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When it comes to my skincare routine, my eyes up until recently got a little bit neglected. However, because I do suffer with darkness under my eyes and puffy eyes whenever I've not had enough sleep, I decided a couple of months ago to start taking better care of them. I already had an eye cream at the time but because I'd had it for a while and not really used it very much I thought it I worried it might have gone off so I decided to buy a new one.
I decided to buy this particular eye cream mainly because I have tried several products from The Body Shop's vitamin E range, and I have been impressed with most of them. The eye cream costs £8 for a 15ml tube, however I managed to get a 30% discount on mine which I was pleased about and I am glad that I didn't pay the full price! Don't get me wrong this isn't an awful product but it didn't live up to my expectations.
The eye cream comes in a neat little tube which is designed well and it's very easy to get the product out of the tube without any messiness. The cream itself is more of a thin lotion with a silky smooth, wet, almost greasy consistency and as it spreads over my skin easily, only a very small amount of it is needed - a tiny little blob of it is enough for my eyelids and under my eyes.
The cream absorbs really quickly, and although the cream does leave a shine this soon fades away and it doesn't feel or look greasy. It doesn't feel heavy on my skin either and my eyes always feel refreshed after immediately after applying the cream. Whenever I've had little or no sleep, I find that applying this really helps make me feel a little better and it does reduce the appearance of puffiness which makes me look more alert and awake.
However, even after using the eye cream daily for around two months I have to be honest and say the darkness under my eyes has not faded or improved at all. The skin is certainly nice and soft and I don't get any flakiness around that area anymore but I still have to pile on concealer! As for reducing wrinkles I can't really comment on this, I don't have any under my eyes as I am only 22 years old however I do have some minor lines on my eyelids and after using this they always look almost immediately smoothenedd out.
Another important thing to mention is that this eye cream is nice and gentle, I have gotten it in my eyes several times by mistake and although obviously it didn't feel very nice, it didn't sting or cause any redness. I have not had any break-outs or anything like that since using this either.
A pricy eye cream which does moisturise and smoothen the skin around my eyes and it does reduce puffiness but when it comes to helping lessen the appearance and fade dark circles I've found it to be useless. 3 out of 5 stars and I do recommend it but not if you want an eye cream that will effectively help with getting rid of dark under eye circles.
I received some vouchers for one of my favourite stores, The Body Shop, a few weeks before Christmas and decided to treat myself to some of the lovely products from my favourite ranges in store. I particularly like The Body Shop's Vitamin E range and ended up buying several items from this range, with this review outlining my experience of trying the Vitamin E Eye Cream.
The Body Shop supply this product in a small tube that is a neat 15ml in size, and the normal price for this is £10, although I paid less than this thanks to the vouchers I had to use. You can purchase the Eye Cream in store, or you can purchase online at www.thebodyshop.co.uk, where postage cost normally apply.
The Vitamin E Eye Cream is presented in a small plastic tube with a small screw-off lid, with its appearance coordinating perfectly with the other items in the range, as the tube is coloured in an attractive shade of pale pink in the same way as the other items in the range. The product is packaged conveniently as far as I am concerned; I have trouble with the strength in my hands at times as I have mobility issues, but I've never had an issue with using the product.
The Eye Cream boasts several claims, but the ones that appealed to me the most at the time of purchase was "Hydrates skin in the eye area" along with "Leaves skin feeling soft and smooth." These claims appealed so much as I find the area around my eyes is prone to dryness, particularly in the winter months when the weather is colder and harsher to my delicate skin. Skin underneath and around the eye can often appear dehydrated and dull, and so I was keen to try out some products to see if I could help alleviate these issues.
I find that only a small amount of the Vitamin E Eye Cream is required with each use, allowing the small tube to last well, and the product's purchase price to feel completely justified as a result.
To use, I simply need to 'dab' a small amount of the cream underneath my eye and across the eyelid itself. I tend to find that a tiny blob on the end of a fingertip works well, but I suppose a cotton bud would work quite well too, if this was your preference.
