The eyes tell a story all by themselves as it is the first place to show signs of skin aging, so its the first place we should all look to protect. The skin is extremely delicate around the eye area, the same as the skin on the lip and yet is most mobile with 10,000 blinks per day! It is extra susceptible to dryness and trauma and this why our eyes give a lot away about our personal lifestyle.

Late nights, lack of sleep, stress, environmental damage, genetics, poor diet, over use of products.....this all contributes to our eyes aging. Different factors affect different people so its finding your own personal eye treatment to suit your own personal concern, so what may work for one person may not necessarily work for another.

Over the years I have tried and tested many eye creams from many brands, including low end, high end, organic, creams, gels, balms and have finally made a grouping of  'products that really do make a big difference!".

Being a beauty therapist, over the years I have physically seen good results in many clients using different products on the market aswell as on myself, but it can be an expensive business finding the right product that suits you and does what you want it too. There is also so much choice out there nowadays which is great but sometimes a bit overwhelming.

Here are my top 5 favourite eye treatments that I think deserve a mention (for both women and men).

  • ORIGINS Ginzing Refreshing Eye Cream 
Origins Ginzing around £21/€25 15ml

What is it? This natural, clinically-proven morning-after eye cream instantly reduces dark circles. Unsightly bags and puffiness virtually disappear. Origins' proprietary complex of caffeine from coffee bean, Panax ginseng, magnolia extract, and natural optic brighteners rapidly wakes up, refreshes, and restores radiance to tired eyes. Best for all skin types (free from all parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances etc).

I love this product. It always wins beauty awards as it is well known and deserves all the credit that it gets. Ok it wont get rid of wrinkles or lines as such, but it does instantly brighten the eye and makes them feel really hydrated. It is more suited to younger ages I would say that do not have deep lines and wrinkles but want to look after their eyes and keep them looking fresh and awake. Great price point and an excellent eye cream for first time users.

  • DARPHIN Wrinkle Corrective Eye Contour Cream
Darphin Eye Contour Cream around £37/€44 15ml

What is it?
This silky soft Darphin eye cream with a powerful combination of natural and high-tech ingredients that help reduce the appearance of lines and deep wrinkles around the eye contour as it visibly renews natural glow and restores suppleness. The eye contour is smoother, softer and radiant-looking. 

This really does instantly smooth the eye area making lines less visible, just like a magic wand. I couldnt believe the instant result with this product. I personally was never impressed with previous Darphin eye creams as never saw a real change in my skin but this one changed my mind as I have seen it work and its a great price for the results that you can get. It gives an instant brightening effect, so eyes look more awake and radiant. Its good for people who already have visible aging but also for people who want to protect from future damage, so a good all round eye cream for all ages and skin concerns.

  • LA PRAIRIE Essence Caviar Eye Complex

What is it? La Prairie Eye Essence instantly tones, helps to firm and smoothes the delicate skin surrounding the eyes. It minimizes the appearance of fine lines, helps to reduce the feeling of under-eye puffiness and sagging skin, also helps to prolong the durability of eye makeup.

It feels just like water. You can use this all over the eye, not just on the eye contour as this immediately soaks into the skin. It is so cooling and wakes you up like instant match sticks opening your eyes! I always noticed how this really helped with crepeness on the eyelids that you can get as you get older, it smoothed out the area and really made a massive difference! It can be applied under a cream also for an added boost. Best applied day and night for fast results and can be applied all over the eye not just on the orbital bone so very quick and easy to use. This is one of my all time favourties and well worth investing in.

N.B. Now I must add, I am a huge La Prairie fan as having worked for the company for 6 years, I kind of got spoilt by using such a fantastic luxury brand which was a big perk of my job! But the reason I worked for the company for so long was because the products really do work and being a beauty specialist having good products to work with is key. It truly is a fantastic brand where the science behind it all is just mind blowing and so advanced. Investing in key products from the brand is a great way to get high tech skincare into your everyday routine.

  • LA PRAIRIE Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream

La Prairie Skin Caviar Luxe Eye around £210/€250 20ml

What is it? La Prairie Caviar Luxe Eye Lift Cream offers incredible lifting action, improving skin tone and firmness in the eye zone. Helps bind internal moisture, thus preventing dehydration and dryness. It helps to reduce feeling of puffiness and the look of dark under-eye circles. Instantly relaxes expression lines!

This is the creme de la creme of all eye creams. I love that fact that it even comes with its own spatula/spoon and stand for the ultimate in luxury (and to also prevent contamination). Who wouldn't want this sitting on their dresser or in their bathroom? - 'eye catching' aswell as 'eye treating'! just divine.

It is incredibly lifting and firming and great to use in between the brows where frown lines can appear. It is perfect for those who have maybe tried most products out there and feel that surgery is a last and only resort for them. But hold fire and try this before as it is expensive but cheaper than an eye lift - and guarantees results, its also 10ml larger than a regualar eye cream being 20ml!
It can be used by anyone looking to really turn back the years or prevent their eyes from future damage. This is for those who are very serious when it comes down to eye care.

In my opinion, the highly scientific technology that La Prairie use is the reason that they are leaders when it comes to eye care ......

  • NATURA BISSE Diamond Extreme Lift Eye

What is it? Smooth on this eye cream to eliminate signs of fatigue and stress. An extraordinary lifting treatment, it renews and hydrates the delicate skin around your eyes, providing firmness and luminosity for a perfectly youthful appearance. This cream is formulated with an ‘epidermal self modulator’ that protects and creates a natural barrier that renews your skin. Multi-use, it diminishes dark circles and puffiness, and also can be used to nourish the lip contour area.

When I worked for Space NK, this Spanish branded eye cream was one of the best selling items in the store. The reason being that so many people saw results from this product that they would re-purchase or have sampled this and come back to buy it. It is great for people who again do have visible aging around the eyes and want to help lessen the appearance of lines & wrinkles. It does give a real lifting effect to the eye without surgery. I love this and use this to protect my eyes from future aging but like me using this without much for it to work on, you wont see dramatic results as it is safe guarding your eyes like a bodyguard against all those nasty free radicals in the air that attack your skin. Its an investment but a wise one too. A top tip that I was given when applying this is to slightly stretch out the skin around the eye with your other hand then pat this into lines and watch them be instantly smoothed away.

As you shall see from my selection, eye creams are not cheap. I think it is very important to invest in a good eye cream that works for you but obviously one that you can afford to use. You only have one face so it is important to protect all aspects of it from so many damaging effects out there that attack your skin daily.

If you can only afford to invest in one good item, let it be your eye cream as like I mentioned before it is the first area to show signs of aging and once the damage is done it is very hard to turn back the clock!

  • Don't use too much. A grain of rice size amount for both eyes is all you need! Your eye can only absorb so much, the rest just gets wasted and sits on the skin, causing Milia, small white bumps under the skin, where the product has turned to fat. 
  • Place the product on your ring finger and rub between both of your ring fingers to warm and soften the cream. If a gel then not necessarily needed. Pat the product on the orbital bone of the eye and just below the brow. Do not rub, gentle patting only.
  • Apply in a forward and back motion, this helps with circulation and gets the blood flowing around the eye, helping with any darkness. 
  • Use your eye cream around the lip contour too! (unless stated not too) Two products in one! This will help with lines developing around the mouth, especially good for smokers.
  • Make sure you use an eye cream morning and night for maximum results. Gels and light textures are good to use pm as they help to flush through toxins around the eye that can lead to puffiness.

Your eyes are important - take good care of them.