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The Eye Creams So Good You Won’t Need An Eye Cream

January 1 | 3 minute read

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Words by Lisa Marie Corso

Originally published on | July 8

Some things in life are better puffy: profiteroles, clouds, your winter down coat that is basically a wearable doona. Other things in life prefer less puff – case in point, your eyes.

And while a good eye cream will depuff, a great one will do that and so much more. At MECCA, we’re often asked if you really need eye cream, and the answer is that for the added few seconds (yes, seconds) to your skincare routine, a truly efficacious cream (or serum) can make a major difference.

The delicate skin around the eye is especially prone to dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness and crepiness, and as a result, your eye area can be the first to show signs of fatigue, dehydration and skin ageing.

An effective eye cream or serum will help to brighten, moisturise, hydrate and, in some cases, even firm the appearance of your skin, resulting in a fresher, brighter-eyed look. Eye cream also excellently primes the under eye area for concealer, ensuring a smoother, longer lasting application.

Reach for these deeply nourishing formulas every morning or night, and let the world believe that you got a solid eight hours of sleep.

This little pot of creamy goodness is the ultimate multitasker for bringing vibrancy back to the skin around the eyes (and lips!). Targeting the trinity of eye-related skin concerns – dark circles, puffiness and fine lines – this powerful treatment smooths and tightens the appearance of skin with the help of antioxidant-rich Houttuynia cordata (chameleon plant) extract and green tea extract. Use it AM and PM for best results!

“Don’t forget your eyelids!” says world-renowned NYC dermatologist Dr Dennis Gross, who has created a serum-gel designed to be used all over the eye area. Yes, lids included (they deserve a reward for shielding our eyes from light, dust and the scary scenes in horror movies!). This retinol and ferulic acid-powered serum zones in on fine lines and dark spots, while helping to reduce UV-induced free radical damage.

Look awake when you feel anything but
RéVive Intensité Les Yeux Firming Eye Cream

Developed by plastic surgeon Dr Gregory Bays Brown, this hard-working formula zones in on the periorbital area that is most affected by collagen and elastin loss as we age, resulting in dark circles. To minimise the appearance of dark circles, this formulation is packed with peptides and powered by bio-renewal technology (that aims to mimic your skin’s own renewal processes). For mornings when you need to look awake – though feel anything but – this hidden gem, loved by MECCA HQ, will help.

New to eye creams? This one is for you. A gentle but effective cream brings on brightness with a satisfying blend of vitamin C, hydrating hyaluronic acid and strengthening ceramides. It also calms and cools the eye area with its metal tip applicator, which disperses the perfect amount of eye cream and will leave you looking bright-eyed.

This eye cream is akin to starting your day slinging back two shots of espresso – a real wake-up call! Under-eye puffiness is expertly targeted with the help of caffeine and Brazilian ginseng to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and re-energise tired-looking eyes. For an extra calming, depuffing effect, store this cream in the fridge between uses.

Send dark circles, fine lines and puffiness on vacation
Goldfaden MD Bright Eyes

Be your best bright-eyed self with this lightweight cream, backed by the expertise of Dr Gary Goldfaden, a pioneer in dermatology for over 50 years. It will help to magically revive dull-looking eyes – how? With its blend of arnica tincture to soothe dry skin and puffiness, soy peptides to help the skin feel firmer, and hyaluronic acid to prevent dehydration.

An excellent under-eye makeup primer
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado

Rich in nutrients and good fatty acids that soothe and nourish the skin, avocados are for more than just topping your toast – something Kiehl’s well knows, infusing their iconic eye cream with avocado oil to deeply moisturise skin under and around the eye. This eye cream is an excellent primer for concealer (just ask any MECCA Makeup Specialist!), and can also be used as a restorative eye mask – just dab around the eye, leave for 10 minutes, then gently wipe away.

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