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Coffee could easily be my middle name or my blood group. I drink a lot of it, and as you would rightfully assume, I barely sleep. You can blame it on my coffee or blame it on the reading that I do or the job that I have (this one if you were wondering) and as every writer would tell you, writing happens when there is silence. So, in nutshell, I do not sleep, and when I do manage some sleep, it is never nearly enough and I wake up with bags under my eyes. Earlier, I would just go with it but NOW, I have my holy grail under-eye creams that make sure I do not look like a panda when I land up at work.
I used to take under-eye moisturisation as a joke. Then came my 20s, and suddenly the under-eye area felt like it was drying out and stretched, especially in the cold. Not a very comfortable condition, I’d say. I started moisturising generally like a crazy person and had extremely shiny skin because of it. However, those creams did not suffice. About a year or 2 ago, I started reading up about this and that is when I realised that the skin underneath the eye is a little more sensitive and needs different kinds of ingredients just like your lips do.
I first discovered the Clinique Pep-Start eye cream, honestly, it was the packaging that attracted me the most. I didn't feel old buying the cute peppy orange tube (you know what I mean!). I started using this one 2 years ago and I have replaced and reused till today. It started off with just moisturising my under-eyes but slowly I started noticing that it got more supple with time and bounced the light off. I started waking up with visibly less puffiness, and brighter under-eyes. At this time though, I did not have too many dark circles.
A few months ago, I found the O3+ Eye Circle Cream, and this one wasn't picked up for the packaging. With ageing now becoming a factor and sleep becoming more elusive I did need something to reduce the appearance of dark circles before I concealed the hell out of them. This cream also had a similar effect on my under-eye area, but it definitely worked much better on the wrinkles and the area around the eyes. I started applying both of them twice a day and spread out the application all the way around the eye area including the brow bone.