I’ve been using a mild retinol on my face several times a week for the past 4 years or so, and won’t be stopping anytime soon. That, combined with getting older, means my once oily-and-could-take-anything skin has become combination/dry and super sensitive. The worst area is my eyes. While I don’t have fine lines quite yet, I do have dark circles that have only gotten worse over the years.
I’ve tried so many eye creams, and found that even the ones labeled ‘for sensitive skin’ can be offensive (I’m looking at your Burt’s Bees sensitive eye cream). I know a cream is due for a return when I wake up with red, itchy, or super dry skin that is sometimes raw and swollen. Not pretty.
My requirements for an eye cream are simple. Moisturizing, but not overly emollient. Not irritating in the least. Since I only use it at night (I use my regular moisturizer with SPF all over my face by day), how well it works with makeup is a non-issue.
The only brand I’ve had success with is Clinique. I used to alternate between All About Eyes (spring/summer) and All About Eyes Rich (fall/winter), but have been using Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream with success. It’s got a light texture, but is quite moisturizing and seems to be making a difference with my undereye circles and puffiness. I highly recommend it. Even the 0.5 oz size ($40) will last forever, since you just need a dab of product for each eye.
About once a week, I’ll give my eyes a break and dab a bit of Cerave around my eyes. It is the most gentle, healing moisturizer I’ve yet to come across. It’s a bit rich for everyday use, but for extra moisturization and to keep winter flakies at bay, nothing beats it. One tub lasts forever, and you can find it at most drugstores.
Finally, in semi-unrelated news, I broke down and bought the YSL Touche Eclat Highlighter. My color is #3. While it’s not my desert island makeup necessity, it’s pretty good for brightening up the undereye area. I’ve found that it works best on top of moisturizer and primer, to ensure that you skin is nicely plumped. I gently dab/blend a few dots into my skin, and then set with a light dusting of powder. Still searching for my HG concealer, but I’m a fan of the YSL, and must say that the gold casing looks pretty chic on my dresser.