I try very hard to use up my products before I start using a new one. I had a full size Origins Plantscription eye cream complimentary of Sephora (it was a promotion last year) that I didn’t love but I was determined to finish it. It seemed to take forever so when I found myself hitting the bottom of the jar, I thought, UH OH. I don’t have anything lined up.
I was starting to get interested in ‘green’ products at the same time so I took the plunge and ordered the Dr. Alkaitis eye cream from Fresh Faced entirely based on the ingredient list and online reviews. I’m a huge sucker for products that don’t have water as their first ingredient (in this case it’s aloe vera). Thank goodness it worked out or else I’d be using another eye cream I don’t particularly like for another million years.
Who they are:
“If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”
The tagline is stemmed by the logic that our skin eats (absorbs) what we put on it. Dr. Alkaitis is an organic skincare line by Dr. Saulius Alkaitis, a highly regarded research scientist with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.
There are absolutely no chemicals or synthetically processed natural ingredients. This line only uses plants sourced from trusted individual growers and similarly wild-crafters. Each ingredient is edible.
A light weight white creamy lotion with a bit of a whipped consistency for your eye area. Squeeze a tiny bit on your 4th fingertip, share it with your other 4th finger, and dab it under your eyes as well as over the top, but not too close to your lashes. Keep patting with your 4th finger until it’s absorbed.
Into an organic Aloe Vera gel* base, the following herbals are blended: Herbal Eye Renewal Complex (consisting of Wild Rose buds*, Linden blossomsº, Roman Chamomile flowers*, Quinceº, St. John’s Wort blossoms*, Green Tea*, Cornflowers* and Mate*). Eye Rejuvenation and Support Complex (virgin cold pressed organic Jojoba*, Andean Mountain Rose Hip seed and Borage* oils, and virgin cold pressed organic Shea butter*). Vegetable Lecithin, natural vitamin A, C, and E (D-alpha, beta, gamma, delta tocopherols)complexes and Citrus seed extracts.
* – Signifies certified organically grown.
º – Signifies ethically wild-crafted.
I’ve been using eye creams for a decade and a half now. I started young. My criteria is really simple, but it’s still difficult to find the right one. What I look for is moisturizing capability, absorbency, ease of application, and how well my makeup applies overtop.
Things I don’t quite care for are:
Dark circles – I’m iffy that any cream can take away my circles, I believe that’s something my body has to figure out internally, and probably has a lot do with sleep and diet.
Under-eye bags – Much like the above though I’m sure some ingredients can help depuff eye bags, but they’re just a fact of life or sometimes too much eye cream applied at night, etc. Skin is always a little puffier when we first wake up anyway.
Fine lines – When your skin is well hydrated, the fine lines get plumped out. Actual wrinkles? Well, that’s part of living life isn’t it?
Moving on. First of all, I love the consistency of this eye cream. I had some reservations prior to ordering because it has shea butter in the ingredients and sometimes it’s too rich for my face, but I noticed it was pretty low on the ingredient list so I tried it out. In this instance, it didn’t break me out or cause any millium which I’m thankful for. It spreads well, absorbs quickly and leaves a bit of a sheen that dissipates eventually. Having said that, it doesn’t give a matte finish so I still need an eye primer prior to any eyeshadow and that’s ok. Also a little goes a loooooong way: the instructions call for a pea size amount but I’m using 1/3 of that, maybe because my eyes are small. I’ve been using it twice a day for 2 months and the bottle still feels pretty heavy.
The only con about this product is that there is no indication of how much product is left. I’m loving this stuff so much I don’t want to spend even a week without it while I’m waiting for a new one to arrive. I might order one sometime next month just in case, but I like to have my products as fresh as possible!
$78 USD/$94 CAD @ Eco Diva Beauty
What’s your favorite eye cream?