All right, listen. I have a sordid history with eye creams and products. The skin around my eyes is pretty sensitive. I think most people have relatively sensitive skin around their eyes, right? One generally doesn’t have “tough” eye skin – unless you’re like, a cowboy, or something. I have used everything from Chanel to Olay, Mario Badescu to Garnier. I would never say I have tried it all, but my quest to have moisturized, young-looking and dark circle-free eyes has really run me a relative fortune.
Since going “all natty,” though, I feel I have become a hermit of epic proportions: staying on my computer for hours looking up reviews on a gaggle of different natural eye creams. Waiting for my “sullied” products to run out, I wanted to find THE BEST possible creams for my face. My goal was to find something that was going to help me combat fine lines, puffiness, and would really moisturize the heck out of my eye area. We all know what it’s like to have to reapply moisturizer whether it’s on your face or body because it simply absorbs too quickly. My budget was anything up to 60ish dollars. That may seem like a lot for an eye cream, BUT – with a regimen of using my DIY eye cream coupled with a newly bought eye cream, I estimate it will last me four or five months. That’s not bad, eh? That’s like, 12 bucks a month. Doable!
After finding some favorable customer reviews online of Suki Eye Lift Radiance Renewal Cream, I felt ready to push off and finally make a purchase. Their ingredients were on par with my ideals (the eye cream includes jojoba oil, shea butter, green tea extract, and many others – full list below) but I was scared. I won’t lie, I have been relying on the products listed at the top of this article for so long, and although I know now that they contain crap that is totally bad and TOXIC for me… they still worked! I was happy with them! What if what was preserving my skin was the BAD stuff? What will I do now?! I await the arrival of my Suki box like a father expecting his first child in the waiting room of a 1950s hospital. I’m ready to take up chain smoking and make small talk. “When’s yours due, pal?” “I don’t know, UPS said three days, but I don’t know, okay?!”
Then… Suki. Oh, Suki. The packaging was a pleasing yellow, and I was immediately drawn to the smell. It smells clean, like hibiscus: fruity and fresh. The cream itself is sort of foamy and very rich. It reminded me of yellow cake batter. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! I dabbed my ring finger in, and applied some to my eye area – pat, pat, pat. I waited for a reaction. OK, this is nice, it doesn’t sting, I enjoy the smell, and I can really start to feel a tightening effect. Oh wait, tightening? This is new. I have been using oils around my eyes for so many months now that the consistency of the Suki eye cream threw me off. I felt around my eye: yes, nice and moisturized…ahhh…and this sensation of tightening was lovely.
I have been using Suki in the morning, and my eye cream at night. It’s been proving to be a really good combo for me because the Suki is lighter than the oil in my DIY eye cream, helps my eyes feel “awake,” and works really well under make- up. Over the past two weeks of using it, I’ve felt an immediate change in my skin. I feel the skin around my eyes looks more taut. Even after a late night or lack of sleep, in the morning, I feel like the Suki eye cream really helps me look rested. It has a cooling effect on my eyes, which is really nice in the early a.m. when I hate everything.
I feel luminous and free of puffiness. I wish I would have found Suki sooner, because despite what many high-end brands claim, I feel like Suki Face has actually really lived up to their assertions! I am spending no more on Suki than I was on the “toxic” creams I was buying from the beauty counter of Macy’s or Sephora that contained parabens, sulfates and sodium benzoate. Suki, I think I am hooked. Now that I’m on the natural product bandwagon, I’m convinced that I can have pretty, preserved, and supple skin in a safe and NATURAL way, and that I really, really do not need the junk that is marketed to us through TV and glossy magazines.
*steps off soapbox, exits stage left, walks to bar. Er, yoga class. Yoga class.*
water (aqua), cetyl (coconut) alcohol, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, alcohol, butyrospermum parkii (shea) seed butter, cetearyl (coconut) alcohol, hydrolyzed jojoba esters, euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit oil, rosa multiflora (rose) flower wax, sodium hyaluronate, ubiquinone (mushroom), vanillosmopsis erythropappa (candeia), ascorbyl glucoside, glycyrrhiza glabra root (licorice) extract, camellia sinensis (green tea) leaf extract, caffeine (anhydrous) extract, phyllanthus emblica (indian gooseberry) fruit extract, dipotassium glycyrrhizinate (licorice root), ferulic acid, tetra hydro curcuminoids (turmeric root), lavendula angustifolia (lavender), hibiscus sabdariffa flower extract, acacia (arabic gum), lecithin, xanthan gum, glycerin (vegetable), maltodextrin