The upper eyelid is composed of super thin skin that's lacking in moisture,so what's that mean for gals who want to age gracefully or not at all? Your mother was right when she told you not to smoke, to stay out of the sun and to stop rubbing your eyes. All of these habits contribute to puffy eyelids. In addition, allergies and other environmental factors that you can't avoid, along with excessive eyelid skin that you inherited, can cause this common problem. Until recently, surgery was considered the only viable option for correction but cosmetic advances now offer additional alternatives for the DIY-er.
L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Double Eye Lift
"InStyle" gave L'Oreal Advanced RevitaLift Double Eye Lift its best buy award for 2008. This two-part product is designed for the entire eye area and N.Y.C. dermatologist Fran Cook-Bolden sings its praises because the fast-drying gel designed for the upper eyelid is less likely to get into the eye. Fortified with Pro-Tensium for upper eyelid firming and Pro-Retinol A for undereye wrinkles, this is a do-it-all product.
Advanced Eye Recovery Pro Eye Cream with DermaBind
Paula Begoun, known as the Cosmetics Cop, is a consumer advocate and best-selling author who's website, Beautypedia, offers product reviews and advice. Her recommendation for upper eyelid firming is Advanced Eye Recovery Pro Eye Cream, a product by Aloette that uses the peptide complex Regu-age, an active soy and rice blend specifically designed for puffy eyes. However, in Begoun's opinion, who needs it? She says eye creams are unnecessary. If your facial moisturizer or serum contains antioxidants, skin-repairing ingredients and cell-communicating ingredients, then they'll do the job just fine. Since the eye area needs the same moisturizing as the rest of your face, she claims the creams are interchangeable.
Avon Anew Clinical Eye Lift
Anew Clinical Eye Lift by Avon won the "Allure" Readers Choice Award for 2009 and 2010. This product is both a cream and a gel. The cream works on the undereye area while the gel targets the upper lid area. Polymers, glucosamine HCL and algae extract provide temporary firming while caffeine reduces the puffiness. Shea butter and glycerin combine to moisturize the delicate eye area. Although it's not a permanent fix, this nongreasy formula may be the answer for all your eye problems.
Eye Magic, an alternative to creams, claims to be a nonsurgical eye lift. These strips work to restore the eyelid to its youthful shape by holding the skin in its natural position while invisibly stimulating the skin to restore its original elasticity. The strips are made from a nonporous plastic that is thin, transparent and hypoallergenic. Application is a simple three-step process. First remove the transparent strip, next apply gel and place the strip in the eye crease. With or without makeup this strip is invisible and can be worn anywhere except to bed.