Do Eye Creams Actually Work?

August 7, 2014

While we are constantly encouraged to use eye creams even in our early twenties, how can we be sure that these often expensive formulas even work? Effective eye creams boast smoother lines and wrinkles, eliminate dark circles and decrease puffiness – which will often lead to a more youthful appearance. Below are just a few different ways to choose your eye cream, and how to treat your face the correct way.

Effectiveness on puffy eyes

Although almost all eye creams aim to combat those irritating puffy circles, this buildup of fluid and blood under the eyes can also be cured by caffeine. Try switching up your diet, since this could also dramatically alter the way your skin looks and feels. Recent studies show that cold temperatures can also reduce the look of puffy eyes – a cold compress works well to decrease the puffiness on problem areas.

Effectiveness on dark circles

Dark circles are often hereditary and won’t fully reduce in appearance – regardless of what you do to them. Other factors such as sun damage and pregnancy can often highlight dark circles which are often difficult to get rid of. Vitamin C, vitamin B3 and niacinamide have proven to slightly conceal the look of dark circles more effectively than eye creams.

Can I use regular moisturiser on my eyes?

Sure. Just remember that the eye area is more delicate than the skin on your forehead or chin, since it is quite thin and prone to breakage. You can use a normal moisturiser on your eyes, but the formulas are not as concentrated as you think. Choose an under eye cream which is fragrance-free, since this would be less irritable for the delicate eye area.

What ingredients should I look for?

When choosing a new eye cream, look out for the following ingredients which will transform the look and feel of your skin. According to plastic surgeon DR Marck Malek, pay close attention to “Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin production), vitamin C (collagen production), vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin). ”

How much eye cream should I be using?

Many people have the mentality that using too much eye cream will only help to repair and nourish the intended area. Only use the size of a pea on your under eye area, as well as the inner corner extending into the brow. If you have too much product left over, use it on your neck or hands.

These ingredients work in a number of ways to repair, smooth and nourish skin after increased exposure to the elements.

Image via Womens Pick

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