This past month I was walking through downtown Seattle and noticed a new neighbor had moved in – a place called Skoah, which appeared to be a skincare boutique. I had to return at some point during business hours, and was able to better explore what kind of place this actually was. It’s a spa with a variety of facial services that also sells a pretty big line of skincare products, which had me pretty excited! They’re based in Vancouver, Canada and have locations in the Seattle, Vancouver, Calgary, and Boston areas, and you can also purchase products through their website. I really wanted to try something and ended up purchasing their basic eye cream, labeled as appropriate for most skin types.
Skoah describes it very simply: “This eye cream contains sea kelp algae, plant extracts, highly refined olive oil, hyaluronic acid and a touch of shea butter to gently hydrate the delicate eye area. Vitamin E calms and soothes the eye area.” There aren’t any huge claims of anti-aging miracles here, which I appreciate, though they do offer an age-defying eye cream called Eye Kandy that’s $52 if you’re looking for something with a little more oomph.
That kind of brings me to a point that I wanted to touch on while we’re on the subject … if I’m not really looking for a miracle in a jar, then what do I hope to achieve by using an eye cream? There are a whole lot of people who’ve adopted the philosophy that eye creams are unnecessary because they basically include the same ingredients as any other moisturizer yet cost a lot more. So, I just wanted to take a moment to talk about the value that I find in them.
I’ve been on and off of eye creams over the past year, and I can say that when I use them they do make a difference for me. I’m 27 so I’m not in need of heavy duty wrinkle control, but I think the reason they work is very simply that they provide substantially more moisture than my facial creams do, and the skin around my eyes is thirstier than the rest of my face. When I first start using an eye cream after leaving it out of my routine for a while, I’ll see an instant plumping effect. Keeping skin sufficiently hydrated over the long term is an important way to prevent aging, and so for me this skincare step is a useful one (though if you’re happy without one and your skin doesn’t seem to respond to them, rock on! I don’t think it’s a product that everybody needs).
Eye creams can definitely be expensive, though. This one costs $38 for half of an ounce, which is a pretty standard amount and it’s a price I don’t feel too bad about (the ones with bigger promises cost much, much more). I’ve been using my pot for over a month and it just looks like I’ve tapped my finger into it a few times … which is basically what I’ve done, because a little bit of it goes a long way on the skin. I’ll be using this one for a long time.
It’s just a plain white cream with no scent, and has a smooth, not-too-heavy texture that’s easily spread over and massaged into skin. It sinks in well and doesn’t keep my skin feeling moist. I use this both under my eye and on my eyelid, and just try to work it in well and let it absorb before applying makeup on top. As long as I’m mindful about this, I don’t have issues with it making my makeup crease and wear off quickly. And, even when I apply it a bit heavier in the evening, it still sinks in really nicely.
Ingredients: aqua, hydrogenated polyisobutene, butyrospermum parkii, propylene glycol, undeceth-5, cyclomethicone, sea kelp alginate, allantoin, arctostaphylos uva ursi leaf extract, arnica montana flower extract, echinacea purpurea extract, mimosa tenuiflora bark extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, tilia cordata flower extract, gingko biloba extract, hedera helix extract, avena sativa kernel extract, hypericum perforatum extract, camellia oleifera leaf extract, sodium hyaluronate, tocopheryl acetate, disodium lauriminodipropionate tocopheryl phosphates, l-ascorbic acid, titanium dioxide, benzophenone-4, phenylpropanol, methylisothiazolinone.
It’s a good product and I’ll use it until I run out (however many years that takes!). It’s also an entry point to a new brand and neighbor that I’m excited to have. You can buy the Eye Kream at Skoah and it costs $38 for 15 g or 0.5 oz.
Do you use an eye cream? Have any favorites you’d recommend?