Turning 30: Eye Creams


Turning 30 may be just a number – but what does it mean for our skincare? Our Editor brings you her first instalment – Turning 30: Eye Creams…

As most welcomed in the new year with fun resolutions and looking forward, on the dawn of my 30th year I sat there in front of the mirror and looked at the gentle lines and dulling skin that had somehow crept up on my face, unnoticed in the last few years. This was the year I was turning 30 and this was the year to really make sure I looked after my skin.

We’re all getting older, but there are some birthdays that make you sit back and think about it a little bit more than others. Turning 30 is one of those birthdays. It’s not old by any stretch of the imagination -but it’s a milestone none the less and it’s also the time when we start to notice our bodies and skin more as they start to change. Obviously, this doesn’t mean you go to bed aged 29 – youthful and full of vitality – and wake up with sagging jowls, crow’s feet and feathering lips. Maybe it’s because we start looking for the signs? Either way they will start to appear eventually so we inevitably start thinking about changing up our skincare. Our 20s were full of late nights, too many cocktails and forgetting to take our makeup off – well not anymore.

On the search for skincare the first product that I wanted to get right was an eye cream. I don’t know about you but to me the eyes are always an area that I associate with ageing. Having a job that involves sitting in front of a screen squinting for hours does nothing to help with this delicate area. You know it is time to re think your skincare game when you wake up to those pillow creases (from when your face is scrunched up as you sleep) and they have started to hang around for way too long.

Over the last few months I have been hunting for the perfect eye cream – a cream for skin that is still young – so it’s not too heavy but still packs a punch; something that helps to brighten the eye area without weighing it down. There are a lot of products on the market but I wanted more than simply a hydrating eye cream.

After my searching and sampling – I have narrowed it down to two fantastic eye products that, in my opinion, offer everything you could want for the first signs of ageing.

Ren Keep Young and Beautiful Eye Cream

This tube comes in at around £28 (depending on where you purchase it). The formula is light but effective. It soothes the skin and also illuminates it. Active ingredients include Hexapeptide-11 and Hydroxyproline from Aminoacids Lipovector that help to plump the skin and increase firmness whilst Ceramide from Carthame Oil helps to moisturise and hydrate.

I was able to wear this cream without it feeling heavy or oily. My makeup applied really well over it too.

For me the fact it was so light but still so hydrating is what gave this product so many brownie points.

NUXE First Wrinkle Eye Cream -Nirvanesque® Eye Contour

This cream is a wonder for brightening! It has a slightly strange colour to it – I’d probably call it beige – but once applied the under eye is instantly illuminated. It refreshes tired skin as well as plumping it. It’s also really affordable price at only £19.50.

The main player in this product is the Hyaluronic Acid which acts to smooth lines and hydrate. As with the Ren cream this one is also super light. It doesn’t feel heavy or clogging.

These two creams were both equally as good and were far better than a lot of others I tried. With a first eye cream the idea is to keep the skin as hydrated as possible without being heavy – heavy creams can cause puffy eyes and actually make things worse. The hydration helps to slow to wrinkle process – as you know dry skin ages faster.

Both these formulas were cool and water rich. They absorbed well into the skin and didn’t settle on the surface so you felt you were getting the maximum impact. My eyes appeared fresher and the skin was tighter.

If you’re looking for a first eye cream – either one of these is worth the investment.

What was your first eye cream? I’d love to know what you’ve tried or are trying in the comments below!




  1. May 10, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Gosh I don’t think I worried about ageing at all when I was turning 30, I still felt pretty young. I didn’t start wearing eye cream until I was 37, just didn’t feel the need before.

    The best eye cream I’ve tried recently is by Algenist at Space NK. Also tried the Superskin eye cream from Liz Earle, that was pretty good too.

    • Emily
      May 15, 2016 / 12:06 pm

      Thanks for your comment Joanne!

      I must say I do love Algenist’s creams! They are perhaps a little heavy for me at the moment – I think they’ll be my next step. We’ll have to invest in some Liz Earle Superskin eye cream though – as I don’t think any of us have tried that one yet!

      I definitely don’t feel any different from 21 as I am nearing to 30 – if I’m honest – and I wouldn’t have started looking if that naughty little frown line hadn’t decided to grace my forehead! Also, having dehydrated skin that has never really recovered from 2 courses of roaccutane (aged 22 and 25), my complexion seems to wake up with a lot of sleep induced lines – like ‘crinkled’ paper. If that makes any sense what so ever?

      We’ll have to keep an eye out on your blog for some good tips and recommendations!

      Emily x

  2. May 11, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I’ve been using eye creams for years (I’m now 40), and I think my first was probably the Bidy Shop eye gel – cucumber or elderflower??
    Now I use all sorts of things but still haven’t found one I really like, I do like the sound of the Nuxe one here *adds to shopping list*

    • May 11, 2016 / 12:25 pm

      Obviously I meant Body Shop!! ;o)

      • Emily
        May 15, 2016 / 12:14 pm

        Hi Hazel!

        Thanks for your comment. Yes the NUXE cream comes highly recommended by us – they are a lovely brand and we just love the light hydration boost from the eye cream. We’ve been using their face cream too (post to follow).

        The Body Shop eye creams are always a good buy in our opinion – however we felt these two had great illumination qualities which is why they came out on top!

        We’d love to know what cream you use now?

        Emily x

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