Are eye creams worth the money? Do they actually make a difference?
Here’s why! The skin around our eyes is thinner, more sensitive, fragile, more prone to dryness (the eye area has no oil glands) and quicker to show age and fatigue. We are constantly squinting and moving the eye area causing fine lines and wrinkles. For some people fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles, eye cream can really address this.
But aren’t eye creams just more-expensive moisturizers in a smaller package?
Not necessarily, eye products are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, the active ingredients like muscle relaxing peptides are a lot more concentrated and anti-oxidants (to protect from free radical damage) are formulated to the right percentage, so not to cause irritation around the eye area.
Because your eye area is so sensitive and the skin is so thin, it’s extremely important to be aware what we are using around that area. Your favourite creams may be too heavy and cause irritation, blocked pores or even yellow lumps(milia) under the skin. Also it can contain synthetic fragrance or perfume, essential oils or plant extracts too strong to use around the eyes.
Good eye products should contain: anti-oxidants, cell-communicating ingredients such as peptides, fragrance-free formula, hyaluronic acid (for hydration), vitamin c and retinyl palmitate (gentle form of Vitamin A) to boost collagen production.
Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age, blood build-up and/or liver problems. Vitamin A can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about 6 months. Niacinamide vitamin B3, and kojic acid can lighten dark circles. Vitamin K constricts blood so that can be used in eye creams to lighten up darkness.
Puffiness is a build-up of fluid and blood under the eyes. Other studies show that cold temperatures are just as effective to treat puffiness. That’s why some people refrigerate their eye creams.
Don’t waste your money at a supermarket, chemist or even department store. Anything you can pick off the shelf won’t contain enough active ingredients such as peptides, anti-oxidants and vitamins at strong enough percentages. My top picks are DMK’s Eye Tone, Eye Web and Fine Line Cream!