I like my face. No, I genuinely do. I look in the mirror and I still quite like myself, even though, post 40, selfies take a bit more ingenuity (and a good filter) before I’m quite happy with them. I work from home, but I still like to be groomed (I actually think there’s nothing more ageing than a face with no make up) and I always make sure my eyebrows are neat (more of this later). One of the things that does slightly annoy me, though, is that my upper eyelids aren’t as smooth any more, and I’ve started to avoid eyeshadow as it seems to accentuate the crinkly skin. I’ve moved on to just using eyeliner near my upper lash line, but this mini annoyance has sent me on a hunt for the best eye cream for crinkly upper eyelids, and I think I may just have found it.
So firstly, back to those eyebrows. I know it’s a cliché but they really do frame your face and can have a great, face-lifting effect too. The only thing I’ve found recently is that I’ve become more and more uncomfortable with how tight I have to stretch the skin every time I go and get them threaded. It can’t be good to be stretching out your delicate skin, can it? I now have them tweezed or waxed, which is more boring, but I think a bit gentler on that delicate upper eye area.
Next up, then, was my hunt for a good eye cream. I’ve always preferred the texture of an eye gel as opposed to an eye cream, and I’ve used Clarins Eye Gel and Benefit Puff Off Instant Eye Gel on and off, but it was only a matter of time before I began to need a bit of a richer product, I guess. Enter REN’s new Keep Young and Beautiful Instant Brightening Beauty Shot Eye Lift. So, apart from the snappy title, why is it so great? Well, first of all, it’s still got a light, gel texture, and you’re actively encouraged to massage it in, which I like. It feels fresh and neither greasy, nor sticky and it’s a great base for make up. More importantly, though, I’m already finding I can actually see the difference: my upper eyelids (in fact my whole eye area) feel firmer and look smoother. I read somewhere recently that you should apply eye cream as regularly as you do lip balm, and while I’m not quite at that stage, I’ve definitely been dotting a little extra on during the day when I think about it. It’s £30 but a little goes a long way. Not quite sure about the science behind it, but it has light reflecting pigments that instantly brighten, and I’m promised that long term use will lift my eyelids, and reduce the appearance of dark circles and fine lines. Peachy.
Another product I MUST tell you about is the ever-fabulous Ultrasun’s new Face SPF 50+ tinted anti-ageing formula – £26 but again, it lasts for ages – I’ve had my original tinted one the whole of this year, over about 5 trips and it’s still going strong. Also, keep an eye out on QVC – they often have special deals. It’s got the same fab, lightweight once-a-day formula, but now comes in an ivory colour which is perfect for all of us with pale skins (I often find tinted products too dark for my skin). I wear this every day – it’s really flattering, goes on really nicely, isn’t at all greasy, and unless I’m going out I don’t even bother with foundation, just a sweep of bronzer. At this time of year, we all need the heavy duty UVA, UVB and infrared A protection that this fantastic cream provides. Again, not sure of the science but I know it’s formulated with some sort of revolutionary anti-ageing enzyme and is really nourishing too. You heard it here first, kids!