You’ve probably heard a lot about eye creams; whether we need them or not, and what kinds of benefits, if any, they have on our skin. There’s more to this product that meets the eye – pun intended – and here, we’re going to go into everything you need to know about eye creams.
What Even is an Eye Cream, Anyway?
Many people who are against eye creams either don’t really know what an eye cream is, or have been led to believe that eye creams are nothing more than overpriced moisturizers. This could not be further from the truth. Eye creams, at their core, are exactly what they say they are: a cream that is formulated for the skin under your eyes, and there are a variety of creams out there that serve slightly different purposes, whether that be just moisturization or to prevent or minimize signs of aging.
Using an eye cream for the skin under your eyes is going to have a massively different result than using a regular moisturizer or lotion (spoiler alert: do not put lotion on your face). While a moisturizer will, in fact, help your face allover, eye cream formulas are targeted specifically towards the skin under your eyes. Not only is the skin in that area the thinnest, most delicate area of your face, it’s also subject to a ton of movement; the act of rubbing your eyes tugs on the skin; applying and removing makeup does the same, and doubly so for those who add the extra layer of concealer to get rid of those under-eye circles. The list goes on, and this constant movement in that area of your skin is partially what causes signs of aging.
Basically, you’re touching the most delicate skin on your face all the time, whether you’re aware of it or not, so it stands to reason that using a product that is designed to help moisturize that area of your face can often have its benefits.
Why Use Eye Creams?
Using an eye cream for your undereye area is going to be better for you than just slapping your regular moisturizer on and calling it a day. Yes, we know it’s an extra step, and a few extra dollars, but for the work that the formula of each product is doing, it’s better to keep eye creams as the main source of moisturizer for the skin under your eyes and facial moisturizer for the rest of your face.
Eye creams are known for minimizing – or preventing – lines and wrinkles under the eyes and just helping to smooth and moisturize the undereye skin in general. However, the big downside is that they are not going to solve all of the problems you may be having with your skin. Eye creams will not make dark circles, bags, dullness, or puffiness go away – such ailments are often either hereditary or can be minimized with a change in lifestyle, such as getting more sleep or drinking more water. In some, but not all cases, dark circles can be treated. That said, this doesn’t mean that eye creams are useless to those who don’t have wrinkles to minimize. Since regular facial moisturizers can potentially be irritating to the delicate undereye skin, an eye cream may be the better option to avoid irritation in your skin.
Is an Eye Cream Necessary?
Many people, mainly younger people who don’t have much signs of aging to try and cover up, may question whether an eye cream is really necessary. There’s no simple answer here, since it truly depends on what issues you’re looking to resolve. If you suffer from dry skin or wrinkles and lines from aging, then an eye cream might be for you; however, there are other products out there that serve the same purpose as eye cream. If you are younger, not suffering from any signs of aging, and your main goal is to protect your skin from damage, then an eye cream certainly doesn’t hurt, but it might not be necessary when there are other alternatives out there. No matter what your age is, keeping your skin healthy is the priority, whether that includes adding an eye cream to your skin care routine, using a serum in its place, or nothing at all.
What Kind of Eye Cream Should You Use?
There are many different kinds of eye creams that claim to have similar purposes, but when it comes down to it, the ingredients in your eye cream matter. Sticking with the idea that hereditary-based or lifestyle-based issues such as puffiness, bags, or dark circles will not be solved with a magic miracle eye cream, let’s look at the two big reasons people use eye cream: preventing/minimizing aging and moisture.
Eye Creams to Prevent and/or Minimize Aging
Most eye creams are going to advertise that they minimize the effects of aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines. One of the ways that aging can be slowed or minimized is by cell turnover – this is the process of new skin cell production and the shedding of dead skin cells. Hemp seed is great for stimulating cell turnover, and it’s also loaded with antioxidants, so it has moisturizing properties to it as well.
Eye creams containing essential oils are also going to be your best friend when it comes to anti-aging products. Organic rose oil and rose hip helps to slow down the aging process, as well as rehydrate the skin and keep the moisture locked in, so not only will these products slow down aging to prevent wrinkles, but they will help minimize the wrinkles that have already set in by giving your skin moisture. Another great anti-aging ingredient to look for is Roman chamomile. Roman chamomile both fights aging and has restoration benefits on the skin. In addition, chamomile is hydrating and rejuvenating. The pattern here is that a good anti-aging eye cream will also have moisturizing properties. One of many reasons that undereye skin can show signs of aging is a lack of moisture, so an anti-aging eye cream that is also a moisturizing one will eliminate one of the issues that causes early aging in the first place. Look for ingredients that provide hydration as well as anti-aging properties to your skin.
Eye Creams for Moisture
Younger people may shy away from eye cream because of the stigma that using anti-aging products too young can actually jumpstart early aging rather than fight it off. While this might be true for products that contain a lot of chemicals, this holds no weight with organic products. When it comes to organic products, any anti-aging properties won’t backfire on you based on your age, and they won’t hurt you at all. Earlier I mentioned that rose oil and chamomile are great products to look for in an eye cream because of how moisturizing they are. However, rose oil and chamomile are not the only ingredients that provide moisture. Most antioxidants are going to help keep the undereye skin moisturized, so be on the lookout for those kinds of products.
Alternatives to Eye Cream
While the formula of eye cream is made specifically for your undereye skin and definitely has its benefits, there are several alternatives to eye cream, especially for those on the younger side who are more concerned with just keeping the skin moisturized and healthy as opposed to minimizing wrinkles and other signs of aging. In your 20s, your main concern should be preventing damage rather than preventing aging; the more you protect with damage prevention, the less likely you’ll show early signs of aging. Applying sunscreen to the undereye area, for example, helps fight the sun damage that causes aging (as a matter of fact, just apply sunscreen to your whole face and protect everything from sun damage). There is also the option to use serums instead of creams. Serums are going to be thinner in consistency, but with the right ingredients, they have all of the same benefits that a cream would. Some serums have extra benefits beyond anti-aging and moisturizing, such as keeping the skin looking clear and even.
How Do I Know if Eye Cream is Necessary for Me?
It’s true that for some people, eye cream just isn’t necessary – that is, you might not need to purposely seek out a cream or any other product that has a lotion-like consistency. However, it’s still recommended to take special consideration to the skin under your eyes, more for your skin’s health than for conventional beauty standards. You can just as easily take care of that area of your face by using a serum or applying sunscreen to your face when you spend the day out in the sun. More often than not, finding the right product for you is trial-and-error and depends on your own skin type and what you’re looking to minimize.
No matter which route you decide to go with, remember that the ingredients used to make up the product matters more than whether the product is a serum, a cream, or just a sunscreen.