Friday, March 4, 2011

Give your peepers some love

As much as we love to take care of our face, let us not forget to give our eyes the attention it needs. Even when we have supple, healthy-looking skin, our eyes will give our mood and age away. I am still surprised that people tend to forget that our peepers need some loving too. You can keep wrinkles at bay with ample sleep every night (I am so guilty of not getting enough sleep), a healthy diet and wearing sunglasses with UV protection.

It also helps to also apply protective and preventive creams to our eye area. Here are some of the products I'd recommend to help alleviate the tired look. I am prolly guilty, just like everyone else, of not getting enough sleep every night. Blame it on my previous call center lifestyle.

Venus & Mars Depuff & Illume Herbal Cooling Eye Gel - Php 595/20ml

This concoction contains Retinol, Emu Oil, Aloe Vera Gel and Collagen to address fine lines and wrinkles. Based on my experience, this is potent stuff and I would recommend using this at night only. The retinol ingredient exfoliates the skin, so you might want to top this with a little night cream to help moisturize newly exfoliated skin. I would also advise to use in this in moderation -- apply only a small amount. Don't go crazy, or your skin will peel and sting big time. Also, try to minimize sun exposure but if you can't help it, apply sunblock to the skin around your eyes because retinol will make your skin sun sensitive.

Honestly, I think this product is good for depuffing but not so good with lightening the undereye area. It is light and easily absorbed into the skin, but has a strong chemical scent.

Body Recipe Eye Cream SPF 15 - Php 110/25g

This is a light eye cream that's easily absorbed into the skin, smells like fresh cucumber upon application which quickly transforms into the typical sunblock scent after a while. This is perfect for students on a budget because it's affordable and readily available in all HBC outlets. Users of this eye cream said that this very affordable product lightens dark circles and reduces puffiness. Bonus: it contains SPF 15 to protect from the harsh rays of the sun.

Avon Advance Eye Perfector with Peptides - Php 250/15ml

I've been using this product for the past 5 years, mostly because it's light and moisturizes my sensitive eye area well. Contains peptides to fill in fine lines and wrinkles. It's an okay product, but may not work for those who prefer a heavy duty age defying/brightening product.

Pure Beauty Super Brightening Eye Gel - Php 229/15ml

A new Korean product available at Watsons that claims to brighten the undereye area. Has a strong fragrance, reminiscent of shampoo. My sister has been using this for the past two weeks, will update this post on the effects soon.

Here are more tips from my eye doctor (Dr. Benito Uy):

- Never rub your eyes vigorously because rubbing might tear or scratch the protective membrane. Plus, the scratching, tugging and pulling of the skin can cause wrinkles, too.

- Use polarized sunglasses with high UV protection especially during driving.

- If you must use eye drops, opt for an eye lubricant or artificial tears (such as Cellufresh Lubricant Eye Drops, which is what I use). Using Visine and Eye Mo is not recommended as these contain vasoconstrictors which are not good for the eyes in the long run.

- Allow your eyes to rest for at least 30 minutes before you bathe or wash your face. This is especially useful when you've been sitting in front of the PC the whole day, or just woken up from a deep slumber.

Feel free to share your own tips in the comments section :) 


  1. great tips.... :)
    been lemming the Venus and mars...thanks for your review

  2. Eye masks. Usually, the effects are temporary but I think, if you use them often enough, they'll help improve the condition of the skin around the eyes. Eye massage is a keeper in my routine, too. :)

  3. ate kira! Dr. Benityo Uy is my professor in ENT ;p

  4. Really? So galing, small world. We love Dr. Benito, I've never met anyone so enthusiastic about eye care :)