"Protecting the Windows to Your Soul: Your Eyes”

Many people think that eye creams are only used by older adults who might be showing signs of aging around their eyes. But now there is more research coming out every day that shows the benefits of having a natural eye cream in your beauty rotation.

The skin around your eyes is made to be thinner and more delicate than the skin on the rest of your face. When you move your face, as well as sun damage and the fact that skin produces less collagen as you age, the muscles move, causing lines and wrinkles.

The skin around your eyes is also free from oil glands that keep the rest of your skin moist and supple.

Eye creams, though, can be a blessing to those of us that smoke, squint, or are out in the sun a lot; these creams usually contain moisturizers, called emollients that keep skin looking smoother. (We would be doing you a disservice if we did not add that while eye creams can help reduce the effects of smoking, they can’t completely reverse the damage.)

Eye creams contain ingredients that can also boost collagen. These creams are usually thicker than facial lotion, helping it stick to the thin skin better.

Some people believe that they don’t have to use a different cream specifically for their under-eye area. While, yes, technically, the moisturizer that you use for the rest of your face can be used for under your eyes, it doesn’t mean that you should use it.

If you use a facial moisturizer under your eyes, then your eyes could experience burning and stinging due to the fragrances that are often added to moisturizers.

One of the main benefits of creams that are specifically made for the under-eye area, other than preventing and filling in lines, is that it is less irritating than the typical moisturizer for your face.

Do’s and Don’ts of under-eye creams: 

  • Do: Tap or massage the eye cream in.  While most people tend to rub the cream vigorously into their under-eye area, this will only make the lines worse. The best way to apply eye cream is to press, tap, or massage a small amount under the eyes.
  • Do: Let the cream sink in!  You should always give your eye cream about a minute to absorb before putting on any kind of makeup; this ensures that your powder or concealer won’t cake up under your eyes, which makes lines and bags that much more noticeable. 
  • Don’t: Pull at your skin! When you are applying eye cream, you shouldn’t be stretching the skin under your eyes. If you pull and tug at your skin, you are negating the effects of the eye cream. 
  • Don’t: put on too much! There’s an old adage that should be followed when using eye cream: less is more. When applying eye cream, you should only use an amount the size of a pea. If you use more, there is the chance that the moisturizer will move into your eyes and irritate them.

To use eye cream, you should always put a dot on your brow bone and another series of dots roughly ½ inch under your eyes. 

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