Some Rescue Eye Creams for Dry Skin…

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This was supposed to be a “winter skin” post, but, as usual, time has slipped away and we find ourselves on Spring’s doorstep, ready with our cotton trenchcoats and dainty slip-on shoes. I think I’m going to have to start thinking like a magazine – months and months ahead – so that I manage to stay vaguely on-topic. In my drafts at the moment I have a post about central heating, one about winter vitamins and a “run up to Christmas” survival guide! Must try harder.

So now it’s not a winter skin post, it’s one about a few rich, luxurious eye creams I’ve been trying out that would be quite good for dry skin. Actually (and this is the wonderful thing about eye creams, I think) they are suitable for almost any skin type, because they’re only going to be applied around the eye area. I have combination skin on my face, but as I’m getting older I feel as though I need something a little richer around the eyes – something slightly more buttery and luxurious. I could never get away with applying buttery, rich creams to my face but they work splendidly around my eyes which is, incidentally, where all of my fine lines are. (The existence of these “zones” on my face is probably the main reason I feel so strongly about eye creams. Some people think they’re a waste of time, but I wouldn’t be without them. My eye area has different needs. And I enjoy the ritual of applying a separate product.)

I’m getting distracted – let’s talk about the eye creams in the picture. If you’re after light, refreshing textures then these will not be for you – and very young skin need not apply, it would probably find them too heavy. If you want an excellent all-round anti-ageing performer with a creamy, light texture then my favourite is the StriVectin SD. You can read the review here or buy it at Space NK here – it seems expensive at £49 but you get 30ml, twice as much as in a standard eye cream. If you’re looking for an eye cream with added utterly butterliness, something to melt into those fine lines and (hopefully) plump out the skin, give it a huge boost of moisture, then the ones in the picture above are worth a punt.

So here they are, from left to right:

The Gold Eye Lift cream from Omorovicza, £115 here. Yes, I know – a serious outlay. However, if you’re in the market for something seriously luxurious then it’s worth the serious outlay and more. This has a gorgeous texture – it’s more of an ointment than a cream. You don’t dip into the post and come out with a blob of product, you just kind of slide your fingertip over the surface and then pat onto the undereye. It’s actually very difficult to use this up quickly (thank God) and after a year I still have almost a full pot. It’s a dream under makeup and equally beautiful as an overnight treat – a lifting and tightening effect during the day and through the night it seems to really relax and rejuvenate the eye area. Definitely one to try and procure a sample of before you buy though, just to be on the safe side!

Next to the Omorovicza, on the bottom row, the Sanctuary Spa Peptide Repair Eye Cream, £18 from Boots.com. Strictly speaking, not really a rich and buttery offering but great for those worried about wrinkles. Also great for those with very tired, stressed eyes as this has one of the best instant cooling actions that I’ve ever come across! Now whether this is down to the alcohol in the formula (listed right up there at the top of the ingredients list), the chamomile extract or some other kind of wizardry, I can’t tell you, but there’s a definite cooling effect. It’s also packed full of peptides to help reduce the look of fine lines and works brilliantly beneath undereye concealer. I like this one a lot – lightweight, comforting, affordable.

Back to the heavyweights, and sat atop the budget buy we have Jo Malone’s Vitamin E Eye Cream. This is relatively new but I’ve been testing it for a couple of months now. The moisturising day cream from the same range was too rich for my skin, but the eye cream feels ever so slightly more delicate and it works well for me, moisturising the eye area very nicely with no oily residue. No residue at all, in fact, which makes it a good choice if you want to immediately apply makeup in the morning. It doesn’t feel as nourishing as the Omorovicza Gold Eye Lift, but it’s less than a third of the price at £35 (Jo Malone)

Finally, plonked to the right of my artfully-arranged composition is the Bobbi Brown Extra Repair Cream. Packaged in a heavy glass jar, this one is probably the most buttery of the lot if you’re looking for full-on richness. Some might find it to have an overly-greasy feel, but that doesn’t last for long at all. What I would be careful of is overusing at bedtime, especially if you’re prone to any kind of puffiness – for some reason this one can make me a little “pouchy” in the morning if I’m too generous with the application. It’s brilliant for in-flight skin rescue, though and as a daytime eye cream for really dried-out skin. It’s £40 at Selfridges.com

I’ll leave you with a link to a review for Philosophy’s Miracle Worker – another rich, almost waxy cream that’s brilliant for dry skin around the eyes. What makes this one stand apart is that it’s packaged in a pump and not a jar – I have no idea what possesses all of these brands to stick everything into jars! Philosophy Miracle Worker Eye Cream is right up there, for me, as a reasonably affordable eye treatment for drier skin. Check it out here

29 Responses to "Some Rescue Eye Creams for Dry Skin…"
  1. Nadia says:

    Hey Ruth,

    (the other day I asked you about day-serums-found now what you wrote about them :))
    Different question now concerning the eye LIDS. I was always wondering if I should put eye creams on the lids too, cause I can see that they are not that smooth anymore – unfortunately. I bought the Strivectin eye-cream – do you put the Strivectin on your lids too? Do you know any good eye cream for the lids or do you think it’s better to not put anything on them ..? (But those lines!?)

