Hey guys! In this video I discuss Eye products!
I explain why I use eye products, introduce an eye serum if you’re interested in using one, and then delve into 3 different eye creams at different price points.
I hope you enjoy watching!
In this video, I’ll be discussing mainly eye creams with one serum-type product.
I just want to explain why I use eye creams as yes, moisturisers could easily be used around the eyes and many people do bring their skincare around their eyes. But for me personally, I like the fact that eye products are tested for around the eyes and especially with eye products that contain actives like retinol eye creams and such, I prefer knowing that the safety and use of them have been tested for around the eye skin as the eye skin is much more vulnerable and thin compared to the rest of the skin on the face which can handle a lot more. FYI: When I say tested for the eyes, I specifically mean for the area right under the eyes and the eyelids. I prefer to use eye products when using products literally on the eye area.
And also, I just like using eye products, I like having an eye care step, it’s part of my regime I enjoy using and look forward to doing.
I apply my eye creams just before I apply my facial moisturiser, and I apply it with my ring finger, dabbing into the skin and massaging very gently. I usually apply both on the upper and lower eyelid.
Now let’s get on with the products!
Of note: all these products contain no added fragrance or essential oils!
The first product is more of an eye serum rather than an eye cream, so I would use this product and then apply an eye cream after to seal all the moisture in as, this is not hydrating or moisturising enough on it’s own.
This is the Niod Fractionated Eye Contour Concentrate (Review HERE). I have actually reviewed this product on the blog, the link will be down below!
pH 4-5 (£43 for 15ml)
Niod has a nack for writing extremely long explanations of their products, but to put this product simply – it uses peptides, antioxidants and fermented ingredients to create a lightweight treatment serum that is supposed to target visible ageing both on the upper and lower eyelids such as dynamic lines, static lines and fine lines, loss of elasticity (especially the upper eyelids), and then tackle things like dark circles, puffiness and textural unevenness.
Apparently visible results can start to be seen within 3 days of use and improve into 8 weeks of continued use. For me, I use this as a maintenance to ensure the skin around the eyes is hydrated as I don’t apply my serums literally on my eyelids or just under.
This contains hyaluronic acid to plump the skin, Niacinamide to brighten the skin. peptides as humectants and Matrixyl. Glucosides which help brighten the skin. Yeast ferment.
This also contains lactic and glycolic acid which work to exfoliate the skin and therefore ease the look of fine lines.
The ingredients list is really long so please check the website if you want to get the full jist.
This product can be used both on the upper and lower eyelids and both in the AM and PM.
Swatch: In terms of the swatch, this is extremely lightweight. I thought this would have an oily residue, but it does not. I actually think that may have helped it, as this product disappears very easily and quickly on the skin. It absolutely feels more water-based and is easy to spread on the skin, but once again it can disappear quite quickly and absorbs on the eyelid quickly when applied. It is hydrating but I sometimes find myself adding two layers if it’s not enough. You don’t need to worry about getting styes with a product like this since it’s so lightweight.
I don’t get any harsh smells from this either.
It is extremely comfortable to wear and extremely lightweight.
I like to prep the eyes with this product so then I can move onto eye creams!
the Open Formula Peptide Eye cream (pH 5.8-7 £9.78) – HERE – I like the packaging, it’s a pump packaging with a cap.
This eye cream contains 13% peptides and can be used in both the AM and PM. It is supposed to be good for all skin types?
And aims to tackle fine lines, dark circles, puffiness, and eye bags and contains hyaluronic acid for added hydration (although hyaluronic acid is listed close to the bottom of the list).
Also if you would like to know more about hyaluronic acid in skincare, then please check out my previous video! (Link HERE)
The peptides used are listed on the screen as their trademarked names:
5% REGU®-age – dark circles and eye puffiness
3% Beautifeye™ – sagging upper eyelids, dark circles and crow’s feet
3% Eyeliss™ – bags and puffiness under the eyes
2% Haloxyl™ – targets under eye circles
For: Fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.
(I don’t know how much research has been done to prove the efficacy of all of these, but please note that under eye bags and under eye circles, especially if genetic is extremely difficult for eye creams to fix/cure).
It also contains Superoxide Dismutase, but I don’t know the %. It is an antioxidant.
Swatch: This is quite silicone-heavy, so it glides smoothly over the skin.
This also contains moisturising ingredients and humectants like Glyerine and Butylene Glycol.
When swatching, you can see the pump dispenses quite a lot.
If you would like to know more about and see swatches of the COSRX Snail line, then please check out my video! The link will be down below.
This probably has the best packaging out of all the eye creams as it comes in airtight pump packaging with a lid and so it’s good to travel with.
Cosrx state that this is a non-heavy double functioning eye cream that visibly brightens the eye area by helping diminish the appearance of dark circles and puffiness with 72% snail secretion filtrate, 5 types of peptides and niacinamide (to help brighten the skin).
The main ingredient, snail secretion filtrate is supposed to be moisturising and hydrating. The addition of peptides (like the matrixyl complex – a potential collagen production stimulant) are also good humectants and niacinamide helps slightly brighten the dark circles.
This is aimed at those in their 30s who want to focus on ageing care or prevention in their 20s.
This also helps plump up the skin to reduce the appearance of fine lines.
This contains niacinmide (brightening + humectant and antioxidant). Copper tripeptide-1 (antioxidant). Glycerin, arginine and sodium hyaluronate (hydration and humectants). Panthenol (skin soothing) _ Allantoin skin soothing. Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Palmitoyl Pentapeptide-4, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7 (Matrixyl 300 complex)
When swatching, you can see this has a bit of that typical snail mucin gloopiness when tapping the product, but overall it is hydrating and moisturising. I find it really pleasant on the eye and gives a sort of cooling effect. I sometimes even apply two layers because I can’t get enough.
The next product is the Caffeine Eye Cream from the Inkey List. (£8.99 for 15ml) – HERE
This is a water-based eyecream, described as a lightweight and hydrating under-eye cream that helps to reduce the appearance of puffiness, dark circles and fine lines.
Due to containing caffeine (a diuretic) this can help reduce water retention which is a major cause of puffiness under the eyes.
The added Matrixyl 3000™ complex (Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1), also in Cosrx’s eye cream, can help tackle fine lines which should help with makeup application.
This also contains Glycerin, Hyaluronic Acid (Skin-identical humectant and moisturiser), Squalane and Phospholipids (skin-identical emollient).
In terms of the packaging, I get a bit worried with small caps as I may drop or lose them. But the matte packaging is nice and being able to control how much product you get out with tube packaging is convenient!
That’s it for the Video and the Blog Post! I hope you enjoyed reading / swatching!
My Skin Type: I am acne prone and have combo skin. My skin is usually tight where the cheeks and eye area is and the outer parts of my face. My T zone is oily. My skin isn’t a fan of thick/heavy formulas so I opt for lightweight formulas to prevent it from clogging up. My skin doesn’t like essential oils either and I try to avoid fragrance when I can.
Disclaimer: I am a skincare enthusiast and not a skin expert. I am not qualified to give out dermatological advice. This type of advice should only be given by a medical practitioner. Upon trying / using any of the reviewed products on the blog, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions and warnings and please seek medical advice if needed.