Who ever penned the term ‘Eyes are the window to the soul’ surely must have been referring to the skin under our eyes. No other area of our body tell’s more about our lifestyle, health and age then this little tattletale.
At only 0.5mm thick, the skin under, around and on our eyelids, is less robust and doesn’t produce as much oil as the skin on the rest of our face making this area more susceptible to dehydration and environmental damage.
Smoking, excessive sun exposure, bad diet and even lack of sleep will all, sooner or later, show up around your eyes so, if you want to keep this area looking rejuvenated, it’s essential to take special care of this delicate area.
Using creams and serums that are specifically designed for use around the eyes is super important. Unlike regular moisturisers that you would use for the rest of the face, a good eye- cream will be formulated with ingredients that are more suited to the delicate area around the eyes and will usually not contain common irritants like fragrance.
Using your regular facial moisturiser on and around your eyes is a big no-no, especially the anti- ageing creams that contain Vitamins and Retinols… Just be careful! These ingredients are fantastic for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles but they are usually included at higher percentage rates in your regular face moisturiser. Using these on your eye area could possibly lead to some nasty irritations so they need to be modified for around the eyes.
So, what are some of good ingredients you should look for when choosing a good eye cream?
Hyaluronic Acid is like a moisture magnet in the skin. It will improve the skin’s moisture content and also strengthen the outer layers of the skin. It’s an excellent choice for the delicate eye area because not only will it keep the skin looking more like a grape and less like a sultana, it’s actually a skin-identical ingredient (our bodied actually make Hyaluronic Acid) so it would be very rare to have any kind of irritation from this ingredient.
Retinoid Acid promotes the production of collagen and elastin to help keep the eye area firm. It smooths our fine lines and wrinkles and helps to reduce pigmentation by encouraging skin cell turn over.
The Vitamins C,E and K are great for stimulating collagen production and fighting free-radical damage (Vitamin C), assist in skin repair and creating softness and suppleness (Vitamin E) and combat dark circles (Vitamin K)
Caffeine will help to fight dark circles and puffiness and gives a temporary tightening of the skin. Peptides are great for boosting collagen production and rejuvenating tired, sun-damaged skin. Ceramides for maintaining skin structure and stability.
Many of my clients ask me “when should I start using an eye cream?” Well, the unfortunate truth is that we stop producing Elastin pretty much after we hit puberty and Collagen production starts to slow down in our early 20’s so my answer is “if you are asking me the question… then it’s time!”