Although there has been some debate about whether or not the use of an anti-aging eye cream is really necessary, the proven results of using them are undeniable. Some argue that anti-aging eye cream is just facial moisturizer in smaller packaging with an inflated price. But the truth is, an anti-aging eye cream is designed specifically to target the area around the eye, which is entirely different from the rest of your face.
Gently pinch the skin under your eye—you’ll notice that it feels a lot thinner than when you pinch your cheeks. Because the skin around your eyes is so thin, it is more sensitive and delicate than the rest of your body. Just as you would treat a baby’s skin with caution, you should do the same around your eyes. That’s why an anti-aging eye cream, a good one at least, is different from your everyday moisturizer. There are several factors taken into consideration when an eye cream is created.
Targeted Treatment with Anti-Aging Eye Creams
Anti-aging eye creams focus on treating popular skin care issues like fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles, and bags under the eyes. The thin skin around the eye area makes it more susceptible to the effects of aging and is usually the first place women begin to see changes. A good anti-aging eye cream reinforces that sensitive skin to help protect it from both environmental factors and the natural aging process—think of it as providing the thin skin around your eyes with a thicker shield.
A lot of times women will notice the onset of crow’s feet around the eyes, but won’t have wrinkles or other age-related skin concerns anywhere else on their face. If this is the case for you, it wouldn’t make sense to use an all-over wrinkle-fighting facial moisturizer and just extend it up towards your eye area. Doing that could actually set off adverse side effects. If you’re just using a facial moisturizer instead of an anti-aging eye cream, you’re risking irritation to the eye, tearing, or even an allergic reaction because the product you’re using is designed to treat more resilient areas. Instead, you want to invest in a good anti-aging eye cream that is specifically designed to target wrinkles where you’re actually seeing them, which brings us to our next point.
Ingredients in Anti-Aging Eye Creams
Facial creams can sometimes be too harsh around the eye area. Anti-aging eye creams, on the other hand, have been designed with the knowledge and understanding that the consumer will be applying the product around a highly sensitive area that requires extra caution and attention. The ingredients in anti-aging eye creams are specially picked because they won’t lead to irritation or discomfort. Anti-aging eye cream manufacturers do various clinical tests and trials to ensure that there are no ingredients that will clog the glands around the eyes, which can result in a painful, uncomfortable, and unsightly sty.
How to Use an Anti-Aging Eye Cream
Anti-aging eye creams come in sizes ranging from six to 30 mL because a little goes a long way, since it’s easily absorbed by the thinner skin. A pea-size amount is usually enough for one application.
Always start by applying your sunscreen first and wait till it’s fully absorbed. Then, using your ring finger, gently pat the anti-aging eye cream along the bone under your eye; work your way upward to under your brow, but avoid the eyelids. Wait till the anti-aging eye cream has absorbed before applying any makeup.