The delicate area around your eyes needs attentions like every other part of your body. We’ll talk about the most common issues that your eye area faces, the ingredients you need to search for in the label and we’ll also try to give an honest opinion on a question that many have been asking themselves: “Do I really need a separate cream for my eyes?”.
Oh, our eyes! The only part of our entire body that has been called for ages “the mirror of the soul“. Well, the mirror has a frame too. A very delicate, thin and fragile layer of skin that, like everything else in our body, gets affected by enviroment, aging and daily wear and tear. Therefore, during our beauty routine, we should not forget to take care of it too!
That’s why, after skin treatments that focus on the face skin (like essences, serums and ampoules) it’s time to take a step to pamper the eye area as well : )
The most common issues we all face are:
- Dark Circles
- Fine Lines & Wrinkles
- Sagging (also known as “Eye Bags”)
None of them will be actually eradicated by using eye creams. There’s no miracle ingredient that can accomplish such mission. BUT, by carefully looking at the ingredients list, you might find something that can help you to temporarily relieve your eyes and diminish these issues, by strenghtening, nourishing and hydrating the skin, as well as keeping it supple and protected.
I can’t stress enough the importance of looking at the label when you purchase any skin care item. Again, I’m not a doctor. I just like being informed on what I put on my precious face -and you should do the same. I spend hours researching on the internet and I love being ingredient-savvy! I’m not one of those obsessed with organic and natural products: organic is great, naturally fermented is super, but if some molecule that sounds more “chemical” has good virtues and is not dangerous for my skin, I mean, why not?
Issue 1: puffiness
Puffiness around the eye area can be the result of different causes: fatigue, lack of sleep, allergies, bad eating habits, etc. We need to use ingredients that have the power to both energize and sooth the area, in order for the swelling to slowly reduce (even if by a bit only) and for the skin to get some relief.
Here is a small idea of ingredients to look for:
Issue 2: dark circles
Try to think of someone who has never been affected by dark circles. Even one single name will do.
Got no one in mind huh? It’s because, you know, dark circles are so common. Even if you have a pretty, non problematic skin, the chances you’ve had dark circles (at least once in your life) are extremely high. The reason behind them could be either genetic (and, in this case, there’s nothing really you can do to improve them…at least, nothing that has to do with skin care. Laser treatments maybe? Surgery? I don’t know); or they could come from unprotected sun exposure, a certain lifestyle, aging…if this is the case, well, there are some ingredients that can actually brighten the skin up:
Issue 3: fine lines
This is something else that is kind of, well, unavoidable (unless you’re some kind of ancient deity who lives on a mythological planet called Asgard). But there are some ingredients out there that can help to deliver supple, healthy-looking, and less-lined skin, by replenishing moisture and supporting skin renewal. These superstars are:
It’s never too early to prevent fine lines and wrinkles from appearing around our eyes! Once they’ve formed, in fact, getting rid of them becomes a little hard task to manage…so how about providing to your skin a little help?
Ingredients that, with their exceptional qualities, will gracefully complement your skin’s natural abilities to stay young, bright and hydrated are:
Do I really need to use a separate eye cream in my routine?
I read this funny article recently on Into the Gloss, with a very passionate debate on whether an eye cream is an absolutely necessary complement in one’s skin care routine, or if it’s rather more of a marketing gimmick to convince you to buy an unreasonably expensive cream that comes in a jar that is even smaller than a regular moisturizer (for double its price, but with basically the same properties).
As many readers commented, the truth is always somewhere in the middle: eye cream is supposedly something you won’t surely die if you don’t put on, but it can certainly gives benefits, especially if:
- Your regular (face) moisturizer contains some ingredients (like fragrances, essential oils, botanical plant extracts or alcohol) that are ok to use on your face, but that could cause irritation to the very sensitive eye area;
- You want to give your eye area a special “something” that other areas of your face don’t necessarily need (like energizing caffeine extracts to combat fatigue after a long night out);
- You have dry skin and use a very rich cream. Your eyes dont’ need products that are too rich: the risk is that you develop milia in the area and it will take several months for those whitehead-like, hard bums to be re-absorbed into the skin;
- Similarly if you have oily skin and use very light moisturizers: the eye area could still be very dry and your gel cream or light lotion could not be moisturizing enough (and dry skin equals fine lines, don’t forget!).
So, basically: if your moisturizer is formulated in a way that it is not too rich, nor too light and not too irritating, you might as well use it on your eye area. No doubt about this!
Types of eye creams
Just like other skin treatments, eye creams too come in a different array of solutions. Did you really think you would just find one type of it? Oh, come on, this is k-beauty baby! An exciting roller coasters with (few) downs and (many!) ups, always ready to surprise you 😉
Eye Serums/Essences are widely popular. Just like their face counterparts, they provide great active ingredients in small molecules that can penetrate deep into the skin around the eye area.
One of my all-time favorite is Whamisa Organic Flowers Eye Essence. Whamisa is a korean brand famous for 2 main reasons:
- They use more than 95% of pure and organic ingredients (many of them are ECOCERT certified);
- These ingredients undergo the fermentation process, that maximize the effects of the active ingredients by breaking the molecules into smaller ones (that penetrate more efficiently into the skin) and boosting their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
This Organic Flowers Eye Essence contains adenosine (a yeast-derived ingredient that functions as a soothing and skin-restoring agent) to improve skin’s firmness and licorice extract to brighten the complexion. These active ingredients are soaked into fermented botanical extracts (like aloe maculata leaf and chrysanthemum sinense flowers) and NOT into water, so that their benefits are truly maximized and hydration is guaranteed.
And, to mention a frivolous aspect that I can’t resist to, it smells like flowers. Nothing artificial and rose bouquet-ish. The scent is authentic. Real wildflowers, like when you’re taking a stroll on a warm spring day. Simply irresistible.
Instead of an essence/serum (or right after it, if you feel like so), you can use a more classic eye cream. Eye creams are perfect for younger skin that just need a bit of hydration, but also for more mature skins that need some extra anti-aging effects.
Thank You Farmer “Miracle Age Repair Eye Cream” contains many great ingredients with brightening and anti-wrinkle affects: our super favorite niacinamide, soluble collagen, sodium hyaluronate (a salt derived from hyaluronic acid that shares the same ability to replenish moisture, but with the extra advantage to be more easily absorbed into the skin) and many more, in a very creamy and rich product that will really give your skin that extra nourishment it deserves.
Ready to see them in action?
Check out my latest video to see the two eye products mentioned in this post in real life. I love playing with them on screen : )
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Do you use eye creams or think that a normal moisturizer will do? Are there specific ingredients I haven’t mentioned that you think are good to treat the area under the eyes? Don’t forget to comment if you want to share your thoughts or ask questions ^^