Eye cream, eye cream, we all scream for eye cream!
I love a good eye cream. I would do almost anything for youth preservation. Although, I haven't done Botox. I haven't had an inject-able or laser procedure, or surgery. So no, I haven't done 'anything' for youth. But I will hunt down and get excited about anything that says 'wrinkle reducing' or 'rejuvinating' for the eye area.
Where to start? There are a few low-end, drug store brands that are decent. But we are talking about the most delicate area of the face. For best results, our eyes require stardust and sheep placenta. (Only halfway kidding.)
Here are some helpful tips and product recommendations:
Remove your makeup every night. Use a gentle eye makeup remover and get that mascara off before hitting the pillow.
Wear sunglasses outside. Cybill Shepherd in the 80s wore sunglasses all the livelong day to prevent squinting. They didn't do Botox in those days. She was on to something. I never forgot the advice I read at 13-years-old. I still wear sunglasses. I live in the rainy Northwest. You can see how dedicated I am to this rule.
Don't rub your eyes.
One thing I'm game for trying lately is an eye mask. Like, literally, the Lone Ranger eye mask. There are others on the market too for under the eye area. They call them collagen patches. Here I am sporting my superhero look.
It's from Korea from this website called www.becleo.com. So even though the package was mostly in Korean, thankfully there were directions in English as well. I followed the instructions and low and behold - firmer eye area! My crow's feet were smooth, my under-eye area was less blue and puffy! I'm supposed to do this every day for a week and get desired results. Heck. I'm convinced!
Brands I love:
Tata Harper Eye -- I am in love with this ENTIRE skin care line. Developed by a woman in Vermont made with all organic botanicals and essential oils. It has changed my skin. The eye cream is a power house of anti-aging and de-puffing ingredients. I always ask for a sample at Neiman Marcus and have used the serums and cleansers. My next treat to myself is the eye cream.
Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24 Intensive Eye Contour Cream -- a friend of mine works at Sephora and swears by this. I don't doubt it's good stuff. Shiseido is a cosmetic empire.
Dior Capture Totale Eye -- I was introduced to this about 5 years ago. This stuff always delivers and has been my go-to brand since before discovering Tata Harper (see above).
Keils -- Not as expensive as the others, but a great company and lovely product.
Clinique -- Clinique has come a long way; 20 years ago I was a Clinique girl. Yes, working with the white lab coat in a department store. I wanted to play with the makeup more than sell it. Back then I think there was one eye cream, I was 20 and I didn't care about eye creams. Now they have quite a few to choose from in a very decent price range.
Boots -- The cheapest of the good ones I could find.
Sisley-Paris -- Hey, why not? This baby is the mac daddy of them all. At $200 a half ounce, it comes with a free kitten and you hear harp music every time you open the lid. That might be an exaggeration. But the lady used it once on me at the store, and I swear I walked out of there looking like I was 25 and feeling like a million bucks.
Rebecca Gallagher is a blogger, mom, wife and poop scooper, not necessarily in that order. She writes at her blog, Frugalista Blog, which isn't about couponing. She likes movies, Daniel Craig, tea and lip gloss. She can be found driving her mini van to PTA meetings and heading to Target in yoga pants and cashmere. She spends too much time on Pinterest checking beauty tips and not enough time cleaning her house. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter @FrugieBlog.