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Does this eye cream really reduce fine lines and dark circles?

The promise

This velvety texture cream, enriched with evening primrose oil, promises to reduce the appearance of fine lines and dark circles. Rich in fatty acids, the oil is bolstered by vitamin B5 and Ruscus extracts that hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around the eye area.

How it works

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A natural and certified organic beauty company borne of Athens' oldest homeopathic pharmacy, Korres draws from nature for its star ingredients, which have proven efficacy as well as a good back story. For its part, evening primrose oil is rich in linoleic acid (which helps form a protective layer, sealing in moisture) and contains y-linolenic acid (to help restore proper moisture levels in sensitive areas like the eyes). Best of all, though, the Greeks laud evening primrose oil for providing internal hydration and relieving the symptoms of excessive wine drinking. (Sign me up!)

How to use it

Apply daily around the eyes, avoiding the upper eyelid area.

The bottom line

I like to treat this product like a hangover cure. Sadly, it doesn't cleanse my liver or help calm the topsy-turvy pangs in my stomach (that's what grilled cheese sandwiches are for), but it does do a good job of plumping up those vino-induced lines as well as brightening the area for a look that says, "Who me? Drink? Nah!" Between you, me and the vineyard, this product also contains a small amount of zinc oxide, which gives it its whitening effect, as well as providing an SPF of 6. So feel free to dab some on before sitting in the sun and enjoying some rosé. You may also want to pack a couple of grilled cheese sandwiches, just in case.

$44 at select Shoppers Drug Mart ( www.shoppersdrugmart.ca) and Sephora ( www.sephora.com) locations nationwide.

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