By: Jennifer O’Connor, Medical Esthetician and Med Spa Owner.
Do you need an EYE CREAM? I think YES! In most cases YES! But which one is right for you? See my video or read below as I reviewed 11 options and go over ingredients to help you better choose the best one for your needs! There are so many mixed opinions regarding if someone really needs an eye cream. I feel in most cases an eye cream is a necessary part of your skincare routine. Eye creams contain many ingredients proven to give results.
Full youtube video here: https://youtu.be/sQeaRgtWCjA
Lets talk a little about Peptides and Aging.
The dermis matrix consists of collagen and elastin. Peptides stimulate skin fibroblasts to rebuild the extra cellular matrix including collagen 1, IV, fibronectin and Glycosaminoglycans (GAGS). The major molecular mechanism governing skin aging processes has been attributed to the loss of mature collagen and increased matrix metalloproteinase expression.
Collagen and elastins can and will get denatured or cross-linked by bad elements such as pollution, ultra violet rays, poor nutrition, chemical insults and also by the normal aging process called glycosylation (glycation). The denatured or cross-linked proteins can cause skin to sag, look dull, wrinkled, and thin. Peptides act as anti-glycating agents. They block proteins from attaching to sugars, keeping collagen and elastin in their free form. This anti-glycating effect gives skin elasticity, softness, and an anti-wrinkled look.
Basically, Peptides are amazing messengers in the skin that do so many things such as: hydrate, plump, increase collagen, protect, repair, firm and brighten. I feel you need an eye cream for many reasons.
In addition hyaluronic acid, retinols, AHA like glycolic acids, azelaic acid, vitamin c and other antioxidants have proven great results. Stem cells and Growth Factors are also proving to be amazing ingredients to incorporate!
Here are top reasons eye creams are important based on working with clients for over 18 years…
These are just some reasons that come up for me daily with my clients. Since we were closed due to Covid I was on a mission to find out if price points made a difference and see also what worked well both from the drug store, department store and in my retail spa. I tested 11 creams.
My Favorite to least Favorite: Links to products are below.
It should be noted that everyone has different concerns and skin so what I loved might not be best for you so I have included key ingredients & descriptions for each so you can better determine what might be best for YOU.
DESCRIPTION: This luxurious formula targets signs of fatigue and aging in the delicate eye area, instantly and over time. It delivers plant stem cells, vitamin C and wrinkle-fighting peptides that work swiftly yet gently to reduce the appearance of fine lines, lax skin and puffiness.
BENEFITS: This exclusive polypeptide blend reduces irritation while resurfacing and visibly reducing the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. Improves firmness of
skin, decreases capillary permeability and increases lymphatic circulation, while decreasing puffy bags under the eye.
DIRECTIONS: Apply nightly to eye area.
PRO TIP: Use on vertical lip lines to treat signs of aging around the mouth.
2. Glowbiotics ANTI-WRINKLE ILLUMINATING EYE CREAM $49 For under $50 this is an amazing find! It also contains the Shea Butter which I loved in addition to so many actives and peptides. This has a cooling applicator tip that does feel nice and probably provides some immediate firming due to the cooling nature of the silver tip.
Description: Gone are tired, puffy eyes with our unique and soothing blend of peptides and lipids including our Reflecting Mineral Complex. This probiotic maverick works to reinforce firmness, tones the overall eye area, and directly targets those dark circles so you can truly put your best face forward.
Balancing Complex – Balancing Complex is a powerful blend of topical probiotics and antioxidants designed to help balance and restore stressed skin while imparting a tightening effect.
Reflective Mineral Complex – Reflective Mineral Complex is an infusion of minerals that diffuses light and helps provide a bright, shimmering appearance to the skin.
Brightening Botanical Complex – Brightening Botanical Complex targets the root cause of dark under-eye circles with a blend of potent coffee seed extracts and peptides to help increase circulation and vascular pigment dispersion to rapidly brighten the appearance of the eye area.
