A common question I am asked in salon is “do I need a specialised eye cream or can I just use my facial moisturiser around my eye area?”. In order to best answer this question we need to look at the unique characteristics of the skin around the eye area.
The eyes naturally get more exercise than other parts of the face. On average, a person blinks around 28,000 times per day. Wow that sure is a lot of movement happening in this delicate area, no wonder it is often the first to show the signs of aging with fine lines, wrinkles and drooping to the upper eye lids a common occurrence. Add in frowning, smiling, squinting, and rubbing at your eyes and you can understand why this is so.
As we age the structural integrity of the skin weakens. It loses elasticity and the collagen begins to break down, this is especially noticeable in the eye area as the skin here is 10 times thinner than that of the rest of your face.
Unlike the rest of your face, the skin directly around the eye area does not have a lot of oil glands. Oil glands within the skin help to keep your face moist and provide a protective layer to aid in waterproofing the skin and protecting it from the environment as well as slowing down the aging process. Due to this lack of oil glands, the eye area is susceptible to dryness, dehydration and even dermatitis and sensitivity.
Under the eye area can also be prone to puffiness and dark-circles; allergies, sleep deprivation, genetics, constipation, impaired lymphatics, and sinus are a few reasons why! Add in thinning of the skin which exposes the underlying blood vessels, leading to the appearance of dark circles.
Eye creams contain specialised ingredients to help address the unique concerns of this delicate area and will help to keep the skin looking firmer and line free for longer, as well as addressing dark circles and puffiness in this area. An eye cream generally has a finer texture and will not fragrances that can irritate this delicate area or contribute to puffiness. It is also not unusual to see milia around the eye area of those who use their rich face cream all the way up to under the eyes instead of a specialised eye cream or gel.
So if the eye area is of concern to you I would suggest seeing your skin therapist who can assess your specific skin needs and recommend an appropriate eye product to keep this area looking its best for longer.
My all time favourite eye cream would definitely be Eye Web from the DMK Limited Range, this product has completely transformed my 40 something year old eyes. Prior to using this product I was considering going down the surgical path of an eye lift to treat the upper lids that were beginning to droop but after a couple of months the skin tightened and lifted in this area as well as a clearer brighter appearance to the under eye area. I personally was shocked with just how well this product works after trying so many eye products over the years.
Eye Web works like an invisible web that retracts sagging tissue and fine lines. Formulated with ingredients that strengthen, protect and brighten eye tissue and acting like a topical filler to give you the most amazing results.
If you would like to know more about this product or what ingredients to look for when choosing an eye cream please comment here or contact me directly at the clinic. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog.