It’s OK if you read the title and you’re feeling a  little skeptical, wondering whether eye creams are  just another marketing gimmick to convince you to buy yet another product to take up space on your bathroom shelf? The obvious question about the use of eye creams is “Why can’t I just use a good all-in-one moisturizer to keep things simple and save some money”?

Consider how active your eyes are compared to your cheeks, chin or forehead. The eyes are the busiest part of our faces—blinking, squinting, winking and even smiling. 

Since the skin below and around your eyes is very thin and will absorb the products you apply, regular facial cleansers and moisturizers often contain ingredients that are too intense and harsh for that area. However, the area around and under the eyes still needs proper hydration and protection. When it comes to eye creams, the amount used and method of application are not the same as products used on the rest of the face and neck. 

The skin under your eyes has fewer oil glands than other parts of the face, so it’s quicker to dry out and an eye dream will better hydrate and help it to look smoother and healthier.

Depending on your age, genetics and other contributing factors, there are special eye creams with targeted ingredients to help treat this area such as:

  • Bags/sagging under eyes
  • Crepey skin
  • Dark circles
  • Fine lines/crows feet
  • Pigmentation
  • Puffing/Swelling

Why You Should Use Eye Cream

There are many “perks” to be had from the use of eye cream that correlate to specific problems or concerns you may have about your eyes. For example:

  • Using an eye cream in the morning with ingredients like caffeine can help reduce swelling, depuff and brighten the eye area, before your makeup is applied. Hyaluronic Acid, Squalene, and Vitamin E come to the rescue with a welcome kick of hydration.
  • Adding a night time eye cream before bedtime can offer triple benefits of overnight super hydration, firming, and brightening.  Since it is used alone rather than underneath makeup and sunscreen, a night eye cream can afford to be a richer compound for an extra hydration boost. When you add in some Vitamin A (retinol) to the ingredient list, it will also be stimulating cell reproduction for brighter eyes in the a.m., as well as targeting those tiny lines that develop over the years.

Eye creams are beneficial for all skin types, and for men as well as women. Consider speaking to a dermatologist or skin care professional if you are unsure what type of eye cream would be best for your skin type and specific needs.