As a licensed esthetician and skincare expert, Inspirations & Celebrations’ Beauty Contributor, Alana Mitchell, shares her expert tips on how to find the best eye creams depending on your skincare needs.
If you’re on the fence and wondering if it’s truly necessary to have a separate cream on top of the cleaning and moisturizing products you already use as part of your skincare routine, trust us, there’s a reason why you need to pay special attention to your eyes when we’re talking skincare.
Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin surrounding your eyes. These eye creams tend to be thicker than your normal moisturizer, and contain more oil as well. Most eye creams contain active ingredients that target the problem areas you may have around your eyes.
The Best Eye Creams For Your Skincare Needs
Have you noticed the skin surrounding your eyes is the most fragile skin on your face? This means it’s prone to dryness, noticeable fatigue, and (you guessed it) signs of aging. Many things can cause the appearance of lines and wrinkles around the eyes. Squinting, constant movement, and even fluids that collect under the eyes can cause puffiness and dark circles. There are a variety of eye creams available that can help correct some of these issues. Simply find your main issue below, and learn more.
Got dry skin? Don’t worry, it’s fairly common. The skin surrounding the eye is some of the driest skin of your entire complexion, mostly because there are very few oil glands contained underneath the skin. Regularly applying makeup like concealer and foundation can dehydrate this delicate skin even further, especially if you haven’t moisturized first. A hydrating eye cream is a great “starter” eye cream, because moisturizing this area will help to keep it smooth.
Another common problem most of us are all too familiar with: The dreaded dark circles. Sometimes they’re genetic, sometimes they’re just a physical representation of our exhaustion. Either way, eye cream can help! Some dark circles are caused by an overproduction of melanin, and some are just your blood vessels peeking through your skin. Losing bone and fat in your face as you age can make the hollows under your eyes seem more pronounced. Try an eye cream with Vitamin K to help reduce the appearance of dark circles.
Puffiness is another common issue that affects the skin under our eyes. This is most likely caused by retained fluid. Contributing factors can range from a salty diet, the way you sleep, and, again, genetics. Delicately massaging the area can move the fluid, and pairing a light massage with the proper eye cream can help reduce overall puffiness. An eye cream that contains caffeine can help perk up and tighten puffy, tired eyes.
Sun Damage & Skin Aging
Nearly 90% of aging skin is caused by the sun. Sounds a little scary, doesn’t it? But it doesn’t have to be if you follow some simple guidelines to protect your skin, and that includes taking care of the fragile skin surrounding your eyes.
Did you know that you can repair and potentially even reverse signs of skin aging by developing a thorough skincare routine? That includes a good facial cleanser, moisturizer, eye cream, and of course proper SPF protection. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, year-round, daily use of sunscreen in addition to your regular facial products can not only lower your risk of skin cancer by reducing your daily sun exposure, but sunscreen lets your skin heal and repair some existing damage.
Fine Lines And Wrinkles
If you’re primarily concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, avoiding UV exposure is your first defense. Your second defense, of course, is moisturizing and hydrating your skin with an eye cream that contains collagen-boosting ingredients like peptides or retinol.
Adding eye cream to your evening skincare regimen is a great idea, and one you won’t ever regret starting. The tissue paper-like skin of your eyes needs a little extra care. The earlier you add it to your routine, the better – eye creams can help your eye area look brighter and healthier, and is specially formulated to target your eye area more than standard facial moisturizers.
BEAUTY CONTRIBUTOR: Alana Mitchell
For over 14 years, Alana Mitchell (a licensed esthetician, beauty & skincare blogger, and mother of two), has sold over 300 lines of the highest of quality skincare lines through her store skincarebyalana.com. As a beauty contributor to Inspirations & Celebrations, Alana shares her insight and knowledge about skincare, personal care, and body treatments.
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