I'm looking for an inexpensive eye cream. I'm 32 yrs old and noticing my eyes are looking tired and oldish. Does any one have any tips or a good eye cream they can recommend for me? Thank you.
April from Belford, NJ
I great tip that I use is combining multiple uses for one product. I use 100% shea butter for lots of things. It's a great moisturizer for hands and feet, great for rough spots like knees and elbows, and is awesome for eye cream. You can also use it for a hair balm. A little goes a long way, and if you use 1 product for tons of uses, you can afford to get a pricy product like L'occitane 100% SHEA.
Clinique has an amazing one. But in addition; Cetaphil, which can be bought at WalMart, is awesome! I use the face wash and moisturizer alone and have noticed wrinkles in my face and around my eyes and on my neck have all faded and I've had a million compliments on my skin. It's not too bad expensive, about 10.00 each. The product was recommended by my dermatologist.
Hi, since I can't afford any expensive stuff anymore, I went over to using almond, peach or apricot oil that I get at an Indian store. This has been and still is a perfect solution for me and I am almost twice as old :) Just moisten a cotton pad with water, squeeze the water out and then moisten the pad with some of the almond oil. I use it for my entire face and must say I am pleased with the results. Repeat a couple of times with new pads :) to make sure skin is entirely clean and moist as well.
I use extra virgin olive oil on my face and around my eyes at night. Everyone tells me I have a pretty completion and I'm 60 yrs old.
I have used Noxema to clean my face since I was about 12, and also Oil of Olay, (my mom started me early, and I am so glad now!) I am 53 and people say I don't look a day over 35. I hear that many make-up artists and dermatologists tell celebrities to use plain ol' Vaseline as long as they are not prone to zits, there is nothing better to hold in moisture, and also extra virgin olive oil. It is natural, it is good for you inside and out, and I know several elderly women who have used it for years, and their skin looks so young! For now, the Noxema /Oil of Olay ritual still works for me, but I may have to try the olive oil on my face and see how it goes. If anyone has dry, wrinkly hands, put Vaseline on them right before bed and then slip on white gloves and go to sleep. I know it's hard to sleep with gloves on, but trust me, it's worth it every now and then for the awesome results! Olive Oil would probably work just as well. For deep-conditioning the hair, wash it, then apply mayonnaise all over, (not reduced fat or fat-free, and NOT Miracle Whip!), leave in for about 10 minutes, then rinse well with warm water, and shampoo again. If you dry your hair in front of a strong fan instead of using a blow dryer, it will be much more smooth, soft, silky, and shiny! I know you didn't ask about the hair or the hands, but just thought I'd share.
I agree the beauty magazine experts (and Consumer Reports) when they say that the Olay Regenerist line is the best product at any price.
I have used it for years, about 18 bucks at WalMart but now I get the store brand for about 12 I think. It last a long time and feels like silk.
I am sixty and have to really stand close to the mirror to see any wrinkles at all.
Try regular vegetable shortening--this trick was shown to us by my husband's Grandma a few years back. My first child (now 15!) had sensitive skin, and Gran used it for lips, diaper cream, and general skin cream. It works great, absorbs quickly, doesn't smell, and leaves skin very silky. And cheap!
I was just reading Allure Magazine's 2008 Readers Choice Awards. Where readers are polled online for their favorite beauty products. For each category they have a DRUGSTORE brand & a DEPARTMENT STORE brand. (low & higher priced). Here's the products in the categories you are interested in.
DRUGSTORE: Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream
DEPARTMENT STORE: Clinique Repairwear Intensive Eye Cream
DRUGSTORE: Olay Regenerist Micro-sculpting Cream
DEPARTMENT STORE: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion
---> I myself tend to like a "serum" instead of a cream (because it soaks right in & isn't greasy). IF I could afford it & could buy anything I wanted, I would buy Este Lauder Eye Serum, but it's about $40. YIKES! They sometimes will give you free samples, especially if you tell them you have allergies (which I do). Especially if you shop at Nordstrom's. They are much better at giving away free samples than all the other department stores. I tried it by getting one of those buy $25 in products & get a bag of free samples. My mom swears by it.
