You know what they say: “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”. After scouring the most popular under-eye products and treatments available on the market, I’ve uncovered beauty aficionados who’ve actually tried them, documenting their honest reviews through blood, sweat and tears.
What is it: Preparation H/Haemorroidal cream (sounds strange, but hear me out).
How it works: Constricts blood vessels, minimising puffiness and discolouration of under-eye area.
Upside: Very cheap. It’s available in most drugstores, and the effects are immediately visible!
Downside: Not a long lasting option, eye area returned to its original state the next day. Also, the idea of applying haemorroidal cream to your under-eyes may not be for everyone.
‘Turn back the clock’ factor: A good’s night rest.
Verdict: Definitely worth a try as a quick but temporary pick-me-up.
What is it: Metal spoon chilled in the freezer.
How it works: The cold metal causes blood vessels to constrict, hopefully minimising puffiness and dark eye circles.
Upside: It actually feels pretty soothing to the touch, and there’s some immediate effect to puffiness. The best part? It’s free.
Downside: Doesn’t last very long, a few hours at best. Very small improvement to puffiness. Sadly, there’s no improvement to dark eye circles.
‘Turn back the clock’ factor: –
Verdict: Difference is too small for me to bother.
What is it: Revitalift Eye
How it works: Micro-droplets of hyaluronic acid are placed under the skin using a series of tiny injections to stimulate collagen production, brightening and firming the skin.
Upside: Immediate effect, visible reduction in lines and dark eye circles which improves after 2 weeks!
Downside: 1-2 pin pricks per side, though painless, not for faint-hearted.
‘Turn back the clock’ factor: 2-3 years.
Verdict: Good results immediately after, and they actually last!
What is it: Radiofrequency (RF) skin tightening with needles.
How it works: Essentially a combination of micro-needling and radiofrequency. A handpiece with needles is inserted into skin to deliver RF energy. Supposedly melts fat and tightens skin at the same time.
Upside: Slight reduction in eye bags after 1 session.
Downside: Downtime a little longer than expected, plus bruising from the needles, and redness of skin after. Multiple sessions are required for optimal results.
‘Turn back the clock’ factor: 1 year.
Verdict: Downtime is too much for me. The improvement isn’t quite worth the downtime after one session. Personally, this is not my cup of tea.
What is it: Fractional CO2 laser.
How it works: Resurfaces and renews damaged/aged skin, replacing it with more younger skin, and stimulating collagen production.
Upside: Smooths the skin, and reduces the appearance of fine lines.
Downside: Downtime of 3-5 days, doesn’t do much for eye bags. Best after a series of sessions.
Turn back the clock’ factor: 3-4 years.
Verdict: On the fence. Downtime is acceptable for the improvement in skin quality.