Please excuse the title - there's not much inspiration floating about on a glum grey day after weeks of glorious sunshine!
Anyway, I'm attempting to decipher eye care (who would've known). As with the rest of my face, I have a combination of contradicting problems under my eyes - on one hand, I looove that lovely, hydrated, plump feeling. On the other hand, I have had milia for as long as I can remember. Those are little harmless bumps filled with keratin, which means I can't put anything too heavy under there.
To add on top of it, I spend most of my time sleep deprived and it shows under my eyes. With all these first world problems piling up on me, I've found a few things has helped. Here's my eye care feature!
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels
This is my little treat for when my eyes are feeling exceptionally knackered. They are little disposable pads for under your eyes, and as I keep these in the fridge, they offer the most refreshing and cooling effect. I also find that they hydrate and soften under the eyes so it's a bit like a quick-fix treatment. However, I find them quite expensive for what they are, but they're a nice treat to have in hand!
Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack
My most recent purchase, I went a few months without an eye cream after I finished my tub of Origins Eye Doctor. I love that stuff but unfortunately the purse strings are being tightened and I wanted to find a gel in hopes that it wont effect my milia too much (it hasn't made too big of a difference, actually). This is advertised as a cooling, de-puffing gel yet it's also called 'hydragel' despite making no reference to hydration whatsoever. However, the price was affordable and I loved the texture.
So far, I'm finding it to be the perfect amount of hydration to soften the skin and make it comfortable. It creates a really nice base for make-up too. I don't find it extremely cooling, but I'd put it in my fridge if I weren't so forgetful and I imagine the effects will be magnified. I don't get too much puffiness to be honest, so I couldn't tell you but I do feel like when I use it religiously, my dark circles aren't as dark.. but then again, last night I mistook them for eyeliner..
Clarins Gentle Exfoliator
As with most beauty bloggers who find an incomprehensible skin problem, I turned to the Beauty Mouth and came across a cheat-sheet on milia. One of the tips was to use an exfoliating toner underneath the eyes. I used to have a La Roche Posay astringent one which was absolutely brutal, so I turned to my little sample of the Clarins one that has been raved about endlessly. I haven't seen drastic effects yet but I do think when I use it continuously that my milia does subside, especially in combination with my Soap & Glory Puffy Eye Attack. My skin's generally quite tough, so I'm hoping to purchase the slightly stronger Pixi Glow Tonic in the near future when this sample runs out and see how it goes! At the moment though, this toner is doing its job well and many people seem to adore it!
So that's my little arsenal that's taking on my odd eye situation. Have you suffered from milia and dryness? Let me know your tips!
*Partnered post with John Lewis.