Our skin has a way of revealing what’s going on in our lives. When we’re feeling tired or unwell, our internal feelings may be complemented by dark circles or bags under our eyes. And as we get older, the areas around our eyes are often the first to show noticeable lines and wrinkles. Though maintaining a reliable skincare routine can mitigate these outcomes, the skin surrounding your eyes can be particularly difficult to manage. As such, many people turn to a dedicated eye cream. More than merely an under eye wrinkle treatment, eye cream provides moisture to the skin directly above, adjacent to, and below the eyes, protecting it from deterioration. The jury is still out on whether or not everyone stands to benefit from eye cream, but there’s no denying that these products can work wonders for those with certain skin types and concerns.
Let’s explore why eye cream is sometimes an essential addition to one’s skincare regimen.
The skin that covers our entire body is deemed a single organ, but this doesn’t mean it’s uniform throughout. Simply put, the thickness and texture of one’s skin varies depending on its location. The skin surrounding your eyes is much thinner than the rest of the skin on your face -- as a result, this skin is less elastic, more susceptible to threats like sun damage, and quicker to dry out. Moreover, regular facial movements (e.g., smiling, laughing, talking) constantly stretch out this fragile skin, contributing to crow’s feet and dark circles over time. If you wish to prevent these outcomes, you need to ensure that these vulnerable areas receive enough hydration, nutrients, and protection, which is precisely what eye cream is designed to provide.
The sooner you start taking care of your skin, the less likely you are to experience early signs of aging and other problems in the future. Indeed, many people see the biggest benefits of eye creams (and other anti-aging products) by beginning to use them in their 20s. Finding the right product for your skin and using it as recommended can help you not only reduce eye wrinkles as they appear but prevent them from forming in the first place.
You might wonder why an eye cream is necessary for your skin if you’re already using a high-quality moisturizer. For some, a moisturizer may be enough to keep the skin around their eyes durable and hydrated. Those with sensitive skin, however, might experience irritation around the eyes with certain moisturizers. The special formulation of eye cream (which is often thicker, more oily, and contains vitamins, fats, retinol, etc.) is typically less irritating and more effective for this particular application than standard all-purpose moisturizers. In other words, both moisturizers and eye creams are important, but an eye cream might be an essential addition if your moisturizer isn’t working well for your eyelids, crow’s feet, or under-eye bags.
Those who wear makeup and use other cosmetic products stand to benefit from eye cream as well. While makeup can conceal fine lines and dark circles, it won’t reduce them or remove the reasons why they occur in the first place. In fact, wearing makeup without first protecting the skin around your eyes may exacerbate these issues in the long run. By adding eye cream to your skincare routine, you can achieve long-lasting protection underneath your makeup while helping concealer go on more evenly.
“Essential” is a loaded term in the realm of skincare. One could argue that no one “needs” to use eye cream, but others would counter with the fact that eye cream can protect the vulnerable skin around your eyes, prevent and reduce wrinkles, dark circles, and bags, and provide a more even skin tone throughout. Of course, irreversible skin problems such as volume loss can’t be fixed with eye cream alone, and there are other eye wrinkles treatment options out there. That said, if the skin around your eyes could use additional hydration or suffers from puffiness, dark circles, and/or wrinkles, eye cream might become one of the most essential tools in your skincare arsenal.
If you have additional questions or concerns about eye cream and cosmetic skincare more broadly, the experts at Premier Dermatology Partners are here to help. To learn more about our providers and all the services we offer, contact us today.