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Help This Reader Find an Eye Cream

The other day I received an email from a reader looking for a good eye cream, and I thought that instead of just giving her a couple of options I like, I'd open up the floor to all of the eye-stuff experts reading the site. Want to help her out? Then here's what she has to say:

"I'm 25 years old, and I've decided I'd like to finally delve into the world of eye creams (I hope I'm not too late!). However, I don't really know where to start! Makeup counters have advice, but it all seems biased. I'm looking for something meant for a girl my age that'll offer SPF while combating puffiness and dark circles. Does this product exist? I'm a little worried that using the wrong cream could be detrimental—no need to load up on unnecessary chemicals, right?"

In my own experience, on the high end I'd recommend something like a Lancome Genefique Eye ($59), and for a cheaper, more natural option, a product like Weleda's Wild Rose Eye Cream ($22.75). What are your thoughts?

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1955nurse 1955nurse 6 years
Other than Lancome, my FAV is Philosopy's Eye & lip cream in a tube. Your eye cream should NOT be as thin as a facial moistuizer, it should be thicker/richer as the skin in that area has NO oil glands! This 1 has some reflective properties as well, and it is good for just about any age - I love it (age 55!) & so does my Daughter (age 31).
rmonty82 rmonty82 6 years
I use evening primrose eye cream with spf 6 by korres, weleda rose eye cream, and at night I use Burts Bees with Magnolia. Doesn't really matter what you use its personal preference and consistency with the product.
patriciamuller patriciamuller 6 years
Clinique's All About Eyes - which one will depend on your skin type. This is my favorite. It has a wonderful texture, it's highly moisturizing but doesn't leave skin greasy - it's just perfect! I'm not sure how well it works for puffiness because I don't have this problem, but it works great for dark circles and makes the area around the eyes look rested and bright. Burts Bees eye cream left my skin so greasy I couldn't stand it. Maybe it works on very dry skin, but it didn't work for me at all. Same thing with Lancome's eye creams. I line Clinique's because it absorbs completely leaving skin very silky and moisturized.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i use Simple eye balm. it's very thin consistency - what i love in eye creams, clinique's all about the eyes rich was too thick and i found myself tugging on the skin, as the fingers didn't slide. and it's way too overpriced
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i'm 22 and i've been using an eye cream for over a year. it's anti aging, i'll leave that till i'm a bit older. but hydration is necessary for all skin, especially thin and fragile eye area. i read it on some blog - here's the gist 'i'm over 30 and have terrible eye wrinkles, if only i knew in my early twenties to put an eye cream on as skin without moisture ages quicker. now my skin is so dehydrated that nothing will reverse the damage'.
CriticalHit CriticalHit 6 years
Clarins Sun Wrinkle Control Eye Contour Care is great for daytime (SPF 30, $28) and Nature's Gate Ultimate Comfort Eye Cream is a fantastic night time eye cream ($15.) I don't know about you, but I don't like sleeping in products with sunscreen because I worry about breakouts.
Advah Advah 6 years
I'm 25 too and I'm using Clinique's All about eyes rich. I love it, it's not anti-wrinkle but it's super moisturising - one of these things where you don't realise how dry your skin is until you apply it and all of a sudden it feels better. I also recently started using L'Occitane's new Shea butter serum and I really really like it so far (although I guess serum and eye creams aren't exactly the same thing?)
Buzzkeville Buzzkeville 6 years
I'm 26 and have been using Biotherm products for a while. Right now I use Biotherm Aquasource Biosensitive and I really love it, it helps with puffness and dark circles. Here it's about 35€, but it's really worht it. It's light and doesn't grease my eyes at all. Hope that helps :)
ineedcaffeine ineedcaffeine 6 years
I am in exactly the same position! Although I've been doing this search for two years now. Likes: the Burt's Bees one with Royal jelly (I think thats what it is) All About eyes RICH (very important to get the Rich version), Garnier's (not the roller, super cheap but pretty decent)and Patricia Wexler's from Bath and Body Works (the BEST out of them all, by far). Dislikes: Clarins (made my eye area feel raw), L'Occitane (so absurdly expensive and doesnt do anything), Clinique's All About Eyes (I have no idea the difference between this and the "rich" one, but this one is just greasy for me) and Boots (did nothing). Hope that helps!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 6 years
I use Clinique's All About Eyes Rich and I love it. It has really helped me with puffiness and dark circles.
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