The skin around the eyes is more delicate than the rest of the face, so when the skin begins to age, the eyes are the first to show. This is why most of us invest a lot of money in expensive eye creams, hoping that those little glamourous jars contain a miracle that will turn back the clock for your eyes. Well, they don’t. With every new eye cream you purchase, you just set yourself up for another disappointment. The saggy undereye bags continue to sag. The wrinkles continue to wrinkle. But does that teach you anything? No. You keep buying and trying, giving yourself false hope that maybe, just maybe, this time you’ll find the right one. Worse yet, you are willing to buy a new eye cream without doing any research on how to choose the right one for your condition.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM EYE CREAM
If you’re about to buy an eye cream recommended by your BFF, stop and think for a second — is her problem and your problem similar? If she said this cream helps reduce wrinkles, but you’re looking for an eye cream that reduce those dark circles, her miraculous cream might do nothing to you. Each problem needs a different approach. Choosing the right eye cream is sort of like finding The One — you need to take your time and consider whether it has what you need, or whether it’s compatible with you. More importantly, you should think about this — how much do you really know yourself? Do you know your problems and the causes? These are the questions you should be able to answer yourself before going eye cream shopping, in order to come home with the product that really meets your needs.
ARE YOU A RACCOON, CROW’S FEET OR A FROG?
Dark circles can be caused by many things, from what your parents have passed on to you to allergies. They can also be caused by overusing your eyes, lack of sleep, and harsh rubbing and scrubbing. If it’s genetic or caused by allergies, the bad news is eye creams will do you no good. But if it’s your lifestyle that brings those circles to your face, just cut back on the bad habits to reduce the problem and prevent it from worsening.
Look For: Eye cream with vitamin K, caffeine, niacinamide, hydroquinone, and kojic acid. These ingredients can reduce the darkness around the eyes by promoting blood flow, keeping the skin looking fresh.
SAGGING SKIN AND WRINKLES
Sagging skin and wrinkles are mostly caused by genetics — dry skin. But aging, exposure to sunlight, smoking, rubbing your eyes, and some facial expressions such as smiling with your eyes or laughing can worsen the condition. If you want your eye cream to work, you have to work with it by reducing those habits.
Look For: Eye cream with antioxidants (vitamin E, vitamin C, coenzyme Q-10, and green tea extracts), moisturiser (hyaluronic acid and ceramide), and wrinkle reduction ingredients (retinol, which is not suitable for those with delicate skin, and neuropeptide, which is milder than retinol).
When your eyes are puffy, you should determine whether there are actual bags in them. Usually, undereye bags are genetic, and become puffier as you grow older. You can consider having them removed, because no eye cream can help you. But if the puffiness is caused by your lifestyle, such as lack of sleep, overusing your eyes, crying, salty diet, or sleeping on a flat pillow, you can alleviate the condition by stop doing those things. Drinking a lot of water, exercising regularly, and massaging your eyes gently, together with using eye cream can help reduce the puffiness.
Look For: Eye cream with caffeine, rose water extract, and acetyl tetrapeptide-5 can help promote blood flow and lymphatic drainage, as well as boosting the skin’s collagen production. The skin can flush out the toxins and retain less water.
Whatever your skin concern is, don’t forget to look for sun protection in your eye cream in order to prevent further damages. Physical sunscreen such as Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide is gentler to the skin than chemical sunscreen such as Oxybenzone or Avobenzone. Remember that eye cream is not a miracle. You have to adjust your lifestyle to ward off those wrinkles and undereye bags as well.