I turned 25 this summer and decided that it was going to be my year of skincare. I’ve been slowly introducing new products into my simple routine, which consisted of a cleanser, moisturizer, and spot treatment if I was breaking out, and realized that my skin really needed some TLC. The area that ended up requiring the most attention were my under-eyes and that they had been grossly overlooked by my two-step regimen.
Being a skincare novice, I didn’t know where to start when it came to finding an under-eye cream. Did I need something brightening? De-puffing? Smoothing? I was lost until a skincare article that I had come across brought me to Nuria Beauty, a clean brand with an impressive assortment of gentle-yet-effective products, and its Defend Triple Action Eye Cream.
TRY IT: Nuria Beauty Defend Triple Action Eye Cream ($40)
This eye cream is kind of like a multitasker for the eye area and is designed to fade dark circles, reduce the look of puffiness, and firm the skin to take care of fine lines. It also nourishes the skin with a blend of skin-healthy ingredients like cucumber and mulberry and ginseng roots.
What really drew me to the formula was the fact that it contains antioxidants, which combat free radicals and keep the skin protected from the premature aging effects of the environment. Dermatologists recommend using antioxidant-rich products if you're in your 20s because they can erase the damage caused by unprotected sun exposure, pollution, and other environmental stressors, so I was excited that this eye cream would help me take my preventative skincare game up a notch.
The Defend Triple Action Eye Cream offers a thicker texture than I was expecting, so I used it at night to refresh and replenish my under-eyes while I slept. It made my skin breakout a little in the beginning, but it took a week or so of nightly usage for my skin to become adjusted to the formula.
I was also a big fan of its unique applicator right away, which not only makes application easy but also helps promote the circulation in the under-eyes and reduce puffiness.
I've been using the eye cream for a month now and I find that my under-eyes are noticeably brighter and less puffy, especially in the morning. It's so hydrating and soothing that I always make sure to use it after a long night out to ensure that I wake up looking rested and less tired than I actually am.