Stories From a Curator is a column by Charlotte Cho, the curator and cofounder of Soko Glam. As a licensed esthetician and the author of The Little Book of Skin Care, Cho gives a glimpse into her discovery process and what brands and products make the cut for the curated site.
The task of choosing an eye cream should not be taken lightly. The danger is this: If the eye cream is too emollient, it will lead to clog pores and tiny white dots appearing near the skin around the eyes. The white dots, also known as milia, are incredibly stubborn and it usually takes a trip to the dermatologist to get them completely removed.
So it was a true treat when I came across the Erborian Seve De Bamboo Eye. It stood out to me because it was the very first gel-based eye cream I have ever used and it was formulated with a favorite skincare ingredient of mine: bamboo. These are features of an eye cream that won’t clog pores, yet will cool, soothe, and hydrate this delicate skin.
The soothing, cooling, and hydration effects come from the bamboo extracts, but the real magic is in the bamboo fibers, which are made out of natural proteins and lipids, and act as an invisible net by keeping the moisture locked in place. (More on my obsession with their bamboo line here.)
You can’t forget the other skin benefiting amino acids and vitamins, which include arginine, panthenol, and glycerin. Such a strong combo of anti-aging ingredients in a travel-friendly and hygienic tube!
Gel eye creams are truly perfect for normal, oily to combo skin types. These days I am normal with an oily t-zone and I tend to reach for this eye cream in the morning because it doubles as an eye primer (after the skin slurps it up, it dries with a matte finish). That’s a plus because my eye makeup often does not mix with skin that has just had a creamy product slathered all over it.
Erborian describes the eye cream as a, “breath of fresh air” and, while I tend to glaze over overzealous product descriptions, I felt there was definitely truth to this statement. Think: When you’re overworked, squinting at the computer for far too long and the dry air is making your skin pucker, the first signs show off right near your eyes. Just a few dabs of this makes my sensitive eye area feel instantly refreshed and energized without feeling sticky, which is exactly what a great eye cream should do!