Eye Cream – Your When, Why And How Guide!
Let’s talk priorities.
Whether you are younger or older, if you’re serious about preventing premature aging, begin by taking care of the super delicate skin around your eyes.
The skin is the thinnest skin on your body and often the first to show signs of aging including wrinkles, sagging, and dark circles.
This blog gives the low-down on all things eye cream.
The good news is advances in cosmetic science are going gangbusters and there are now some fantastic natural and effective formulations that will make a difference.
Do you need an eye cream?
I always welcome a debate when it comes to the need for and efficacy of skincare products.
Marketing hype, paid influencers and differences of professional opinion can cause confusion and questions around the need for a dedicated eye cream is no different.
There is no doubt the skin around your eyes is thinner, more delicate and thus more vulnerable and prone to irritation and allergic reactions than areas of your face. It also becomes thinner with age The muscles and skin here are also absolute workhorses because every time you move your eyes, squint or refocus, there is a lot of activity.
Also, as we age over time, factors such as dryness, diminishing collagen and elasticity lead to the formation of small lines (crow’s feet) close to your eyes. And don’t get me started on the impact of pollution and sun exposure contributing to fine lines and wrinkles.
In my view it’s about healthy aging choices. I talk to people who consider a few fine lines as an elegant sign of experience and wisdom. Other absolutely hate them and will do almost anything to prevent or diminish them.
As we all have different skins and needs, it is understandable that in either case we may have a preference for a dedicated eye cream rather than simply relying on a regular face moisturiser.
What can an eye cream do for me?
Incorporating an eye cream into your daily skincare routine or at least a moisturiser around your eyes can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles, hydrate and tighten as well as address other worries like dryness, puffiness, dark circles and pigmentation.
Prevention is better than cure and there is also no drawback to starting early, meaning ‘before you think you need a dedicated eye routine’.
It will help with:
- Dry skin around the eyes mean you need added hydration. A cream with omega fatty acids can help soothe the delicate skin
- Bags and dark circles under your eyes are caused by heredity or because the fat tissues have sagged and there is no non-surgical way to solve this.
However, if the bags are caused by lack of sleep of fluid retention, a cream may help soothe. Remember, be realistic. To really see a change, you will have to sleep more and address diet and lifestyle.
- Minor skin irritation and sun damage can really be improved by a good eye cream.
Best way to apply eye cream
As with all skincare products, it’s important to apply eye cream consistently and correctly to ensure your skin fully benefits.
To get the most out of your eye cream, follow these steps for correct application:
- Use a non-dominant ring finger. It will provide a more gentle touch in application
- Scoop up a rice grain-sized amount of product (less is definitely more)
- Gently dab small dots under your eyes, starting in the inner corner and moving out. Avoid contact with you bottom eyelashes.
- Pat the product gently into your skin but don’t drag or rub
- Wait 2 minutes to let the cream fully absorb.
- Apply eye cream before your morning moisturizer and sunscreen. Continue with your routine with skincare products and makeup.
A well formulated eye cream requires only a tiny amount and should last. Over application may cause irritation to your eyes, eyelids and surrounding skin.
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My other simple common-sense tips
In addition to properly applying eye cream, follow these tips for eye skin care:
- Never ‘wakeup in your makeup’. Not removing your makeup at night is a sin!
- Gentle massage the skin around your eyes to enhance circulation and soothe puffiness.
- Wearing sunglasses provides sun protection and reduces the eye muscle workload from squinting and blinking
- Similarly, wear a brimmed hat to protect your eyes and eyelids (not to mention your nose)
- Be mindful of using just any product around your eyes. Dedicated products will not be too hash or rich.
- I apply eye cream in the morning and at night. My morning regime focuses on hydration, sun protection and wrinkles. At night, my regime focuses on nourishment, hydration and anti-aging.
When to talk with a dermatologist
I am always open to advice from a professional.
So, I recommend speaking to a dermatologist or a trusted aesthetician if you have any real concerns about your skin health or if you are finding it hard to get results from your skin care routine.
The skin under your eyes is delicate and if you experience any reactions, like redness, rash, or irritation, after using an eye cream, stop immediately and get some advice. A dermatologist will most likely have a solution to achieving your healthy aging goals without any irritating side effects.