"Do we really need an eye cream?" One might wonder why you need a separate cream for your eye area when you already have a face cream. Besides, your bathroom cabinet is probably already too crowded without having to add any more products, right?
Unfortunately, the answer is YES, you do need an eye cream!
Why you should invest in an eye cream?
The skin around the eyes is thinner and shows signs of aging more quickly than other areas of the face do. This thinness makes it more delicate, vulnerable and prone to allergic reactions than other facial skin.
Moreover, the skin around your eyes also gets a much greater workout. Every time you move your eyes, whether you squint, smile or widen them in surprise, you're using muscles around your eyes. Over time, factors like dryness and loss of collagen and elasticity lead to the formation of small wrinkles near your eyes, commonly known as 'crow's feet'. Smoking and exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can also contribute to wrinkle formation.
Incorporating an eye cream into your daily skincare routine can help minimize the appearance of these wrinkles as well as tackle other skin concerns like dryness, puffiness, dark circles and pigmentation.
Is an eye cream any different than a face cream?
So is eye cream the same thing as face cream—just in a smaller jar with a higher price tag? Not necessarily.
Face creams have one main purpose: to treat dryness by trapping water in the skin and preventing it from escaping. However, they often target other concerns as well—such as dullness, pigmentation or signs of aging—using active ingredients like acids and vitamins.
Eye creams, on the other hand, are only meant to be used on the fragile skin around the eyes. As such, they're typically formulated without the usual irritants, such as fragrance. Still, they often have active ingredients to combat crow's feet, puffiness and dark circles.
What ingredients should you look for in an eye cream?
Some key ingredients to look for are caffeine, hyaluronic acid and peptides. Caffeine helps shrink under-eye bags by constricting the blood vessels and reducing inflammation. While peptides boost collagen production, making your skin plumper and more youthful.
Since the skin around your eyes has very few active oil glands, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalane and ceramides are essential for drawing in and sealing in the moisture.
The best eye creams for every skin concern:
Whether you want to tackle fine lines, treat dark circles or reduce puffiness, these skincare picks have got you covered:
Key ingredients: Niacinamide, Snail Secretion Filtrate, Peptide
Keyingredients: Hydrolyzed Collagen, Hydrolyzed Lupine Protein, Squalane