Eye Care Tips

Eye Care Tips-LIFE SMART by Carrie Dorr

By Cat Tatman

Why do I need a separate cream for my eyes?

The skin around your eyes is different; it’s thinner, more sensitive and more susceptible to dryness and the visible signs of aging.  Eyes are also subject to puffiness and dark circles.  Eye products are formulated to address this delicate area and its specific needs.

What makes one eye cream better then the next….the price variation is huge.  

There are many factors that influence the price of any skincare product. For example, packaging, mass production versus smaller batch production, the use of naturally derived extracts versus chemically produced ingredients and the level of filler ingredients versus active ingredients all impact the price of a product.

What to look for in an eye cream?

Look for ingredients that promote collagen and enhance hydration.  By our early to mid 30’s the production collagen and the moisture content in our skin decreases significantly, about 30%-50% and is further damaged by environmental aggressors.   Thinning skin and dehydration enhance the appearance of fine lines and dark circles.

Ingredients that promote collagen: L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Peptides and Retinols.

Ingredients that promote hydration:  Hyaluronic Acid, Squalane, Saccharide Isomerate.

Also look for brands that are committed to using clean ingredients; which are less likely to use fillers & chemically derived ingredients.  Fillers and chemically derived ingredients are included in formulas to extend shelf life and make a product look and feel more elegant, but typically do not benefit the skin.

Also look for brands that are committed to using clean ingredients; which are less likely to use fillers & chemically derived ingredients.  These less desirable ingredients are used to extend shelf life and make a product feel more elegant, but typically do not benefit the skin.

How to apply?

Gently pat a small amount of product around the orbital bone/eye socket.  It is not necessary to apply on top of the eyelids or directly under the eyes-  as the product absorbs it will ‘travel’.

Any other eye care tips you can share? 

I would avoid any kind of fragrance in an eye product as it can irritate the eyes.