Our Under-Eye Circles Are Practically Nonexistent Now Thanks to This Product
I don't know about you, but I'm pretty overwhelmed when I browse all the eye creams and eye serums out there. It is both a blessing and a curse that there are so many options. I'm grateful that there are several different formulas to choose from, but there are so many to try and so little time (and money) to try them all. As an impatient person with my dark circles around my eyes, I just want the fastest route to lighter eyes, and now I want to know.
Well, I recently found out that there is good news and bad news on this front. The good? These products can help. "Typically, eye serums or creams are lighter than those used for the face, neck, or chest, and contain more concentrated active ingredients that act on the delicate skin of the eyes, targeting fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, while at the same time firming and hydrating the area "says board certified dermatologist Jason Emer, MD, FAAD.
As for the bad news, while it can help reduce the incidence of this nuisance, it doesn't work great miracles. Board certified dermatologist Flora Kim, MD, FAAD always wants her patients to have realistic expectations of these products. "There can be subtle improvements in dark circles, puffiness, or wrinkles, but there is no such thing as a miraculous topical eye formulation," explains Kim. "However, the skin on your eyelids is the thinnest of your body and requires DC. Therefore, an eye serum or eye cream plays an important role in your daily skin care routine."
She says serums are good when you have a tendency to develop milia around the eyes or when you want a pure formulation that is quickly absorbed. Creams, on the other hand, are better suited for mature, dry skin that needs more intensive moisture and is not prone to milia. Whether you prefer a cream or a serum also depends on your personal preferences, as the serum has a more liquid, gel-like consistency.
With realistic expectations, I decided to hire myself and my colleague, Editor-in-Chief Kat Collings, to test an eye serum of our choice to see if it gave some results. That's how we did it.
Since I regularly use a lot of Kiehl products in my skin care regimen, I went for the brand's Vitamin C Eye Serum to reduce the strength of the brand's dark circle ($ 50). I liked that it contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that can lighten the skin and protect it from free radicals.
According to the serum description, it is "formulated with 10% pure vitamin C to visibly reduce dark circles under the eyes in just seven days". It also contains other ingredients like tripeptides and fragmented hyaluronic acid to help reduce fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness. Sounds good, right? It looked promising, but I decided to heed Kim's words and manipulate my expectations.
Kiehl's Powerful Dark Circle That Reduces Vitamin C Eye Serum ($ 50)
I'm trying not to be dramatic here, but sometimes it feels like I've been dealing with dark circles for ages. Along with constantly dry skin, it's one of my biggest skin grips. Even if I sleep a blissful night, I still wake up with tired looking eyes. Concealer seemed like my only friend.
It's always so exciting to try new products, so I was pretty excited about applying the serum for the first time. The consistency is more like a light cream, but that doesn't mean it won't be absorbed quickly. I patted the product along the area around my eyes morning and night. Only a small pump was needed for both eyes, which I think was good given its economic factor. After I applied the serum, it felt a little warm on the skin, which Kiehl says is completely normal.
After trying for seven days, I noticed that my dark circles looked a little lighter. They weren't completely gone, but I didn't look like a total zombie anymore. Thanks to the hyaluronic acid, the area around my eyes also seemed more moist. And the best part was that I didn't have to charge the concealer. While I can't talk about how it works with puffy eyes, it helped me turn things around for my tired, dark eyes.
Given the time I spend these days working and socializing via video calls, I feel like I'm looking strangely at my own face more than ever. At one such meeting, I noticed that my eyes looked a little tired. I took a screenshot for reference and found out a few days later that my colleague was doing an eye serum story. I check out Who What Wear's best-selling eye serums and see Dr. Dennis Gross's Triple Correction Serum ($ 69) topped the list. I tried the serum day and night for over a week and decided to video call "after" it was shot to share the noticeable difference.
I recreated the scene from the original screenshot, including the location (my patio), the time (5pm), and the makeup (I applied a concealer under the eyes that morning, but by that hour it was mostly worn out ). . If you compare the before and after, you can see that the gray "spots" under my eyes look visibly lighter. Success!
Dr. Dennis Gross Skin Care Ferulic + Retinol Serum Triple Correction Eye Serum ($ 69)
A little more context about the product: I love how this eye serum contains retinol, one of the most powerful and clinically proven ingredients for anti-aging. The retinol is gentle enough on the eye area to prevent flaking or dry skin. It's also made to go around the eye, including on the eyelid. I know some women in their sixties who have had plastic surgery on their drooping eyelids, so I am ready to proactively tighten this area. I will also note that this was the first time I used an eye serum versus an eye cream, and I found the Dr. Dennis Gross serum as moisturizing as my normal eye cream. I didn't feel the need to put my usual eye cream on top, which is a bit surprising as many of my facial serums can have a slightly drying and firming effect when my skin craves for that moisturizing final layer of cream. Not so with this serum! For me, this is key as I don't want a two-step, twice as expensive skin care routine just for my eyes. I will manifest that one day, but right now this serum does the trick and more!
