Unless you don’t mind the delicate skin around your eyes to prematurely droop and wrinkle, I suggest an eye cream for everyone over the age of 20. Prevention is key with your skin and your eyes are the first part of the face to show signs of aging. So why do you need a cream specific to your eye area? Like your lips, the skin around the eye is significantly different than any other part of the face and requires a few considerations. Aside from the fact that eye creams are ophthalmologist tested (safe for the eye area), the skin around the eyes is more fragile, therefore it is more apt to having sensitivities or allergic reactions.
It also does not have oil glands to hydrate the tissue, therefore the formulations for eye creams will generally be more emollient that your regular moisturizer. Unfortunately, many of the claims that eye creams make to actually reverse aging are just wishful thinking. But, it has been my experience and observation that eye creams will help slow the onset of premature aging around the eye area. And in my opinion, that is worth it’s weight in gold!
Eye Cream Tips:
*Avoid eye creams with heavy oils as they can weigh down the delicate skin tissue, weakening the elastin fibers which can cause premature aging. These oils can also seep into the eyes when you are sleeping causing puffiness and irritation.
*Apply underneath the eye during the daytime and all around the orbital bone at night (the bone that circles around the top of your cheekbone and below your eyebrow) . Be sure avoid apply too closely to the lash line as the product might get deposited into your eyes causing irritation.
*Use your ring finger when applying your eye cream as it is your weakest finger. Any repeated or excessive pulling/tugging on the eye area will eventually lead to premature wrinkles…so be gentle!
*Start early! As mentioned above, it is best to start using an eye cream as early as 20 years old. Again, prevention is key when dealing with the skin…especially the eye area.