The cream is plain-looking as it is a simple white colour, but I find its texture is ideal as it is thin enough to spread easily around the delicate eye area; some eye creams that I have used before have been slightly too thick for my own liking, and they can often feel as though they are 'dragging' over the skin. This is far from ideal, given that the skin around the eye is so delicate. The Body Shop's Vitamin E Cream, in comparison, spreads quickly and easily, allowing it to feel completely 'fuss-free' and without any faff.... so, ideal really.
As the cream is spread around the eye, it feels quietly refreshing, giving a bit of relief to dry, tired eyes. I find too that when I am particularly tired and sleep-deprived (which is often, unfortunately), I can obtain a little light relief to the hot, uncomfortable feeling that makes my eyelids feel as though they are drooping and heavy. This relief is admittedly short-lived, which is a bit of a shame, but I have to confess that I'm grateful it was there at all; other eye creams simply moisturise, without any other benefit.
I find that the Eye Cream is rapidly absorbed, and in just a few moments my eyes feel relaxed and calm; there is no trace of tackiness or 'heaviness' from any lurking residue to speak of, and this makes the cream ideal for me to use at bedtime, as I find many others feel too 'rich' or 'intense' to use at this hour of the day. This result has allowed the Vitamin E Eye Cream to slot into my regular skincare ritual quite easily.
I have noticed an improvement to the appearance of my eyelids and surrounding area, and I do think that this was noticeable after only a week or so of regular use of the Eye Cream product. I think this is quite impressive, particularly as the dry skin that was present underneath my eyes has been smoothened and moisturised completely, allowing for a smooth, fresh look to be present there instead. Similarly, I feel that the whole appearance of the area surrounding my eyes is improved; skin looks fresher and slightly brighter, without any dull, dry skin being noticeable. I like too how no irritation or 'stinging' has been present during the times the Eye Cream has been worn; this is a surprisingly common flaw of many rival products I've purchased before, and I admit that I find it really off-putting as it feels so uncomfortable.
As you can probably imagine, I'm extremely impressed with these results, and plan to repurchase the product again in the future, although this probably won't be necessary for a while as I still have around two thirds of my original tube left.
As with all other products in The Body Shop's Vitamin E range that I have tried in the past, I have suffered nothing in the way of irritation to my sensitive skin from the use of the product, and I do therefore recommend it as being entirely suitable for those consumers who, like me, suffer with dry or sensitive skin.
Taking everything into account, I have only positive experiences to share about this product, and do therefore feel that it is worthy of my full recommendation, together with top marks in the product rating score. It's true to say that the product is more expensive than many of its competitors, but the small tube lasts well and the product is extremely nourishing and pleasant to use.
I have always had a bit of a problem with the skin around my eyes. I developed very bad dark circles and tired looking puffy skin when I was really young and ever since have had to use eye creams and heavy concealers to avoid the 'zombie chic' look. One eye cream I'd always fancied trying was this Vitamin E Eye Cream from The Body Shop but I felt it was quite pricey and didn't want to waste any money on something if it was no good. I recently managed to get a tube of it at a reduced price though (half price instead of the usual £10).
The product comes in a 15ml tube. The packaging for the Vitamin E range at the Bodyshop is pale pink. They sell a whole assortment of other creams and washes for the face and body in this range. The packaging is printed in English and French and has quite limited information about the benefits of using a vitamin enriched cream. However, the tube is printed with full ingredients and the brand print a claim that the cream can help to reduce in appearance "fine lines, puffiness and dark circles".
If you go online to the Bodyshop website store and search for this product you can find out a little more in depth information. For instance the ingredients contain some high quality substances like Community Fair Trade shea butter as well as seaweed extract and rose hip oil. Vitamin E is known for it's antioxidant and ant-ageing qualities and helps keep skin young and healthy.
The tube is fitted with a small screw off lid which is easy to remove and which is secure when fastened on too. The tube is made from a squidgy plastic and easy to squeeze.
