There’s a ton of info out there on how to keep your eyes looking radiant and healthy. But although some of it is helpful, much of it is also inaccurate, and the real answers are often found through trial and error with different products. Here, we’ve tried to break it down into a simple question/answer form so you can determine what’s best for you.
Q: Do I really need eye cream? I use a really good facial moisturizer twice a day.
A: To some people, buying a cream specifically for a very tiny area seems like a waste, especially if they’re using a high-quality formula for the rest of their face. Others believe that eye cream is not a luxury, it’s a necessity. We did a little research on the subject, and we are now firmly in the latter camp. Here’s why: The skin around your eyes is not like the rest of the skin on your face—it’s very delicate, and much thinner, which means it’s more sensitive. Skin that’s more sensitive is more likely to react to the environment and has a harder time staying hydrated, resulting in issues like discoloration (dark circles), puffiness, and fine lines and wrinkles. Eye creams are specially formulated to address all of these issues.
Q: Why do I get dark circles?
A: Dark circles can appear under your eyes for a variety of reasons, like stress, too much sun, aging, smoking, and good old genetics. Eye creams contain vitamins that help combat discoloration, peptides that help plump up the thin skin to help eliminate shadows, and brightening, light-reflecting ingredients.
Q: Why does my undereye area get so puffy?
A: The puffiness is caused by fluid buildup. This can be caused by a poor diet, too much alcohol consumption, sleep deprivation, stress, and natural again. To help combat puffiness, eye creams contain ingredients that help reduce the swelling, like cucumber or caffeine. (The Jurlique Purely Age-Defying Firming Eye Cream in the summer Yuzen box contains both!) Puffiness can also be caused by allergies; if you suspect that’s the case for you, try an antihistamine.
Q: What can I do about these fine lines? Where do they come from?
A: Well, the undereye skin is pretty thin, so when you use the muscles underneath (like for smiling or blinking), it’s naturally going to show signs of age a little faster than the thicker skin on the rest of your face. You definitely don’t want to stop smiling or blinking, though, so using an eye cream can help with those fine lines. Look for ingredients that build collagen and help smooth out the lines.
Q: Should I use eye cream just at night?
A: Most eye creams can be used twice a day. When used under makeup, eye cream creates a soothing barrier that prevents makeup from settling into fine lines, which makes them more prominent. Always apply eye cream gently by patting it on using your weakest finger—the ring finger. The pressure from your index finger or middle finger could be strong enough to further damage the delicate skin. Also, try storing your eye cream in the refrigerator; the cooling effect can help with swelling.