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Why Your Eye Cream Isn't Working

March 17, 2022

Why Your Eye Cream Isn't Working

Why Your Eye Cream Isn't Working


Episode Description:

On episode 105 of the Korean Beauty Show, Lauren discusses 8 reasons why your eye cream isn’t working and what to do about it, plus some of the best Korean beauty eye creams on the market. 




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Episode Summary:

  • What Causes The Signs Of Aging Around Our Eyes?
  • What Can Eye Creams Actually Do?
  • Reasons Why Your Eye Cream Isn’t Working:
    • You’re not giving it enough time
    • You’re going overboard
    • You’re not using sunscreen properly 
    • You’re not getting enough sleep
    • You don’t have the right expectation for your eye cream 
    • Your eye makeup remover is too greasy 
    • You’re not applying your products in the best order
    • You’re using your eye cream on dry skin 

Korean Eye Creams I Love 

  • Best Bang For Buck
  • Most Hard-Working
  • Best for Dark Circles
  • Multi Purpose
  • For Snail Lovers 


What Can Eye Creams Actually Do?

Let’s keep this in mind from the outset. Reasonable things you can expect from your eye cream include a reduction in dark circles, puffiness, crepiness and fine lines.  

Why Isn’t Your Eye Cream Doing Its Job?

1 You're Not Give It Time 

Depending on the product, skincare needs time before you start seeing visible results, and eye creams are no different. As a general rule, eye creams take about four to six weeks to start showing their goodness

2 You're going overboard

It can be tempting to slather eye creams on nice and thick. More equals better results, right? Not really.

Putting on too much can overdo your oil balances and lead to pesky things like milia. Some people recommend applying eye cream twice a day (morning and night). I would say this would be a personal choice and also highly dependent on what other products you’re using, and your skin type. I can definitely see some skin types benefitting from this and others finding that this causes makeup to slip around or milia to build up. 

3 You're Not Using Sunscreen

UV is one of the biggest environmental culprits that can accelerate aging. If you’re not using a sunscreen with the right amount of SPF protection, no amount of eye cream will help.

Why Your Eye Cream  Isn't Working

4 You're Not Getting Enough Sleep

One of the best ways to slow down aging is one that doesn’t even need a huge skincare routine. Getting the right amount of sleep for you is the original skincare game changer – your routine is the cherry on top.

5 You're Not Managing Your Expectations 

Even if you’re using a great eye cream, there isn’t an eye cream that can turn back time. If you’re concerned about how the skin around your eyes is looking and the eye creams just aren’t cutting it, it’s always best to check with dermatologist for other options.

Skin aging is contingent on your skin care routine and genetics. The younger you start showing bags and puffiness, the great the likelihood that genetics are involved.

However, bags and dark circles can also appear because of inflammation. This cab be triggered by UV exposure from the sun, free radical oxidation, stress, fatigue, and allergies. If that's the case, massage can help with fluid buildup.  

Remember - eye creams cannot replace facial volume loss, so if this is an issue you’ll need more than an eye cream to help. The same goes for really deep set wrinkles. Eye cream is unlikely to help. 

6 Your Eye Makeup Remover is too Greasy

This can be a problem for people using thicker types of products to remove waterproof mascara. In the course of the removal, an oily matter remains left behind on your skin.

If the product doesn’t wash away properly then it wont be possible for the active ingredients in your eye cream to do the task that they are supposed to be doing. My preferred method of removing stubborn eye makeup is the double cleanse method

7 You Are Applying Your Skincare Products Out Of Order

Make sure you are applying your skincare products based on thickness or texture. If your eye cream is richer and heavier than your moisturiser, it should go on top. Applying products that are too rich early on your routine may mean that the products you apply after them aren't able to properly absorb. 

8 Using Eye Cream On Dry Skin

To get the full benefits of your eye cream, it’s best to use it while your skin is damp. That’s because applying a cream to wet or damp skin can help lock in hydration, keeping it soft and moisturised. The Korean skincare routine is perfect for this because it is all about applying light layers to ensure adequate hydration. 

Why Your Eye Cream Isn't Working

Korean Eye Creams To Try

Best Bang For Buck Korean Eye Cream

For a luxurious eye cream that won’t break the bank, try APLB’sDaily Miracle Eye Cream from flying off the shelves. Addressing all the key concerns of undereye aging such eye bags, fine lines and puffiness, this eye cream is paced with peptides, niacinamide and propolis to revitalise the skin around your eyes.

Most Hard-Working Korean Eye Cream

A long time favourite of jet-setting flight attendants, d’Alba’sWhite Truffle Multi Treatment Eye Cream helps fight the appearance of fine lines. White Truffle helps revive tired skin and provide and lock in intensive moisture, helping to smooth out wrinkles.

Best Korean Eye Cream for Dark Circles

Heimish's Marine Care Eye Cream (30ml) is perfect to target lines, hydrate the skin and brighten the under eye area. It comes with an applicator scoop to gently massage the cream into eye area. This aids in better absorption. Star ingredients include Hizikia Fusiforme Extract, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glycerin, Beta-Glucan, Codium Fragile Extract and Niacinamide (2%).

Best Multi Purpose Korean Eye Cream 

APLB Propolis Collagen Eye Cream reduces the appearance of fine lines, crow’s feet, and improves elasticity under the eyes. it also does the same around your marionette lines and on your neck! Considering the giant 70ml size, this eye cream slash neck cream slash laugh line cream is great bang for buck.

AHC Private Real Eye Cream for Face (30ml) is a luxury eye cream infused with 8 kinds of peptides. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and improves skin's elasticity. A favourite of Korean actresses, this eye cream combines the concentrated nutrition of an eye cream in a formulation that can be applied to your whole face.  Total care is taken of dark, baggy eyes, loose face and neck skin.  

Best Korean Eye Cream For the Snail Lover

COSRX Advanced Snail Peptide Eye Cream is a hydrating, fast absorbing eye cream that is perfect for those in their 30s. It manages the key concerns for anti-aging for younger skin. Comes in airless pump packaging and features peptide complex-5, Niacinamide, Snail Secretion Filtrate moisturises, Hyaluronic Acid & Sodium Hyaluronate. 


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"Reasonable things you can expect from your eye cream include a reduction in dark circles, puffiness, crepiness and fine lines."

- Lauren Lee, Host of the Korean Beauty Show Podcast

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