The cream is dispensed from a needle-like nozzle. You don't need very much at all. The cream is white coloured and is not perfumed although it does NOT have that slightly sour smell which some non perfumed products can have. The cream is really fluid and easy to blend over the contours around the eye. This light, soft texture is essential for any good eye cream especially for me as the skin is quite sensitive around my eyes. The consistency of this cream means I don't have to rub or pull at the skin as I'm applying the cream. The cream absorbs into the skin very easily so again I don't have to spend any time either rubbing and dragging the skin or dabbing at it in spots. The cream is just really easy to apply.
The cream awards a cool sensation on first application and this is refreshing and makes me feel alert and my eyes feel perked up a bit! After applying the skin feels soft and well nourished. The cream successfully hydrates the area and helps soften drier skin. That tired looking puffiness is reduced and my eyes look fresher and I look more alert in general. I've seen a small improvement in the dark circles but mostly at the very edges of my eyes where the pigment is not that dark. Where the colour is redder such as on my eyelids there doesn't seem to be a difference at the moment. I'm hoping that continued use will help to make the skin around my eyes look healthier though.
The cream can be used morning and night and I've found that it's perfect as a base for eye makeup should you wear it. I like to use the cream at night though as applying it makes your eyes feel calmed and pampered. Using this cream has made me want to try other items from the Vitamin E range. I still think that £10 for the tube is expensive but I'd definitely buy this again if I could get it on offer.
I have always wanted to try Body Shop's Vitamin E range after having heard raving reviews about this particular range. Vitamin E is known to be an antioxidant that helps in healing and protecting your skin from all the daily dirt and damage, so I thought I'd start off with a small tube of Vitamin E eye cream.
-- PACKAGING --
The eye cream comes in a 15 ml tube with a tiny tip opening. It is easy to apply - just unscrew the cap, and dot some cream under your eyes, and then use your weaker fingers (ie your fourth finger) to gently tap the cream around your eye. It is important that you don't apply too much pressure while applying this, as applying pressure may damage the delicate eye area.
-- THE EYE CREAM ITSELF --
I've always been a little doubtful about eye creams, because they've never seemed to have done much for my eyebags. I'm not someone who sleeps late or little (in fact I get about 7-8 hours of sleep on a regular basis), so having eye bags really gets on my nerves because it makes me look much more tired than I really am!
This is quite a light cream that gets quickly absorbed onto your skin. I've tried a couple of other eye creams which just leaves marks around your eyes because of poor absorption unless you use an absolute miniscule amount of cream, but it is definitely not the case for this one. The texture is smooth and leaves a very thin sheer where you apply it - so it appears almost invisible.
This cream claims to be able to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles, and it contains moisturising shea butter and rose hip oil. There is indeed some truths in its claims. Having used this product on a daily basis (at night before sleeping), I saw some, but very slightly, improvement in my eye bags. The only time when this cream proves to be really effective is when 1) I have slept really late the night before, or 2) My eyes have turned puffy from a night of tears. If not for an application of this cream the night before, I would have looked really awful the next day.
It seems like this cream works best for extreme situations when you really need it, but its effect on a day-to-day basis is not as good as I wished it was.
-- PRICE AND AVAILABILITY --
This product is currently available at Body Shop for £9.50. Is it worth the price though? I would say that yes. Although I wished the cream was more effective, I don't deny that it does do its job very well when I really need it to. And for me to look presentable enough everyday - I think it's definitely worth th eprice.
Bodyshop Vitamin E Eye Cream
I don't buy many beauty products these days, but of the few I do buy, most of them are made as much from natural ingredients as I can find and afford. This one by the Body Shop was given to me as part of a gift set and I think the gift giver thought that it was all natural as they know my propensity for choosing things that don't contain parabens and perfumes etc.
Anyhow, on getting this, I sort of assumed it was ok, until I looked at the ingredients recently and realised all the nasties it actually contains and now I'm sort of put off it, and my feelings are rather mixed as it does in fact contain quite a lot of nasty things such as parabens.
The thing is, I have to say though that as an eye cream it does work rather well. I'm only 39, so don't really have any lines around my eyes, just the odd sleep one in the morning lol. When I do apply this however it seems to increase the plumpness in that area and just generally makes the skin there look fresher and smoother.
Vitamin E itself is very good for skin, and is a natural ingredient that works as an antioxidant and helps to protect your skin against all the various things that can damage it from car pollution and cigarette smoke to over exposure to the sun and chemicals.
