Do You Use An Eye Cream?

Do you use an eye cream or serum? For a long time I’ve just used whatever goes on my face for my under eye area, too. Usually, this is an oil of some type. I’m such an ardent fan of oils that I have trouble committing to one, and I definitely have trouble not purchasing new oils that catch my eye. Oils to me are like shoes to other women. There is always a reason to have another pair (or bottle). I use them on my face and body and hardly ever touch anything else. This has largely been perfect for my skin.

Yet, every now and then I look closely in the mirror and see things that make me dash off in search of an eye cream. Oh vanity.

I’ve tried some lovely products with sophisticated and pure ingredient lists, but nothing has been noticeably more effective than the oils I use on my face, so I’m left thinking—why bother with two steps? I’ve never repurchased a single eye product. Have you? I just started using a new eye cream, one that I’m loving so far in terms of texture and scent. If it seems worth it, I’ll be sure to let you know.

So what’s your position on eye creams or serums? Love them? Hate them? Don’t care? Tell us!

Confession: I’ve been a Beauty Bets lover since I graduated from Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash to cleaner beauty products. A native Minnesotan (like me! Holla!) with a flair for style and a plethora of short, quippy beauty product reviews? I once spent a good two hours just reading all the site’s previous beauty-product reviews. While I was at work.

So, when Elizabeth Dehn, Beauty Bets’ creator, launched her original skincare line, By Elizabeth Dehn, I jumped right on the bandwagon. As a beauty website editor, I attended her launch party, hoarded the samples, snapped a photo with her. I was a believer. And I was devastated when her manufacturing partnership dissolved and By Elizabeth Dehn went the way of the platypus.

Thank the lord that she found another (can I say better?) partnership in an already-beloved clean beauty brand: One Love Organics. When they announced they’d been cooking up something new together, Elizabeth and OLO gave me a small beauty orgasm.

The line focuses on active ingredients that hold moisture, giving your skin a natural glow. Vitamins are found everywhere, along with ingredients like fennel and mushroom extract.

So, I put two of the four puppies to the test: the Vitamin D Active Moisture Time Release Mist and the Vitamin E Active Moisture Eye Balm. Would I love them as much as I loved By Elizabeth Dehn?

Six weeks of use, I can heartily say YES. And what’s more, they actually work. Before I started with the Vitamin D mist, I wasn’t using any kind of hydrosol (gasp!) before moisturizing. I’d been on a strict skincare regime with an esthetician prior to my wedding and I didn’t think it was necessary.

I was wrong. Since adding the mist into my daily routine, my skin is plumper, less flaky and more balanced. I used to have a few always-flaky, always-dry spots on my cheeks that none of my hydrators could cure, but the addition of the Vitamin D mist has regulated those little badgers. And, it has a lovely, calming scent that refreshes and calms. Just ask Susannah, who cited it as one of her must-haves for stressful travel weekends.

I also never knew I needed eye balm (and this is DEFINITELY a balm—don’t be fooled into thinking you’re getting a mousse-y consistency. This baby is THICK.). As a 26-year-old, I have yet to worry about under-eye darkness or crow’s feet. But, what I did struggle with was puffy under-eyes (thanks, hay fever!). Since using the eye balm morning and night, I have yet to wake up with any kind of swelling under my peepers—and that includes at least two nights of pre-wedding-stress sob-fests (elope, people, elope!).

Both of these products have wiggled their way into my already-too-long morning routine and once my first bottles are gone, I’ll be repurchasing each with glee.

Have you tried this new line yet? Are there other OLO products you love?

Vitamin D Mist Ingredients: aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, aqua (water), carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes**, rhododendron ferrugineum (alpine rose) extract** (and) glycerin, oryza sativa (rice) extract* (and) lentinus edodes (mushroom) extract*, polyaminopropyl biguanide

Vitamin E Eye Balm Ingredients: raw organic butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, organic helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, punica granatum (pomegranate) sterols, polyhydroxystearic acid, tocopherol (vitamin e), raw virgin rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil, organic euphrasia officinalis (eyebright) extract, organic panax quinquefolius (american ginseng) extract, organic glycrrhiza glabra (licorice) root extract, organic lavandula angustifolia (bulgarian lavender) essential oil, organic foeniculum vulgare dulce (fennel) oil


Happy Friday Deal From Kahina Giving Beauty!

Aww, yeah!

Our old favorites are back in time for the holidays, and not a minute too late. I, for one, have simultaneously run out of my brightening serum, toning mist (more here), and cleanser, all of which I swear by for everyday use. And, really, I’m not sure there’s anything I want more for Christmas than the things I depend on daily to keep me feeling (and, OK, looking) my best.*

Some reasons we love the products, if you’re new to Kahina Giving Beauty: The line is incredible. Their products have been in my bathroom and on my vanity for more than three years now, and there are a few good reasons why. First, the products are gentle enough for my very sensitive skin. Second, they’re so full of natural actives that you get the satisfaction of knowing, because of what you see in the mirror and how your skin feels, that they work. Finally, they’re pleasant to share. Men like them because they’re unisex and unfussy but get the job done. Our moms like them because they’re appropriate for more mature skin, too. Our friends like them because they give them a taste of luxury and high-performance without being frou-frou or gimmicky.

Simply put: They work. And like a great friend or partner, they’re reliable and they make you feel good, day in, day out.

