Face & Body Care
Why You Need an Eye Cream in Your Skincare Routine…
Eye creams tend to be the most misused, and most underrated, part of any skincare routine. Especially if you already have a moisturiser for your face, it may feel a little redundant to have a separate cream for your eyes.
So, why do we need an eye cream?
The skin around the eye is very delicate and deserves a little extra TLC.
Skin around the eye is considerably thinner than the rest of the skin on your face, and because of all the tiny muscles in the area, it’s more sensitive and prone to a variety of issues, like puffiness, discolouration, and fine lines. The first signs of ageing often become visible around the eyes, plus, there are minimal oil glands around your eyes to help keep the skin naturally hydrated.
Eye creams are specifically formulated to suit the delicate skin around the eye. Formulations have a lighter consistency – heavy creams can make problems worse around the eye, therefore it is important to use a cream formulated for that delicate area to achieve the best possible results.
Eyes are the Windows to the Soul:
In other words, your eyes portray what is going on inside the body alongside lifestyle choices, and yes, genetics do play a role too:
- Fine line and wrinkles:
Thinner skin mixed with constant muscle action (winking, blinking, even smiling) lead to your eyes showing early signs of ageing faster than the rest of your face. Over time, this skin dries out and forms small wrinkles. Smoking and exposure to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays can also encourage wrinkles to form.
Undereye puffiness comes from fluid build-up that causes swelling in the tissues around your eyes. This can come from allergies and sinuses, but it can also be a result of sleep deprivation (and sometimes too much sleep), diet, alcohol, and just plain old ageing.
- Dark Circles
Discolouration around the eyes can be a result of various factors, including heredity, stress, smoking, lack of sleep, sun exposure, ageing and shadows from the hollowing out of your eyes.
How can eye creams help?
Eye creams are formulated with specific ingredients that can help gently hydrate the drier skin around the eye to help it to look smoother. This is the first step of reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles – many of these lines are simply dehydration lines and applying an eye cream can help to plump these out. Hydration also helps with the appearance of tired, puffy eyes, whilst ingredients such as EPS Seafill® instantly tightens the skin.
To combat the appearance of deeper wrinkles, eye creams generally contain ingredients that help boost collagen. Collagen is a major protein that’s found in the fibres of connective tissue, cartilage, and bone, it keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles. However, your skin produces less of it as you get older – so the sooner you add an eye cream to your skin routine the better. After all, prevention is better than cure.
Light reflecting particles are often used in eye creams to instantly minimise dark circles and tired-looking eyes to reflect a luminous, healthy glow.
What is in the Collagen Illuminating Eye Cream?
- Marine Collagen these molecules have been broken down into much smaller fragments which are able to penetrate the skin’s surface. Collagen is also a humectant which means that the product retains water against the skin to lock in hydration and offer moisturising, nourishing, restructuring, conditioning, replenishing and smoothing effects
- EPS Seafill® is produced by marine plankton and has been proven to tighten and fill in surface wrinkles with a demonstrated effectiveness of 15 Minutes
- MICA is often referred to as natures glitter. It is a shiny mineral found naturally in granite rock or crystals. This ingredient has an iridescent effect and reflects light to disguise the appearance of wrinkles whilst highlighting the contour of the eye area
- Passion Flower and Kukui Seed Oil are both rich in omega-6 fatty acid (linoleic acid), vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. This ingredient helps restore the skin’s barrier function whilst slowing the breakdown of collagen
- Kigelia Africana Fruit originates from the fruit of a tree and contains a cocktail of amazing ingredients including; flavonoids, fatty acids, steroids and saponin. Used for its firming properties.
- Squalene is a plant derived extract which aids hydration and can help other ingredients absorb more effectively into the skin
How Should You Apply Your Eye Cream?
Application is crucial when it comes to eye cream, as correct use can increase the effects of the ingredients.
Using the size of a grain of rice for each eye, using your ring finger, start at the inner corner of your eye and tap around the dark circle or puffy area outwards, pressing down gently to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Tips and tricks:
- Try storing your eye cream in the refrigerator. The extra shot of coolness will soothe tired eyes and help with puffiness.
- Using eye cream under your makeup can help concealer apply more smoothly and prevent it from building up in fine lines.
- Don’t be tempted to use more than the advised amount – it’s unnecessary and could cause irritation and waste your money
- The packaging of any cream should always be lightproof and airtight. If the product is exposed to air and light, the effectiveness of the ingredients is reduced.
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