The tube that this comes in is quite small, and has a small screw top lid, but the hole in the top under it isn't anything like this size it's much smaller which means you only get a very small amount coming out at a time which is great as you don't want much at all for just around the eye area.
The cream itself is very light in texture and faintly pink in colour. It reminds me a little of baby lotion in its consistency actually - or perhaps a tad thicker, but not much. It's very easy to apply anyway and doesn't leave the skin feeling greasy or coated in any way which initially surprised me as I was expecting it somehow to be a little thicker and take longer to sink into the skin.
In terms of the good things in this, well water, glycerine and rosehip oil, shea butter, seaweed extract. In terms of bad things well there's lots of parabens - methylparaben, butylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben. Actually, looking at this, I can't actually see Vitamin E detailed anywhere - here's the full list of ingredients as given on the Bodyshop website - perhaps I'm missing something and someone else can spot the Vitamin E in there?!
Aqua (Water) (Solvent/Diluent), Glycerin (Humectant), Cyclomethicone (Emollient), Methyl Glucose Sesquistearate (Emollient/Skin Conditioner), Rosa canina (Rose Hips Oil) (Emollient), Methyl Gluceth-20 (Viscosity Modifier), Mica (Opacifier), Panthenol (Skin/Hair Conditioning Agent), Tocopheryl Acetate (Antioxidant), Saccharide Isomerate (Humectant), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Barium Sulfate (Opacifier), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Butter) (Emollient), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Algae (Seaweed Extract) (Natural Additive), Sodium Hyaluronate (Humectant), Methylparaben (Preservative), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Butylparaben (Preservative), Ethylparaben (Preservative), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Isobutylparaben (Preservative), Propylparaben (Preservative), Chlorphenesin (Cosmetic Biocide), Sodium Dehydroacetate (Preservative), CI 77891 (Colour).
Am I impressed with this? - Well I did quite like it, but no, not now I know all the unnatural ingredients that this contains.
Will I be buying it myself? - Again, no. I'll be looking for recommendations for a much more natural eye cream I think.
Would I recommend it to others? - I'm afraid this is another no. I couldn't in conscience recommend something to other people that I wouldn't use on my own skin, and I can't see how something that contains so many chemicals can be good for putting on the delicate skin around my eyes.
The one thing I don't use quite as often as I should is an eye cream. I do buy them and use them a few times then forget all about them and at almost 38 I shouldn't! So when I was in The Body Shop a while back I opted to buy this eye cream as I thought paying £9.00 for a small 15ml tube of it that I may actually use it instead of losing it or letting it go off lol.
The tube of this is simple. Its light pink and on one side of it we are told what it is and who it is by and so on and on the back of it not much information listed at all but we are told how to use it and given contact details for The Body Shop. One end of the tube has a nozzle thin style dispenser to it with a small hole and finally there is a little screw on/off cap/lid that goes over that easily. The packaging is nice enough being girly and I guess the information given on it is enough though instructions on how to use it are quite simply to use it morning and night.
Well this very light pink lotion opposed to a thick cream is very easy to apply. Apply it over or under moisturiser or on its own. I use this as advised morning and night and even wear it under make up. No effort is needed to get this cream to blend into the skin and initially when applied it has a very gentle scent to it really of like white florals to my nose.
Its cooling when applied and dries very quickly indeed. The vitamin E, rose hip oil and shea butter that this contains is meant to smoothen the skin and help with dark circles and so on but after using this morning and night I'm just not impressed with it to be honest.
Once applied my skin feels no different than to when I just use a normal everyday moisturiser to be honest. In the long term I still have dark circles as much as I ever did under my eyes and although it hasn't harmed the skin around my peepers I just can't see the skin around there is improved at all really!
I think for just paying shy of a tenner I expected to see visible results. I persevere with this but although its easy to blend and a little of it goes a very long way indeed I'm saddened that no difference is apparent!
Not for me this one, I get the same results from just my normal moisturiser that costs half the amount this small tube does and so for me this, from me, gets the thumbs down!