Without being over the top, I’d like to add: I’m also wild about the eye cream and the mask and the argan oil soap trio. They’re also selling these unpredictably chic pouf necklaces (I have one of those, too). They make boring outfits pop and attract compliments from the most unlikely people, like cranky strangers on the train.

So with that said, this Friday we’re delighted to share a very merry Kahina site-wide deal. It’s simple: A generous 15% off your purchase. The code is nondenominationally charming: HAPPYMERRY. And the deal lasts until next Thursday at midnight.

What are you getting? I hope my pals and mom aren’t reading this, because I think I just gave away what’s going in their stockings.

* K, maybe there are a few things, but they’re not the kind of things I would print here. Womp!

In its eternal quest to sell us more stuff we don’t need, the beauty business is pretty much predicated on lies. There are lies around claims, around effectiveness, around ingredients. There are lies around lies.

Here’s a list of some of the worst offenders, made worse by the fact that we often take them for granted as truths. But surely we’re forgetting a few. Can you think of others?

You should shower daily. And that of course means, lathering up from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. That way your skin can be scaly dry, your scalp a wreck, and you can invest in the myriad of moisturizing, conditioning and so-called soothing products to tame your flyaways, and assuage your flaky skin. This post offers a refresher on other reasons why daily showers may not be ideal.

Exfoliation turns back the clock on aging. While we’re onboard with very moderate and occasional exfoliation, for the last ten years the industry has been pushing extreme scrub and burn beauty rituals: from AHAs to glycolics and beyond. As holistic skincare expert Evan Healy pointed out in our book, this behavior is likely what lead to the rosacea epidemic she saw in her practice, among women who weren’t predisposed to it. I know for myself, using glycolic acid left my skin red and sensitive for years.

Soap isn’t good enough for your body. Why would you use a simple bar of soap with three ingredients when you can use a body wash, specially designed for your body and filled with some of the absolute nastiest chemicals the industry has to offer. Oh and add to that lie, this one: Anything designed for “washing” doesn’t also moisturize as many a body wash likes to claim. And add to that, you don’t even need to use that much soap either.

Cleanse your face morning and night. What could possibly happen to your skin while you’re asleep in your bed that it requires a full scrub down upon waking. I remember reading somewhere how back in the day a big antacid company had the genius idea to picture 2 tablets dropping into water, instead of just one. Within months their sales doubled. That’s what this twice a day face washing is, if you ask me.

Your eyes need their own cream. Siobhan’s gonna fight me on this one (she loves her a good eye cream!), but while I acknowledge that using a special cream on your eyes is a beautiful and gratifying ritual, in my experience they’re just a slightly thicker version of face cream. The skin around our eyes is sensitive and more delicate, but that’s precisely why natural eye creams have been become my favorite face creams.

Your split ends can be fixed. No product can fix split ends, because hair is dead and no amount of conditioner can bring it back to life. Sure, it can help coat or mask, but if your ends are split you should either ignore them (if like me, you live in fear of hair cuts) or get a trim.

Your stretch marks can be cured by cream. While we’re still willing to believe that heavy-duty moisturizing with skin-loving oils and creams may help in the prevention of marks—once you have them, learn to live with them. The darker ones usually fade with time through the skin’s natural repair system, and there’s just no cream that will make them disappear. If you read the book, you’ll remember that I also tried laser to get rid of mine. Terrible idea. It left the area red for months, and did nothing.

OK which lies have I left out?


Product Review: Sevani Eye Repair Creme

I am such a sucker for a good eye cream. I’ve already professed my love for Kahina Giving Beauty’s, which smells like Oil of Olay (in a very good way) but better, and is packed with good-for-you argan oil. I’ve reviewed La Bella Figura’s serum, which seems to erase undereye circles and puffiness like nothing I’ve used before, perhaps thanks to barbary fig seed oil. I also told you about Skincando’s Eye Balm, which is just incredibly hydrating.

Now I’m going to tell you about my new favorite toy: Sevani’s Eye Repair Creme.

I’ve been using it pretty steadily for about 5 weeks now, and while the smile lines around my eyes are here to stay (and thank god, honestly—we both love smile lines), I have noticed that my undereyes look and feel more hydrated. We’re not talking about some overnight oh-my-god miracle, but a subtle and meaningful difference nonetheless. The edges of my eyes seem a little plumped thanks to the hyaluronic acid, and I’m holding out hope that the peptides and the Q10—a promising antiager we wrote about in the book—may be doing some long-term good as well. Actives aside, there are some really lovely oils and extracts that are packed with antioxidants and have some nice data on them for their skin-friendliness and antiaging properties.

I have yet to get my hands on Sevani’s other eye treatment—a serum with a lovely ingredient list—but it’ll be on my list of things to try. Well, maybe. I have a serious crush on this one for now. We’ll see when (and if) I’m ready to move on…

Have you tried another you like? And do you, like me, share a love of eye cream?

Ingredients: *Aloe vera juice, avocado fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate (olive derived), evening primrose oil, vegetable glycerin, gotu kola extract, green tea extract, olive squalane, leuconostoc/radish root ferment filtrate (all-natural preservative), caffeine, hyaluronic acid (mushroom derived), acetyl hexapeptide-8, retinyl palmitate, licorice root extract, ubiquinone (co-enzyme Q10), rosehip seed oil, xanthan gum, *pomegranate extract, *rose damascene extract, *sacred lotus blossom extract, *neroli blossom extract, *red tea extract & *neem leaf extract. (*certified organic)