So wandering about the interwebs it seems there is a population of women who <GASP!!> believe that Eye Cream is simply just regular moisturizer placed in a smaller container! A little marketing trick to upsell you on something that’s just face cream! WHAAAAAA?!?!
Ok, I’ll admit. I’ve wondered the same thing too. So I figured I’d do a little research to discover if, in fact, a dedicated eye cream is truly different; and if us women of the side part and skinny jean generation actually need it. Read on to find out what I learned.
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I'M NOT LIKE OTHER SKIN...I'M DIFFERENT
WE CAN'T STOP AGING, BUT WE CAN DO THIS!
We know that as we age, our body produces less collagen. Collagen is what helps our skin maintain elasticity. Shout out to my recent obsession, Vital Proteins! I’ve noticed a marked difference in the plumpness of my skin and strength of my nails since using it.
Other ways to boost collagen production is using eye creams that contain vitamin C, peptides, and. Retinol. Hyaluronic acid helps prevent water loss and improve elasticity. I have some eye cream suggestions further down in this post. Two options that offer great eye care without the possible negative health effects associated with retinol.
Caffeine-containing products can help with puffiness by aiding circulation. Some studies show that cold temperatures also help with puffiness, which is why some people put their eye cream in the fridge.
WHAT MAKES EYE CREAM DIFFERENT
Let’s talk more about what makes eye cream different from your face moisturizer. Eye creams are formulated specifically for the eye area so they tend to be thicker and contain active ingredients dedicated to targeting the specific concerns that come with aging eye skin.
Many ingredients in typical face moisturizers are too harsh for the delicate eye area, and if applied can cause irritation, burning, or redness. The concentration of ingredients in anti-aging face moisturizers will often be too strong for the eye area, which can cause more harm than good.
A good eye cream has the right amount of active ingredients to safely work on the fragile eye area; and they are often tested by ophthalmologists/dermatologists for safe use around the eyes.
So for help with youthful looking eyes:
*boost your collagen
*protect from sun damage
*get good sleep
*use a high quality safe eye cream - Bonus if you put it in the refrigerator!
After learning all that, say it with me now...
I scream, you scream, we all scream for EYE CREAM! If you're not already using an eye cream you're obsessed with, that's safe for you, check it out:
Two eye creams I trust and recommend + Client Reviews:This eye cream is great for those in their 20s-early 30s. This comes from a skincare collection formulated to offer hydration and radiance. This eye cream absorbs easily, wakes up tired eyes, and helps reduce the appearance of puffiness, under eye shadows, and dark circles.
It’s significantly safer than many other eye creams because it is not formulated with fragrance or formaldehyde -which is often used in eye creams as a preservative.
Key ingredients include:
Squalene : derived from olives, this helps to visibly improve elasticity
Phytic Acid : sourced from rice, this helps to aid in cell turnover for a natural glow
Shea Butter : which helps to hydrate and condition skin.
Review - “I have tried many eye creams but Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream is the best! It truly adds moisture to the skin around my eyes and makes them brighter. I feel confident using this product especially that the ingredients are so clean”
- Laura S.
Beautycounter’s Countertime Ultra Renewal Eye Cream $69
This eye cream is a great choice for those in their mid 30s and above. This is part of an anti-aging line that features a Retinatural complex instead of retinol for health and safety. This eye cream helps brighten the eye area while helping reduce puffiness and under eye darkness with active ingredients bakuchiol and alpine rose for retinol-like results.
This is significantly safer again, because it is not formulated without PEGs, petrolatum, or mineral oil, and no added fragrance.
Key ingredients include:
Retinatural Complex made with breakthrough age-defying plant essences
Persian Silk Tree Extract to brighten the eye area, fade dark circles, diminish puffiness, and reduce the appearance of crow’s feet.
Review - “I highly highly HIGHLY recommend countertime eye cream. I had stopped using an eye cream to see if I’d notice a difference..my eye area looked terrible without using my countertime. I don’t think my moisturizer is going to do what my countertime eye cream does for my under eye area, there’s no way. I LOVE eye cream!”
- Rita G.
You can purchase EYE-ther of these by clicking the product image (lol, see what I did there!) If you are shopping as a first time client, SAVE 20%OFF your order in February by using code CLEANFORALL20 at checkout. Always nice to attach your order to any open pop ups (wink). Both of these eye creams are Cruelty Free and EWG Verified.
I hope this article helped you learn a little bit about how to best care for your beautiful eye area and ways to reduce the appearance of aging. My favorite go tos are adding collagen peptides to my daily diet, wearing sunglasses and/or a hat when I'm in the sun, and trying to stay consistent with a good quality safe eye cream. Oh plus getting 7-8 hours of sleep if I can!
I didn't dive into the effects of blue light on aging skin, but you can read up on an article by ALLURE magazine here.
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Malia was born and raised in Kaneohe, Hawaii and graduated from Azusa Pacific University. She spent the majority of her career as an Early Childhood Education Teacher/Administrator.