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Clarins Eye Care Review

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Did you know that the first signs of aging show around your eyes?

Well, I did, and it’s one of the things I feel very passionate about. First of all – you need an eye cream. Second – you need to read this post I wrote about skincare for eyes (it’s not a very long post, since taking care of your eyes is pretty simple).

But to get to the point of this post: I have noticed aging around my eyes. I don’t have any wrinkles, yet, but there’s one thing I’ve noticed that is pretty unfair. And the thing is that, when I wake up, my eyes don’t. Gone are the days when I just arose in the morning, splashed some cold water on my face and instantly looked fresh and awake. Long gone. Now my eyes are puffy, tired and in need of a holiday. They no longer recover from the lovely time I get to spend by the covers, by just, well, doing nothing.

Clarins Multi active Eye care review tutorial

But I have found something, that works for my tired eyes and actually helps the puffiness – a lot! A product, that is my eye cream, but also my lifesaver. And that is Clarins’ Multi-Active Eye cream. It’s an eye cream-gel, that has a metallic applicator tip, that you can use to massage the cream in. It’s also brightening with illuminating pigments in it. So if you’re not wearing any makeup, the eye cream reflects light and makes your eyes appear brighter. It’s a masterpiece, so to speak. The best thing about it is obviously the metallic applicator, which I use to massage the puffy out of my eyes. I also like the texture of this cream and it does a great job at moisturizing my skin.

Here is how I use this product. I don’t do this massage routine every single morning, but I do some of the moves or a quick version of it almost every single day.

The other eye product from Clarins seen in the photos is the Mission Perfection Yeux with an SPF 15 and a tint in it. So it hides dark under eye circles better, but for me the color was a bit too dark.

Eye massage for tired or puffy eyes using Clarins Multi-Active Eye cream

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  1. Apply tiny dots of the eye cream around the eyes, and blend with long swipes.
  2. Gently press on the point shown in the photo, keep it still for a few seconds and relax. For me, this is one of the places I feel headache and pressing it helps.
  3. Gently press and pump on the points shown in the photo. This is called ‘lymph massage’ and it helps the natural circulation and movement of toxins and fluids through the lymph ducts (it helps bloating, puffiness).
  4.  Gently stroke the eye area in the directions shown in the photo.
  5. Do small circles around the eye as shown in the photo.
  6. Finish the massage with long swipes around the eyes.

Do each of these steps 2-4 times.

I can guarantee you’ll see some results by doing this massage! Let me know if you end up trying it – or if an eye massage already belongs to your routine?

In these photos I’m not wearing any makeup, except Clarins’ lip oil (which I love!) and as what goes to my tan, I wrote about the products here.

*This product was sent to me as a pr-sample.

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P.S. Happy Midsummer! Let’s hope the weather is good. But if it’s horrible, then.. well, then it is. Let’s still enjoy ourselves! I’m gonna at least spend a ridiculous amount in a sauna, that we’re renting (gotta get your money’s worth!), eat soy sausages and have a glass of sparkling wine (okay, two).

Skincare for eyes

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The skin around eyes demand care just like the rest of our face. Actually it demands even more ’cause the skin there is thinner and more sensitive. Especially for heavy makeup users it’s the area that takes up the most of the products: primer, eye shadow, liner, mascara, fake lashes, concealer, another concealer.. etc.  Also – I have to confess that sometimes I use a heavy hand when removing my eye makeup when I know I shouldn’t use any force in the area.

So how should you take care of that skin area? It’s really quite simple.

  1. Use an eye makeup remover. Clean your eye area with a cleanser that suits eyes. Using the same product for face and eyes you only cause unnecessary burn and abrasion to the skin. There are 3-1 cleansers out there but as well as they work they irritate your eyes – at least that’s the case with my sensitive eyes. So remove your makeup using a gentle cleanser! I’m still looking for the perfect eye makeup remover but lately I’ve been using Decleor’s Aroma Cleanse Waterproof Cleanser and just coconut oil.

2. Use an eye cream. Moisturize using a cream specifically made for that. Usually eye cream are more lightweight than the lotions made for face. They’re also suitable for sensitive skin and they don’t irritate eyes. Take this from someone (me) who’s tried a face lotion around their eyes – never again! Just buy the eye cream.

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+ If you want your eye cream to be extra refreshing store it in the fridge. You can also try cold spoons. Cold helps with the puffiness.

Massage helps with the puffiness and is a lovely way to pamper yourself. Instructions.

You should get an eye cream as soon as you start wearing makeup. Maybe even sooner if you suffer from dark circles, puffiness or dryness. There are lightweight gels for young skin that help with the puffiness. Mature skin needs more and a rich cream may be a better choice. I have always loved gels so these recommendations are mostly them.

The prices are directional. That’s what they cost in Finland.

Lumene Arctic Aqua Deep Moisture Eye Gel 15 ml / 9,40 € Lightweight / For young skin

This was my first eye cream ever and it was a great choice for that. It’s lightweight, refreshing and moisturizing. Edit: I’m not sure if it’s sold anymore in that name. It may be Lähde Pure Dew Drops  (19.90€) now.

Clarins Eye Contour Gel 20 ml/ 30-40€  Lightweight yet effective / For young & mature skin / Luxury

This is a light gel yet it’s really long lasting and moisturizing. Clarins is more of a luxury brand but this product comes in a basic white tube which is the only downside to this.

Missha Super Aqua Ultra Water-Full 30ml / 21,90€ / Best price-quality ratio / Gel-cream /  *Pr-sample

One of the most effective eye gels I’ve tried. This is a gel-cream which makes it more efficient than those mentioned above. It’s price-quality ratio is great. Usually eye creams come in a small jar but this is nearly the size of a face cream! This makes the skin silky smooth and works great under makeup too.

EkoPharma Herukka Eye Cream 15ml / 30€ Organic & professional cosmetics

I’ve tried both the Raspberry and the Blackcurrant lines from EkoPharma. Raspberry is moisturizing and Blackcurrant is for sensitive skin. The Raspberry eye gel did irritate my eyes a bit but the blackcurrant lotion works just great. It’s a great moisturizer and it leaves my skin soft. The best thing about it is of course it being organic cosmetics. It’s a bit pricey though compared to Missha’s. Half the size yet the price is higher.

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Now is the time to share your favorite product recommendations or tips to taking care of your eyes! What’s the best eye makeup remover? What about eye creams? Does anyone use eye masks?

Photos Inka Lähteenaro (2 years ago)