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Eye creams. What to look for? Do eye creams really work?

The array of eye creams on beauty shelves can be almost overwhelming. Dark circles, puffiness, wrinkles .. We’ve been road testing the best for to find the perfect one for you

The basic overlying premise of eye creams is that products for the face and body aren’t sufficient for this very unique area. Why? Because the skin around the eyes is 10 times thinner and more delicate than the skin on our face, more prone to dryness, and quicker to show age and fatigue. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes also hasten the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness and dark circles.

 

eye creams

 

Eye creams can address some of these issues. However, finding an effective eye cream can be difficult. Eye creams often advertised as “specially formulated” for the sensitive, thin skin around the eyes or claim to get rid of puffiness, dark circles, and sagging skin—yet, in many cases, they fail to live up to their promises.

 

What to Look for in an Eye Cream

First, it’s important to understand there’s no research indicating that specific eye-area ingredients differ from those you use on the rest of your face.

Avoid eye products that contain irritating ingredients, such as fragrant plant oils, synthetic fragrance, or sensitizing plant extracts, all of which can cause pro-aging inflammation.

What the eye area really needs are antioxidants, cell-communicating ingredients, and skin-repairing ingredients, in a soothing, fragrance-free formula. Hyaluronic acid (hydrates ), ceramides (retain moisture), retinol (promotes new cell growth or regeneration) and neuropeptides (increase the production of collagen and elastin), vitamin C (collagen production), and vitamin E ( nourishes and soothes skin).

Another beneficial ingredient for under the eye includes vitamin K (inhibits bruising and diminishes dark pigment or cast due to broken down blood cells). Kojic acid, arnica and licorice can diminish dark circles and lighten pigment under the eyes. Chamomile, tea extracts, and cucumber can help reduce puffiness.

 

Dark Circles, Puffy Eyes, and Sagging Skin

Dark circles under the eyes come from genes, sun damage, age, and blood build-up. Sodium ascorbate, or vitamin C, can thicken the skin and help conceal dark circles after about 6 months. Niacinamide, or vitamin B3, and kojic acid can also lighten dark circles.

Most importantly, during the day, whatever you put around your eye must contain sunscreen (something most eye creams lack).

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Dark Circles (15ml)Designed to improve blood haemodynamics and microcirculation, lighten dark circles and relieve bags or puffiness. $62.00
  1. Sircuit: WHITE OUT+ daily under eye care (15ml).  Improves skin hydration, firmness and elasticity. Strengthens and thickens the delicate skin around the eye. $84.95

 

Fine lines and wrinkles come from both sun damage and your skin making less collagen as you age. Collagen helps maintain skin’s elasticity. Studies show that Vitamin C, peptides, and retinol have the ability to boost collagen production. Ceramides and hyaluronic acid also help; these are moisturizers that help prevent water loss in the skin and improve elasticity. Note you can tighten and firm skin to a certain degree, but no skincare product can magically pull up drooping eyelids or sagging under-eye bags.

We recommend:

  1. Medik8: Retinol Eye. Boosts firmness, plumpness and epidermal hydration under and around the eye. $84.95
  2. Eyesential. Quick and temporary fix to the area around the eye. Not a permanent repair so it is actually classified as a non-colour cosmetic rather that a treatment. $95
  3. Sircuit: I. CEE U.+ firming anti-aging eye gel (15ml)Helps instantly lift and revitalise the look of tired eyes. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. $144.95

 

Puffiness is a build-up of fluid and blood under the eyes or can be from simply not getting enough sleep. Some studies show that caffeine can help circulation, which could reduce puffiness, whilst other studies show that cold temperatures are just as effective. That’s why some people refrigerate their eye creams.

We recommend

  1. CosMedix: Eye Genius Brilliant Eye Complex (7ml)A firming eye cream to renew the delicate skin around the eyes. $79.95
  2. Skeyndor Aquatherm: Soothing Eye Cream (15ml). When used daily, it softens the eye contour and rejuvenates the eye area. $65.00

If the puffiness is the result of fat pads that have shifted under the eye (which is a hallmark of aging skin), there are no creams in the world that can address it

What to look in skin care?

Skincare world may seem complex and overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be.

You can think of good skin the same way as we think of good health. That is eating a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, keep active, stay away from sun exposure and smoking.

And our skin needs similar approach starting from nutrient-rich skincare regime.

Key ingredients in skincare products make a huge difference – after all it’s thought we absorb up to 60% of what we put on our skin.

So what is important to look for?

Good skin care ingredients

Vitamins

  1. Vitamin A – Retinol: Minimises and prevents wrinkles, diminishes fine lines and brown spots, and improves acne. Best of all, the prescription-strength version can promote the production of collagen
  2. Vitamin B: Reduces and prevents the formation of brown spots on the skin, improves the appearance of wrinkles, and reduces inflammation (which means it may improve acne, eczema, and rosacea).
  3. Vitamin C: Lightens brown spots and helps in preventing both uneven pigmentation and wrinkles from developing. Accelerates Collagen production. Collagen is the natural protein that keeps skin firm and plump.
  4. Vitamin D: Replenishes hydration and increases skin elasticity.
  5. Vitamin E: A powerful antioxidant that helps protect the skin from damaging environmental forces such as sunlight and pollution.

Acids

  1. Hyaluronic acid (HA): Tends to diminish with advancing age, sun damage and other environmental assaults. While HA in topical products can’t replace the HA that’s lost naturally in skin, it does have excellent moisturising properties. HA attracts and seals water into the skin, which not only protects the skin but also helps camouflage fine lines.
  2. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs): Has an exfoliating effect. They occur naturally: Glycolic acid comes from sugarcane, malic acid from apples, lactic acid from milk and citric acid from citrus fruits. AHAs work on the outer layer of skin, removing layers of dead skin. It make the skin’s surface smoother and allow other beneficial ingredients to penetrate better. Helps boost collagen production and helps the skin hold onto moisture, which can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  3. Salicylic acid: Has ability to remove dead cells from the surface of the skin and clean out pores, unclog them, clearing blackheads, making the skin look and feel softer.

Minerals

Like vitamins, minerals have a wide range of skin benefits – primarily detoxing, regenerating and protecting cells against free radical damage.

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