By Annabel Rivkin

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You beauty!

Annabel Rivkin finally plumps
for an eye cream

I’ve always wondered: is there any point to eye cream? Is it a scam? Sure, we need to look after the sensitive skin around the eyes; it has less fat and muscle than other parts of the face and is therefore prone to earlier collapse. But can’t we just extend our night cream rub-in to include the delicate under-eye bit? I mean, how many creams can one woman reasonably use?

Lockdown has changed my mind. Laughter lines can have real personality and twinkle but I hadn’t anticipated the skull-like hollows that have emerged as I get screen-weary, life-weary and just... weary. And I hadn’t anticipated minding so much.

Turns out I really mind looking the way I feel. Also, Botox does nothing for eye bags or dark circles and under-eye filler is a slightly scary proposition from where I’m sitting. On Zoom. Dolefully staring at myself in ‘Gallery View’.

Hourglass’s new Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm has changed my mind about eye creams. In about three days. A vegan, cruelty-free, gel-like formula, it instantly plumps everything up, reducing the Skeletor situation. It soothes, it smooths, it helps. Which is excellent for morale.

At £92 it’s very expensive but, seeing as you need so little, I anticipate it lasting about six months so I can live with that investment. Especially as I was starting to think I needed to begin saving for an eye-lift. Scary. And, seeing as the kitchen ceiling is leaking, that would have been most inconvenient.

Hourglass Cosmetics Equilibrium Intensive Hydrating Eye Balm, £92