Best K-Beauty Eye Creams That Are Worth Your Money
Now, no one likes lines and sagging — just ask Dorian! But aging isn’t something we can wish away. It’s invisible, and more often than not, goes completely undetected (until one random morning under really good lighting). And one of the first areas to be affected is usually the delicate area around our eyes. For that reason, we set our sights high for some of the best Korean eye creams that the industry has to offer to help you age gracefully, one day at a time.
If you only love your snails sautéed or on a flowerbed, it’s time to rethink how you have perceived these little critters. Snail mucin — and its main component chondroitin sulfate — is an incredibly beneficial ingredient in skincare capable of soothing irritated skin and healing acne scars. Containing 80 percent snail mucin and a blend of proteins and antioxidants, this eye cream helps to gradually plump up your sunken eye area and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Though we would imagine snail mucin (or fine, slime) to feel quite dense on the skin, this cream is actually pretty lightweight and sinks into the skin fast, props to a fuss-free routine!
Jeju is known for its lush and pristine landscape, and it is from this idyllic island that Innisfree developed the Jeju elixir complex™. Packed with nine active ingredients to combat nine symptoms of aging, this eye cream is shaping up to be quite a well-rounder. Balm-like in texture, I enjoy tapping on a wee pinch of the cream onto the crease at the side of my mouth as well to prevent future smile lines. After all, a little goes a long way.
First things first, I love when eye creams come in tube packaging. As compared to little pots and jars that require you to dip in, tubes present a more sanitary option that allows you to dispense only as much as you need. Now, on to the product itself! With Mamonde priding itself on the extensive use of flowers and their derivatives in their products, it should come as no surprise that the superstar in this is camellias. The pretty blooms contain a powerful anti-aging compound called saponin that helps to reduce signs of aging, moisturising camellia oils, and niacinamide for a brightening effect. Dark eye circles, be gone with you!
Natural ingredients get their fair share of praise, but it’s nice to know that there’s quite a bit of technology going into a product as well, and that’s exactly what this eye cream does — combine the best of both worlds to deliver some spectacular results. Taking inspiration from Singaporean skin energy bio research A*star, the Skin Rebirth™ technology increases skin energy and strengthens the skin barrier, fortifying it from dryness (and future lines). Needless to say, this sure gets an A-star from us! For some extra pampering, why not slip on one of their eye masks while you’re at it? The butterfly shape of the masks is a godsend — normal whale-shaped eye masks that are meant to sit under the eye usually just end up sitting on the cheek, sigh.
One of the most prized ingredients in Asia due to their curative properties, ginseng is distilled to extract Compound K (when you run out of names, just a letter works as well it seems!) and Ginsenoside Re to firm up and moisturize the skin around the eyes gently. If you have dry skin, you’re going to love this one. Buttery and rich, the cream slathers on nicely and gives a slight glossy effect. Leave this on overnight and be rewarded with hydrated and bouncy skin in the morning. I find that this preps my skin well for any makeup application, as the products just glide on easily. Bonus!
Dry skin you said? Meet your new savior. This intensely hydrating balm is best used at night so as to let your skin soak in the nourishing properties of oriental herbs such as gongjindan (a prescription in Dongeuibogam) and black ginseng. Overnight, the oil-balm helps to moisturize and smoothen, allowing you to wake up with silky soft skin. And on a side note, we all know better than to judge a cream by its cover, but it probably does add to its street cred that the jar itself looks like it came straight out of a Korean historical drama (sageuk)! Points for that!
Hey Soompiers, do you use eye cream everyday? If so, what is your eye-deal product? Lame pun complaints notwithstanding, let us know in the comments!
Aetcult is your friendly K-beauty enthusiast who loves her tea on and off her face (no lie). In between bouts of tinkering with new beauty products, she will probably be writing about her finds, revising her Korean language coursework and jamming to the latest K-pop song. Say hi to Am on Tumblr.