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With the long list of beauty products in your bathroom cupboards, you also need to add eye cream. If you’re using a good quality moisturiser for the rest of your face, do you really need ANOTHER cream for your eyes?
The answer is, unfortunately, yes, you do.
Eye creams are quite different to regular mositurisers – mainly down to one thing. The skin around the eyes is very different to the rest of our face. Thin, delicate – and the first place where we see signs of ageing.
With thanks to Eye Cream Advisor, we got to the bottom of the benefits of eye cream.
The basic overlying premise of eye creams is that products for the skin aren’t enough for this very unique area. The periocular (around the eyes) skin is different, experts say. Are they right?
Yes, according to scientific research. The periocular skin is up to 10 times thinner than the skin on the rest of the body and on the face. That makes it more prone to damage, the appearance of dark spots and dark circles, and to the aging effects of the sun.
In addition, there are fewer oil glands directly beneath the eyes, making the area less lubricated against gravity and facial expressions – and ultimately, the appearance of fine lines comes sooner.
There’s also the sensitivity issue. The eyes themselves can become irritated by moisturisers formulated for the body or for the face.
Most eye care creams claim to be formulated to address issues such as fine lines, dark circles, and loss of elasticity due to age. There’s good news: our research showed that many mid- to upper-tier eye creams really do have science to back up these activities. A few include:
Dark circles. Tiny capillaries break underneath the skin all the time. Rubbing, overactivity of the area or irritating environmental pollutants can all cause this. The difference is that with the skin under the eyes being so thin, these dark areas aren’t as easy to disguise and therefore are very noticeable. Ingredients such as Retinol (a derivative of vitamin K) have proven results in this area, actually boosting the healing process, while moisturizers like hyaluronic acid “plump” the area, lifting the skin up and out from the area rather than directly next to the pooled blood underneath.
Fine lines. Any moisturizing product will help plump the skin, making lines appear more shallow. Humectant ingredients also draw moisture from the outside, while some moisturizing ingredients form a barrier to hold moisture in. Beta glucans, an ingredient category common to the eye cream industry, are one good example in this. In fact, they have a history in wound protection usage, giving a solid scientific background to their claims.
Cell rate turnover. Sloughing off old skin to reveal the fresher, younger-appearing skin cells below has commonly been address in the skin care industry via ingredients such as hydroxy acids. However, these can be irritating to sensitive eyes. Alpha- and beta hydroxy acids in eye creams are formulated in percentages, forms and suspensions formulated to be less sensitive to delicate eyes. Meanwhile, the activity of (gently) abrading old skin cells encourages faster growth of the newer cells – mimicking the activity found in a younger person’s skin.
Replacement of important proteins. As we age, the activities of naturally occurring proteins such as collagen and elastin slow down. Unfortunately, for aging skin, this means less plumpness and elasticity to the eye area. Actually replacing these important skin components via collagen and elastin not only gives a better appearance quickly, it also seems to improve “communication” between the skin cells, directing them to act the way they did when one was younger.
With this in mind, we recommend a number of brilliantly effective eye creams: