Why You Need Eye Cream
There is a reason why you need eye products - and not just any moisturizer - as a part of your daily skincare routine. Not all facial creams are suitable for eye care. Heavy creams may increase fluid retention and exacerbate eye puffiness. Regular moisturizers may not have the specific ingredients that increase circulation and address dark circles by targeting the weakened blood vessels that cause them. These concerns require a more enhanced formula with a molecular structure to deliver benefits and hydrate the delicate area. That’s where the best eye creams excel. We’re here to help outline the importance of eye products and why you need eye cream.
What are the benefits of eye products?
An eye product’s purpose is to strengthen, hydrate and protect the very fragile skin around your eyes. Skin in this area is thinner and more sensitive than on the rest of the face. It is also constantly active (we blink 10,000 times a day). The eye area doesn’t contain oil glands so it retains and loses moisture differently, making it the first area to show signs of aging like fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet. A good eye product will contain ingredients that reduce puffiness and dark circles, supply hydration and help repair the visible texture due to the thinner skin in this area. Eye products are formulated with special ingredients that are designed to treat this sensitive area without causing irritation.
When should I start using an eye cream?
There isn’t a specific age where you need to be incorporating an eye cream into your routine, but people with excessively dry skin, noticeably dark circles, or those developing crow’s feet are the best candidates. And since preventing is easier than reversing, Jordan & Petersen Skincare recommends eye products to those in their 20s as well as those in their older years. “Taking care of the skin around your eyes while you are in your 20s will slow down the aging clock,” says Andrea Jordan and Susie Petersen.
What’s the best way to use an eye cream?
Just like the skin in this area, application should be delicate and conservative. These products are potent, so you truly only need a small amount in order to get maximum benefits. For application, use a pencil tip sized amount in the morning and evening after washing your face. Tip: for eye products in jars, dab instead of wiping product out of the packaging. Lightly dabbing your finger on the top should be enough product for both eyes. With your fourth finger, along the bottom of your eyes, being careful not to pull and stretch the skin. You should pat eye cream or gel into your skin and allow it to absorb naturally. Use gentle upward strokes using your pinky, which naturally has a lighter touch than using your pointer finger. Also, too much product in the morning can result in messy makeup and too much product at night can sneak its way into your eyes causing irritation throughout the night.
What should I look for in an eye cream?
Many eye creams on the market contain skin-aggravating ingredients, such as synthetic fragrance. These can trigger a negative reaction that makes the appearance of wrinkles, sagging, and dark, dull dry skin worse. The perfect eye cream is a soothing, truly fragrance-free formula. It would also include peptides to stimulate collagen production, antioxidants to prevent free radical damage to the skin and niacinamide to reduce discoloration.