Skincare

A summer favorite: an eye cream with sun protection

July 15, 2015
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37 ($45 for 0.5 oz.)

This eye cream by Supergoop! actually sat on my wish list for a couple of months before I ended up receiving it as a gift. I wanted an eye cream with SPF, but I also knew that having it meant that I needed to put down money to have not just one but two eye creams in my collection, which can seem like a jump for someone on a budget. I felt it was a hole in my skincare routine, though, and since early this spring I’ve been using the Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream with SPF 37.

I know of a few companies that make eye creams with SPF, including Clinique and Shiseido, but I’m drawn to Supergoop! because they’re cruelty-free, and they’re also a sunscreen destination of sorts. They make “sun defense skincare” in a lot of different formats, including a serum, CC cream, facial mist, oil, and different face and body lotions.

Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37
Supergoop! Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream SPF 37

The eye cream includes natural oat peptides and a few other plant extracts, some mica to brighten and diffuse the look of dark circles, and a combination of octinoxate and zinc oxide for sun protection. It comes in a squeeze tube with a smooth metal applicator. I love the squeeze tube but don’t care much for the applicator, so I generally squeeze a bit onto my finger and go from there.

The cream itself is nice. It looks a little white on the skin until it’s completely patted in, and it feels hydrating without being heavy or messing too much with the longevity of makeup. I don’t find that it makes my foundation or concealer crease under my eyes, which is an issue I have with some of my facial sunscreens. I focus it on the under and outer sides of my eyes and bring it up to my brow bone. I pat a little onto my eyelids, though that area can get kind of greasy throughout the day so I don’t like to overdo it.

What I think is great about using this is that it’s really like using any other eye cream, and it it means I don’t have to put my facial SPF on my eye area. Facial creams can be heavier and make makeup crease around the eyes, and depending on their consistency they may also actually get into the eyes and sting. Because it is supposed to have nice ingredients like the oat peptides, I use this before I use any facial SPF since I want this to be able to sit closer to my skin and absorb as best it can. Obviously you don’t need to reserve a product like this for just the summertime, but I’m definitely the most aware of where the holes in my sun protection may be when the sun is at its strongest.

Active Ingredients:
Octinoxate 7.5% (Sunscreen), Zinc Oxide 10.1% (Sunscreen)

Inactive Ingredients:
Water, Ethylhexyl Stearate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Propanediol, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Adipic Acid/ Diethylene Glycol/Glycerin Crosspolymer, Isohexadecane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Mica, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Imperata Cylindrica Root Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Ceteareth-20, Squalane, Glycerin, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Polysorbate 60, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Chlorphenesin, Citric Acid, Dimethicone, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Oleth-3 Phosphate, PEG-8, Punica Granatum Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Avena Sativa (Oat) Peptide, Silica, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carbomer, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea Fruit Extract, Methylisothiazolinone, Tocotrienols, Lauroyl Lysine

I’m generally a fan of specialized sun protection products. An eye cream and hand cream with SPF have been the two main products that I’ve been on the lookout for. I may end up getting the hand cream from Supergoop! too, since they’ve released one (it’s marked as a new item on their website).

The eye cream costs $45 for half an ounce, and I really like it! You can find it at the Supergoop! website as well as at Sephora. Have you tried it, or any other eye creams with SPF? Would love to hear your thoughts.

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