One of the most common areas we get asked about in clinic is treatment for the eye area. Do eye creams really work? Why do I need an eye cream? Can I use regular moisturiser on my eyes? When should I use an eye cream?…….
There are many reasons why you should incorporate an eye cream into your daily skincare routine. Mostly because of the unique nature of the skin around your eyes:
The skin around your eye is very thin and therefore very sensitive. On what’s called the eye contour, you will find the thinnest and most fragile skin on the entire face. This area is also without sebaceous glands, collagen, and elastin fibers. On top of all of that, this region is under the strain of 22 eye muscles in perpetual motion (think smiling, frowning, and anything in between) and approximately 10,000 blinks per day. All this info adds up to make it more than clear why the eye area is the first area to show signs of aging. In fact, it ages 36% faster.
No oil glands
The under-eye area lacks any sebaceous glands. These glands keep the rest of the face naturally moisturized, so without them, the eye area is bound to be the driest and most vulnerable to harsh weather. Regularly moisturized skin stays looking younger longer, so it’s very important to keep the eye area well moisturized.
These two factors really settle the controversial debate on whether you really need eye cream. The skin around your eyes is so different and, therefore, it requires special treatment. While your day cream may enrich and nourish your complexion, it will not have the same rewarding effect on your eye area. Untargetted creams can clog the pores in the undereye area, leading to the formation of pesky white dots. Creams formulated specifically for this area take into account the particular nature of your eye’s sensitive skin and target the problems we encounter most, all while preventing further signs of ageing.
Fluid and swelling under your eyes becomes more and more common as you age. Under-eye tissues and muscles weaken as time rolls on and the skin in this area may begin to sag. The fat that once supported your eyelids and was restricted to the orbital area may move lower and cause the puffy appearance. Changes in temperature, lack of sleep, salty food, and genetics all play a role in how puffy your eyes may look day to day. All of these things are inevitable factors in our lives. That being said, using the right eye cream can help with puffiness and eye bags.
Wrinkles and Fine Lines
Whether you have dark circles, fine lines, crows feet or just general wrinkles, the best treatment always comes in the form of prevention, you should start wearing eye cream as soon as you can. But more important, you should have, and should always use SPF—every SINGLE day. The thinner skin around your eyes is even more susceptible to sun damage. Squinting in direct sunlight won’t do you any favors either, so we suggest always wearing sunglasses on sunny days.
Using high-quality eye creams can also help to diminish the appearance of pre-existing fine lines. Most eye creams are already going to be targeted towards smoothing out fine lines, but it’s important to make sure your chosen eye cream includes a collagen boosting ingredient. An incredibly effective and natural anti-aging agent is hyaluronic acid. This compound already exists in all living organisms and is naturally abundant in the epidermis and is found in all connective tissue. It has the power to attract and retain moisture in the skin, giving it the ability to make wrinkles caused by dryness disappear.
So Which Eye Cream To Choose?
There are such an abundance of different creams, lotions and potions all targeted to treat different concerns, these are some of the best that we know deliver real results:
Elastiderm Eye Serum from Obagi (£95)
Delivered through rollerball technology to reduce puffiness, this serum contains caffeine, a powerful anti-oxidant, combined with malic acid to replenish elasticity.
Elastiderm Eye Cream from Obagi (£95)
Intensely hydrating, this cream is our best-selling ‘all rounder’. Formulated to tighten and firm sagging skin, minimise fine lines & wrinkles and alleviate dark circles. It contains malonic acid, a gentle exfoliator that helps to remove dulling dead skin cells, and a bi-mineral complex to help restore elasticity.
Renewal Eye Cream from Epionce (£59)
This therapeutic eye cream, particularly good for sensitive skins, uses active ingredients to strengthen the skin barrier, protecting it from environmental aggressors. Date fruit extract helps nourish and protect and meadowfoam and flax seed complex provides deep hydration while minimizing inflammation. Finally, rose hip extract lightens and brightens the skin. This firming eye cream also uses a soft-focus technology to help reduce the visible signs of ageing such as rough skin, wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and under-eye puffiness