Keeping your eyes healthy is about more than just vision. Regardless of whether you sport glasses, contact lenses, or have no need for either, dark, puffy eyes signify aging, stress and sleep deprivation. Taking care of your eyes with an eye cream will help ensure that your eyes are bright, no matter what hours you’ve been keeping.
That being said, navigating the eye cream market can be a daunting task. To help you out, we’ve compiled a bit of information to introduce you to the world of eye cream.
The skin around your eyes is much thinner than the rest of your skin, and without any layer of fat underneath, it will be one of the first areas to show signs of aging. Regular moisturiser may irritate the eye, may not provide enough moisture for the skin around the eye, and will not contain ingredients to target dark eyes and puffiness that many eye creams do.
Tap/dab cream along the eye socket in the morning and at night. Be careful not to tug or pull the skin.
Don’t wait until you start to develop wrinkles. Eye cream can be used as a preventative measure beginning in your early twenties, but the cream you use in your twenties should be much lighter than the creams targeted at older women (and men). Bottom line is – start young, but make sure that you choose a cream that is age and skin-appropriate.
There are primarily three types of eye creams – day creams, eye creams, and non-specific creams. Day creams help reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, and sometimes contain sunscreen. Night creams help repair your skin and prevent damage while you sleep. Non-specific creams, which can be applied in the morning or at night, simply provide extra moisture for your eyes.
Beyond those simple categories, it is important to determine what you would like your eye cream to do – smooth fine lines, minimise dark circles, reduce puffiness, fight wrinkles or simply prevent future damage. Also keep in mind your skin type, and whether you need extra moisture for dry skin or want to avoid clogged pores with oily skin.
Once you’ve picked an eye cream, watch carefully how your skin reacts to it. If there is any irritation, or if your cream causes whiteheads to develop because it is too rich for your skin, stop using your cream immediately, and try another brand.
Do your research, and know what you are looking for in a cream. Eye creams can run very expensive – though they don’t have to be – so you don’t want to waste your time or money on products that aren’t right for you.
Store your eye cream in the fridge – this will enhance the soothing effects!
Finally, beyond eye creams, other lifestyle factors – from diet, to sleep habits – also affect the appearance of the skin around your eyes. Don’t use eye cream as a substitute for healthy eating and sufficient sleep!