What Is Eye Cream and How Does It Work?

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5 Benefits of Eye Cream: What Is It?

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to a successful skincare routine. In this blog, learn about the benefits of eye cream, how to use it, and the importance of natural ingredients.

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You’ve tried a clay mask to refine your pores, you moisturize, apply toner, and may even know how to use a Gua Sha—but what about an eye cream? Using eye cream often gets overlooked because of the versatility of facial moisturizers, but the skin around the eyes is quite delicate and actually requires its own product to stay healthy and hydrated.

In this article, we take a look at some of the benefits of eye cream, how it works, why it works, how to apply eye cream, and tips for incorporating it into your daily skincare routine. Let’s get started!

What Is Eye Cream?

As you may have guessed, eye cream is a type of moisturizer used specifically around the eyes. Its primary purpose is to hydrate and nourish the thin, delicate under-eye skin. Many people also use eye cream to alleviate signs of aging, such as wrinkles, dark spots, dark circles, and undesired puffiness.

What’s in an Eye Cream?

Not all ingredients in the skincare world will work wonders for your complexion. While it’s hard to make a universal list of ingredients to prioritize and ones to avoid—as everyone’s skin is inevitably different—there are a few key things to look for when purchasing an eye cream.

Common beneficial eye cream ingredients include:

  • Hyaluronic Acid – This skincare superhero provides essential hydration to enhance skin elasticity, reduce wrinkles, and brighten darkness under the eyes for a more youthful appearance.
  • Caffeine – Caffeine isn’t limited to your morning coffee. It’s also great for the skin, restricting blood vessels to minimize dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.
  • Peptides – Made of amino acids, these building blocks of proteins fortify skin, increase elasticity and firmness, soothe inflammation, and can help limit breakouts.
  • Vitamins C, A, and K – Boosts collagen production and increases skin elasticity to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.
  • Aloe Vera – This versatile plant hydrates, enlivens, and soothes dry skin around tired eyes.
  • Retinol – Retinol also stimulates collagen production, while increasing cell turnover, smoothing the skin, and minimizing signs of aging, such as discoloration.

As for ingredients to avoid in an eye cream, steer clear from silicones (aka siloxanes, which clog pores and are harmful to wildlife), dyes, parabens, mineral oils (they also clog pores), phthalates, and things like synthetic fragrances.

How to Use Eye Cream

Incorporating eye cream into your daily skincare routine is simple and highly effective. Here’s how to apply eye cream in a few simple steps, along with tips for use and application.

  1. First, wash your face with a gentle cleanser.
  2. Apply a toner or facial mist to soothe and hydrate your skin.
  3. Once the toner is fully absorbed, use your eye cream. Apply a small amount to your fingertips first. Then, gently dab it onto the skin around and under the eyes.
  4. Follow up with a facial moisturizer. If it’s the end of the day, you can use a night moisturizer here instead, which is creamier and more regenerative to skin cells.

Note that you don’t have to incorporate every step on this list, and may even choose to use a facial serum after the toner for extra at-home bliss—we wouldn’t blame you. The important thing is to start with a fairly clean face and to apply the lightweight eye cream before using moisturizer or any heavier formulas, like sunscreen.

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When to Use Eye Cream

Apply your eye cream once or twice each day. Generally, every 12 hours is a good window, depending on the level of skin dryness and your particular needs. Most people like to apply a touch of eye cream in the morning and before heading out of the house in the evening.

As for when in life to use eye cream, most people won’t really need it until they’re in their 30s or late 20s. Eye creams provide essential moisture and nourishment to the skin—and while these are things necessary for people of all ages, it’s only in those who have begun showing more signs of aging that it’s as beneficial.

Of course, you can always use eye creams earlier in life, as a preventive measure against wrinkles and in order to promote increased cell regeneration. This can be helpful but isn’t a necessity. Keep in mind that each person’s needs will vary and these are only approximations.

Tips for Application

As with most cosmetics, avoid over-application of eye cream. Using too much eye cream can clog your pores and cause milia (little white bumps); plus, an excess of product may drip into your eyes and cause irritation.

And while eye cream is meant for the areas around your eyes, for most products you’ll want to avoid putting it on your eyelids too close to the lashes. We like using a gentle dab in the soft space between the under eyebrow and upper part of the eyelid.

5 Stellar Benefits of Eye Cream

Using a natural eye cream is a great way to rejuvenate the skin around your eyes, skin not usually cared for with regular moisturizers. While the specific benefits will vary depending on the product, below are a few common advantages you can expect from the regular use of eye cream.

1. Promotes Healthier Skin

One of the most important things in any skincare product is its ability to provide a lasting impact. Nourishing ingredients like Vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, and peptides strengthen skin at a cellular level to increase overall healthiness and protect against future damage and irritation. Due to the sensitive nature of under-eye skin, using eye cream can make a world of difference.

2. Minimizes Dark Spots and Circles

Who doesn’t want to get rid of those dark spots and circles under their eyes? Natural eye creams provide light masking over discoloration, while ingredients like caffeine and Vitamin C target the root cause for both short- and long-term skin brightness.

3. Hydrates Skin

The thinner skin around the eyes requires a little extra TLC to hydrate and prevent from getting dry or irritated. Hyaluronic acid packs a punch of hydration that restores and rejuvenates tired eyes.

4. Reduces Under-Eye Puffiness

Few people choose to have puffy and tired-looking eyes. Fluid buildup from fatigue, aging, and allergies can’t always be avoided, which is where eye cream comes in—look for one with concentrations of vitamins, peptides, and retinol to reduce unsightly puffiness.

5. Prevents and Reduces Wrinkles

One of the biggest benefits of eye cream is its ability to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Proper moisturization combined with fortifying ingredients that strengthen the skin (like peptides and Vitamin C) work to reduce the depth of wrinkles and improve overall skin smoothness.

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At Public Goods, we carry a variety of natural, sustainably sourced skincare products that are beneficial for you, your budget, and the planet. Treat yourself to an at-home spa day and keep your body’s largest organ (the skin!) healthy, hydrated, and full of life!

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