Most beauty blogs, magazines, and retailers agree: eye cream is a nightly step not to be missed. But the more educated beauty consumers become, the more they start to question whether or not that fancy little pot is entirely necessary.
Read on to learn about eye cream and what we recommend instead.
What’s the argument for using eye cream?
The evidence for eye cream revolves around a simple fact: the skin around your eyes is far thinner and more delicate than the other skin on your face, and therefore warrants special treatment. At its heart, this is a fair argument. Just as the skin on your neck deserves special attention, so too does the fragile skin around your eyes. Most women begin experiencing signs of aging in this area first because of a combination of genes, lifestyle, and repeated folding of the skin when they squint and smile. The area is prone to dehydration, but generally requires lighter moisturizers because of the risk of milia—tiny, white, difficult-to-remove bumps that can be caused by using rich moisturizers around the eye area. In short, it’s a pretty high maintenance spot on your face!
What is the difference between eye cream and face cream?
While the difference in formula varies from product to product, in general, eye creams contain a higher concentration of anti-wrinkle ingredients like antioxidants and retinol than your standard face cream. While you might assume that an eye cream is richer than a face cream, eye creams often fall somewhere in the middle of the texture spectrum—lighter than a super-dense night cream, but heavier than your standard gel.
So, do I really need eye cream?
While adding an eye cream to your arsenal certainly can’t hurt, it’s not our favorite format for delivering powerful ingredients to the eye area.
What should I use instead?
We far prefer that our clients choose eye serums or eye treatments (that are loaded with powerful anti-wrinkle ingredients) over eye creams. Eye serums are lighter in texture, which means they penetrate the skin and more effectively deliver anti-aging ingredients. They also generally contain a higher concentration of active ingredients than eye creams, which means you’ll see results more quickly.
1. Firming Eye Complex
Use our Firming Eye Complex (a lightweight serum gel) under your eyes morning and night. The treatment contains ingredients specifically selected for the eye area, including an advanced Peptide Complex and N-hydroxy-succinimide, a skin-conditioning ester that can help alleviate under eye darkness and inflammation.
A few times a week, after using the Firming Eye Complex, use our micro-needling tool to help stimulate cell turnover. This method is much more effective at treating crow's feet and under eye bags than any eye cream we've ever tried.