Getting older sucks, and I can sum up why in just two words: reading glasses.
I had fairly major eye surgery as a kid, and my optical prescription varies so wildly (one eye is long sighted, and the other is short sighted) that one optician told me years ago that I would never need reading glasses. He. Was. Wrong. I do so need them, so much so that my eyeballs now feel like they’re going to explode out of their sockets if I attempt to read even the largest of large print without my reading bins on. Talk about feeling cheated! Anyhoo, I now I have a tendency to squint much more than I used to, which is where Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment comes in.
Eyes are always the first place on your face to show your real age, because the skin is so thin it wrinkles more easily, and is more prone to dehydration than the skin on any other part of your face. Certainly, if I haven’t had enough water to drink on the average day, my eye wrinkles always look far more pronounced than if I have managed to guzzle down a litre or so on top of my tea-intake, anyway. I’m very lucky in that I’m not particularly plagued by bags or dark circles, but my “crows feet” are rapidly turning in to emu tracks*, and I HATE THEM.
|These made me laugh so hard, thank you Murad!|
I also have sensitive skin, and eye cream has a nasty habit of setting off my sensitivity, so I approached Murad Eye Lift Firming Treatment with trepidation, first encountering it after a Murad facial earlier this year. The packing does warn about a “tingling” sensation, so I was a little sceptical that I’d be able to use it at all, to be honest. A decent size (30ml!) bottle that comes complete with 40 eye pads (so you can get 20 treatments out of it, by my reckoning), you apply three pumps in a thick layer to the skin under each eye, then rest a pad over the top and relax (or blog!) for 10-15 minutes and pat any excess product into the skin.
I’ve used this once a week since it arrived, and I have to say, I’m mighty impressed with it. Yes, it does tingle when I first apply it, but it has never lead to any lasting, or visible, irritation and the skin under my eyes is definitely plumped up and hydrated after using it. It’s particularly good on those mornings after the night before. Allegedly. Ahem. Anyway. The major ingredient is hyaluronic acid, and it has a great, visible plumping effect, and lines are definitely diminished on using. I find it sinks in easily (there’s never any excess to “pat in” when I remove the pads), even though it feels like you’re using a huge amount of product in comparison to a usual eye cream, but the skin never feels overloaded or greasy, and it’s never caused a breakout.
As for long-term effects, I can’t speak to those, but for a temporary “refresh”, this is great, and makes eyes look younger/less tired/squinty/dehydrated very quickly in a way ordinary eye creams can’t. The box says to use the treatment 2-3 times a week, but I think for my sensitive skin that might be overload, but as a weekly treat whilst I’m sat at my computer searching for the blogging muse, they’re hard to beat.
And the price, at around £45-£55 (depending on the supplier) is actually a bit of bargain in comparison to some eye creams with only a fraction of the product in the jar!
* Emus are heavier than crows, right?
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