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Future icon: The Inkey List secret weapon for eyes


by Aisling Keenan
08th Apr 2019
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Puffy, tired and dark under-eyes are potentially a thing of the past thanks to new brand on the block The Inkey List. Here’s how their caffeine eye serum is affecting my eye area


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I’ve long been searching for an eye cream that I can use in the morning when my eyes are creased from the pillow, tired because I stayed awake too late and dark circled because, well, I haven’t been getting enough sleep for actual decades, like most people.

Intriguing brand

I had dinner with the two (amazing, sound and hilarious) founders of The Inkey List last week to hear all about the brand, and in a sea of cool, minimal and easy to understand products, the straightforwardly-named Caffeine intrigued me.

I started using the eye serum (note: not a cream) that night, and the next morning. Within less than a week, it’s my new favourite eye product. It’s like a shot of espresso for your under-eye area. Packed with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory abilities, it works away as both an anti-ageing and anti-puffing product.

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The Inkey List Caffeine Serum, €11.99, Arnotts

It didn’t occur to me until I read about it online that caffeine is a diuretic so, naturally enough, it helps reduce water retention, and hence puffiness, under your eyes.

Cream + serum?

I did find it necessary on particularly dry-eyed days to use a more rich cream five minutes after the Caffeine one (waiting those few minutes to let the initial one settle) and for that, I reached for Cerave’s Eye Repair Cream, which I also rate as a cheap-but-brilliant eye product.

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Cerave Eye Repair Cream, €11.99

Under eye issues can’t be completely solved with just an eye cream – things like diet, genetics and age play a serious role in the fate of that area. But for me, thanks to several compliments about how ‘awake’ I looked, this caffeine product (for less than €15) is my eye staple for the foreseeable.


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