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Everything You Need to Know About Eye Creams

Everything You Need to Know About Eye Creams


Eye cream is an essential part of any skincare routine, as it helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness around the eyes. In this post, we will explore everything you need to know about eye creams, including their benefits, ingredients, how to choose the right one for your skin type, and tips for using them effectively.


Do I need to use an Eye Cream?

Yes-  Taking care of the delicate eye area is important to prevent the signs of aging.

The skin around the eyes is fragile and often shows signs of aging before any of the other facial areas, so I would advise using a preventative eye skincare treatment from as early as your 20s.

Even more so in your 30s, as that's the time when you tend to start to see the first visible signs of aging.

When you're in your 30s and beyond, you're more likely to have specific eye area concerns like fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness that would require eye products specially formulated with ingredients to target those concerns.

That's why it's so important to use the correct eye product.


Choose your eye product wisely

The skin around your eyes is much thinner, so it's prone to irritation and may cause milia around the eye area from using rich moisturising creams.

Facial products, especially cosmeceuticals, are formulated well and contain strong active ingredients to target specific concerns, so they would be too potent for the eye area.

The most important thing to remember when choosing your eye cream is to make sure it's well formulated. That means choosing a cosmeceutical brand that uses evidence-based ingredients with enough active ingredients to target these issues.

Most cosmeceutical products are backed by scientific research, not marketing fluff. Remember that high street brands and department store skincare products don't contain enough ingredients to have a noticeable effect on the skin.


Do I need a special eye cream?

Yes if you have concerns like wrinkles, dark circles and puffiness you need an eye cream that contains ingredients to target those concerns.


Puffiness Around The Eyes

If you have puffy skin around the eyes, use an eye cream that contains caffeine which allows a temporary de-puffing by constricting blood vessels in the area. For example, try SkinCeuticals AOX+ Eye Gel  OR Eminence Organic Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream

SkinCeuticals AOD Eye Gel  Eminence Organic Hibiscus Ultra Lift Eye Cream

Dark Circles Under Eyes

For dark circles go for an eye product that contains ingredients such as vitamin C, licorice, Kojic acid, or niacinamide which inhibit melanin production. For example, Cebelia Eye Brightening 


Other ingredients such as Vitamin K can help, it's an antioxidant that strengthens the capillaries under the eyes. For example, Try Sesderma K-VIT Anti-Dark Circle Serum.

Sesderma K-Vit

Please bear in mind that dark circles are very difficult to treat. It also has a lot to do with your diet and lifestyle.



Fine Lines & Wrinkles

Look for eye products that contain Retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin C, Peptides & Growth factors.
Vitamin C 
Vitamin C encourages collagen production & also brightens the skin. You could try IS CLINICAL C Eye Serum Advance+ 
iS Clinical C Eye Serum Sesderma C-Vit Eye  Contour
Retinol helps with lines & wrinkles. Make sure the retinol eye products are formulated just for the delicate eye area. For example the Neostrata Correct Comprehensive Retinol Eye Cream OR Medik8 R-Retinoate Youth Activating Cream Day & Night Eye Serum
Peptide eye products tell fibroblasts in the skin to create more collagen so the skin becomes suppler and firmer which is the main reason why peptides should be in your eye cream. For example the HydroPeptide Vital Eyes 
 Neostrata Skin Active Intensive Eye TherapyPCA Skin Ideal Complex Revitalising Eye Gel

View all of our Peptide Eye Products 


Growth Factors

Growth factors will help to decrease fine lines and wrinkles as well as thicken the very thin skin beneath the eyes. Try the Jan Marini Transformation Eye Cream OR  AQ Skin Solutions Eye Serum OR IS CLINICAL Youth Eye Complex.

iS Clinical Youth Serum        Transformation Eye Cream  Transformation Eye Cream

More of the anti-ageing ingredients mentioned above are included in your eye creams the better.

If the eye area is sagging/baggy I am afraid an eye cream cannot help. Only surgery will help remove that excess skin.

Dry & Crepey Skin Around The Eye Area

If the skin around your eyes is drier, then you need hydrating ingredients like HA (Hyaluronic Acid). HA is great as it is a hydrating ingredient but not too heavy. If you need something more hydrating, then go for an emollient type of eye creams like a balm or a product that contains vitamin E. Be careful not to go too heavy if you don't need to as it may cause milia around the eye area.
Teoxane Eye
SkinCeuticals A.G.E complex



It's vital that you protect your skin daily against the sun. This also applies to the skin around the eyes. The problems of wrinkles, dark circles, etc. will only get worse if you go out without sun protection. Use either an eye SPF sunscreen or a mineral SPF sunscreen or make sure that your concealer is a minimum of SPF30 or higher. And don't forget to wear sunglasses.

Medik8 Advanced Day Eye Protect & SkinCeuticals Mineral EYE UV Defense SPF 30

 SkinCeuticals Mineral Eye SPF   Medik8 Advanced Eye Protect

View All of our Eye SPF Products 

How to apply?

You do not need to use too much - just a pea-sized amount will suffice.

Eye cream should be gently applied to the entire area surrounding the eye—from the mid-upper nasal bridge in one large circle around the eye.

Apply using your ring finger for a light touch. Dab small dots under and around your eyes and on the brow bone. Don't rub or stretch or pull the skin.


The Best Eye products in your 20's, 30's, 40's and beyond.......

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