Using an eye cream in addition to your regular face moisturizer might seem like an extra step, but a dedicated product can help prevent fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness around your eyes. This thin, delicate skin should receive special attention to make sure it stays hydrated and moisturized, which can reduce signs of aging.
Since the skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face, it holds less moisture at once, which can easily be lost and lead to dryness. Eye creams tend to be thicker or use more oil than other products to add moisture and help hold it in longer. When your skin is well-hydrated and maintains moisture, it can create new cells and get rid of dead ones efficiently.
One of the main issues that people deal with is the development of fine lines and wrinkles over time. There is a lot of movement around our eyes from squinting and smiling, and over time, creases can develop. Dry skin hastens this process because skin cells break off in small pieces when they’re dry and easily build up in pores, helping solidify the shape of a crease. When skin is exfoliated and well-hydrated, multiple cells shed as a single piece in a more even way.
Puffiness is another common problem around eyes, which happens when the under-eye muscles lose firmness over time and appear to droop. Sometimes known as bags, the skin can look swollen from the movement of tissue and fat to the under-eye area. The same area may accumulate fluid, resulting in a puffy or swollen look.
Similarly, when the area around your eye starts to lose collagen and firmness, the dark blood vessels under the eyes become more visible as the skin starts to get thinner. The resulting darkness is normal, but it can be reduced by targeting the area with formulas that support firmness.
As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which is important for retaining volume and firmness in soft tissue like skin. Dry skin also loses elasticity and firmness, contributing to the development of wrinkles and sagging skin around the eyes. When you look for an eye cream, you’ll find that formulas are targeted to relieve one or another of these problems.
Vitamin C is a top ingredient for eye creams because it helps with collagen production and tissue repair. Products that include vitamin A, also known as retinol, are deeply absorbed by the skin and also encourage collagen production. Other eye cream products will focus on moisturization and maintaining hydration, which helps with new cell growth and removing dead cells.
Eye creams can be integrated into part of your normal cleansing routine, to be applied after washing. In addition to an eye cream, don’t underestimate the importance of sleep for healthy skin, especially around the eyes, where signs of tiredness show most prominently. Maintaining a balanced diet, staying hydrated, as well as wearing sunblock and sunglasses to block UV rays will contribute to minimizing signs of aging or stress on your skin.
Schedule a consultation today to discuss any concerns you have about the skin around your eyes with one of our skincare specialists.