Between mindlessly scrolling past endless TikTok videos, and our insatiable need to click the “continue next episode” button on any new series offered by Netflix or Disney+, we honestly don’t know where we find the time for some proper shut-eye. Well, we’re not alone. This is apparently a worldwide phenomenon, so much so that we’ve dubbed a new term for it: revenge bedtime procrastination.
The psychology of this new-age phenomenon is an interesting one — because of a lack of free time in the day, due to work or other life priorities, our stubborn brain is then bent on the idea of claiming the night for ourselves, and we refuse to sleep in order to gain some semblance of control. Needless to say, this isn’t exactly healthy over time, especially when insomnia sets in; we get even more tired during the day, our productivity is thrown off balance, while our skin suffers from the lack of adequate rest too. Enter, dark eye circles.
Now, if you truly desire to break the habit, it’ll probably take some discipline and willpower, but we can offer you some relief, when it comes to skincare at least — the beauty world’s latest batch of eye serums and eye creams. With the most advanced formulas yet, they promise us firm skin, diminished lines, and a brighter eye contour so we’ll be free from sullen dark circles and eye bags, even if we still feel a little dead inside. Don’t worry, no one will be able to tell.
DIOR CAPTURE TOTALE SUPER POTENT EYE SERUM
Dior’s Capture Totale skincare line is based on 20 years of research on stem cells, and is one that Brazilian model and activist Giselle Bündchen swears by — so the latest eye serum comes just as recommended. The goal here is to reduce signs of ageing, and Dior does this with a powerful formula that’s made up of 92% natural origin ingredients.
Of these, there are three actives that achieve that goal — Longoza, a resilient plant that helps stimulate the regenerative power of skin cells; Rye extract that gives us firm and taut skin; and Acetylated Hyaluronic Acid that’s impressively effective in maintaining hydration in the eye area, for an instant plumping effect.
As you’ll be able to tell, thought has gone to the design of the eye serum as well, with a dual-patented applicator that features a flexible neck and contoured micro-waves on its metal surface. These allow you to gently massage the serum into your eye area, refreshing the eye area so we see smooth, lifted skin over time.
Dior Capture Totale Super Potent Eye Serum, $116 (20ml). Available at all Dior Beauty boutiques and counters.
LANCÔME ADVANCED GÉNIFIQUE YEUX
Lancôme’s Advanced Génifique range remains one of the brand’s proudest skincare lines, thanks to their breakthrough in microbiome science; this paved the way for skincare that richly benefits the skin and helps it become more resilient against external aggressors. So of course they had to include it in their eye cream.
The new version of the Advanced Génifique Yeux contains a complex of 7 Pre- and Probiotics specially tailored for the specific microbiome around the eye contour. This helps create the ideal environment for the skin microbiome, which you can think of as our skin’s own ecosystem, balancing it, repairing it, and strengthening it so we may enjoy a stronger and brighter eye contour.
For added benefits, the formula also contains Hyaluronic Acid, a Vitamin C derivative, and other active ingredients that work in sync to strengthen the fragile eye barrier, protect the skin from pollution, and tackle dark eye circles all at once — yes, the ones usually caused by a lack of sleep, as well as saggy skin that often creates a shadowing effect. Though rich, the silky gel cream absorbs rapidly into the skin, and even leaves a blurring, mattifying texture that smoothens fine lines.
Lancôme Advanced Génifique Yeux, $110 (15ml). Available at all Lancôme counters, SEPHORA, and Lancôme’s Official Flagship Store on LAZADA from 26 May 2021.
AHC LUMINOUS GLOW EYE CREAM FOR FACE
An affordable skincare brand with trusted formulas that work? Hold on, we just found one. K-beauty brand AHC is lauded for skincare that’s based on those you can find at high-end aesthetic clinics, while offering premium ingredients and advanced technologies at an affordable price tag. Don’t write them off just yet — their latest Eye Cream For Face collection happens to be the No. 1 eye cream in Korea as well, and is named as such because the same potent formula can also be used across your entire face. Talk about versatility!