Only available from The Body Shop and from www.thebodyshop.com
The Vitamin E range at The Body Shop is one of my favourite beauty ranges. I received some of their eye cream as a present years ago and have been a fan ever since and have been using the eye cream ever since. According to their website, "Vitamin E is a naturally powerful and one of the best antioxidants that help protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. It helps neutralise free radicals, which are destructive molecules that attack cells and harm the skin. It is an excellent moisturiser that improves the smoothness of the skin and helps protect the future of your skin." I have heard this about vitamin E before and really like the results my skin gets from it. It is such a simple, fresh product with no perfumes or fragrance and so this always suggests to me that the product does not have harsh chemicals in and is quite delicate on the skin.
With a toddler and a baby on the way my under eyes can always do with a bit of a pick me up after all those late nights and early mornings. The eye cream is described as, "A moisturising eye cream that helps protect the delicate skin around the ye area, reducing the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.
It comes in a handy plastic tube with a screw top lid. There is a little hole at the top which makes squeezing out and applying the lotion to the small eye area really easy. I find that just a little bit of lotion comes out at a time but this is good as you can then rub them in gently with your finger. The cream absorbs really easily and is really light and does not leave your eye area sticky like some other eye creams can. The lotion has a bit of a pink tinge to it but this does not affect your skin in any way. It is best to use this cream morning and night and I find it is light enough to use in the morning under my make up. The lotion also includes moisturizing shea butter and rose hip oil.
You can immediately spot all of the vitamin E products in a Body Shop store as they have a very distinctive pink colour to them. a 15ml tube costs £9.50 and is very handy because it is small and will fit in your make up bag nicely. My last tube has lasted me for a month or two now of daily use so it does go a long way.
All in all a great product that will really make a difference in the world and possibly make you feel a little bit more beautiful too!
This year one of my new year's resolutions was to start using eye cream. Partly this is because I read an article about what types of face care you should be using at different stages of your life in order to try and protect the skin efficiently and it said by your late 20s and into your 30s you should seriously consider starting use of an eye cream. I turned 32 at Christmas and figured it was probably a good time to start.
I do suffer from very crepey skin around my eye area and accordingly I am conscious of dark circles showing up quite vividly, especially under bright, artificial light. I chose this Body Shop eye cream because I trust them as a brand and although I have not previously used the Vitamin E range I know it gets pretty stellar reviews from other users. I managed to use a discount voucher and a special offer to get this 15ml tube for around £5 but the full price is £9.50.
A little certainly goes a long way when you are only using this on the eye area. I use it every morning as part of my normal moisturising routine and put 3 small dots of the product in a half moon shape underneath each eye. I then gently rub and dab it into the lower lid and up over the upper lid, being careful not to actually put it in my eye.
The cream itself is very light and soaks in quickly and easily.
There are three main ingredients of this product, these being vitamin E, rose hip oil and shea butter. All three are great for improving the condition of the skin with the rose hip oil and shea butter being excellent moisturisers and the vitamin E being a natural antioxidant. The blurb on the bottle says that not only will the cream improve the condition of this delicate skin it will also improve the appearance of dark circles around the eyes.
After nearly two months of using it I can see no difference in my dark circles to be honest, but I can feel a marked difference in the softness and suppleness of the skin around the eye area. To this end I will be continuing with using this product and I do think it is having a positive effect on my eyes overall.
Some of you may wonder why I even bother using an eye cream when I am under 20. But it's when you start getting fine lines under your eyes and it's better treat than cure, the eye area needs extra moisture so I bought this to try out after reading so many positive reviews on TBS website.
It states on the tube that it is a moisturising eye cream that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps counteract puffiness and dark circles. As you can see in the picture, the cream comes in a plastic tube and it's easy to squeeze a little amount of cream, just enough for the eye areas where you need to apply.
It contains Vitamin E, rose hip oil and Shea Butter in there, all the 'good' ingredients and at a price of 8 pounds for a 15ml tube. Is it worth the price?
