While some people believe eye creams not to be a necessary addition to skincare, I prefer using them on a regular basis, twice a day. I really believe that skin around eyes is thinner, more fragile and by all means different from skin on the rest of my face. I have to add that photo-aging signs on my face actually begin around my eyes. When I look close in the mirror, I can see that I’m starting to get small brownish spots around eyes. This makes me certain that my morning eye cream must offer me sun protection.
La Prairie Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 15 is one of sadly few eye-creams on a market containing SPF.
The claims are as follows:
• Helps prevent moisture loss, helps to reduce microstress and helps to retard cellular deterioration
Well on a cellular level there is little I can tell (since I don’t speak to my cells), but hydration from this cream is absolutely sufficient. Like it. Check.
• Enhances tone, diminishing the sensation of under-eye puffiness and darkness
I don’t suffer from puffiness, and unfortunately my darkness comes from reasons that cannot be beat with a cream (even such a beautiful one), so little comment on this one.
• Restores skin density and firmness, decreasing crosshatch wrinkling
I can very well believe it, although I don’t have crosshatch type of wrinkle forming yet, still I find that this cream keeps my under-eye wrinkles under control.
• Relaxes expression lines and wrinkles
Actually, my left eye has this weird vein underneath that can look pretty tensed at times. When I use a good eye cream, the vein is much less noticeable. La Prairie cream kind of does a good job here.
I apply my eye cream all around my eye area, just to protect the delicate skin. It sinks well into skin and I can apply my makeup very soon after.
Active: Avobenzone (2%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (3%),
Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Soybean Glycerides, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Unsaponifiables, Polyethylene, Myristyl Myristate, Ethoxydiglycol, Butylene Glycol, Synthetic Beeswax, Glyceryl Caprylate, Glycoproteins, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Hesperetin Laurate, Saccharomyces/Xylinum/Black Tea Ferment, Tocopherol, Hydrolyzed Malt Extract, Lecithin, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Ursolic Acid, Erythrityl Triethylhexanoate, Plankton Extract, Ilomastat, Carnosine, Echium Plantagineum Seed Oil, Carbomer, Caprylyl/Capryl Glucoside, Serine, Silybum Marianum (Lady’s Thistle) Fruit Extract, Acacia Senegal Gum, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil Unsaponifiables, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Lauroyl Lysine, Melissa Officinalis (Balm Mint) Leaf Extract, PEG-8, Pollen Extract, Glycerin, Trehalose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil Unsaponifiables, Polyquaternium-51, Sodium Hyaluronate, Camellia Sinensis Extract, Sodium PEG-6 Isostearate, Propylene Glycol, Cyclopentasiloxane, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Urea, Sodium PCA, Isodecyl Salicylate, Tocopheryl Linoleate/Oleate, Algin, Disodium EDTA, Isopropyl Benzyl Salicylate, Steareth-2, Phospholipids, DNA, Polyisobutene, Ceteth-20, Mica, Cyclomethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Steareth-21, Cyclohexasiloxane, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Alcohol, Aluminum Hydroxide, Fragrance, Benzyl Alcohol, Linalool, Hydroxycitronellal, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Amyl Cinnamal, Evernia Furfuracea (Treemoss) Extract, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Phenoxyethanol, Benzoic Acid, Methylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, Chlorphenesin, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben
- Lovely emollient texture. Rich but not greasy. Fine enough for small portion use, spreads very well.
- Does not flake under makeup. Does not influence how makeup sits. Which for me is a huge deal, because I’ve had my share of troubles with how eye cream can influence the look of my under-eye concealer. But this cream applies quite well under my makeup.
- Huge rich formula loaded with many plant extracts, vitamins and water-binding ingredients.
- Price 135 euros
- In case you don’t trust jar packaging, well, this cream is sold in a jar.
Just for your better benefit La Prairie also offers a concealer with SPF 15, from their Anti-Aging skincare line, however I’ve never tried it and cannot tell you if it is good. If it is, let me know.
SOME OTHER SPF EYE CREAMS ON THE MARKET
- CLARINS Sunscreen for eyes wrinkle control cream SPF 30 $28 (the strongest SPF)
- OLE HENRIKSEN total truth eye cream SPF 15 $45
- CHANEL Beaute Initiale Energizing Multi-Protection Eye Cream SPF 15 $70
- Dermalogica total eye care SPF15 $43 (AHA, light diffusers)
- Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream Sunscreen SPF 15 $52 caught my attention
- La Roche-Posay Hydraphase UV Eyes Hydrating protective eye cream SPF 29 $32 (key ingredients are glycerin and thermal water… high price?)
- Lancome Bienfait Multi-Vital Eyes SPF 28 $39
- Murad Essential-C Eye Cream SPF 15/P++ $67 (claims to be free of irritating chemicals and contains retinol)
So you may ask, why did I buy it, and why not go for some other, maybe cheaper, option. To be honest, there is no particular reason. I like and trust La Prairie skincare, many people I know swear by this brand, and it is accessible from where I live. I like the texture and smell of this product and I see how moisturized it leaves my skin, so why not. Maybe next time I’ll buy another eye cream with SPF, but for now … La Prairie does its job for me.
Fotografie: Katja de Bruijn, studio Iconogenic