This latest launch is made for luminous skin, and contains the key active Glutathione, a popular antioxidant-rich ingredient used in Korean aesthetic clinics. When combined with skin-calming Alpha Bisabolol, Vitamin C, Hyaluronic Acid, and Adenosine to stimulate collagen, what you get is a powerhouse formula that brightens the skin while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.
It even delivers on, well, delivery. Within the formula, we can find the brand’s patented Micro Capsule Technology that turns the water-soluble and oil-soluble components into liposomes that are more effectively absorbed into the skin, making the eye (and face) cream way more useful if you’d like to achieve a dewy glow.
AHC Luminous Glow Eye Cream For Face, $26 (30ml). Available at Watsons stores and online at WATSONS, LAZADA, and SHOPEE.
PORCELAIN REVITALEYES CONCENTRATE
This is not your average eye cream. Homegrown brand Porcelain Skin is all up for multi-tasking, time-saving skincare goodness, which is why they’ve tasked the RevitalEyes Concentrate to both dispense a lightweight eye gel, while also functioning as an eye-massaging device that emits high-frequency micro-vibrations, for a salon-style eye massage that you can recreate at home.
The skincare formula contains advanced peptide technology infused with botanical extracts, which work to reduce dark circles, fine lines, and wrinkles, as well as contour loose skin and depuff the eye area. In addition to that, there’s also Revitalin, a concentrate that works according to our circadian rhythm; it boosts our skin’s energy to protect it from UV rays in the ray, then switches to repair mode at night, working to increase skin renewal for fresh-looking skin. Our favourite part is that you don’t need any fussy wires, charging, or even a switch to activate the smart eye massage function — just place the metal tip onto your skin and let it do its work.
Porcelain RevitalEyes Concentrate, $135 (15ml). Available at Porcelain spas and online at PORCELAINSKIN.COM.
LANEIGE PERFECT RENEW YOUTH REGENERATING EYE CREAM
Here’s one for those concerned about early signs of ageing. The Laneige Perfect Renew range desires to give us youthful skin, and one sure way to achieve that is to, really, not skimp on the eye cream. This anti-ageing formula uses a highly-moisturising Glyco Miracle™ Technology that fills skin around the eyes, making the area firm and energised while diminishing fine lines. Panthenol helps protect delicate skin around the eyes by strengthening the skin’s barrier and keeping it nourished and supple; at the same time, peptides, an extract derived from wild butterfly ginger, and powerful antioxidants work towards firm, smooth, and more hydrated skin.
Laneige Perfect Renew Youth Regenerating Eye Cream, $75 (20ml). Available at LANEIGE stores, SEPHORA, and SHOPEE.
SU:M37° TIME ENERGY MOIST FIRMING EYE CREAM
The k-beauty brand has recently upgraded one of their entry-level anti-ageing skincare ranges, the Time Energy line, with formulas that are milder and more reliable — so if you happen to be in your late twenties, they hear you. The woes of young-but-not-so-young skin often looks like this: dehydrated skin due to early ageing and being exposed to external stressors, as well as an increase in skin sensitivity due to prolonged exposure to blue light from our screens. SU:M37° understands the need for richer, more effective formulas while also striving for hypoallergenic skincare products that are safe for sensitive or sensitised skin.
Of the reformulated range, the eye cream happens to be a new addition to the team, and like the other products, contains 8 organic plant-derived core ingredients including Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme and Rosehip, though now with new additions of Organic Grapes, Organic Pumpkin, and Organic Pears to offer even more hydrating, brightening, and firming benefits. These are carefully fermented using the brand’s proprietary methods, so we get those benefits at their full potential. The eye cream in particular can hydrate the eye contour area for up to 24 hours, while giving us firm skin for brighter-looking eyes.
SU:M37° Time Energy Moist Firming Eye Cream, $106 (25ml). Available at SU:M37° stores and online at LAZADA, SHOPEE and ZALORA.