Fun fact, the skin under your eyes is the thinnest on your body. The not-so-fun fact: that’s why the first signs of aging often make their appearance there. But that’s not all.
While your eyes are supposed to be the windows to your soul, they can show a lot more than that and perhaps even tell a little lie or two. The truth is, your eyes instantly reveal how well-rested you are, and they’re also a good indicator of your overall health. If you’re feeling under the weather or missed out on a few zzz’s last night, your eyes could be a dead giveaway a la puffiness and dark circles, and sometimes even when you’re feeling great, dark circles under your eyes may tell a different story.
The good news is all is not lost. If you’re looking to turn back the hands of time or aiming to look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you might want to start with your eyes and a good eye cream can go a long way.
Do You Need A Separate Cream For Your Eyes?
When you're spending your hard-earned money on moisturizers for your face, you're probably wondering if you need to spend even more for a separate eye cream. The short answer to that is: "yes".
Remember that the skin around your eyes is quite thin, so while your face moisturizer may be great for hydrating your skin, it's not formulated for the delicate skin around your eyes. Moreover, each product has active ingredients that are meant to tackle specific issues. An eye cream that is formulated to target concerns like dark circles and puffiness won't have the same beneficial effect on the rest of your face and vice versa. So, no, your face cream should not be pulling double duty.
How to Find The Best Eye Cream
It’s a great big world out there in skincare and beauty. So, just like everything else, it can feel a little overwhelming when it’s time to choose the best products for your skin. But in usual Mayvenn fashion, we’ve got you covered. If you’re in the market for an eye cream, here are a few things to keep in mind.
Figure out what you want and need
Believe it or not, the first step in finding the best eye cream is goal setting. In order to get the right cream, you need to know what you’re treating. Creams that are formulated to tackle wrinkles may not necessarily work on dark circles and puffiness. Give some thought to your specific issues and purchase accordingly.
Read the label
Just like anything else in your skincare routine, you should get into the habit of reading ingredient labels. In this case, look for eye creams that are good for your skin and ingredients that will actually help you target specific concerns.
When you're weighing your options, consider the following:
- Vitamin C - brightens your skin
- Hyaluronic acid - hydrates and moisturizes
- Ceramides - reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Retinol - tackles myriad issues like wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness.
Also, you may want to steer clear of fragrances as they can be irritating to your eyes.
Manage your expectations
Remember that skincare products help reduce and minimize, not erase [insert concern here]. Can you imagine if they did? Overall, eye creams work by hydrating, firming, and brightening your skin, and at the end of the day, that’s really what you’re looking for. No cream can completely erase wrinkles, and honestly, you may want to steer clear of any product that claims to do so.
Don’t forget the sunscreen
And finally, last but certainly not least, don’t forget the sunscreen. Exposure to the sun’s damaging UV rays can speed up the aging process. To keep fine lines and wrinkles and dark spots at bay, be sure to choose an eye cream with an SPF.
Now that you know that eye creams are an essential part of your beauty routine and how to find the best eye cream for your skin, choosing one should be a breeze. Remember to keep your specific skin care needs in mind, choose an eye cream that’s formulated to tackle those effectively, and don’t forget the sunscreen.