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Top “Eye Cream with SPF” Options…

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I’m not sure that it’s entirely necessary to use an eye cream with SPF. Not in the UK, anyway. Most of us, if we are out in “normal” daylight, will be wearing some kind of concealer or foundation that contains an SPF. If it’s very hot, then we’ll usually have taken our face sunscreen around the eye area anyway. Between moisturisers, BB Creams, primers, foundations, powder and concealers we will usually have adequate protection over the delicate eye area. But what if you don’t wear makeup, or sunscreens sting your eyes, or you simply want dedicated sun protection for the eye area?

Eye products with SPF are actually rather scarce in comparison to those without; out of the hundred or so eye products that I pulled out of my beauty cupboard, less than ten of them had an SPF. I think that, in general, the textures of the creams without SPF were far superior to those with; the ones containing sunscreens tended to be a little stodgier and heavier. I spent a few days wearing different SPF eye creams on each eye and I did find that they weren’t quite as refreshing and moisturising as my regular creams.

That’s probably why eye creams with SPF are less popular; those light and cooling eye gels that de-puff and smooth fine lines perhaps wouldn’t be quite the same with a load of filters bunged into the mix. Also, some chemical sunscreens are notoriously uncomfortable around the eye area – many people can’t wear certain facial sunscreens for this reason. Add to that the fact that some chemicals in sunscreen can destabilise other ingredients, or render them ineffective, and you can start to see why there are so few eye creams with an SPF…

In short, it seems that if you want a high-powered, super-duper anti-ageing eye cream, you’re probably not going to get an SPF built-in. I have, however, whittled my Eye SPF testing down to a few products that I got on well with – see what you think!

1) Perricone MD’s No Concealer Concealer (see the full review here). Mineral sunscreen (SPF35) so it won’t sting the eye area and brilliant concealing prowess. It’s not strictly an eye cream, but it probably has just as many anti-ageing properties as any of the others (if not more), so it makes the cut! I love this stuff. £37 from Salon Skincare

2) Ole Henriksen’s Total Truth Eye Cream SPF 15: a buttery, rich eye cream that does a good job of keeping the eye area moisturised. It’s £41 for 15g with free worldwide delivery at FeelUnique.com

3) Clinique’s Superdefense SPF20 – pick of the bunch. It used to be available only in Duty Free but now you can get it online and instore. I think it’s a really comprehensive little cream with a good SPF and a nice, non-greasy texture that sits well beneath makeup. Find it online here – it’s £30.

4) Liz Earle’s Daily Eye Repair (see the full review here) is a gentle eye cream with SPF10. It’s £14.25 at Liz Earle here

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  1. I bought the Boots own brand Vitamin E eye cream which has an spf of 15, and it’s great! Lightly moisturising, not sticky – I mean, it’s not going to cure your dark circles or give you the under eye area of a 10 year old or anything, but it does cost about £2.60! I’ve paid more for things that do less! Would like to try the Liz Earle one, her moisturisers are great when Winter rocks up!

  2. Ahh eye creams my favourite beauty products ! Not fussed over liz Earle one didn’t do anything for me, in terms of reducing wrinkles and I didn’t find it moisturising enough, :-( I haven’t tried the others !
    My current line busting duo is elemental herbology eye serum and PAI echium eye cream over top really working well together on me anyway!

  3. Hi Ruth, can I just ask if you think creams are better than gel formulations? I have used bobbie brown cream clarins cream, and currently in the alpha h intensive eye and lip treatment, but when I tried the ren radiant eye gel and the absolute eye complex from alpha h, and just don’t know if it is in my head or not but just don’t feel that they hydrate as much?

  4. Thank you for posting about this, I’ve been looking for more info on them.

  5. Great recs, Ruth! I actually just use my facial SPF right underneath (and all around) my eyes; works beautifully, and I don’t need to buy a separate product!

  6. I use “total eye care” from Dermalogica. Plus it is slightly tinted which is great. Take care

  7. So very interested in the Perricone No Concealer Concealer–has the highest SPF and covers darkness. Perfect! I don’t wear eye cream during the day anyway, so I don’t mind if it doesn’t moisturize

  8. Thanks for the run-down. Suddenly the area around my eyes has become as parched and wrinkled as the Sahara Desert. It’s from newly diagnosed hypothyroidism and meds will eventually kick in but until then I’m about to lose it w/the difficult skin! Great timing! Thanks!

  9. hi ruth! can you recommend some eye-creams that are anti-puff? i love your blog and youtube channel btw! <3

  10. I use Clarins “Sun Wrinkle Control Cream SPF 30”. It’s a little bit expensive, but you really need a tiny bit, so the tube will last you for years – I’ve had mine for 3 years now and there’s like half left! I used to use regular sunscreen for my face under my eyes, but I felt all of my sunscreens were too heavy, and you shouldn’t wear heavy creams on your eyes. This one is really lightweight and goes over your regular eye cream, I usually use it under the summer months and in winter when the sun seems strong. Before I used to get sunspots around my eyes and since I started using this it has really made a difference! The only problem is that it can leave a white residue if you don’t blend it in well, but I like it ’cause I have really dark circles under my eyes and I feel as if this is brightening that area a bit so I don’t look like I’ve been punched.

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