You know who put the fear of God into me when it comes to under-eye wrinkles? KATHRYNE.
…starting when she gave me my first eye cream on my 19th birthday (thanks, girl). I wish I could say that I’ve been extraordinarily proactive since then, taking utmost care of my delicate under-eye skin, wearing SPF 60 everyday and teaching myself how to smile without crinkling my eyes (could that work?). The reality is, I’ve been doing nada for my under-eye skin for the past four years or so (I’m sorry, sensei!).
This Cyber Monday, my fear of aging finally eclipsed my nonchalance (the 20% off sale at Beauty Sage also didn’t hurt). I’m in my mid-twenties now, and while I think society’s obsession with preserving youth can be pretty disturbing, I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t want to look as fresh-faced as possible for as long as possible. It’s empowering to take care of your skin, body and face in a way that maximizes your happiness and makes you feel good about your choices (that’s what this blog is all about!). And right now, for me, it feels good to use a natural, luxurious eye cream to ward off wrinkles.
This is a brand that definitely advocates for empowering yourself through skincare rituals with powerful, healthy, natural ingredients. Even better, they also empower the community of Berber women who harvest the backbone ingredient of their skincare line: argan oil. According to their website, Kahina Giving Beauty & founder Katharine L’Heureux are helping to fund a women’s cooperative, education for girls, and the purchase of goats.
Women empowering women = hell yeah. I think Kahina Giving Beauty’s mission makes it a wonderful pick for holiday gifts, if you’re still in the market. But how well does the eye cream work?
First: Kathryne and I LOVE argan oil. We’re working on a separate entry in which we can ooze joy and happiness about the oil for a full 750 words, but suffice to say, it’s our magic oil, providing a lot of moisture and making for more supple, firm skin.
Argan oil on its own is great, but I prefer creams for the sensitive skin around my peepers, which is why I was attracted to Kahina’s argan-based eye cream. Creams feel more gentle and nourishing, and provide a great base for concealer (which I rarely leave the house without wearing. Dark circle city, y’all). The eye cream is not as thick as others I’ve tried, which I appreciate: it feels weightless and is quickly absorbed. A little bit goes a long way here, so even though the tub holds just .4 oz. of product, it should last for many months. The scent is negligible, with a hint of freshness and sweetness.
Other ingredients: apart from the argan oil, sea fennel and white and green tea are power ingredients in this product. Multiple studies that I found linked in Beauty Sage’s review of Kahina’s eye cream show that they repair cell damage and sooth inflammation. There are a few chemicals/ingredients in this eye cream that aroused suspicion on my part, however, Kahina’s disclaimer that 99.9% of the ingredients are derived from natural sources won me over.
Kahina Giving Beauty asserts that the eye cream boosts collagen production, enhances moisture retention, decreases puffiness and dark circles, reduces the appearance of fine lines and fights cellular damage and aging. While I haven’t been using the product long enough to see many of these benefits yet, I can say that the cream is very nourishing. My eye skin really drinks it up. I’ve also noticed that puffiness around my eyes has diminished when I use the cream in the morning, which is a huge perk. I’m eager to check back in with you all in a month or so to discuss whether or not I’ve seen wrinkle reduction: cross your fingers for me!
The Kahina Giving Beauty Eye Cream retails for $65 for 0.4 fl. oz. You can pick it up for 20% off thanks to a promo from No More Dirty Looks and Kahina Giving Beauty, valid through midnight tonight.
Also, given the focus on Kahina’s brand and mission in this entry, I feel the need to clarify that I purchased Kahina Giving Beauty’s eye cream with my own funds, and I am not compensated or rewarded for reviewing their products. These opinions are my all my own – their mission just really resonated with me. I hope it does for you, too!
aqua, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, glycerin, populus tremuloides (aspen) bark extract, betaine, cetyl palmitate, xanthan gum, p-anisic acid, sodium hyaluronate, hexapeptide-11, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, helianthus annuss (sunflower) seed oil*, crithmum maritimum (sea fennel) extract, oryza sativa (rice) seed extract*, camellia sinensis leaf extract, olea europea (olive) leaf extract, saccharomyces cerevisiae extract, rhodiola rosea root extract, aroma.
*Ingredient from organic farming. 99.90% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 74.32% of the total ingredients are from organic farming. Formula certified natural by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com