At the risk of getting lashed (no pun intended) out on left right and centre, let me tell you my struggle with eye creams: I didn’t believe that they work.


Show me a cream that works. Image credit: Xinhuanet

I used to write on health and beauty topics for a couple of local magazines back in the day and was inundated everyday by beauty products — from mascaras and hair serums to foundation and of course, eye creams. I enjoyed working on the makeup stories because I could see immediately whether that shade of concealer would melt like second skin or if the mascara really made my eyes pop. But when the stash of eye creams started bursting out of the office drawers it was hard to ignore them anymore.

What I grappled with writing about eye creams was reviewing them. There were those that claim to remove puffiness, or dark eye rings, or fine lines, or all of the above — and I gave them at least a 7-day run. And then I looked in the mirror and started poking at my eyes to see if the puffiness (I get that easily; all I need to do is to drink a glass of water before sleep and voila goldfish eyes the next morning) subsided; tugging at the corners to see if the one particular, very obvious line did disappear… after 10 minutes or so at that, I just went, “Yes……..,” as if to convince myself that the cream indeed worked.

What’s not cute about panda eyes if they look like these?

I don’t know. Maybe I was young. Heck, I could head to Zouk’s Mambo Nights after work, hang till 4am, sleep those 3-4 hours and still wake up unscathed. Maybe I just did not “prioritize” my eyes; I mean, compared to my oily skin and enlarged pores, I could live with the lesser evil dark eye rings once in a while.

… well, not until I became a mom 8 months ago.

Oh, I feel you sista. Picture credit: Huffington Post, Getty Images

Oh, I feel you sista. Picture credit: Huffington Post, Getty Images

That and just the fact that I am getting older.

It could also be the result of the constant squinting (looking for the pacifier in the cot in the middle of the night to soothe the screaming baby) or blinking (as we play peek-a-boo) overworking the 22 muscles it takes to work my eyelids. Don’t forget– the skin of the eye contour is three to five times thinner than other facial skin. At 0.5 mm thick, it is the thinnest skin on the face and the least well equipped to fight ageing, yikes!

So now, I would kill for an eye cream that would make me look like I did not just got run over by a milk truck.

Enter Clarins’ Extra Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream.

Clarins Extra Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream

Clarins Extra Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream

I got the cream just a couple of days before my two-week trip to New Zealand and thought it’s perfect to tote along.

While most products for the eye contour focus on a particular benefit, such as wrinkles, eye bags or dark circles, Clarins Extra-Firming Eye Cream acts on all fronts, which is something a person like me, who likes everything she buys to be multi-tasking and AIO, loves. (My first and still all-time favorite eye cream is Clarins Defining Eye Lift.)

So, just to cut the talk short and just prove the efficacy with photos. Here’s me on the 1st day of my family vacation, hanging out with Baby K on top of Mt Victoria, Wellington.

A mother-and-daughter selfie taken atop Mt Victoria, Wellington. Temp: 8 degC, with killer evening winds!<

A mother-and-daughter selfie taken atop Mt Victoria, Wellington. Temp: 8 degC, with killer evening winds!<

This picture is evidence of me recovering from a minor jet lag, coping with the dryer and colder weather… my under eye concealer (I use MAC) as you can see here was cracking up and ‘falling’ in between my  newly-acquired *gulp* wrinkles and bags, which to comfort myself, I call my “mummy medals of honour”. I used the Extra Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream for the first time just the night before when we landed.

And after 12 consecutive days of using Extra Firming Eye Complete Rejuvenating Cream, here’s a picture I took on my second last day of the vacay:

Baby K and I hanging out early morning outside our cottage at Lake Tekapo

Baby K and I hanging out early morning outside our cottage at Lake Tekapo

Significantly less tired looking and the lines seemed to have evened out huh? (Of course, I cannot compete with the fresh wide eyes of the nubile young thing I was cradling in my arms.) I liked what I saw.

This new eye cream from Clarins is a keeper. It’s multi-functioning, easy to use (check out the manual that teaches you a simple Clarins-proprietary eye massaging technique) and compact to tote around, even in your daily makeup bag, which I do. A bit pricier than your off-the-shelf eye creams at $86 but well, you just need to dab a little of this all-rounder every day so really, it can easily last you for at least six months.

This time-strapped mummy gives it an 8 out of 10 panda eyes (that’s how many dark eye rings the cream can eradicate!) 😉

guestcontributor1New mummy Adlena is currently a co-owner of a small business and splits her time between managing that and her precocious infant daughter, Keri.

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