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Eye Cream 101: The Eyes Have It

They say eyes are the window to your soul. Unfortunately, they’re also where the first visible signs of aging tend to occur. Part of this lies in the fact that the skin around your eyes is incredibly thin—the thinnest on your entire body, in fact. The delicate eye area also lacks oil ducts, which makes it even more vulnerable to the kind of damage that leads to the formation of eye wrinkles. To add insult to injury, skin naturally thins over time; this can be due to a variety of reasons, including excessive sun exposure, genetics, medications, medical conditions, and the loss of fatty layers that help protect blood vessels. If you don’t take care of yourself and your skin, the elastin fibers can lose their resiliency and leave skin more fragile as you age. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to help protect skin in the eye area while also addressing the visible appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, dark circles, puffy eyes, and more. One of your best weapons to combat against the visible signs of aging around the eyes is to use a daily eye cream. The question is, which eye treatment is best for your individual skincare concerns? And where should that step fall into your daily skincare regimen? Let’s find out.

What to Look for In an Eye Treatment

When choosing an eye cream, it’s a good idea to look for one that doesn’t contain irritating ingredients or oils; this helps reduce the likelihood of clogged glands, sties, and other ocular problems. Products packaged in pumps instead of jars are also preferable. We’re not getting stuck on appearances when we say that, we swear. You see, opting for pumps helps minimize the potential for contamination from your fingers (you never know what you might be transferring into your product—and subsequently, to your face—when you dip your finger in to apply).

Choosing the Right Eye Treatment for You

As it goes when choosing any type of skincare product, what works best for someone else may not work best for you. We all have different skin types, needs, and concerns, so it’s important to take that into consideration when choosing an eye cream. If you’re concerned about dark circles and a lack of brightness, reach for: If addressing crow’s feet is at the top of your list, you’ll want: If puffiness is your problem, try:
  • Re:Firm Eye
  • De-Puffing Eye Gel
If you fall into the sensitive skin category, reach for: Looking for the “can practically do it all” solution? Look no further than Cold Plasma Eye, formulated to address multiple signs of aging around the eye area, including fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, redness, sagging, dryness, and dullness.

Working an Eye Treatment into Your Skincare Regimen

Now that you know which eye cream is the best choice for your individual skin type and concern(s), it’d probably be helpful to provide a little direction on how and where this fits into your skincare regimen. Q: Is it better to apply an eye cream in the morning, evening, or both? For best results, we recommend applying the eye treatment of your choice both morning and night. Whether you choose to use two different products or stay consistent with one, double check the application instructions. Some may be better formulated to work in the morning, some in the evening, and others can work their magic at either hour of the day. Q: Any insider application tips I should keep in mind? We’re not sure these qualify as “insider tips,” but either way, they’re definitely important ones and worth keeping in mind.
    • Apply a pea-sized amount of product along the orbital bone with your ring finger using a gentle tapping motion (do not rub). Why your ring finger? Let's just say that your other fingers don’t know their own strength and can cause further damage and wrinkling to the already delicate eye area by pulling too hard on your skin.

    • Be careful not to get too close to your eyes, and avoid applying directly to the eyelid—since there are fewer pores in this area, product often tends to travel after application.

  • Give your eye cream a minute or two to fully absorb into the skin before applying another product on top of it.
Q: What step in my skincare regimen should an eye cream fall into? It’s probably fair to say that when it comes to any skincare routine, one of the most confusing parts is the order in which each product should be applied. This is especially true for eye creams. Should it go before face treatments or after? After a moisturizer or before? We’re here to settle this once and for all. Your eye cream should be applied after a serum, but before a moisturizer. Here’s how the product order fully breaks down, from step one to the last:
  1. Cleanser
  2. Toner
  3. Treatment(s)
  4. Serum
  5. Eye Cream
  6. Moisturizer

Protecting the Skin Around Your Eyes

As with almost anything when it comes to the visible signs of aging, there are other steps you can take to help protect the skin around your eyes with just a few lifestyle changes. For starters, drink plenty of water to help keep your skin hydrated; avoid smoking, since this can constrict the blood vessels under your skin; monitor sun exposure and protect against UV rays; and get enough rest to help reduce visible dark circles and puffiness. There you have it. While your eyes may be the window to your soul, they don’t have to be the revealer of your age—the right eye treatment, combined with the right information and application techniques, can keep your skin youthful-looking for many more years to come.