If you use cosmetics, your medicine cabinet is likely to be loaded with serums, toners, facial oils, moisturizers, and of course the ever-important eye cream. But is using an eye cream truly necessary? You may be wondering if adding another product to the mix is worth the added time, effort, money, and counter space? Our experts in cosmetic dermatology attempt to answer this question.
The main reason eye creams are essential is because the skin of your eyelids is thin and sensitive, and it can age faster than other parts of your face. To avoid dryness, it's critical to keep the skin around the eyelid hydrated.
You can’t just use any type of moisturizer either. Some moisturizers should be kept at a safe distance from the eye area because it is more fragile than the rest of your face. While it may seem natural to assume that all skin is the same, the fact is that different types of skin cover different portions of your face and body. In facial creams, retinol and exfoliating acids can be found in quantities that are too harsh for the eye area.
Eye cream is a cream that is designed to be applied to the area around the eyelids in order to address under-eye issues. It helps with irritation, premature aging, dryness, and sun damage on skin.
While some of the components in face cream are likely to be comparable to eye cream, they may be present in lesser concentrations to accommodate for the fragile skin around the eyelid.
Eye treatments containing retinol can help promote collagen formation and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in those with older skin. Peptides and growth factors can also assist in increasing collagen production and enhancing the firmness and general texture of the skin.
The skin under your eyes is colored by blood vessels, the pigment in the skin, the thickness of the skin, and fluid that can collect in this delicate, sensitive area. Dark circles are the result of a combination of skin pigmentation and redness generated by dilated blood vessels. Over-the-counter eye lotions and skincare products can help to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Just keep in mind that using skincare products won't give you the same results as cosmetic procedures performed in a doctor's office.
You can use eye cream in the morning, evening, or both. If you're planning to use it in the morning, be sure it has SPF to protect your skin from sun damage and wrinkles. At bedtime, use a thick, moisturizing cream. Be gentle when applying eye cream. With your finger, apply a pea-sized amount to your skin and tap it in. Avoid putting too much product on your face since it can irritate your eyes if it gets into them or can even cause a skin rash.