To apply, or not to apply? That is the question.
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Like toner, eye cream is one of those steps that raise controversy in the beauty world. Do we need a specialized product to apply to the eye area, or is it an unnecessary—albeit nice—step in a daily skin care regimen?
Would your face serum or moisturizer work just fine around the eyes?
No, not really. Because the skin around your eyes is thinner and often more delicate than the rest of the face, it’s important to use a product formulated specifically for the eye area. Too lightweight and the under-eyes are left dry and crepe-y; too rich and you may be left with a greasy ring of unabsorbed product—and possibly a trail of tiny bumps (a.k.a. milia), too. It’s a classic case of Goldilocks and the three bears, but it’s less about fickleness and more about precision and efficacy.
In fact, Mario Badescu himself considered eye cream quintessential, writing in his first book, The Mario Badescu Way to Beautiful Skin that “every man or woman over the age of 21 should apply an eye cream in the morning and in the evening, as part of the daily routine. There are no exceptions.”
The key is in finding the right formula. Each Mario Badescu eye cream was created with a specific skin type or concern in mind, enabling you to find the eye cream that best suits you.
OILY SKIN? SIMPLY NEW TO EYE CREAM?
Use Ceramide Eye Gel.
Erase all prior preconceptions and misconceptions on eye creams and let us introduce to you to Ceramide Eye Gel. It’s ultra-lightweight and oil-free, making it the perfect introductory eye cream or daily formula for those with oily skin.
What we love most about it: This bouncy gel is cool to the touch, which means it’s a dream to apply first thing in the morning or after a long day. Tap it into your skin and you’ll find that absorbs quickly and seamlessly—which means you get an instant boost of lightweight hydration, fast.
#MBSkinTip: Store the jar in your fridge for an extra refreshing boost. Tired, puffy eyes will be eternally grateful.
COMBINATION SKIN? LOVE A LIGHTWEIGHT EYE CREAM?
Whether you’re ready to graduate from Ceramide Eye Gel or simply need an eye cream that packs more moisture without the extra weight, Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is the one for you. Lightweight oils smooth and soften to help diminish the appearance of dry lines, leaving the eye area hydrated and happy.
What we love most about it: The balm-like texture gives it a beautiful slip—which means this eye cream just melts in effortlessly. Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream is packed with skin-loving ingredients like Rosehip Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid, and Eyebright Extract that replenish and help boost radiance in tired eyes.
NORMAL OR COMBO/DRY SKIN?
Use Hyaluronic Eye Cream.
This is our best-selling eye cream, beloved for its light yet creamy, fast-absorbing texture. In fact, Hyaluronic Eye Cream almost feels whipped in consistency; it’s the perfect mid-weight formula that provides all the hydration you need without feeling heavy on your skin.
What we love most about it: From application to end-of-day, the blend of Hyaluronic Acid. Safflower Seed Oil, and Aloe Vera ensures that the eye area gets maximum hydration. Plus, it leaves skin hydrated, never greasy—making it the ideal daily formula if you wear makeup.
#MBSkinTip: If you love Hyaluronic Eye Cream but sometimes need an extra skin-smoothing boost come winter, layer Cellufirm Drops underneath!
DRY OR SENSITIVE AROUND THE EYES?
Use Chamomile Eye Cream.
The eye area is already delicate as is—so if you have depleted and sensitive skin, try this. A soothing blend of Chamomile Extract, Cocoa Butter, and skin-conditioning oils replenish skin and soften the look of dry lines and wrinkles.
What we love most about it: The formula. Comforting, rich, and creamy, Chamomile Eye Cream is a dream to apply.
#MBSkinTip: Come winter, don’t be afraid to swap out your daily eye cream for this moisture-intensive formula. It’s rich enough to help lock in moisture while soothing winter-worn skin.
DRY OR MATURE?
Fight visible signs of aging with this powerful, Peptide-infused eye cream. A rich blend of Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil, and antioxidant Vitamins A and E deeply nourish under-eyes and reduce the appearance of dry fine lines and wrinkles.
What we love most about it: How smooth it leaves the eye area. Dermonectin Eye Cream is so rich that you only need the tiniest amount to deeply moisturize parched skin.
DEHYDRATED, DEPLETED, AND IN NEED OF DEEP HYDRATION?
For the very dry, we have Special Eye Cream “V.” It’s an ultra-rich, Vitamin E-packed formula that serves to smooth the look of dry lines and wrinkles—like the little “V” lines (or laugh lines) at the outermost corners.
What we love most about it: The decadent texture. For parched or mature skin, this formula is a dry skin savior.
#MBSkinTip: Don’t be afraid to mix and match your eye creams. If Special Eye Cream “V” is too heavy for daytime use, save this as your evening treat and use Hyaluronic Eye Cream as your AM option instead.
DRY LINES, WRINKLES, AND DISCOLORATION?
Use Glycolic Eye Cream.
Soften the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and discoloration around the eye area. Formulated with Glycolic Acid to brighten and a blend of Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, and Olive Leaf Extract to nourish, this rich eye cream replenishes dehydrated skin with the moisture it craves—encouraging a more youthful-looking eye area.
What we love most about it: The alpha hydroxy acid component. Glycolic Acid is the hero ingredient that changes the eye game: this formula offers deep moisturization and a solution for reducing visible signs of aging.
PARCHED PAST THE POINT OF NO RETURN?
Use Olive Eye Cream.
There is a solution. And there definitely is solace for the ultra-dry. Olive Eye Cream is our most moisture-intensive eye cream, formulated to deeply nourish, replenish, and lock in moisture to protect against moisture loss.
What we love about it: The sumptuous formula. A blend of skin-conditioning oils, Cocoa Butter, and antioxidant Vitamin E make for a luxurious formula. It’s dense—but it’s exactly what dry or mature skin needs.
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