Hi, I’m Mary, and this is my column no one asked for about things I like!
I recently had a birthday. To those of you who wished me, “Happy birthday!” — thank you so much! You’re so kind and thoughtful. To those of you who wished me, “Happy birthday” — is that a threat? It feels like you’re telling me this is going to be my last birthday.
When you reach my age (18), every birthday is cause for an existential crisis. Each year when May 6 rolls around, I start thinking about where I am in my life and, even worse, where I’m not. I think about everything I imagined I would have accomplished by now, like figuring out how to perfectly air dry my hair. I wonder what college is going to be like, if I’ll have fun and if I’ll end up majoring in something completely useless, like Spanish Language and Literature (I will).
OK fine, I admit it, I’m a little bit…older than 18, but I’m still trying to look 18. I’m failing, but trying. The past few years, I’ve started to notice changes in my face. They aren’t bad changes, necessarily, just small, noticeable (to me, at least) differences that naturally appear over time. My laugh lines are getting deeper, my forehead creases don’t disappear when I relax my face and I’m spotting the first (second?) signs of crow’s feet.
Every woman knows the eye area is extremely delicate (because every commercial tells us so, even ones for like, yogurt), and that it’s usually the first place to show signs of exhaustion. When I’m overtired, my undereyes get dark and puffy and my creases, well, increase. Most face lotions are too harsh to use around your eye area, so I use all kinds of eye serums and potions, but a few years ago it dawned on me that the #1 cause of aging is time, but the #2 cause is sun exposure. So why don’t more eye creams have sunscreen in them? If sun ages your skin and the eye area is extra delicate, why is it so hard to find products that can help us protect our eye area from the sun?
After having this revelation, I set out on a mission to find eye cream with a high SPF to keep my eyes looking young forever (or at least a while longer). At the same time, I was looking for a good daily lotion with SPF 30 or higher. This joint mission led me to one company: Supergoop! (exclamation point both theirs and mine). The company specializes in sunscreen (they put it in fucking everything), and even makes a nice, gentle daily eye cream with SPF 37. I bought it and, unsurprisingly, loved it.
I’ve been using this cream for a couple of years now, at least, and I think it works! It’s a nice moisturizer and I certainly haven’t sustained any sunburns near my eye area. It’s not cheap, but I’m only on my second tube in at least two years, plus I’m willing to spend some dough to keep my eyes looking young. I always put it on in the morning, after applying a little bit of Vitamin C serum (I use this one), which helps sunscreen work better, then top it all off with some concealer to cover the dark circles that I’ve finally accepted are a permanent part of my face. This eye sunscreen may not keep me looking 18, but hopefully it keeps me looking 26 —28? — for the rest of my life, or at least until I turn 40, when I’ll become a walking corpse in society’s eyes no matter what.
As always, I’d like to clarify that this is NOT a sponsored post. I received nothing for it and am pretty sure no one cares about my delicate eye area. Still, if anyone is reading and ever wants to give me literally anything for free, eye cream with SPF or not, I WILL TAKE IT!!!!!!
Anyway, I hope this was helpful. I’ll be back with more unsolicited recommendations soon!