Eyes are one of the most important features of your face. Beautiful eyes make you appear healthy, young and well rested. Unfortunately, the eye area has delicate skin that is prone to all kinds of cosmetic problems.
Choosing the best eye cream is hard because there are so many different skincare ingredients and products on the market geared toward various eye concerns. Because of this, it can leave you unsure about which products and treatments to try. Today’s blog post is all about guiding you to find the best eye creams and clinical treatments to help you achieve the beautiful, youthful eyes you desire.
The real reason for aging eyes
Everyone wants beautiful eyes, but aging and genetics can cause everything from dark circles to wrinkles and puffy bags under eyes. The skin around the eyes is about ten times thinner than the rest of your face. For this reason, the eye area is much more likely to show signs of aging faster than skin in other areas.
The skin around the eyes also has less oil glands and fewer collagen fibers, which are essential for healthy, young-looking skin. That’s why it is important to treat your eyes with products and clinical treatments to help maintain their youth and vitality. With the right treatments, your eyes will sparkle. However, it is important to choose the correct eye products to avoid damaging the eyes and surrounding skin.
Can I just use my face moisturizer around my eyes?
Eye creams work differently than face creams. The truth is, it’s not just marketing hype. The skin around the eyes has special needs. Since eye skin has less oil glands and collagen fibers than the rest of your skin, richer creams and firming ingredients are necessary to prevent dehydration and wrinkles. While these products may be too rich for the rest of your face, they are perfect for the skin around your eyes.
Facial cleansers can also cause the skin to dry out, making eye wrinkles and crow’s feet more obvious. If your skin is oily and you use a moisturizer or cleanser for oily skin, that will only make matters worse by exacerbating dryness. Further, skincare products may be too strong for use around the eyes since the eye itself is very sensitive. We have all had a moment when a drop of facial cleanser or face cream got into the eye, resulting in pain, irritation, redness and watery eyes. So products for the eye area must be gentler than skincare products designed for your face and body.
Face products may also contain active ingredients like AHAs and fragrance, which can further irritate eyes.
Treat common eye concerns with these expert tips
The delicate skin around the eyes is prone to all kinds of cosmetic problems. Our experts weigh in on how to treat common eye concerns for beautiful, more youthful eyes.
To fight dryness and wrinkles around eyes, dermal nurse Lea Barclay from Specialist Skin Solutions recommends the Skin Better Science range. This line is great for rejuvenating and conditioning the skin to help soften the appearance of wrinkles and dull skin.
Skin Better Science has an eye cream with a dual-action effect and interfuse technology. It gives a beautiful result as an eye cream on its own, but you can get even better results by applying their fine line cream just beforehand. As with all cosmetic treatments, a combination approach works best.
“They actually say that this is the no needle solution” similar to muscle relaxant injectables, Lea explains. “I find it complements the injections.”
The range contains some of the best eye ingredients on the market today. For example, it has intensive moisturizers to fight dryness and skin-brightening vitamin C, along with amino acids and peptides, which are building blocks for collagen production. Using Skin Better Science helps soften wrinkles and it’s also a great spot treatment for crows feet, Lea says. Simply apply the products where you see fine lines and creases around the eyes.
It’s not necessary to smother it all over the face. A few dabs is all it takes to help make your eyes look more youthful, which helps save money in the long run without sacrificing results. Eye creams can be pricey, but a little goes a long way so you get the most bang for your buck.
Everyone gets puffy eyes from time to time. While allergies may be to blame, aging and late nights can also trigger a puffy look. Lea and Doctor Bernard again recommend The Skin Better Science eye cream to help treat puffy eyes. Vitamin C is the key ingredient, which helps brighten dull, tired skin.
Another product that can eliminate irritated, puffy eyes is a cooling rollerball eye gel. These are great for tired mornings when eyes need to look fresh and awake. The cooling sensation helps restrict puffiness while calming the skin. Simply swipe it on before you head out the door for instant eye relief in the a.m.
Severe dehydration around eyes
Eye skin is quite thin, meaning it dries out faster than the rest of your face. Dehydrated skin looks dull, tired and thin and it also exaggerates fine lines and wrinkles. Our experts recommend Dr. Eyelift, an eye cream in a convenient dispenser that pumps out just the right amount of product. The rich, creamy formulation is ultra hydrating — exactly what dry skin around eyes needs.
This product also contains rejuvenating and moisturizing ingredients like Shea butter and squalene to revive dry skin instantly. It’s the perfect ‘pick-me-up’ for skin that needs extra nourishment.
Delicate eye skin is prone to crow’s feet. These are usually the first wrinkles to appear on a woman’s face. Luckily, there is something that can help.
