Whether you’re new to the world of skincare or you’re unsatisfied with your current routine, you probably have questions about eye creams. Many patients wonder if eye creams can prevent aging, which product they should choose, and whether eye creams are even necessary. Here, we’ll answer all of these questions so you can perfect your skincare routine.
Why Should You Use an Eye Cream?
For the most part, eye creams are very similar to the moisturizer you use on all the other areas of your face. This is why many people hold the misconception that they are unnecessary. However, carefully reviewing the ingredients in eye creams compared to standard moisturizers will show that eye creams are formulated without chemicals or fragrances that can be irritating in the sensitive eye area. The consistency also differs, and is usually somewhat thicker than a traditional moisturizer. Finally, eye creams have specific ingredients and formulas to address common problems in the eye area, like puffiness or dark circles, as well as delivering moisture.
Benefits of Eye Creams
Because the skin around the eyes is very delicate, this is typically the first area to show fine lines and signs of aging. Dryness in this area is also a common problem that worsens over time, as less sebum is produced near the eyes.
Eye creams with moisturizing ingredients can help protect the skin in the area and delay signs of aging. Properly moisturizing the skin also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines as the ingredients essentially fill spaces between skin cells.
Many eye creams also contain SPF to help protect your skin from damaging ultraviolet rays and the aging signs they cause. Choosing an eye cream with SPF 15 or more helps to prevent unnecessary damage and keep the skin healthy.
Risks of Eye Creams
In addition to being very delicate, the skin around the eyes can be more sensitive than other areas. For this reason, it’s crucial to choose an eye cream that is free from fragrances or other chemicals that can be irritating or cause an allergic reaction. Selecting an eye cream that a professional dermatologist or plastic surgeon has recommended is one of the best ways to know that you’re avoiding these harmful ingredients. Professional quality products are tested and safe for most people to use, but the right cream for you will vary depending on your unique skin type, age, and other factors.
Choosing an Eye Cream
There are countless eye creams available ranging from drugstore products to prescription options. When you’re choosing the best product for you, look at the ingredients. Your first priority should be to always avoid products with synthetic fragrances to avoid irritation. Look for products that have moisturizing and anti-aging ingredients like peptides, ceramides, and vitamin A or E. Your best options are professional-quality products that can be purchased through a dermatologist or plastic surgeon. At FacesFirst, we can help you choose the skincare options that are best suited to your unique needs.
When to Start Using Eye Cream
Everyone ages at a different rate, but the best results are seen if you start using eye cream to prevent fine lines, wrinkles, or sagging rather than treating aging signs that have already developed. Generally, it’s recommended to use eye creams beginning in your early to mid-twenties. Waiting until your late twenties or thirties will mean that fine lines are probably already starting to appear, and a good eye cream can help to minimize their appearance but won’t reverse damage that’s already done. To really stop fine lines and wrinkles, it’s best to start using eye cream as early as possible.