If you’ve read my bio, you know that I started using eye cream at the age of 15. And I’m thankful every day that I did! Eye cream helps keep the eye area moisturized in order to prevent and control the signs of skin damage and aging. One of the best ways to maintain the good condition of the eye area is to start using eye creams at an early age. It is a preventive measure that delays the signs of aging. As soon as my nieces become teenagers, I will insist they begin using eye cream. The youngest one will listen to me…the older one will not ;-). Let’s face it, aging is a given for all of us. However, aging gracefully is a choice!
The skin around your eyes differs from the the rest of your skin as it is much thinner. The skin around the eye area is more delicate and prone to a variety of issues including puffiness, dark circles, wrinkles, and sagging. Not to mention, there are minimal oil glands around your eyes to help keep the skin naturally hydrated. Therefore, finding the right eye cream can help ward off numerous complexion concerns. Eye creams are specially formulated for the thinner, more sensitive area around your eyes which is why they are so beneficial.
Like many people, I struggle with eye allergies. So finding an eye cream that doesn’t cause a rash or make me want to claw my eyes out has been a real task. And, on top of that, I’ve had an even more difficult time finding an eye cream that I feel really works. Depending on what concerns you have (aging, dark circles, etc.) it’s best to always try samples first. That way you can obtain more of a grasp on what you’re actually looking for in an eye cream. For me, I prefer eye cream that is thick, creamy, loaded with vitamins, peptides, antioxidants, and free of fragrance. Others may prefer a gel or light weight cream for under the eye. It’s really your preference so I suggest giving a few a try. The most important thing is to find one that you like and use it!
Here are the products that I use around my eye area and can truly stand behind…
SkinMedica TNS Eye Repair: I use this eye cream during my morning skincare regimen. The “TNS” is a patented growth factor that rebuilds cells to improve overall appearance. The peptides in this eye cream help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It has a rich, creamy texture that supplies plumping moisture with hyaluronic acid in order to diminish dehydration lines and increase radiance. Vitamins A, C and E provide antioxidant protection to condition the skin and help lighten dark under eye circles. After using this product, my eyes always look brighter, and smoother. This eye cream is a perfect hydrating formula to start your day. I hope to use it forever!
Vitamin E Oil: At night, just before bed, I apply pure Vitamin E Oil. Yes, it is thick and sticky but will soak into your skin overnight. You’re just going to sleep so who cares right?? I began using this at night as I was looking for a product that would hydrate my eyes through the night while I slept (cell turnover is at its peak during the sleep cycle). I started to think about what Vitamin E could do for my eyes since it has been proven for years to repair traumatized skin such as scars, etc. Not only is Vitamin E an all natural alternative that will not add any unwanted chemicals to your skin, it’s also a potent antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage. After a night of this collagen restoring oil, your eyes will feel hydrated, supple, and more restored the next morning. With continued use, you will notice less fine lines and wrinkles. Note, some Vitamin E oils are “synthetic.” Make sure you are getting the pure oil instead.
Ole Henricksen Ultimate Eye Lift Creme: This is my boyfriend’s preferred eye cream and it has definitely become a favorite of mine as well. It’s my runner up behind the 2 products above. It is a multi-tasking eye cream that instantly hydrates and plumps while helping to improve firmness, diminish the look of fine lines and wrinkles as well as under-eye puffiness. It is concentrated with bio-peptides that help to improve skin’s elasticity while hyaluronic acid nourishes and replenishes moisture. This eye cream is infused with soothing cucumber extract to de-puff and refresh the eyes. The eyes are left looking more youthful and refreshed. It is formulated without parabens and sulfates and seems to work well on sensitive eyes. I really like the benefits and the weight of the cream in this product.
- When applying eye cream or oil, use a patting/tapping motion. Never rub! The eye area is far too delicate. And don’t forget the top of the eye (eye lid and under the brow). Those areas need love too!
- Use whats leftover on your fingertips from your eye application to apply on and around your lips. This is an area that we can sometimes forget about and it shows aging just as badly as the eyes.
- Try storing your eye cream in the refrigerator. The coolness will soothe tired eyes and help with puffiness.
- Use eye cream under your makeup to help concealer apply more smoothly with less build up in fine lines.
- If you have eye allergies, chose a fragrance free eye cream. Also, take an over the counter antihistamine. This will significantly decrease the swelling and irritation around the eyes.
Here are links to purchase the above items. Vitamin E oil can be purchased at your local pharmacy as well…
Here are links to some additional eye creams that have rave reviews…
If you have eye care products that you love, please share them with me! Would love to hear from you and receive your questions and comments.
Be Forever Young! xoxo