A rather super specific skin care post today! As someone with oily skin, I always used to think how easy it must be for people with dry skin - surely they just apply lots of moisturiser and they're sorted, right? Wrong. My skin is distinctly combination, and as I'm getting older (gaaahh) the drier areas are becoming drier, and often I have no idea how to tackle them - surprisingly, applying extra moisturiser is not all it takes.
Lately my biggest dry skin concern has been dry under eyes - I'd say it's the driest area, and it's also really noticeable as concealer and foundation clings to dry skin and can really drawn attention to the problem area. These are the products I've been trying out to try to bring a balance to my unhappy under eye area.
As well as wanting to treat and clear up my under-eye dryness, I felt it was sensible to try to figure out what was causing it. One of the things I considered was whether I was using products under my eyes that are too harsh for that area. Generally I don't use a separate cleanser for my eye makeup, and will cleanse my whole face with the same thing, so I switched to using this Eucerin cleanser around my eyes. It's formulated with a limited list of ingredients to avoid triggering any allergies, and it's designed to prevent skin drying out, which is exactly what I need too. It's not as quick and effective at removing mascara as I'd like, but it's understandable for a product that's going to be extra gentle on your skin. This feels wonderfully soothing on my eyes, and comforting on the skin, rather than leaving it drier and red like some harsher products.
Skin Shop Dry Eye Concealer - £11.95
Going by the name this concealer seemed like the perfect product for my dry eye situation - it's a skin care and cosmetic hybrid as it contains ingredients to calm and hydrate the skin. Having dryness in an area where I really need to apply a concealer is a terrible combination and can make for some pretty crepey, cakey looking makeup, so I was so excited to try this. Initially I was very unimpressed with this concealer, as it seemed to do no better job than anything else I'd tried - still clinging to the dry patches under my eyes, clingy and looking generally unappealing. As I've improved the dryness situation with skin care products, this concealer has started to apply a lot better and I'm more of a fan. However, I do find that some days the product delivery system within then pen just won't work, no matter how many times I click the button, but maybe I just got one with defective packaging.
I'm a big fan of Laroche-Posay skincare - it's one of those brands where I always find the products actually work and do what I expect - the only problem I find sometimes is because of the names, I'm never should what's what and the purpose of all of the products! The Cicaplast range was recommended to me by a few people when I was complaining of a really dry under eye area, so I gave both the Cicaplast Baume B5 and the Cicaplast Pro-Recovery a try, as I wasn't sure which would be best.
Of everything I've tried to fix this dry under eye issue, these have had the greatest effect. The Baume B5 is like an all rounder for super dry and sensitive skin, and you can use it anywhere on the face or body. It feels immediately soothing, comforting and hydrating, and although it's really quite rich, it sinks in and doesn't leave any greasy or oily finish on the skin, but it makes my under eyes look more normal straight away. The Pro-Recovery is more like an intensive balm and I've actually been using this underneath the Baume B5 - I feel like the Pro-Recovery gets to work over time and gives a more lasting effect, whereas the Baume B5 gives an instant but more temporary effect, so using both has worked so well for what I needed. I'll be re-purchasing both of these without a doubt.
This eye cream has a great light texture on the skin and absorbs quickly. It's illuminating and reflects light, which has a brightening effect which is really welcome under my eyes. Concealer applies well on top of this, so it's a great daytime eye cream, plus it also targets fine lines and dark circles, as dryness if not my only issue of course. Now that the Cicaplast products have brought some balance to my under eye area I've been using those just at night time and the Beauty Lab eye cream during the day so that I don't go overboard them, as in a weird twist of fate, in contrast to my dry under eyes, I have the world's oiliest eyelids!
Do you suffer from dryness under your eyes? Which products would you recommend?