Sadly, I have to say no. A big no for me. The texture and consistency is nice, it's slightly oily but when you massage it into your skin, it absorbs well and gives a nice feeling. But that's just about it. It doesn't really give me the extra moisture I need for the under-eye area and it doesn't seem to do much with my dark circle, as well as the puffiness I get from lacking of sleep either. I got to use half of the tube but I found that it somehow made the area feel drier so I stopped.
I know it's hard to see the effectiveness of an eye cream but I supposed at least it would give the extra moisture I need but I was left disappointed.
The smell is nice, the texture is nice but the result at that price? I won't be buying it again.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye cream
Sometimes when I don't get a good nights sleep, which can unfortunately happen to me quite a lot I often have noticeable puffy eyes that take a while to settle down. It was an eye cream more for this reason than any other that I wanted to get, when I was out shopping in the Body Store the sales assistant recommended trying this one. She said that personally she had had a lot of success with it.
This eye cream is meant to help reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles. Vitamin E when used in relation to skin care is meant to have great effects as an anti-aging agent. Among other things this eye cream contains moisturising Shea butter and rose hip oil. It does have a subtle but pleasant aroma to it and the texture is creamy and ever so slightly oily.
Personally, I always tend to pat in makeup and creams when it is around the delicate skin of the eye area. When applied the majority of this product sinks in quite quickly, but it is best to put this on a good few minutes before you are ready to apply any makeup to give it that extra bit of time it needs to be properly absorbed into the skin. It does still remain tacky for quite a while before settling down.
I don't see a huge amount of results from this eye cream, it does feel nice when applied and it does make my delicate skin around the eye area feel slightly smoother and softer. However, it doesn't make my eyes look noticeably less puffy or reduce the look of any dark circles.
I bought this with a few other products as part of a special deal but to buy this individually would cost £8. Personally, this product doesn't deliver enough results for me to justify the price, sadly this is one Body Shop product that I will not be buying again in the future.
Personally I think this might deserve less than a two out of five star rating, but it does help a bit with those days that I have really puffy eyes. I usually love Body Shop products, however, this is a bit of a big disappointment.
Since my other eye cream ran out (still can't believe I'm buying eye cream - must be getting old!) I have been using The Body Shop's Vitamin E eye cream. I probably wouldn't have bought it at the full price of £8 for only 50ml (gulp), but earlier in the year the Body Shop had an online half price sale on certain items, so I snapped up some of this for just £4.
The eye cream looks pretty much like it does in the picture - a little pink tube from which you squeeze out the eye cream (more hygienic than some styles of packaging, which is a plus) which matches the other products in the Vitamin E range (which I haven't tried).
The tube has the Body Shop logo, the name of the product in English and French (?) and the claim that the eye cream "helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, puffiness and dark circles" and is suitable for all skin types.
The back of the tube says that you should dot and blend the cream around the eye area morning and night. The time limit on the cream is apparently 6 months, but if I don't manage to use it within that timeframe I'm not going to suddenly stop using it, unless it goes green or something!
I have been using this cream for around three or four months, in the evening only, as I don't really have time in the morning. The cream is light pink in colour, of a medium consistency and has a subtle, fresh floral smell. I can't tell how much of the cream I have left, but judging by the tube it's a decent amount. I'm pleased to report that the cream doesn't irritate my sensitive skin.
Now, I'm luckily young enough not to have to worry about wrinkles (much), but I do occasionally get puffy eyes when I haven't had enough sleep, and I definitely suffer from dark circles. Unfortunately, I have to report that this cream hasn't made a lot of difference. Thinking about it, my skin does feel a little bit softer since using this cream, but not on a major scale. I have used Lush's enchanted eye cream, and actually noticed a difference in the skin around my eyes, and I just don't think this one is as good (unless, of course, this one is better at hiding wrinkles!).
I can't actively recommend this eye cream, and I won't be buying it again once it is used up. It's not particularly objectionable, but it just doesn't really work, and to be honest normal moisturiser probably does just as good a job. I doubt I'd be so calm about this if I'd paid full price for this cream!
When I turned the grand old age of 23, I started to notice fine lines around my eyes, this worried me a bit because I thought they might turn into full blown wrinkles!
