The ladies get plump

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Life - - NEWS - Pic­tured from left: Clarins Ex­traFirm­ing Eye Wrin­kle Smooth­ing Cream; NeoStrata In­ten­sive Eye Ther­apy; Chanel Hydra Beauty Ra­di­ance Eye Gel; Pukka Ayurveda Firm­ing Eye Cream; Vichy LiftAc­tiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes Email thep­anel@in­de­pen­dent.ie

There is one re­ally good way to avoid wrin­kles and crin­kles around your eyes and that’s to keep your face com­pletely im­mo­bile. So that’s no laugh­ing, no crying, no an­i­mated talk­ing — try some ven­tril­o­quist tech­niques, per­haps — and, if you must smile, then no beam­ing. Madonna seems to have been em­ploy­ing this tech­nique for a while and she’s lack­ing on the lines front, but to con­duct this cam­paign prop­erly, you re­ally have to start in your 20s. No, make that late teens. If, how­ever, you fancy hav­ing a life, you have to ac­cept that crow’s feet will come and then they won’t go any­where, ex­cept deeper.

Which is not to say that you shouldn’t at­tempt to im­prove the ap­pear­ance of your ex­ist­ing wrin­kles and crin­kles, or slow down the ar­rival of more. Eye creams can help. They won’t stop you get­ting older, but they can help to cor­rect dark cir­cles, soften crepey skin and give the im­pres­sion of plump­ness. We know, you never thought you’d crave plump­ness, but hol­low­ing un­der the eye is oh-so age­ing. Look for in­gre­di­ents such as mois­ture-boost­ing hyaluronic acid, tone-im­prov­ing pep­tides and skin-soften­ing vi­ta­min E.

BEST OVER­ALL

Clarins Ex­tra-Firm­ing Eye Wrin­kle Smooth­ing Cream, €47, Clarins counters na­tion­wide This is part of a new ex­tra-firm­ing range, which is aimed at the over-40s, who are are by now prop­erly aware of time tick­ing by. With rose wax, which in­stantly cre­ates a fill­ing ef­fect, this cream is sur­pris­ingly light, and a lit­tle goes a long way. There is also a com­pan­ion serum, which retails at €47, if you’re feel­ing re­ally bat­tered. “I may have imag­ined a cool­ing ef­fect, but maybe that was down to the lo­tion-y tex­ture,” one pan­el­list said. “This gave me a good-night’s-sleep look.”

BEST FOR PUFFI­NESS

NeoStrata In­ten­sive Eye Ther­apy, €58.99, se­lected pharmacies na­tion­wide Puffi­ness and plump­ness should not be con­fused when it comes to eyes. The first you don’t want and will make you look up­set; the sec­ond you want be­cause it’ll make you look marginally younger, or at least more awake. Caf­feine is the in­gre­di­ent to tighten and soothe the skin, while hyaluronic acid and pep­tides plump and smooth. “The balmy tex­ture is nice and it has a sort of fill­ing ef­fect,” said a pan­el­list, “al­beit a tem­po­rary one.”

BEST COOL GEL

Chanel Hydra Beauty Ra­di­ance Eye Gel, €46, Chanel counters na­tion­wide This cream-gel, with camel­lia alba, blue ginger and an ex­clu­sive eye com­plex — all of which claim to add up to in­creased smooth­ness and bright­ness — has a tex­ture that is both cool­ing and soften­ing. Like all of this brand’s skin care, it has a fra­grance, though it is mild in this in­stance. “It’s quite liq­uid, so it feels less heavy than other creams, which I of­ten find give me lit­tle white spots and puffi­ness,” said one pan­el­list.

BEST ALL-NAT­U­RAL

Pukka Ayurveda Firm­ing Eye Cream, €31.50, se­lected pharmacies and health shops na­tion­wide Ut­terly or­ganic, with es­sen­tial oils that are pro­duced us­ing wa­ter — in­stead of sol­vent, which can linger in the prod­uct — this brand’s sk­in­care has con­science-friendly cre­den­tials, but it also does what it prom­ises and, re­fresh­ingly, it doesn’t prom­ise the im­pos­si­ble. With rose­hip oil, rose-flower wa­ter and rose otto es­sen­tial oil, the thin cream soft­ens and re­duces in­flam­ma­tion. “This soaks in fast for ease of make-up ap­pli­ca­tion and it mois­turises nicely,” said a pan­el­list. “My only com­plaint is that a lot comes out in a sin­gle pump.

BEST FOR SEN­SI­TIVE EYES

Vichy LiftAc­tiv Serum 10 Eyes & Lashes, €27, pharmacies na­tion­wide This liq­uid, non-oily serum is de­signed to ben­e­fit the skin and your eye­lashes, though we didn’t see a ma­jor change in the lat­ter. What’s dif­fer­ent, though, is that, un­like other eye creams, you are sup­posed to use it above and be­low the eye. Other creams, in case you were un­aware, sug­gest that over-eye use will weigh down the skin and add to sag­ging. “Fresh and light would be my ver­dict on this,” one pan­el­list said. “My skin looked a bit more even and my lines less dry.” Sarah Caden

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