Starting in your twenties, maintain healthy skin by removing your makeup every night, using sunscreen and using an eye cream. I hear you: “I’m only 25! Why would I use a grandma-style eye cream?! Ughhh.”
The reason? To stay looking 25 as long as possible. Duh. Okay, so eye cream isn’t magic and you can’t possibly look 20 forever, but eye cream will keep your eye area looking bright and firm. I started using eye cream a few years ago and now I notice a huge difference if I don’t use eye cream every day. Does that make sense? After a few days sans eye moisturization (is that a word? Don’t know, don’t care. You get the point), I notice more bags, slightly looser skin and just an allover dullness in my eye area. Yes, even if I’ve applied my regular moisturizer all over my face, guys. Eye. Cream. Is. My. Favorite. Thing.
One thing that might prevent you from pulling the trigger is that the price tags for this stuff can be scary high. Even at the drug store. Some of them might be worth the money, blah, blah, but they’re still out of reach if you’re trying to be financially responsible. Even scarier? Some of the ingredients in drug store and high-end products have no business being on your face at all, much less near your eyeball.
I’ve tested* out a lot of different eye creams for you guys and here are my faves, keeping your financial and physical health in mind!
The best eye creams under $20 for women (and men!) in their 20s & 30s:
#1 – Mario Badescu Glycolic Eye Cream, $20 Oh, Mario. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There are several great eye creams in his line-up but this one is my all-time favorite. I only use it at night though because it is super greasy. In a good way.
#2 – Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, $18 I like this eye cream for day. It doesn’t feel as moisturizing as good old Mario, but it soaks in quickly and provides a nice base for makeup. It has a light scent and a nice, easy-to-use package. Note: I way prefer this one to the Burt’s Bees sensitive skin eye cream.
#3 – Acure Eye Cream, $16-18 (low prices to be found here and here) This one feels pretty liquidy or “thin” but after a few minutes, skin gets smoother. I found this at a natural food store but it can also be purchased online, just like everything.
A few others worth trying out:
Desert Essence Pomegranate Eye Serum, $11
Avalon Organics Vitamin C Renewal™ Revitalizing Eye Cream $15 here
Andalou Naturals Luminous Eye Serum Brightening, $20
Kiss My Face Eye Witness Eye Cream, $19
*For reference I have moderately sensitive combination skin (on the dry side), I’m 28 and have a fair skin tone. So, your results may vary.