Being a fan of The Body Shop range and knowing I didn't want to start using anti-wrinkle cream just yet, I decided to give this a go.
The nozzle is quite good on this, it doesn't release too much product, which is good because you don't need too much. The cream feels nice, I use it after I've put on my general moisturiser and I can feel the difference.
This product does of course contain vitamin E, according to the Body Shop website "Vitamin E - Is a naturally powerful and one of the best antioxidants that help protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke." Don't get me wrong, you won't see a change around your eyes over night, but I definitely think my fine lines have softened as a result of using this cream.
I paid about £8 for this, which is quite a lot, but it does go a long way and I would definitely recommend it for women between the ages of 20 and 40 who want to take care of the skin around their eyes without turning to an anti-wrinkle cream.
I suffer from puffy eyes and sometimes get bags under the eyes if I haven't had enough beauty sleep. They can be quite prominent if I decide to wear my contact lenses that day. I tend to moisturise the fine skin tissue under my eyes as a routine not as an anti ageing trick so when I purchased the Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream I wasn't expecting miracles.
This product comes in the pure and simple Body Shop packaging, the tube make the product easy to apply. The packaging is made of recycled material which is good for the environment. I find this product very portable and it fits in any handbag.
Using this product I find a little goes a long way. It doesn't work overnight but after using it twice daily I found that my dark circles were lighter but no difference to the bags. As I said before I wasn't expecting miracles but an improvement was noticed.
This product contains Vitamin E which contains Antioxidants deprived from wheatgerm. Antioxidants protect against free radicals which are found in the environment through pollution, smoking and chemicals released. Anti oxidants can protect from cancer. It can protect against aging but there are no guarantees.
Overall I was impressed with the improvement under my eyes and enjoyed using this product.
When I turned thirty, I got a bit obsessive and was convinced that my features would give in to gravity overnight, leaving me looking like Droopy, the cartoon dog. Needless to say they didn't, but as a joke one of my friends bought me the Body Shop's vitamin E Eye Cream for my birthday.
The blurb on the tube states that it is a moisturising eye cream that will help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and helps counteract puffiness and dark circles.
The cream comes in a small plastic tube with a pointed nozzle at the end (presumably for getting into those wrinkles and filling them out, as if it was Pollyfilla?). Like the rest of the Vitamin E range, the packaging is pink.
The moisturiser is the same consistancy as normal moisturiser and smells the same too, leaving you feeling slightly ripped ff at having forked out £7.50 for 15ml. The smell is a rosey, flowery sort of smell. Not too overpowering and I think it's quite pleasant.
When applied round the eyes, it sinks in very quickly. No rubbing is needed, which is good because the skin round your eyes is like tissue paper. You only need a teeny amount, about the size of a lentil, to cover both eyes. It left the skin around my eyes feeling smooth and moistuised, but no different than if I'd used a regular moisturiser.
Does it work? I'm not sure, to be honest. I don't really suffer with puffiness, so I can't comment on that, but it did nothing for the dark circles (which I've always suffered with). My features hadn't dropped to the floor the second I hit thirty, but I don't think this cream had anything to do with that - I didn't replace the tube when it ran out and I haven't developed gouge-like wrinkles since. Maybe if I'd carried on with it for the rest of my life I'd have ended up being the only one in the nursing home with clear, bright eyes and no laughter lines, but at £7.50 a pop, it's not something I wanted to take a gamble on really.
I know the Body Shop is built on ethics and it's supposed to be all touchy-feely, but at the end of the day it's still a business and I couldn't help feeling that they'd just filled tiny tubes with normal moisturiser and marketed it to combat wrinkles, playing on women's insecurities about aging.
The active ingredients are:
Vitamin E - a naturally powerful and one of the best antioxidants that help protect the skin against damaging environmental elements, such as the sun, pollution and cigarette smoke. Helps neutralise free radicals, which are destructive molecules that attack cells and harm the skin. An excellent moisturiser that improves the smoothness of the skin.
Rose hip oil which is rich in essential fatty acids that help to repair the skin's moisture barrier, thus helping to restore moisture, smoothness and suppleness.
Shea butter which moisturises and helps soften the skin.