My mom taught me the importance of using an eye cream since I was little. Now imagine my shock when I read an article where a certain well-known beauty expert said that having a separate product is pretty much pointless. I won’t name names, but you all know her. The reasoning behind that assessment is that eye cream formulas don’t differ much from regular facial moisturizers, if at all, so why splurge on a separate product when you can just use one for both your face and eye area. However, I think this generalization is wrong. It’s like those one size fits all clothes that don’t fit the majority of people who try them on. I feel pretty ballsy arguing against an actual expert here without having any kind of cosmetology background, but a girl can still have an opinion, right?
Thing is, and I think this is true for most people [or at least for most people I’ve met], the condition of our skin in the immediate eye area differs from the rest of the face. We could have dry skin all over, with oily and reactive eyelids. Or maybe someone has severe acne, and dry itchy eyes. In my case, I have combination skin that leans dry/dehydrated, with the typical oily t-zone, and my eyelids are oily. I think we all know this, and I’m not telling you anything revolutionary right now, but the best way of using skincare in general is to find products that will bring your skin type closer to normal. Meaning, if your skin is dry then it needs to be hydrated, if it’s oily and acne-prone, then you will probably look for products with Salicylic Acid that will also normalize the oil production etc. So how can anyone expect to use the same product on their face and eyes, if the issues the product needs to address are so different? That statement is the reason why I think a separate eye cream is necessary, or at least another product that one would only use in their eye area [which kind of makes it an eye cream, doesn’t it].
With all that said, I thought I’d tell you about an eye cream I tried recently – StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles [$69, available here]. But Anastasia, you don’t have wrinkles yet, why would you even use a product like this? Rather than going by what the label says, I look at the ingredients, and it has just what I need for more lifted and youthful looking eyes. As fellow blogger Beautiful With Brains recently noted, using anti-aging products as early as 21 is recommended, because that’s when our skin starts losing collagen at 1%/year rate. This isn’t new to me, but I could never quite sum up my knowledge as eloquently as Gio did, so you guys should read her post if you want to know more.
StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles contains patented NIA-114™ technology that helps strengthen the skin matrix, brighten the eye area, reduce dehydration, and address fine lines and deeper crow’s feet. The formula also contains optical light diffusers that make the dark circles less noticeable from the very first use. This cream has pleasant silky texture that absorbs well by the skin without making the area feel sticky. Applied over the cream, my makeup stayed on well and I didn’t experience pilling, creasing, or melting. I decided to keep my tube in the fridge, so the cream can have some depuffing properties in addition to already existing benefits.
Overall, StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles worked well for me as a day eye cream so far. I’ve been using it on and off for the past month along with another eye cream, and my eyes have been looking more awake, lifted, hydrated, and comfortable. I can’t comment on this cream’s wrinkle-fighting properties, because I don’t have any, and I hope to keep it that way as long as possible without the use of more invasive procedures.
Do you use an eye cream in your beauty routine? Have you tried StriVectin products before? Let me know in the comments below!
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