Everybody knows the most sensitive face area is around the eyes. If you don’t give it special attention, you may end up looking like you have spent half the night watching Netflix. And no one wants that! You would be rather looking like a Sleeping Beauty than a rival to a zombie, right? So, fasten your seat belts, ladies! We are going on a mission of finding out the best eye cream ingredients!
Is eye cream a must?
My bathroom cabinet is too crowded, and sometimes I wish I could take some things out. Like an eye cream. Do I need it if I already have a moisturizer for the face? “Yes, you need a special eye cream! The reason is that the skin around the eyes is much thinner than the rest of the face. And also more sensitive,” skin therapist, Caroline Holmberg, explained.
There are almost no sebaceous glands or supporting fatty tissue around the eyes. That means that this skin reacts more violently to external influences. Science has explained this to us through various researches. Dry air, sunlight, as well as lack of sleep, and an unhealthy diet! All that leads to wrinkles and dark circles. Besides, we blink up to 10,000 times a day. That’s a lot of workouts! The expressions we make also leave a mark on our skin. What can help us then? A nourishing eye cream that will regenerate and revitalize the skin. So, the eye cream is staying in the cupboard! But how to pick a perfect one?
What are the best eye cream ingredients?
Whenever I’m applying a beauty product, I have in mind the desired effect. Do I need hydration, or brightness, or maybe both? I mean, don’t we all? So, it would be good to know which ingredients lead us to these goals. “Different ingredients depend on the effects you are searching for. I will give you examples! Caffeine is great in the fight with puffiness and dark circles. Retinol and vitamin C are great allies for anti-aging. And hyaluronic acid is good for moisture,” Caroline said.
Besides, you always must consider your skin type — science agrees on that. With so many ingredients out there, it might be challenging to find the right ones for your concern and skin type. So, here, best ingredients to look for in an eye cream for all skin types and concerns, like dark circles, wrinkles, puffiness, dehydration, and protection.
Don’t you sometimes desperately wish to look more rested and awake? To replace dark circles with a glow? Vitamin C and E are the heroes you need! Vit C helps brighten, boost collagen production, increasing skin elasticity, while vitamin E calms irritations, hydrates, and protects. On top of that, they provide antioxidant shield! The result? Your sensitive eye area will stay protected from pollution and external enemies every time you go out.
Hyaluronic acid and ceramides
And what about annoying dryness and itchiness? I hate it, you hate it, we all hate it. Luckily, with a strong skin barrier, you can help your skin to hold on to moisture. I would say that nothing beats up hyaluronic acid! We’re speaking about drawing the moisture from the air and holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water (amazing, IK). When we hear the word acid, we think of something stripping. But hyaluronic is a bouncy fluid. It’s found naturally in the body, with the task to lubricate joints and to hold onto moisture in the skin. As it’s always the case, with age, production weakens. Which why it’s great to supply it with products infused with HA.
Dope, but what about ceramides? I know I said nothing beats hyaluronic acid, but ceramides do the work too! They are also found naturally in the skin’s outer layer — their production weakens with time, which is why you need to replenish the loss. These ingredients combined work amazing for mature and dry skin types, but also for whoever wants to prevent premature eye wrinkles.
It’s always a pleasure for me when someone thinks that I am younger than I actually am. Is there anyone to whom this is not a compliment? No? I thought so. That’s why retinol became our BFF. This ingredient stimulates collagen production, which leads to skin strengthing. And then diminishes sunspots and fine lines! Our skin tone and texture end up even.
But don’t forget there is a catch! Sensitive skin often doesn’t react well to it. And even if you have another skin type, there might still be issues, like your skin becoming photosensitive. That’s why eye products with retinol usually add hyaluronic acid and ceramides. These two will lower down the chance for irritation. Anyway, you’d better use retinol products in your PM skincare regimen.
If your skin still can’t tolerate retinol, neuropeptides are an awesome alternative. The effect is similar: they both stimulate collagen and elastin production. But neuropeptides are gentler on the dermis. Briefly, neuropeptides work by reaching epidermal and dermal cells, fixing skin swelling, helping wound healing, and increasing the skin’s defense system. A safer option if you’re not into retinol, neuropeptides definitely deserve to be on the list with the best ingredients to look for in an eye cream.
How to find the best eye cream?
First thing first, never buy an eye cream packaged in a jar. The anti-aging ingredients, like retinol and antioxidants, could degenerate the moment you open the jar! Secondly, listen to your skin and its needs!
Bear in mind the list of the best ingredients. And please, make sure it’s fragrance- and alcohol-free! It’s a huge no-no for something you apply so close to the eye itself. Alcohol and fragrances dry the skin out and may cause eye irritation. In the end, remember: the filters on Instagram are great, but flawless skin is better!