Beauty Bits | My Favorite Eye Creams for Day and Night
April 9, 2015
My Daytime Eye Cream | Jan Marini Age Intervention
My Nightime Eye Cream | Sisley Contour Eye Mask
Jennifer Hagler Photography
By Buffy York
I have been told that the skin underneath my eyes is super dry since I was a teenager bellying up to the Clinique Counter to get my Three Steps. My loyalties to skin care have certainly changed over the years, but no matter what brand I was purchasing I was always told I needed a moisture rich eye cream. Being young and dumb and invincible I never purchased eye cream because it was just another step and another expense, then I turned 40. The crepey skin and fine lines and wrinkles that I would notice on other people’s faces have taken up residence underneath my eyes. I have spent the past few years trying out several different eye creams that all offered the solution to my problems only to disappoint.
Last year I started using Neurotoxins (i.e. Botox/Xeomin/Dysport) for my crow’s feet and it certainly helps. I also had the area around my eyes lasered with the Active FX laser last year, and while I did look like Zoro or The Green Lantern only with a red mask for a week or so, it also made a difference. However, for the day-to-day maintenance I have finally found the “eye cream cocktail” that combines three different products and leaves the skin under my eyes soft and hydrated.
Step 1 for Day and Night
First I apply hyaluronic acid (HA) that come is a cream form. HA helps the skin hold moisture and plumps it up. The photograph above is showing Hyalis Serum from Neocutis, but since these photos were taken I have discovered BioNect. BioNect is a prescription strength hyaluronic acid cream that comes in a 3.5 ounce tube and will last me at least a year. It will require a prescription from a physician but if your insurance company will pay for it, it will cost you around $40. Compared to the Neocutis it is quite the bargain. After applying the HA, I use a Clarisonic Opal. With its vibrating silicon tip I tap the HA cream into the skin around my eyes. The Opal uses sonic technology to maximize absorption of eye creams and serums.
Step 2 for Day
I have been using Jan Marini Age Intervention Eye Cream for 6 months and I love it. While it is a rich hydrating eye cream, my makeup stays in place and doesn’t sink into my wrinkles or slide down my face. It also contains a retinol that keeps the skin under my eyes feeling soft and smooth. In Birmingham you can purchase Jan Marini Products at MD Wellness and Aesthetics.
Step 2 for Night
I just found out about Sisley Eye Contour Mask earlier this year when an aesthetician friend of mine recommended it. I was a little skeptical because I have been so brain washed on “medical grade” products that I had all but turned my nose up at purchasing skin care from a department store. However, I was in Saks one day and I just slapped a little bit of the eye mask on from the tester and went on my merry way. That night when I was taking my makeup off I was blown away with how smooth the skin under my eyes felt. I went the next day to buy my own tube. While the directions say to remove the mask after 10 minutes I just use it as a night cream and sleep in it. It’s amazing.
Everyone is different, but these are the products that I am in love with for the dry skin under my eyes. The list of products I have used for eye creams is long and wide, from La Mer to Skin Medica, but these are the products that I have landed on that get the job done for me. Let me know what your favorites are and I why. I am a product junkie and love to try new things, but for now these are my fave.
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