My verdict: Olay brightening eye cream

Truth time. I need every little bit of help to brighten under my eyes.

I’m not blessed with flawless skin under there, rather inherited pigmentation plus you can see the blood vessels through the very thin skin.

On top of all that, I’m a mum to a 16 month old son and while Levi sleeps through the night (most of the time), I am in epic sleep debt since my last trimester.

I have semi regular facials to look after my skin and do many an at home sheet mask, plus eye masks to target treat.

None of that is a magic solution and while there probably isn’t one, I’ll keep trying new things and just adding product on product to lighten and brighten under the eyes.

So when I came across the Olay brightening eye cream, I immediately bought it and brought it home.

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Here’s what it is

The eye cream is designed to treat dark circles and contains Vitamin B3 (also known as niacinamide which helps the skin retain moisture, improves skin texture and reduces the appearance of wrinkles) and Vitamin C (lightens pigmentation and brightens).

Side note: I use a moisturiser containing Vitamin C to lighten the pigmentation on my cheeks. A serum containing Vitamin C is also a good option if you have particularly stubborn pigmentation that you want to treat.

The eye cream also also contains caffeine which can constrict those under eye blood vessels, is packed with anti-oxidants to protect the skin from free radicals and is also anti-ageing.

My verdict

I’ve been using the eye cream for a couple of months. It takes 30 days to know if a product will work for you and before you see any possible change, because that’s how long it takes for skin cells to turn over.

I’m so impressed with this. It’s hydrated under the eye which was a little dry in Winter and I have noticed the lines under the eyes have diminished. It’s also a little plumper. Despite not getting any extra sleep, I don’t have as noticeable bags.

My concealer goes on so much better than before I used it.

You really need the smallest amount – like half the size of your baby finger nail for each eye. Gently rub or pat it under the eye, being careful not to get too close because it can sting if you get it in your eye.

Some say that if you apply the product too close to your eye and it gets in there, it can cause inflammation and added puffiness.  

If you apply the eye cream along the eye bone, it is supposed to make its way up.

I apply it right under the eye and haven’t had the puffiness issue. I want to make sure the eye cream is being applied exactly where I need it to work and that’s in the inner corners of my eyes.

I think this eye cream is great and recommend it. It doesn’t contain any retinol or Vitamin A so is safe for anyone who is pregnant, trying to get pregnant or breastfeeding.

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