I’m sure motherhood has contributed a lot to my ageing face – there’s the laughter lines, the frown lines, but what I find most bothers me is the dark circles and eye bags. My eyes are my favourite feature, and it’s really noticeable when I look in the mirror and my tiredness really shows up in my eyes.
Of course, it may also be something to do with my age and I shouldn’t blame it entirely on my poor child – according to Liz Earle’s website, at age 32-38:
Eye brightness starts to diminish, while deeper lines and crow’s feet can begin to show as a result of stress caused by dynamic facial movements such as laughing or squinting.
Fabulous stuff then!
I’ve not used an eye cream for a long time, having found them pretty ineffective on my dark circles in the past, but with the added issue now of the bags, I was excited to see Liz Earle had brought out a new product – the Superskin Eye Cream. I’ve been a huge fan of Liz Earle for a long time now – I love their organic approach with a focus on botanicals, but more importantly they are one of the only skincare ranges that really keeps my eczema under control.
Having said that, I’ve not been a huge fan of the Superskin range in the past – the moisturiser just felt too heavy for me and I preferred the original. So although I was intrigued to see if the eye cream might work for me, I wasn’t holding my breath.
Liz Earle Superskin Eye Cream
The Superskin Eye Cream uses a number of botanical ingredients which aim to lift, firm, and brighten the eye area. Paracress extract helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by lifting and firming the skin. Pomegranate fruit and green tea extracts help to improve dark circles by brightening the skin. And Alfalfa extract reduces puffiness.
To use, you simply apply a pea-sized amount to your finger, then tap it gently around the eye, then smooth outwards around the eye using two fingers.
It feels really cool on application – very soothing on tired eyes. It does feel very rich, so you only need a small amount, but it applies smoothly and is really easily absorbed so you can apply your makeup straight after – my foundation and concealer goes on like a dream! The brightening effect is instant – dark circles are reduced (not gone though) and my skin definitely appears tighter, with the bags firmed up a little.
I’ve been using this every morning for 3 weeks now, and I’ve been really impressed with the results. Although I do still have the dark circles, they are massively reduced, and the bags are gone – the whole eye area looks so much smoother and well hydrated.
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion
On the recommendation of the Liz Earle assistant I’ve been accompanying this with the Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion. I actually had a bottle of this at home already from a previous eczema flare up (I suffer around my eyes) which I bought in the hope that it might clear things up. It didn’t, so I put it aside and stopped using it. But it makes a great companion for this eye cream – I use it first, and soak two cotton pads, before wiping them gently across my eyelids. It contains Witch Hazel and Aloe Vera, both of which calm the skin, reducing puffiness. I think my highly irritated eczema skin just didn’t take to this in the past, but now, with no flare ups, this stuff is a delight to use – cooling, and definitely working on getting rid of the bags. I’ve been suffering from hayfever lately too, and this is helping to calm down the puffiness and redness that hayfever brings.
Perhaps it’s just that my eyes are showing my age in a way they haven’t in the past, but I’ve found that the results I’ve seen from this eye cream have been really impressive. I’d recommend it to any tired mum out there!
Superskin Eye Cream costs £35 for 15ml and comes with a pump applicator.
Eyebright Soothing Eye Lotion costs £13.25 for 150ml bottle.