How to choose an eye serum
Since Kat and I have different skin types and chose two different serum formulations, what works for us may not work exactly for you. Sometimes it takes a little trial and error to find the right one. However, there are a few common ingredients in many eye serums - the specific ones you should focus on will depend on your needs.
"Highly concentrated active ingredients in the serums promote blood circulation, activate cell renewal processes, tighten and tighten the skin while it is moisturized, and reduce pigmentation," explains Emer. Below are some common active ingredients and their benefits:
Retinol, Neuropeptides, and Vitamin C: Boost Collagen Production
Hyaluronic acid and ceramides: help with hydration
Peptides: promoting cell renewal
Caffeine, Green Tea, and Mulberry Extract: Increase blood flow and decrease swelling and discoloration
Other eye serums to try out
The Common Caffeine Solution 5% + EGCG ($ 7)
Emer recommends The Ordinary's caffeine solution. The affordable option includes caffeine and green tea, both of which reduce dark pigmentation and puffiness. It is recommended to massage under the eyes morning and evening.
Environ Vita Peptide Youth EssentiA Eye Gel ($ 170)
Kim likes Environ's eye gel, which she believes is a "pure, lightweight, fast-absorbing formulation that's filled with peptides, vitamins and antioxidants." It rehydrates the skin and repairs sun damage.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum Synchronized Complex II ($ 69)
This highly rated serum works on all signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles, dryness and uneven skin tone. It works overnight so you can wake up with brighter eyes. Reviewers rave about its ability to help the eyes look less tired and more youthful.
No.7 Youthful Eye Serum ($ 24)
This drugstore find is another selection from Emer. It contains peptides, hyaluronic acid, and vitamins A and C. It deeply moisturizes the eyes and reduces the appearance of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness.
Clinique All About Eye Serum De-Puffing Eye Massage ($ 34)
Puffy eyes have found their match in this eye serum. Apply the rollerball to instantly cool your eyes and refresh them with ingredients like caffeine, antioxidants and botanicals. And it doesn't leave a sticky, wet mess - it dries quickly.
Arcona Peptide Eye Serum ($ 52)
Arconas Eye Serum is another eye depressant that is very moisturizing and promotes and repairs skin elasticity. You can apply a small pump to the eye area in the morning and evening.
La Mer The Lifting Eye Serum ($ 275)
La Mer's Serum is the most expensive option on our list and an investment, but one that rejuvenates the entire eye area. The formula promotes elastin production when lifting and shaping. Use the applicator to massage the product around the eye morning and night.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Moisturizing Gel Cream ($ 14)
If you're dealing with dry, dull eyes, check out this option. Emer recommends this Neutrogena drugstore as it is based on hyaluronic acid and is very moisturizing. It binds moisture and is quickly absorbed.
Verso Super Eye Serum ($ 80)
The anti-aging serum contains amino acids that smooth and reduce puffiness. It also has a powerful infusion of retinol to help firm and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
Isdin K-Ox Under Eye Lightening Cream ($ 93)
Kim likes this product because it contains vitamin K, which helps treat dark circles and can be used after botox to minimize bruising. It also smoothens skin tone and repairs elasticity.
Vichy Laboratories LiftActiv Eye and Lash Serum ($ 35)
Vichys Serum has a double effect: it reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and tightens the eye area. Plus, it strengthens the lashes. Apply to the eye contour and your eyelashes.
Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum ($ 85)
Another recommendation from Emer, Tatcha's eye serum, is infused with red algae for hydration and caffeine to reduce puffiness and tight skin. The applicator cools itself down - it is made of ceramic for a therapeutic, relaxing effect.
Drunk Elephant Shaba Complex Firming Eye Serum ($ 60)
Drunk Elephant Serum is formulated with copper peptides to reduce fine lines and promote elasticity, smooth black tea fermentation, and hydrate niacinamide. It is also free from essential oils, silicones, and fragrances.
Murad Retinol Youth Renewal Eye Serum ($ 85)
You can use this serum all over your eyes, including your eyelids. (Some other options only allow you to apply certain areas.) It contains retinol and a seaweed complex that is used to lift, refresh, and smooth the eyes. It is safe to use in the morning and in the evening.
Emerage Cosmetics Re-Fit Eye ($ 110)
Emer also has its own eye serum formula that has anti aging results. "My eye serum was formulated with highly concentrated growth factors and peptides and maca roots to not only improve firmness and wrinkles, but also reduce pigmentation," he explains.
Next, I own 27 eye creams, but I recommend these to my friends.
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