In this post, you will find basic recommendations on how to treat the skin around your eyes within day and nighttime routines, search for the suitable product options and ingredient properties to give your skin the care it needs, and maximize the efficiency of your eye cream with a few simple tips.
How to choose the right eye cream?
Your eye cream should contain certain ingredients known for their rejuvenating, nourishing, and age-defying effects. Next to this, pay attention to the position of the needed component in the product's composition list – the higher it is, the higher the concentration of the ingredient in the product formula is and the more of the desired effect you will get.
Keep the following ingredients in mind:
Hyaluronic acid. It hydrates and plumps the skin, making wrinkles less prominent, and is also known to promote collagen synthesis.
Antioxidants. Generally, they help protect the skin from environmental aggressors, reduce oxidative stress on the skin, make it more resilient, and stimulate the regeneration of cells. Vitamin E and C are the priority to look for moisturizing and brightening properties, respectively.
Ceramides also act as a natural antioxidant and moisturizer. They improve the strength of skin cells and the barrier function of the skin.
Niacinamide is another antioxidant with hydrating and brightening effects. It helps revitalize the cells and even tone the skin.
Peptides. They possess moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, and healing properties. Helping to repair damaged skin cells, peptides trigger collagen production, making the skin thicker and firmer.
Retinol, also known as vitamin A, helps stimulate metabolic processes within your skin, supports collagen synthesis, and promotes smoother, brighter, and younger skin appearance.
Why should different product formulas be considered for day and night care?
During your morning routine, use a lighter cream with an SPF component. It’s more comfortable to layer with makeup and protects sensitive under-eye skin from sun damage and photoaging.
During your evening routine, feel free to use a richer cream of a thicker texture enabling its hydrating and nourishing ingredients to absorb into your skin overnight.
How to apply your eye cream correctly?
Remember that the skin is more absorbent when it’s slightly damp, so ensure you’re not applying the cream on completely dry skin. Increased temperature also makes it easier for ingredient molecules to get into the skin, so consider putting a warm compress under your eyes for a couple of minutes before applying your cream.
Apply the rest of your skincare and makeup products after an eye cream is on. It usually has the lightest texture, so you must ensure that larger molecules from thicker products will not block its ingredients from properly absorbing into your skin cells.
Spread the cream texture over your skin surface with your gentlest finger – the ring finger. Move from the inner toward the outer corner of your eye, gently patting cream drops into your skin. Do not rub or drag over your skin; just tap. Consider slightly massaging your under-eye area for better blood circulation and absorption of the product.
Apply a reasonable amount of cream. Usually, it’s a pea-sized scoop. Too much eye cream can cause puffiness. Plus, the cream may enter your eyes and cause irritation that ends up in red-looking eyes.