Everything You Need to Know About Eye Cream


One of the more common skin-related questions I get asked is, what eye cream should I use, and when should I start using it?


To which I have to regretfully admit that I don’t actually use eye cream, have never tried eye cream, and don’t know anything about eye cream other than it’s a thinner (?) version of your moisturiser.

So when Estée Lauder asked if I was interested in trialling their new Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery, which launches globally on July 16th, I figured it was about time I got an education.

Everyone’s eyes are different (ground-breaking journalism from me), and therefore we all have different demands when it comes to what we want in an eye cream. Some women are concerned with puffiness, for others it’s crow’s feet, dullness, dry skin or dark circles. And we’re all, admittedly, a tiny bit concerned with wrinkles, especially as our collagen levels begin to decline around the age of 27 (I’m sorry I don’t make the rules).

Estée Lauder decided to get scientific about their new product and specifically address the effects of blue light on our skin’s ability to repair itself. Blue light is the light from our phones, computers and iPads that penetrates even more deeply into the skin than the sun’s UV rays. What’s more concerning is that the layer of our skin that blue light has the power to reach is where all of our collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin resides.

Terrified yet? Same.

In my opinion, no matter what your concerns are, a good eye cream should be like coffee your face. It should reduce puffiness, brighten and hydrate the skin and generally firm everything up. Estée Lauder’s ingredient list is pretty impressive, relying on things like chamomile, watermelon extract, caffeine, algae, and yeast extract which reduces inflammation and tackles pigmentation by inhibiting melanin production.

Other ingredients to look for, according to Elle.com, when you’re shopping include retinol (unless you have really sensitive skin), ceramides, and Vitamin C and E.

Okay but how do we apply it? After scouring the internet for interviews with aestheticians and skincare experts, the consensus was a kind of press-and-release motion. According to celebrity aesthetician and La Mer global skincare advisor, Joanna Czech, this technique works against gravity (read: wrinkles) because when you press the skin it microscopically stretches, and when you release it grabs the product and draws it into the surface of the skin. For de-puffing, apparently we should be focusing on the under-eye, moving from the inner corner to the outer corner with your ring finger to give a form of lymphatic drainage.  This article was also really helpful.

And lastly, I think it’s worth reminding you, that none of this is a “should”. Eye cream is simply another non-compulsory tool in your tool kit. I for one don’t want to see my laugh lines disappear. I like smiling with my whole face and those little creases are a sign of a life well-lived. But I could do without the dryness and the dark circles, and for that I’ve now got a little pot of Estée Lauder gold sitting in my bathroom.

Image by The Twenties Club