Fill and Firm Complex – Fill and Firm Complex is a unique combination of peptides, lipids and botanical extracts that can instantly tighten the delicate eye tissue while increasing volume for a marked increase in density, elasticity and hydration.
3. It cosmetics Confidence in an Eye Cream $39 . I couldn’t decide between this and the Mychelle C Cream because they were so similar but this was a little less expensive so I ranked it higher. This also contains the Shea Butter that I feel makes a big difference!
Description: While the exclusive apricot tint and Drops of Light Technology™ visibly color-correct and brighten, proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate™ and other high-performance skin-loving ingredients—including a super ceramide complex, chrysin, licorice root, avocado and squalane—work to hydrate, smooth and refresh. You’ll see powerful results instantly and more dramatic results over time!
4. Mychelle Perfect C Eye Cream Perfect C™ Eye Cream $35. This is a very clean line! Minimal ingredients and great results for under $40! Kept me hydrated all day. This is one of my favorites and one of my go to eye creams. Contains Shea Butter and I found this to be the one ingredient in my top creams that made a difference in the hydration levels and how my fine lines looked at the end of the day. It seemed keep them looking smoother!
Description: Vitamin C L-Ascorbic Acid & Cucumber Fruit Extract
Brighten & Hydrate, L-Ascorbic Acid, Plant Stem Cells and Hyaluronic Acid deliver humectant-rich nutrients and moisture to deeply nourish and help reduce the appearance of visible fine lines. Non-irritating. Dermatologist and Allergy tested.
5. THE MAX™ STEM CELL EYE CRÈME .5OZ $60 – This is a great eye cream and I stay hydrated all day! I think it is a little bit over priced but you literally need a pea size amount to cover both under eyes!
DESCRIPTION: This revolutionary eye treatment targets visible signs of aging with corrective peptides and high concentrations of premium growth factors derived from plant stem cells. This potent blend helps to decelerate the cellular aging process and protect skin’s own stem cells. It also inhibits visible signs of aging caused by free radical-induced oxidation, including the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness around the eyes. Rejuvenates the eye area for a more youthful look.
BENEFITS: VECTORIZE TECHNOLOGY® delivers a complex of encapsulated ingredients time released up to 48 hours for a long lasting, intense effect. Stem Cell Complex prevents cell aging while protecting skins own stem cells. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Eliminates puffiness and dark circles around the eye area while reducing irritation.
6. Derma – E Eye Lift $24.99 Contains peptides & B3. This is a good eye cream and is inexpensive. This would be a great starter eye cream for a younger client as it is not hydrating enough in my opinion to help with dry skin and fine lines around the eyes. It was good to start but didn’t keep me hydrated through the entire day.
Description: Formulated with nature’s firming agent DMAE that may help to support collagen health for a more lifted, firmer, tighter and more resilient look. Instalift, an antioxidant-rich blend of goji berry and glycopeptides, help add lifting and tightening power. Nature’s ”moisture magnet”, hyaluronic acid, holds up to 1,000 its weight in water helps to lock-in essential hydration. Together, Instalift and hyaluronic acid help smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for younger-looking eyes.
7. Hale Cosmeceuticals HP Pentapeptide Corrective Eye Gel: $90. This is the highest price point I tried. This cream is also tinted but does have a nice brightening effect and this is an amazing eye cream but, I know not in everyone’s budget.
Description: This eye cream treatment helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles significantly while reducing puffiness and dark circles around the eye area, as well as improving the skins thickness. Applying this cream twice daily under the eye area and extending out towards the temples and brow line will aid in brightening the entire orbital area, while strengthening capillaries, and increasing circulation. Peptides:
Argireline TM – This neurotransmitter peptide Acetylhexapeptide-8 produces a Botox-like effect. The Snare (Snap Receptor) complex is essential for muscle contraction. Argireline mimics Snap Receptor thereby Snare complex is slightly disabled. Hence muscle contraction is impaired and relaxed. This will reduce fine lines and wrinkles especially on the forehead and around the eye area. This is a Relaxing peptide.
