I’m convinced that I’m showing signs of aging much sooner than other women my age. I’m in my early 20s, and I’ve already developed crow’s-feet and fine lines around my eyes that crinkle up when I smile. I don’t really think about them until I see photos of myself, at which point I become very distressed. My greatest fear is that my years and years of diligent skin care will end up being all for naught.
With that said, eye creams have always been kind of an afterthought in my beauty routine—I generally just pat whichever moisturizer I happen to be using at the time around my eye area as well. I’m just not so sure that eye creams actually do anything of worth, and I’ve also had some bad allergic reactions to them in the past. It’s rare that I give one a chance, and even rarer for me to find one that I actually enjoy.
Filorga Optim-Eyes Eye Contour Treatment ($49) is unassuming in its frosted white bottle, but it hit me right in the beauty-buzzword sweet spot: It says both laboratoires and Paris on the label. I’m fond of both science-backed skin care and all things French beauty, so of course I was going to try it. (If you haven’t heard of Filorga, that’s because it just launched in the United States with a line of creams and serums that utilize the same ingredients as the professional medical products also sold by the company.)
But about that eye cream: After just a few weeks of use, it seems to have significantly smoothed out the fine creases around my eyes. It targets dark circles, puffiness, and wrinkles (the aging trifecta), and as such, I’m finding that my eye area is smoother, more firm, and less swollen in the mornings, even when I fall asleep immediately after eating fries from Shake Shack. I’m also very pleased with the packaging—it’s a pump top, which means you don’t have to go digging in a pot each time you apply it.
A lot goes into this formula. The idea is that the active ingredients increase lymphatic circulation, which decreases puffiness, and hyaluronic acid hydrates and lessens the appearance of wrinkles. It’s packed with vitamins and amino acid, as well as hydrating sweet almond oil, and while there are several complicated-sounding words to be found in the ingredients list, they’re not just filler—each component has a legit purpose that works in conjunction with the other ingredients to make up that “unique complex” Filorga is (rightfully) so proud of.
I’m still not exactly an eye cream evangelist, but I do think this treatment is worth trying, especially if you’re a skeptic like me. Plus, as far as fancy science-y formulas go, it’s on the more affordable side of things. That’s what I’ve been telling myself, at least.