Beauty Diaries by Beauty Line - All About Eye Creams

Τhe eye are is one of the first places wrinkles and fine lines appear because the skin there is 8 to 10 times thinner than other parts of your face. Your most common questions on eye cream use are being answered by Beauty Line’s skin care experts:

Beauty Diaries by Beauty Line - Eye Cream Application

1. Do I really need to use an eye cream at night?

Yes, because the skin around the eyes is more delicate and fragile, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Constant movement of the eyes also hastens the appearance of lines and wrinkles, and fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams can address some of these issues. They are formulated specifically for the skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker. They tend to contain more oil than a regular facial lotion, and they have a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eyes.

2.      What about the day time? 

We always stress the absolute necessity of daily sun protection, and that absolutely goes for the eye area too, especially when it comes to puffy eyes, dark circles, and sagging—all concerns that unprotected sun exposure will worsen! Your daytime facial moisturizer with SPF 25+ can and should be applied around the eye area. If the eye cream you prefer to use during the day doesn’t provide sun protection, then you should apply your eye cream and follow it with a daytime moisturizer, foundation, or concealer with sunscreen that is rated SPF 25+.

3.      How can I target the wrinkles around the eye?

To combat the appearance of wrinkles, eye creams can also contain ingredients that help boost collagen. Collagen is a major protein that keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles, but your skin produces less of it as you get older. Eye creams with retinol, a derivative of vitamin A, are marketed to increase collagen production. Antioxidant ingredients, such as vitamin C, and peptides also assist in retaining collagen in the skin.

4.      How should I apply it?

Go easy on your eyes. All you need is a pea-sized amount in the morning and evening after washing your face. A delicate touch is the most important aspect of eye cream application, don’t pull and rub on lotion. The skin around the eye area should be treated with gentle, upward strokes using your pinky finger.

5.      Can I apply concealer after applying my eye cream?

Of course, the eye cream will fill any fine lines and will moisturize the area very well to create a blank canvas for the concealer to follow. You need to know your skin type and what its tendencies are. If you are oily, don’t use a thick, oil-based eye cream, which will only slide the concealer away. If you’re dry, use something more hydrating so your makeup doesn’t crack. Always let the under-eye cream seep in for at least 90 seconds before putting concealer on. After prepping the eye area, reach for a weightless concealer since anything that’s heavy may cake.

6.      Can I skip concealer and apply foundation directly after applying my eye cream?

You could do but the foundation is more likely to cake. Foundation has a more powdery consistency than concealer and therefore it might set into fine lines and look cakey.

7.      Any final tips?

a) Don’t let product get into the eyes. Problems might occur when using certain products underneath the eyes. Some moisturizers might not absorb quickly enough and there is the possibility that you might unknowingly rub your eyes, getting the product into your eyes, causing burning and irritation, which can lead to the skin to becoming swollen and puffy.

b) Use products that are safe. The eye cream should also be ophthalmologist tested and safe for use around the eyes. An oil-free formula can help prevent clogging the glands around the eyes, which is especially important for contact lens wearers.

c) Avoid germs. Use a spoon or spatula for eye creams that come in a jar. You don’t want to dip your fingers into the product, and then transfer bacteria and germs into the eyes. When applying eye cream or serum, gently pat the product onto the eye area, don’t rub.

d) After applying concealer, blot the area with a thin tissue to prevent the product from settling in the creases around your eyes.

e) You can also try an eye mask. Beauty Line’s trainer Nicole Pericou has described her favourite ones. Read more here.

Is your question still unanswered? Drop us a line at beautydiaries@beautyline.com.cy or leave you comment below and we will get back to you!

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