Eyeliss TM – This palmitoyltetrapeptide-3 prevents collagen cross-linking, works as an Anti-edema (fluid accumulation) active. This reduces inflammation, aids in decongestion, and improves skin elasticity and discoloration. This is an Inhibitory peptide.
Tego Pep 4-17 – An ideal active ingredient to help prevent and minimize the appearance of aging skin. It improves skin structure, wrinkles are less deep and pronounced and the surface is smoothed. This is a tetrapeptide with superior collagen boosting properties.
Matrixyl 3000– This combination of synergistic peptides stimulates collagen and elastin production and helps to repair damaged and aged skin.
8. Hale Cosmeceuticals Royal Silhouette Eye Therapy $85. This is a great eye cream but it is on the more expensive side of the ones I tried. That is really the only reason it is lower on my list. Here is a description:
Description: This Royal Silhouette Eye Therapy Serum uses one of the best things available for your skin— vitamin C. Their fat soluble anti-oxidant helps cell walls produce more collagen and elastin. Combined with the L-Carnitine that provides lipid balance to your cells mitochondria, you have supple, plump cells with great elasticity. What does that mean for you? Smoother, younger-looking skin!
That takes care of sagging, but what about dark circles? It combined pullulan—a biofilm that tightens, lifts and brightens skin—with roe enzyme to work with the vitamin C in reducing the sallowness that can plague your skin. Including a list of skin brighteners such as ferulic acid and copper chelates ensures you get smoother, more radiant skin. Skin Brighteners: Phytic Acid-Extreme, Ferulic Acid, and Copper Chelates enhance skin brightening effects to a more radiant skin.
9. Nivea Skin Firming & Toning Gel to Cream $8-$15 Said to improve the skin’s firmness in a little as 2 weeks
This is really sold a body firming product but I was curious how it would do on the eye area. I also used it on my neck. This is great for the body and contains some great ingredients and it was less than $15 for 6.7 oz. It is enriched with Q10, L carnitine, and lotus extract. Coenzyme Q10’s been mainly found to act as an antioxidant. It’s believed to be involved in preventing both chronological aging (loss of firmness in skin as you get older) and photoaging (wrinkling and drying of skin from excessive sun exposure). Carnitine, also known as L–Carnitine, is an amino acid-derived building block for proteins that assists with the breakdown of fats and lipids. In skincare, carnitine fat-degrading ability is known to help reduce excess sebum, a component present in skin’s natural oils. It is sold in many cellulite reducing products. This is highly fragranced and almost too much for the face in my opinion. It would be good for someone with puffy under eyes or perhaps even had some fat pads under the eye. It would be worth trying.
10. Cerave Eye Repair $15.99 but I found mine for less –
Description: It contains hyaluronic acid which is an amazing hydrator but in this case it was not hydrating enough for me. It contains Ceramides 1, 3 and 6-11 to restore skin barrier. Claims to help with dark circles and puffiness.
This is very popular and very inexpensive under $10 in some places. This is very basic with no real actives. This could be a good choice after a treatment like microderm or peel but I would like something even more hydrating than this. Perhaps applied over a hyaluronic serum it would be better. I’d recommend this for very sensitive under eyes and also for younger clients looking to start an eye cream that was inexpensive.
11. L’Oreal Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener $24.99 –
Description: Paraben Free is an anti-aging eye cream for mature, dull skin. This eye treatment has a unique whipped texture to instantly blur and help visibly color correct dark circles. This formula with Imperial Peony, reduces the look of dark circles, visibly brightens skin around the eye area and provides an overall healthier, younger-looking complexion
This has a very mat result on my skin. Alcohol is the 3rd ingredient so perhaps why it wasn’t super hydrating. It is tinted to give a brighter appearance but I didn’t find this to be the case. Could be OK for someone with oily under eye and darker skin tone.
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