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ELLE Beauty Director, Katy Young, On The Eye Creams That Actually Work

When you get paid to test beauty products for a living, what do you actually pay to use? ELLE’s Beauty Director Katy Young comes clean.

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Forgive me, reader, for I have sinned. It’s been four weeks since my last confession, but it’s been going on a lot longer than that. The truth is, I’ve never seen the point in eye creams. I’ve always just taken whatever cream I have been using right up to my lash line, assuming that what was good for the rest of my face would work fine around my eyes. Skin is skin, right?

Well, yes. But also no. It’s skin that is 10 times thinner, more sensitive to UV rays, drier, prone to eczema, psoriasis and allergies, and subject to almost-constant micro-movements, blinking 4.2 million times a year. Not to mention the fact that a surprising amount of products have the instruction ‘Avoid eye

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17 of the best retinol creams according to our beauty editors

Retinol: it’s the skincare ingredient that needs no introduction. By now you’re likely already aware of the near infinite benefits it has to offer. From working wonders on fine lines and wrinkles, to improving skin’s texture, reducing scarring and enlarged pores. It’s also great for people with acne.

As leading Hollywood dermatologist, Dr Lancer, who works with famous faces like Victoria Beckham and Beyonce, explains – it’s one that truly works. “Retinol is lauded for it’s medically and scientifically-proven ability to speed up the skin’s cell cycle” he says. “It is one of the few ingredients on the market that comes with this absolute guarantee – it has no gimmicks.” The zero BS approach makes it even more appealing.

So, when should you start using retinol?

In theory, you could start using retinol in your mid to late 20s. Prevention is better than cure – aka the earlier the better

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