choose from!
I know I've spent a lot of time at cosmetic counters, drugstores, and online sites testing many different under eye creams searching for the best one for me.
But, you know what? At the end of the day, I'm not really sure I see much of a difference.
Sure, some are better than others, but I've learned NOT to expect miracles. Even the best under eye cream won't permanently get rid of wrinkles or puffiness.
However, a good eye cream can help improve skin tone, soften, smooth, and hydrated - which can help improve the look of fine lines and wrinkles.
Hopefully, this article can help narrow down the choices and enable you to make a better decision when you're shopping for the best under eye cream for YOUR needs.
What do you need, expect, or want from your eye cream?
Most people over 40 have three very basic complaints about the under eye area:
Many of us actually have a little bit of all three issues going on. So what do you do?
To be honest, despite what you hear or read in product infomercials - I don’t think even the most expensive, best under eye cream can fix for all these issues.
The reality is that most of us will need at least two different eye creams. Especially if weather changes affects these issues.
Issue: Thin, Crepe Crinkly
I would look for retinols, peptides and hyaluronic acids.
These ingredients can help plump, hydrate and exfoliate dead cells and increase cell turnover and collagen production – and improve the look of the whole eye area.
Since I have a combo problem (dry under eye skin along with crepiness) I like:
It’s one of the few companies that make an eye cream with a high percentage of copper peptides.
And, their special, highly absorbable copper peptide formula has over 85 patents worldwide.
Ture copper peptides are expensive, so I think the price for this under eye cream is incredible, however; they do ask you to sign up for auto shipping.
When I first purchased my eye cream from them, I signed up for auto shipping with the intention of cancelling if I didn’t like the product...................
But, it turns out I do like it!
Issue: Dry, Wrinkled, Aging
Basically, any cream can hydrate and lessen the appearance of wrinkles – temporarily.
But, if deep signs of aging is an issue, you probably need more. Look for creams that contain a significant amount of anti-aging and anti-oxidant ingredients.
Like:SkinCeuticals Eye Balm
Not only is it a very hydrating and protective eye balm, but it contains soy isoflavones, vitamin E, silymarin and gorgonian extract; these are potent anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants to help prevent and slow aging.
Alternative: For a less expensive anti-oxidant, vitamin rich cream I like and use Moisture Plus. It was original designed as an eye cream but now is recommend for the whole face. It feels fabulous!:
It's mostly organic and extremely soothing and hydrating, but still effective and protective.
Issue: Dull, Flaking, Fine Lines
To help exfoliate fine lines, retinols are excellent!
However, most drugstore brands don't really contain enough to make a huge difference and the stronger ones you can buy online often irritate the skin.
So that's why I'm a big fan of the Green Cream Retinol line of products. They offer different levels of retinol concentrated creams.....
So you can start with the mildest (Level 3) and slowly work your way up to the strongest (Level 9) which contains 0.9% retinol.
Warning: If you’re a beginner, start with the lowest retinol (Level 3) and work up as your skin adjusts to the retinol and gets healthier.
Alternative: If that’s not in your budget, try the Zenmed Retinol Booster Serum. It potent and a little goes a long way so it's an inexpensive alternative.
Why do I like this? Because you can add a few drops to ANY skin cream product you're currently using. This makes it more economical and turns any skin care product you have into an anti-aging cream.
How about hyaluronic acid?
Hyaluronic acid another great choice to help plump up fine lines.
The Zenmed Hyaluronic acid serum comes in a dropper bottle (like the retinol serum) so this too can be an inexpensive alternative you can add this to any of your favorite eye or face creams! You can even add both retinol and hyaluronic acid into the same cream.....
Issue: Droopy, loose, or puffy skin
If you are looking for an eye cream that does more such as tightening and de-puffing, try StriVectin’s Tightening Eye Serum.
While I haven’t tried this product, it has some pretty good science behind it and favorable testimonies and reviews.
Alternative: A slightly less expensive alternative and my absolute favorite (I’m wearing it right now) is the all in one product to de-puff and lift/tighten the under eye area called Easy Eye Solutions Instant Eye Tuck and Dark Circle Treatment.
While it’s not an eye cream, but rather a temporary lifting serum. It doesn't come in a sexy bottle or have fancy packaging, but it works.
It's another one of those products (like Carolyn's Moisture Plus Eye Cream) that was developed for an individual with a specific eye issues.
It’s very soft and pliable (not tacky or drying like most lifting serums are) and can be used directly on top of any of your anti-aging under eye creams, makeup, sunscreen, or concealers.
Even the best under eye cream in the world won’t provide an instant lift and tuck like this serum does. I call it my girdle or spanx for the eye area. J
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