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Aging Eyes: Where No Eye Cream Has Gone Before

By Amalah

Amalah –

I am really noticing my age in my eyes, and am interested in trying some products to make them look better. What I can never tell is where you are supposed to put said products. Under the eyes, yes, but do you put them on your eyelids? Is there any miracle serum out there to make my crepe-y, starting to sag eyelids look better? I wear glasses all the time, and I usually wear mascara, but no other eye makeup. I probably should pluck my brows. Surgery is out of the question (a tummy tuck would be more to my liking.) Help!


Despite trying bucketfuls of them, there is really only one eye cream that has my undying loyalty, and that’s…you guessed it, grooooan…Philosophy’s Hope in a Tube Eye & Lip Firming Cream. It’s gentle and very concentrated (translation: that wee tube lasts a looooong time, so fear not the price tag), and OH YEAH. It actually does firm your skin up — I think it works particularly well on skin that’s just…saggy, like you seem to be experiencing.

A loss of elasticity is usually what comes first, before the actual deep non-erasable lines show up, and I really believe using this cream has kept a lot of lines at bay. I see lines when I do the annoying scrunchy-face thing I do whenever I laugh, but thanks to regular eye cream use, they are pretty invisible when I stop scrunching. (I’ve tried to stop scrunching so much, but eh. Would rather relax and be happy than all perfectly smooth.)

As for where you put eye cream? Simple: everywhere. Under your eyes (tap with your ring finger…no smearing), to the sides of your eyes (get BACK, crow’s feet, BACK!), and on your eyelids. Getting a line between your eyes, where your brow furrows? Dab a little there too! Laugh lines around your mouth? The Philosophy cream takes care of those too.

Other general tips for aging eye skin: always remove your eye makeup (whatever kind) very gently. I use the Purity face wash to remove mine, but I don’t rinse it off with a washcloth. I use a damp cotton ball and dab it off. Drink plenty of water, and treat yourself to some teabag/cucumber action occasionally. (Which holy HELL, that may be the dirtiest-sounding sentence I have EVER written. Go me!)

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About the Author

Amy Corbett Storch


Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Ama...

Amalah is a pseudonym of Amy Corbett Storch. She is the author of the Advice Smackdown and Bounce Back. You can follow Amy’s daily mothering adventures at Amalah. Also, it’s pronounced AIM-ah-lah.

If there is a question you would like answered on the Advice Smackdown, please submit it to [email protected].

Amy also documented her second pregnancy (with Ezra) in our wildly popular Weekly Pregnancy Calendar, Zero to Forty.

Amy is mother to rising first-grader Noah, preschooler Ezra, and toddler Ike.

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  • seresy

    October 26, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    Dior’s 60/80 eye cream (for “first wrinkles”) has done SO MUCH that I’ve quit fantasizing about eye lifts anytime this decade.
    Seriously. I’ve done the eye cream thing off and on for years, and not seen any real results. Two weeks after I started using the Dior stuff, I saw HUGE differences. Undereyes, lids, crow’s feet, everything. I’ve stuck with it, and my eyes look like they did 10 years ago.
    And I just realized I’ve only posted twice, with two things that I swear by, and both are much, MUCH more expensive than my unemployed hiney should ever think about (which may be a stronger recommendation? I hope? Something needs to justify the expense vs. my meager savings.)

  • Morgan

    October 26, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    A question from someone totally new to eye cream. (I’m only 25, and Sephora just came to my Canadian city – I bought the only starter set they have, which was Makeup Optional Set, last week.) Why do you tap it on? I grew up with a mother who washes her face with Head & Shoulders shampoo, so there are many, many things everyone else grows up knowing that are still a mystery to me…

  • Avi

    October 26, 2007 at 1:51 pm

    haha. That was pretty dirty ; P
    I bought the Hope in a Tube at your recommendation about a month ago. I didn’t have any lines really yet, but I definately started to look pretty tired. Some bags, some dark circles, etc. I love the effect so far. I find it nice and thick/creamy and it soaks in nicely. I can put makeup right over it. I do find my eye circles look a bit better now too. I’ve recommended it to a few friends so far too.

  • Kelly J

    October 26, 2007 at 3:00 pm

    Okay, tie-in question here. I bought the Hope in a Tube recently and have been liking it. But how much of it do you generally use? Are we talking like pea-sized here? More? Less? And is that per-eye, or for both eyes?

  • Sarah in LA

    October 26, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I bought that congested skin kit and I love it. I noticed a difference (clearer skin, more even) in about a week. I think it works really well if you use ALL the products as opposed to just a couple. The eye cream is great. The directions on the package say not to tap but to “sweep” it on or something like that, so I don’t tap (MUST FOLLOW RULES). I just put some on my finger and swipe it all around my eye area, including the eyelid.


    October 26, 2007 at 3:28 pm

    Sarah in LA – Tap don’t tug! Or at least that’s what I was taught when I briefly sold Lacome part-time. By tapping the eye cream you resist pulling the skin which in effect could cause more damage to the delicate skin.
    All of this tapping/tugging/cucumber/teabag action is making me feel dirty. Must shower now.

  • ethansmomma

    October 26, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    I laughed a little too loudly at work over the teabag/cucumber action line. Wrong, oh so wrong.

  • TasterSpoon

    October 26, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    Also, my fourth grade English teacher told us on the last day of class this parting piece of advice: whenever you tap on eye cream you should use your ring fingers, because they’re the weakest and therefore the gentlest.

  • superblondgirl

    October 26, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    Teabag cucumber action! I had no idea this was a DIRTY advice blog.
    Must make more money so to afford Philosophy products. Maybe I need a second job?

  • jasmineN

    October 27, 2007 at 1:38 pm

    I’m confused about contradictory beauty instructions… have to tap on the eye cream with weak little fingers yet when it comes time to apply eye makeup people tug their eyes all over the place. AND why is it ok to put moisturizer on with your fingers but foundation must be put on with a brush even though you just put your hands on your face for the moisturizer? SO confused.
    Head and shoulders on the face is amazing 🙂

  • Amy also

    October 29, 2007 at 7:15 am

    Thank you for answering my question – I’m going to the mall today! (And sorry for including the scary picture, but I guess it got across the urgency of my question ;^))