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Two months ago, I selected the Five Best Eye Creams of 2011. It includes some great heavy hitters, but some of the prices might be eye popping. So it’s time for a round up of the best eye creams that will put less stress on your flexible friend and there are some great new finds since the last inexpensive eye cream round up of 2010. These are all under $65 and would be good choices for those wanting to take preventative measures or maintenance to help eke out those pricier creams.
HydroPeptide Anti-Wrinkle Dark Circle Concentrate ($60) Attention panda-eyed people everywhere. This eye cream is a helpful eliminator of dark under eye circles. The key active is hesperidin methyl chalcone. One study documented that it lowers the filtration rate of capillaries, and less blood flowing though capillaries close to the surface of the skin. Gynostemma pentaphyllum leaf extract is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, according to a Taiwanese study. There are plenty of other peptides, including Matrixyl 3000, plus antioxidant tea and vitamins. So this is a collagen boosting, wrinkle fighter as well as the enemy of dark circles.
Your Best Face Nourish ($45). Nourish is an eye cream for those twenty-something or 30-something people that are smart enough to begin preventative maintenance. It is a pleasant lightweight cream that readily absorbs and does a good job of moisturizing and hydrating the eye area. This is a good choice for youthful skin that wants to remain so. At this price point, it is an economical way to give your eye area a daily dose of cutting edge antioxidants such as spin trap and Liprochroman-6, normally found in $100-plus eye creams. Read the full review
Nutra-Lift Maximum Eye Repair ($37 in the shop). Reviewers report that this eye cream is very moisturizing and helps smooth very fine lines. I’m not sure how Nutra-Lift does it, but it seems to get great ingredients and keep prices keen as mustard. As well as botanicals (including bearberry and cape gooseberry, Maximum Eye Repair has added as many power peptides as it could muster – Pentablend-ST9, Matrixyl 3000 and Argirline – plus Hyaluronic Acid, this eye cream is aimed at the expression and fine lines around the delicate eye area. Recommended for preventative use rather than for someone looking for heavy duty repair. Read the full review
Reviva Labs’ Firming Eye Serum ($19). This has a refreshingly short list of ingredients that includes the cosmetic industry’s new botanical darling, mulberry extract, an antioxidant and skin brightener. In my experience, brightening is what this eye cream is best at. I don’t really have a dark circle issue, but I did notice that the skin around my eyes looked especially clear. Along with mulberry, the alpha lipoic acid had a hand in this. This “universal antioxidant” helps fight future skin damage and repairs the existing by diminishing fine lines, giving skin a healthy glow, and boosting the levels and efficacy of other antioxidants, such as the vitamin C. Read the full review
La Vie Celeste Restorative Rose Hydrosol Eye Cream ($60 in the shop). This eye cream gets lots of love from the TIA community. It was recently reformulated to get an anti-aging boost with caprooyl tetrapeptide-3, a peptide that targets the laminins (think scaffolding of the skin). LVC's mostly natural and organic ingredients are formulated to feel luxurious too. A pampering treat. This eye cream majors on R-lipoic acid, a chirally correct form (which means the molecules are well absorbed by the skin) of this powerful antioxidant. Studies have shown that it helps overcome vitamin C and E deficiencies (although vitamin E is here for good measure as well). Dark circles will appreciate the brightening effects of bearberry with a natural alpha arbutin, while coffee will send your bags packing. Read the full review