Over the past few months, my eyes took a real beating. Not sure if it’s that I’m getting older or if it was the stress from my recent move, but my crow’s feet appears to have doubled and my undereye bags have turned a deep purple color. I was ready to make an appointment with my dermatologist for an in-office treatment (botox, filler, laser), when I decided to change up my eye products. After some trial and error, I ended up with products that made an immediate difference and worked to eradicate undereye circles, smooth crepiness and make my eyes look brighter and more awake. Here are the products that have gotten me through the last few months and made me rethink in-office eye treatments—for now.
Back in my 20s, I would use retinol infused undereye patches (only b/c I got them for free) and loved how they would make my eyes look after a late night out or before a special event. The patches below are similar, injected with potent ingredients that help fight inflammation, puffiness and discoloration. If skin around the eye area is tired, dull and needs a quick moisture boost, then these eye masks are good to add to your beauty routine.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks are instantly cooling and full of de-puffing and plumping ingredients such as dragon’s blood (it sounds creepy, but it comes from plants), arnica, hyaluronic acid and collagen to give intense moisture to the eye area without any irritation. I love to use these when I’m tired or before a big event. My skin looks firmer and brighter after wearing them for 20 to 30 minutes.
StriVectinLABS Anti-Wrinkle Precision Patches remind me of Crest Whitestrips for under the eyes. They are paisley-shaped patches loaded with a good dose of hyaluronic acid and the brand’s signature NIA-114 molecule, which delivers niacin to the skin cells to promote healthier skin and help banish crow’s feet.
I’ve used countless eye creams—both expensive and drugstore brands—and StriVectinLabs Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Balm, which comes along with the anti-wrinkle precision patches, fills in lines and is deeply moisturizing without being slippery. My eyes are much smoother and softer thanks to the brand’s patented NIA-114, as well as shea butter and botanical extracts, and I can buy some more time with in-office procedures.
I prefer lightweight, creamy concealers in a pen form that blend well and offer subtle radiance to help diffuse dark circles. Both concealers below have a good balance of color with moisturizing properties.
By Terry Touch Expert Advanced has been my go-to under-eye concealer for a while now. It hides dark circles, does not feel heavy, never settles into fine lines and wrinkles and makes me look as if I got a full eight hours of sleep.
Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Wand is a dual-sided product that contains a silky hydrating and lifting eye cream on one side and a light-reflecting concealer on the other, containing mother-of-pearl to neutralize blue, brown and pink undertones. I’ve been using shade 1, which is a pinky-peach hue, and it has definitely helped with diffusing the dark purple circles under my eyes. I apply most of the product to the inner corners and blend outward with my finger.
Do you have a favorite eye product? Please share below if you do.