Love It or Leave It: Eye and Wrinkle Creams

Hope in a jar doesn’t come cheap for those looking to repair and protect the delicate skin around their eyes. From dark circles to fine lines to under eye puffiness, there are a bevy of products that promise to turn back the clock, or stop it all together.

But, only a handful of eye creams deliver on their promises to rejuvenate under eye skin.

Love It The Eyes Have It from Prescribed Solutions ($90) made me an eye cream believer. Once applied, the Vitamin K formula imparts a faint shimmer that instantly gives the appearance of brighter eyes. And, within just days, the skin under my eyes was firmer and my under eye puffiness was visibly reduced. This product makes good on its promise to reduce puffiness, dark circles and crow’s feet.

Leave It Anti-Oxidant Age Reverse Eye Cream from Neutrogena, ($19.99 at your local drugstore) has a lightweight formula and a nice scent that I loved. However, the fragrance was so strong that it made my eyes water and left me crying for something less irritating. Love It r3p eye from Dr. Brandt Skincare ($80) is rich in peptides and Vitamins A, C and E.

It has a clean, fresh scent and is absorbed immediately into the delicate skin around eyes. My fine lines were softened and after a few days of use, my under eye circles were greatly diminished. I loved the rich, yet surprisingly non-greasy texture.

Leave It Active Botanical Eye Creme and Firming Eye Revitalizer from Seven Skincare ($32) promise to work in tandem to combat key concerns including fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. Unfortunately, the Revitalizer and Creme caused a burning sensation on the skin under my eyes, so I had to discontinue use immediately.

Love It Somme Eye Contour from Somme Institute ($72) is a lightweight, moisturizing cream with a mild scent that is gentle enough for daily use. The non-comedogenic formula is ideal for oily/problem skin. Best of all, the product delivers on its promise to hydrate and contour while reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles.

Leave It I wanted to love Age Reversal Pomegranate Eye Serum from Organics Desert Essence ($14.99 at Whole Foods and Natural Health Food stores) because of its biodegradable packaging and its promise to improve skin tone and firmness.

Unfortunately, the “warming effect” this product delivers is more akin to the sting of summer sunburn than the comfort of a warm eye pillow. Plus, it leaves behind an unwelcome oily residue.

Love It Bargain! Purist Naturals Ginkgo Eye Cream is a thicker-than-serum, lighter-than-lotion eye cream that goes on smooth to reduce puffiness and moisturizes to smooth fine lines.

This fix-all cream also reduces dark circles and helps tired eyes appear rejuvenated. What’s more, the cream, with its sweet botanical scent, leaves behind no hint of oil or shine. For a measly $10.99 at Sally Beauty Supply, this product is well worth its price.

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