  2. Rose says:

    Ruth,
    What is your opinion of Ahava eye creams (and their products) for dry skin over 50?
    Thanks,

    • Ruth Crilly says:

      Probably really lovely, but I’m afraid I haven’t tried too many of their things so I couldn’t say definitively! If you like Ahava, also check out brands like Melvita and (lower price point) JASON. x

  3. Cheryl says:

    Hi Ruth, thanks so much for all your amazing advice, I am 24yrs old and will be 25 in 2 months and I have a dilemma whether to start using products for mature skin or anti wrinkle creams. I sometimes notice some fine lines around my eye area but I’m not sure whether I should start using anti wrinkle creams or if I am too young to start using them. Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading your posts and watching your videos :) Cheryl x

  4. lu says:

    hey ruth! im 13 and thinking about trying eyecreams, should i use something that is purely for moisturizing properties as i have really tiny lines under my eyes? thank you! :) x

  5. Stacie says:

    I too have been using StriVectin SD as well, I am a little older than you, and I have found it has worked well on those fine lines around the corners of my eyes. The whole line of there products has worked well for me. And I have the same type of combo skin as you. And yes breakouts still seem to happen, even as we age, no matter how diligent you are with good cleansing ! Thanks for all your hard work, really enjoy AMR :)

  6. Tina says:

    Bobbi Brown I exactly what I’m after, I love that morning puffiness!

  7. Julia C says:

    Oh I just wanna recommend the Trevarno eye cream to anyone who likes super rich buttery textures. It’s organic, made from essential oils and affordable at like £8 or something… I love it and wont use anything else :)

  8. RuthCrilly says:

    Try BeautyBay, LookFantastic, Cult Beauty, all very reliable x

  9. RuthCrilly says:

    Try the Perricone No Concealer Concealer, that’s pretty lush! x

  10. Esmeralda Gonzalez says:

    Have you ever tried Clinique’s “All About Eyes”? Goes on super silky and smooth and feels lovely. It works and has worked wonders for the baggage I carry under my eyes. It literally does what it says de-puffs, and targets circles. After continued use I really did see a difference. Also great pre concealer application. £21.60 for 15ml might seem dear but so worth it!

  11. madii says:

    I actually prefer creams in pots. I like the look of them, and unscrewing the cap and everything about it. Tubes and pumps – may be more hygenic but…meh! ;)

    • RuthCrilly says:

      Good to know! I like them too, aesthetically, but tubes are easier to travel with I find.. x

  12. Jacqueline says:

    So glad you reviewed the Bobbi Brown eye cream- I have a sample that I’ve been waiting to use. I just assumed I would use it at night- now I’ll be careful about the puffy factor! Thanks:) xx

  13. Gladys says:

    great review! I don’t have dry skin but I’m still tempted to try…

  14. Alessandra says:

    Hi Ruth, glad you’re back :) Is the Bobbi Brown extra repair balm like the Omorozvica product you mentioned?

    • Alessandra says:

      Also, what is the difference between the repair cream and repair balm? X

      • Alessandra says:

        In your opinion, naturally. I can read the labels but perhaps you can comment on the difference in the feel and the effects. Thanks!

    • RuthCrilly says:

      In texture it’s actually quite similar in the jar – both are incredibly rich and you glide fingertips over rather than “dig in”. The Om is more fragranced, but “naturally” so, if that makes a difference, and I find the moisturising effects to be longer-lasting even though the “feel” is more tightening. In respect to comparing two BB eye products, haven’t tried the repair cream I’m afraid! x

  15. Laura says:

    The Bobbi Brown Hydrating cream is definitely my preferred choice over the Repair cream – it plumps out fine lines like nothing else I’ve tried! X

  16. Upa says:

    LOL! As I was reading, I thought, “gotta ask Ruth about Bobbi Brown.” What do ya know: you answered everything I wanted to know! (Go Ruth!)
    But I do have another question. For some reason, when I use any eye cream at night, it ends up getting into my eyes as I read before sleep, causing almost a film, though it doesn’t burn at all…I just can’t see to read. I try not to get it on my stubby and sparse eyelashes. Have you any idea what I’m doing wrong? I can’t go much longer w/ no eye cream at night. I’m way too old for that!
    So glad that you’re on your way to recovery (I hope!) Please, please, please take care of yourself as you build up strength and your body repairs itself. xxx

    • RuthCrilly says:

      Thank you Upa, and thanks for your tweets too, I really appreciated them. OK, eye cream, how close to the eye are you applying? I get that film too, if I pat it too close to the eye. Some are just designed to be applied around the orbital bone. x

      • Upa says:

        Yes, I stay with the orbital bone, but somehow things just seem to slip and slide. So annoying. More practice I suppose. Perhaps getting too close to the laugh lines on the sides of the eyes? Ugh! Thanks! xx

  17. Chris Smith says:

    I bought the Philosophy miracle worker eye cream after reading your review a few months ago and love it! I also recently received a sample of the Cellufirm drops by Mario Badescu from Beauty Bay and am really impressed with its moisturizing properties, despite not being very ‘rich’ in texture. Hope your week is off to a good start healthwise, it’s good to gave you back! xx

    • RuthCrilly says:

      Oh, I just did a big order from there, wish I had added the MB drops! Are they for the eye area or face in general? x

  18. LilyLipstick says:

    The Jo Malone eye cream sounds lovely, I would have thought that it would be far more expensive! x

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