Another one of my favorite stand-by moisturizers that never feels greasy & soaks right in is Oil of Olay. You can even buy the Dollar Store knock-off brand. It also works amazingly well. This is great for under make-up & daily wear, but for the nighttime, you need something a bit heavier & stronger. Also, when I remove my make-up or wash my face I never use soap I love the "OLAY hydrate & cleanse micro-bead cleansing cream" (drug stores) This "OLAY hydrate & cleanse micro-bead cleansing cream" cleans your face without leaving it feeling dry. It's simply amazing stuff! Another brand I like is: "Kiss My Face peaches & cream moisturizer" (buy it at health food stores). To wash your face: Just put the moisturizer on your dry skin, then rub it all over your face really well, then rinse off. ANY moisturizer will work to clean your face & they all remove make-up as well. So, gals, as far as cleaning your face, throw away your soap!
* Do yourself a favor, dress yourself in your nicest blazer (so you look like you have money to spend) & go into several department stores & look at their eye & facial moisturizers at the various counters. Then tell the clerk you have a sensitive face & (if you do) allergies, so you can't buy a brand without trying it for several days first. Most of the brands will give out tiny samples you can try... Like I said, IF you have a Nordstrom, they are especially good at giving out samples at every counter... Go to 3 or 4 different counters & ask about their brands & get a sample of each. This way you can try a product for free. Then if the product is way above your price range, ask your kids or your husband for it for Christmas. It should last you for almost a year. That's what I do!
I have not tried this myself but have heard you can use preparation H for bags and puffiness. Just don't get to close to your eyes.
If you are looking for a really cheap solution, here's what I've done: buy a big tube of unscented moisturizer from a pharmacy and use it as an eye cream. Make sure it does not have urea in it, since this stings sensitive skin. Look for a brand that is supposed to be used on eczema prone skin. When I've done this, the big tube can last me a year!
I have gotten great deals at CVS Pharmacy for inexpensive eye/face cream. CVS offers CVS points which you can use towards your purchases. I like their creams, and yes, I have bought the expensive creams in the past! Also, go online if you don't save newspaper coupons, and you can always find name brand coupons for face creams, e.g. Oil of Olay. Many times, CVS will already have these items on sale; use the manufacturer coupon on top of that, then in addition, use your CVS points on top, and you can save tons of money! Good luck.
What will really help your eyes look perky and not tired (and slow the aging of your entire body in general) is instead of an eye cream do/eat good old fashioned healthy foods, the 'eight a day' of water and sleep, plenty of exercise, no ciggies and limit alcohol consumption ... You'll only need inexpensive lotion for dry skin and your body and pocketbook will thank you :-) Think about people you know who look ten or twenty years younger than they are and you'll find that they follow these golden rules ...
Vegetable shortening is another name for hydrogenated oil -- which means trans fat. They are seriously unhealthy to eat, and I'd expect since our skin absorbs 70% of what we put on it, I wouldn't use in on my skin either. And all those ingredients in the lotions -- yep, we absorb them into our bloodstream and they are dangerous to our health. Nice, huh? Our poor livers have to try to get rid of all this crap.
My latest solution is working great: Aloe Vera gel and apricot oil. (or almond oil). I try to fresh aloe gel straight from my plant, but I have to wait until it's bigger before I snip some every day. I use plain Aloe Gel from the health food store. I try to get is as natural and plain as possible -- no scents and other stuff like in the popular commercial brands. Read the labels.
Just put a little gel in your palm, add a drop or two of oil, and rub together in your hands quickly. This emulsifies it into a lotion. Rub on face and neck. My hands have never felt better, either. Hardly dry at all like they used to be.
Oh, and eating fresh foods, especially lots of green vegetables is especially important.
St. Ives has a HUGE jar of Collagen Face Cream for $4.47. One jar will last a LONG while. I put it all over my face and my skin looks great. I am 40 and people tell me I look 25-30.
I really want this guy to ask me out but i have HUGE naturally DARK EYE CIRCLES! I was born with it, how do I get rid of them?
PLEASE HELP no makeup please.
Avon makes a fabulous "line filler/eraser" on the ANEW line. It is called ANEW deep line concentrate.
Try it for a few weeks, any crow's feet sagging will disappear. seriously.
It kills me that no one has mentioned the most important step: sunblock. I cant say it enough. The sun and smoking are the main causes of bags and wrinkles. I thankfully have been wearing spf 50 since I was 16, I'm 29. People think Im 23. Not a big difference, but when I'm 40 it will be.
Just be very delicate around the eyes, the skin is very sensitive. No pulling or tugging. Sometimes the position you sleep in can cause wrinkles. Sleep on your back if you can. I use a concealer that is much lighter than my skin tone. Just dot it on til gone. No rubbing! Good luck. xoxo
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