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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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