Lea highly recommends a product called Opti Crystals. This liquid crystal eye cream is one of the clinic’s top sellers for a reason. Opti Crystals is an anti-aging eye cream that helps fight the look of wrinkles and dark circles, too.
The secret is copper peptides, which instantly illuminate the eye area with an advanced microcrystal formulation. This visibly softens the appearance of wrinkles and helps firm skin as well, Lea says.
Hyperpigmentation under the eyes is a common concern. Dark circles under eyes leave you looking tired, no matter how much sleep you got the night before. Sun damage only makes matters worse. Lea recommends eye creams with vitamin C, which are excellent for brightening the under eye area naturally. It’s also beneficial to try under eye creams with peptides, licorice extracts or caffeine to help banish dark circles. These ingredients help brighten, firm and tone.
How to get the best results from your eye cream
Follow these tips to get the most benefit from your under eye creams and moisturizers.
Pinkies up! Gentle application is key
Since the eye area is so thin and delicate, applying eye products gently is a must. Many people use their index or middle finger to spread eye cream around, but this can cause too much pressure, which can further irritates delicate eye skin.
Instead, try using your pinky finger to gently dab on the products you use. As the weakest finger, it is the perfect amount of pressure for the sensitive eye area. This helps ensure you won’t damage the skin. Another tip is to softly pat product onto the skin rather than smearing it on, which can tug at skin.
Skip the upper eyelid
It may be tempting to slather eye cream all over the eyes, but our experts recommend that you don’t apply products to the upper eye lids. Doing so can cause irritation since they can easily drip down onto the lashes and get in your eyes. Remember, eye products are meant for the skin around your eyes. We don’t want any product getting into the waterline or the eye itself. Irritation and redness can result, compromising the health of your eyes and making your eyes look worse than when you started.
You don’t need to do a lot of products
A good eye cream can be pricey, but it should last six to twelve months. Instead of using multiple eye products, look for formulas with multiple beneficial ingredients in one. Think peptides, vitamin C, emollients and caffeine. Buying too many under eye creams means you’re more likely to skip applications or use them inconsistently.
Start treating aging eyes early
When it comes to your eyes, prevention is better than a cure. Treating cosmetic eye problems when they are minor is far easier and less costly than correcting severe aging eyes. Keeping eye skin hydrated before fine lines begin to appear in your 20s and 30s can go a long way to keeping eyes youthful.
Daily SPF is also vital to preventing sun damage, a leading cause of aging eye skin. Otherwise, invasive cosmetic treatments may be needed to correct wrinkles and pigmentation.
Apply carefully to avoid the tear duct and waterline
If you are waking up with red, irritated or puffy eyes, even when using a gentle eye night cream, it may be that you need to apply the product more carefully before bed. It is important to avoid contact with the waterline, lashes and tear duct to prevent eye irritation. Applying too close to these areas allows the product to melt down into the eyes overnight, especially if it is warm out or if you sleep with your face pressed against the pillow.
Combine in-office treatments with home skincare
It’s a good idea to tackle eye problems with a two-step approach. It all starts with a high-quality eye cream so that your skin gets hydration and nourishment on a daily basis. This is essential for keeping eyes looking young and fresh.
Home skincare can only do so much. In-office treatments are excellent for giving your eye area a dramatic boost in vitality and radiance. For example, muscle relaxants can tame crow’s feet, whereas cosmetic eye creams have more subtle firming and wrinkle-softening benefits.
When you combine at-home skincare with advanced clinical treatments, your eyes will sparkle. That’s the difference between a good result and a great result.
Remove eye makeup daily
It is important to keep eyes clean in order to keep them healthy. Lea recalls speaking with an oculoplastic surgeon who had mentioned an unusual finding in patients with under eye bags. The surgeon noted finding remnants of old mascara, foundation and concealer that had worked its way down into that area. Some patients even developed eye infections and ingrown lashes from the debris.
It goes to show that people don’t always cleanse the eye area correctly. Longwear foundation and waterproof mascara can be hard to remove. Makeup-removing facial cleansers are too strong for eyes, so a gentle cleanser that removes eye makeup is your best bet. It is also a good idea to skip eye makeup on days you don’t need it. If your skin is not getting a chance to breathe, it can’t look its best.
Best cleansers for eye makeup removal
It’s very important that you cleanse the eye area well to remove makeup and bacteria. Mild formulas are the key. Our experts recommend micellar water for daily cleansing. Simply apply a few drops to a cotton pad and gently wipe the eye area clean at the end of the day. The takeaway? “Please don’t go to bed with your mascara and makeup on,” Lea says.