Do you really need an eye cream? Or is it a marketing ploy? Do beauty companies want you to part with more money for another unnecessary step in your skincare routine?

When it comes to an eye cream there are two schools of thought. Some say that a good eye cream is an investment in looking young. While others say that it is a waste of money and you can get a away using your regular cream in that area.

The skin around the eye area is much thinner and more fragile. It is more sensitive and delicate. It needs specific ingredients to target specific concerns (dark circles, puffiness, fine lines). It needs a product made with a different consistency to be properly absorbed.

The area around the eye is the first to show signs of ageing and fatigue. Dark circles, fine lines, and  puffy bags can add years to your face.

Personally I use my serums under my eyes but I also like to add a layer of a good eye cream over that. I do see a visible difference when I use an eye cream.

It is difficult to find an eye cream that does what it says and doesn’t cost an arm or a leg.

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Eye ceams – where to start?

  • Eye creams are not miracle workers.
  • Diets, lack of sleep, excess exposure to the sun, dehydration all play a role.
  • You need to drink lots of water and limit salt intake.
  • Stay away from fragranced creams, or creams containing alcohol. Both may irritate and dry out the skin.
  • Consistency is the key to seeing results.

One can start with a simple moisturising  or soothing eye cream in their teenage years and change to an antioxidant eye cream in their late 20’s.

CHOOSE WHICH TARGET AREAS CONCERN YOU THE MOST AND START THERE.

FINE LINES

It is caused by sun damage, dryness and decreased collagen production as you get older. Products that contain Vitamin C, peptides and retinol boost collagen production. Ceramides and Hylaronic acid help by preventing water loss and thereby improving elasticity. Limit your intake of sugar.

DARK CIRCLES

It is caused by lack of sleep, age and poor circulation (which leads to a build of of blood), genes and sun damage. Medications like the oral contraceptive pill and health disorders like anaemia and low thyriod can also cause dark circles. Products containing Vitamin C, Niacinamide, Caffeine and Green tea may help. Sun spots may benefit from using a product with retionol. Check if you suffer from congested sinuses- this may affect the appearance of your dark circles. Take an anit-histamine for allergies. Eg. Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

PUFFINESS

It is caused by a build up of fluid and blood under the eyes. Products containing Caffeine and green tea are particularly helpful because they aid circulation. Cold  compresses also help – eg. Using a cold spoon, cold slices of cucumber and even storing your eye cream in the fridge. Sleep on your back to decrease gravity induced puffiness / circles. Get tested for allergies. Eg. The ordinary caffeine solution 5% + EGCG

ANTI-AGING

Eye creams that protect, soothe and hydrate the eye area contain aloe, jojoba, algae and Hylaronic Acid. Eg. Mineraline Aloe Vera Eye Cream and Neutrogena Hydro boost Gel-Cream Eye.

HOW TO USE AN EYE CREAM

Pat a pea sized amount around the eye area, not too close to the lash line. Do NOT rub. Use in the morning and in the evening. Use your ring finger to ensure that you are using light pressure.

For instant cooling and depuffing- store your eye creams and tools in the fridge.

** If you are using stronger actives like Vitamin C and Retinol in serums – and you have built tolerance to it over time- you may bring them up around the eyes. Don’t use acne products and acids around the eyes. These products may irritate the area and also cause dryness, which will aggravate the problem.

MILIA

Some people are prone to getting small painless white bumps on their faces.  It is a small cyst filled with keratin. Thick and heavy creams may cause or aggravate milia if you are prone to them.  Substitute the thick eye cream for a water or aloe based cream.

EXAMPLES OF GOOD OVERALL EYE CREAMS

Best starter: good for everyone especially if you are under 25: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Eye Gel Cream. It is great under makeup.

Best Drugstore:  Loreal Revitalift Laser Renew Precision Eye cream

Best High end: Ole Henriksen Banana Bright Eye Cream

CONCLUSION

Eye creams are not quick fixes or miracles in a jar. They are there to soothe and protect the area. Botox and fillers can work quickly.

It is MORE IMPORTANT to get the rest of your skincare correct and effective FIRST and then worry about if you need an eye cream. Basics first. Read this post on 10 extremely clever cleansing hacks.

Please feel free to comment here or DM me on instragam for a personalised suggestion according to your budget.

 

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