Keep Your Eyes On The Prize
We believe in the power of eye cream—always have, always will. Long before we began taking any other preventative skincare measures against the inevitable onset of aging (think: antioxidant-charged serums, retinoids, etc.), we relied on that little jar. There’s just something about the act of patting it on that has always made us feel instantly better. And according to dermatologist Dr. Doris Day, our devotion is not without merit. “Lines around the eyes are often one of the earliest signs women notice of aging,” she says. “The skin there is the thinnest on the body and, as a result, this delicate area is more prone to aging than other areas of the face. Additionally, over time, the skin under the eyes loses elasticity and what we begin to see is loose skin called bags. Couple this with manual stress like rubbing and pulling and an eye cream is extremely important.” The sooner you start using one, the better, as far as Day is concerned. “Studies show that signs of aging around the eye area can occur in your early twenties,” she points out—a revelation that is a little disheartening. But it’s never too late to get on the right track. Here, our five favorite new launches to help keep crow’s feet, dark circles, and puffiness at bay.
What: Skinceuticals AOX+ Eye Gel
Why: This gel-serum hybrid uses phloretin, Butcher’s Broom extracts, and caffeine (a favorite ingredient of Day’s—”it works well as an anti-inflammatory”) to seriously diffuse swelling.
What: Eve Lom Eye Cream
Why: “Products with ingredients like vitamins and peptides can help moisturize and strengthen the skin around the eye as well as improve discoloration,” says Day, and Eve Lom’s first foray into eye cream happens to be peptide-packed.
$75, at www.spacenk.com.
What: Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream
Why: This hyaluronic acid-based salve is part of the doctor’s new hypoallergenic range and is a godsend for ultra-sensitive types. Just be gentle when applying. Day recommends pushing the skin around the eyes upward instead of downward. “A gentle patting motion is always ideal rather than rubbing,” she says.
$65, at www.sephora.com.
What: Clé de Peau Beauté Intensive Eye Contour Cream
Why: Day is a fan of retinol for the eye area, but only if it’s been tested to avoid the risk of irritation. Clé de Peau’s latest uses a retinol derivative that helps improve skin texture while brightening. It’s extraordinarily decadent, which is par for the course for the high-end brand; the tub comes with a cooling, platinum-plated applicator to help stimulate microcirculation.
What: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Eye
Why: This botanical-rich blend is designed to work its magic on fine lines and puffiness overnight while your skin does most of its regenerating. But we use it even during the daylight hours. “Apply product to the passage from the outer corner of the eye to underneath the eye, then proceeding to the inner corner of the eye,” Day recommends for best results.