I have been severely deprived of sleep lately. For some reason, my body clock have adjusted itself to wake up before sunrise. There were some days where I had to literally roamed around town like a zombie with 3-4 hours of sleep.
Obviously my eyes are bearing the brunt in this situation. As if the dehydration problem ain’t enough, my dark circles are getting discernible by the day and fine lines are starting to form!
Clarins Eye Contour Balm – S$72
Take heed that the formula is extremely potent – I’d suffered a mild irritation, chicory extract deduced to be the culprit, that appeared in the form of minor red bumps after first 2 days. Following that, I decided to shelf it in favor of the Arden cream, with the hopes of returning to the Balm later. The same problem ensued upon resumption but soon cleared up quickly without any consequences.
There are 3 variants available – “Special” Eye Contour Balm that reduces fine lines, revitalizes and restores elasticity of dry skin. The Eye Contour Gel that targets puffiness and decongests dark circles. If you’re looking for a product that does all the above but with a lifting kick, then check out the Defining Eye Lift.
The one I have is suitable for all skin types; it contains energizing and skin-repairing ingredients that progressively work to reduce appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet around the eye contour.
※ Wheat – nourishes and moisturizes
※ Chicory extract – smoothes and energizes. A known irritant.
※ Shea extract – rich in Vitamins A, E & F; revitalizes, softens and maintains skin moisture
※ Rose Water Concentrate – rich source of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties
The gel-lotion forms a light film over the skin, making it desirable to apply makeup. Sadly I don’t find the formula moisturizing enough. There was no improvement in the reduction of my fine lines, in fact it seems to be worsening of late, probably due to my irregular sleeping routine. If you have dehydrated skin around the eyes, I would advise layering over another moisturizing eye product, preferably in gel form.
Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Premiere Intense Moisture and Renewal Regeneration Eye Cream – S$125
Although targetted for women over 50, this premium skincare line works exceptionally well for my dehydrated skin. Despite not seeing any visible improvement with fine lines and dark circles, I absolutely love it. Just like the Overnight Regeneration Cream, the eye product is immensely hydrating. Can be used for Day & Night, I’m currently saving it for the latter because my skin craves for that much-needed moisture while the body repairs itself. When I wake up in the morning, my skin is still soft, smooth and supple.