I never really thought I needed an eye cream until I hit 25 which is generally the age at which anti-aging products can be introduced into your routine as the early signs start to appear. Not that I’m suddenly drastically aging or anything because my skin hasn’t changed from 24, but I’m now more focused on preventative measures for the future.
So one new introduction into my daily routine is the Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream. I figure if I’m targeting a specific delicate area of the face then it shouldn’t be a generic cream but rather, something with a special standout ingredient. So I was adventurous and went for snails. Since I got the Mizon AIO Snail Repair Cream I figured it’d be worth trying this to pair along with it.
This claims to be an eye cream effective at brightening skin around the eyes and taking care of wrinkles.
Purchased the 15ml version on Amazon UK for £7.99. It also comes in a larger 25ml glass jar version priced at just under £12. It’s better value but for my first eye cream, I didn’t want to buy a big cream and have it go to waste if I didn’t like it and wasn’t sure how I’d react to it.
I must say I really love the sound of the ingredients in this eye cream. It contains 80% of snail secretion filtrate to heal skin from redness, irritation and inflammation. It promotes collagen production to reduce wrinkles, brightens tired dull skin and locks in moisture.
Happy to see niacinamide listed 4th which is also known as Vitamin B3 and an antioxidant. It is known for brightening the skin tone, reducing inflammation and helping to fade scars, hyperpigmentation and redness. It also increases skin elasticity and reduces wrinkles.
Other notable ingredients include sodium hyaluronate (aka hyaluronic acid), meadowfoam seed oil, beeswax, adenosine and sweet almond seed extract.
Housed in a little 15ml squeeeze tube with a twist off cap. I prefer this to dipping my hands into a jar because it’s more hygienic, especially for a product that is going on and around my eyes.
There’s no added fragrance to this, so it doesn’t really smell of anything. A plus for people with sensitive skin/eyes.
I apply after most of my skincare including toner, essence, serum and moisturiser. Sometimes it will go before or after my last moisturiser depending on what I’m using. If I use a more occlusive cream to seal in moisture for the night I will apply the eye cream just before it. If I just use a light moisturiser like the Mizon AIO Snail Repair Cream then I will usually apply it after.
I take a small amount – less than a pea size – and spread and dab it under my eye and over my eyelids with my ring finger. I try to be gentle since the skin around the eye is very thin and delicate and can get damaged easily. It absorbs fairly quickly, feels lightweight and smooth to spread. My eyes feel hydrated and it has a slight cooling sensation. It doesn’t leave my eyes feeling or looking greasy or oily, but you can feel a thin moisture layer.
I didn’t really expect instantaneous or visible results with an eye cream. I always believed it to be a marketing gimmick to get you to buy more products because wouldn’t a face cream work just as well on the eyes? Since I am all about preventative measures these days I figure it couldn’t hurt to double up on the moisture around the eyes since the skin there is the thinnest. For this reason I like the Mizon Snail Repair Cream because I can feel that my eyes are more hydrated and plump, albeit temporarily. Other than that, I don’t see any difference. I luckily don’t have major dark circles but it doesn’t do much to brighten or lighten the small ones I do have. I have a lone red thread vein under my right eye and it hasn’t done anything for that. But I didn’t expect it to since nothing ever has.
I don’t have crow’s feet or other eye wrinkles just yet but I have a small crease in the bottom inner corner of my right eye and if I look close after I’ve applied this cream it does look less obvious due to the plumping and moisturising effect. This effect does wear off though, and as the skin gradually loses the moisture, it returns to normal.
As my first foray into eye creams this wasn’t too bad. I will finish using this cream because I like how it feels upon applying. I was worried after hearing thick eye creams can give people milia but this cream hasn’t broken me out and doesn’t sting or hurt my eyes. I’m not completely sold on eye creams just yet because I don’t see much difference, but if it’s helping to delay the onset of ageing then I’ll happily keep trying out eye creams in future.