If you’re serious about slathering on your favourite moisturiser day after day, there’s a chance you might have thought to yourself: Do I really need an eye cream in my beauty routine?
While access to a plethora of skincare products has made it much easier to find formulations that address our unique skin concerns, it’s also easy to get lost in a sea of information and end up with a 15-step routine that you maybe don’t need. But while you might not need a skincare routine that takes up hours of your day, there are a few essentials that will really make a difference to skin health, and eye cream happens to be one of them.
Why do I need an eye cream?
Anyone who is just starting to notice the signs of ageing on their skin will probably well aware of the fact that the delicate skin around the eyes is often the first place our age starts to show.
Not only is the skin that surrounds the eyes 40 per-cent thinner than other areas of the face, but the area also has fewer oil glands which mean the skin around the eyes is prone to dehydration too.
Then there’s the fact that each time we blink, smile, frown or laugh the skin around our eyes moves. Add that to the fact that scientists believe that most of us blink over 10,000 times and day, and it’s not too hard to understand how over time all of these micro-motions stretch the muscles and skin in this area. Eventually, the signs of ageing, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of density, tone and texture, all become apparent around the eyes.
How do I find the right eye cream?
When it comes to choosing an eye cream, we’re spoilt for choice. That’s why it pays to work out what your specific skin concerns are before you begin the hunt for the perfect formulation. Whether it’s dryness, puffiness, dark circles, fine lines or wrinkles that you want to combat, there’s a formula out there that will get the job done.
Below are a few of our favourite eye creams that target different concerns:
How do I apply eye cream?Â
Once you’ve got your hands on a good eye cream you’ll want to ensure you’re applying it the right way. Start by adding it into your morning and evening routine, and also apply after cleansing.
Using your ring finger or middle finger, gently dab the eye cream around the orbital bone (the socket of your eye). Start below the eye at the inner corner and move towards the outer corner.
To avoid eye irritation, never apply eye cream directly under your lower eyelashes or on your eyelid. You can, however, dab a small amount above the eyebrow or along the brow bone.
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