One of the first places you may notice signs of aging is around your eyes. As you age, you are likely to experience fine lines, wrinkles, sagging and dark circles under and around your eyes.
Even though many women have concerns about the appearance of their eyes, it is all too common to simply cover up imperfections with makeup and neglect giving your eyes the skincare treatments they deserve. If you want a younger-looking, firmer, brighter complexion under your eyes, it may be time to start incorporating daily eyecare products into your routine.
What Makes Eye Skincare Unique?
The skin around the eyes is thin and delicate. It has fewer oil glands and less collagen compared to other areas of the body, which makes it prone to dryness, dullness, sagging and wrinkles. In addition, dark circles can occur due to fragile blood vessels or poor circulation under the skin.
Because of the delicate nature of the eye area, there are some special considerations you should keep in mind when choosing skincare products. In general, you’ll want to use products that are specifically formulated for eye skincare.
Eye creams are often thicker and contain more emollients than regular facial creams. This is so that these products can combat the dryness that tends to occur around the eyes. Eye creams are also designed to be gentle on delicate skin. While eye creams tend to contain many of the same skincare ingredients as other products, they also contain active ingredients that are meant to target specific concerns around the eyes. For example, vitamin K oxide combats dark circles, while caffeine reduces puffiness and peptides help firm the skin.
How to Develop an Eye Skincare Routine
Are you using your regular moisturizer underneath your eyes? For most women, regular skincare products won’t cut it for under-eye concerns. Find out how to elevate your eye skincare routine with these tips.
1. Choose an Eye Cream Designed for Your Specific Skincare Concerns
It’s important to choose an eye cream that’s right for you. You should take into account your skin type as well as any skin concerns you are currently experiencing. For skincare suggestions tailored to your unique needs, check out our Skincare Quiz.
Eye Creams for Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Want to lessen the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet? There are eye creams out there that are formulated to hydrate the skin and stimulate collagen production. These types of eye creams often use active ingredients such as retinol and peptides to directly combat signs of aging. Some products have the added benefits of addressing uneven skin tone.
Eye Creams for Dark Circles
Covering your under-eye circles with makeup only temporarily masks the problem. To address the root cause of dark circles, consider looking for an eye cream that tightens the skin and uses vitamin K oxide, which supports circulation and had anti-inflammatory properties to help reduce the appearance of dark circles and discoloration. If you want an immediate boost of brightness, an eye cream with light-reflecting minerals can help camouflage dark circles while the active ingredients help reduce them from within.
Eye Creams for Puffiness or Sagging Undereyes
Because the skin around the eyes is so thin, it’s common for fluid retention to cause the appearance of swelling, sagging or puffiness under the eyes. If under-eye puffiness is a concern for you, look for eye creams that contain caffeine. This ingredient works by shrinking the blood vessels under the skin, thereby reducing swelling and creating a smoother, more toned appearance.
2. Cleanse Your Skin
Before you apply products to the area around your eyes, you’ll want to make sure your skin is free of oil and dirt. Using a cleanser designed for your skin type can ensure that you have a clean, smooth surface for applying other skincare products.
Be sure to take care when washing your face and do not get the cleanser too close to your eyes, as this could irritate the area and cause further issues. When removing eye makeup, use a makeup remover that is specifically made for the eyes. These types of products tend to be gentler on delicate skin.
3. Be Gentle When Applying Eye Cream
After you’ve washed your face, you can begin addressing the skin under and around your eyes.
Gently apply the cream to the eye area, avoiding direct contact with the eyes. One way to apply eye cream is to place a small amount on your ring finger and gently pat the product underneath your eyes. This gentle patting motion can help you avoid pulling or tugging on the skin. Be sure to give the cream time to absorb into the skin before applying other products.
Specific directions for applying eye cream depend on the product you are using. Many eye creams are designed to be used twice a day—morning and evening—while others are intended for once-a-day, nighttime use.
4. Lock in the Moisture
Moisturizing is an essential step for rounding out your skincare routine at any age. Whether you should apply moisturizers before or after eye skincare products depends on the consistency of your eye cream. For all products, it’s recommended that you apply from thinnest to thickest—meaning serums first, then moisturizer. For eye products, note if your cream is thinner or lighter than your moisturizer and adjust accordingly.
When layering a whole face of skincare, it’s recommended that you apply moisturizers and serums up to and around the orbital bone and focus eye creams along the orbital bone.
That said, you should always reference the instructions that are included with your products when crafting your skincare routine.
Add Biopelle to Your Eye Skincare Routine
To start seeing noticeable improvements to the skin around your eyes, it’s important to commit to your eye skincare routine. Of course, if you are not seeing results after a few months of using a product, it may be time to adjust your skincare regimen.
Biopelle offers several different eye care products that are designed to address a variety of skincare concerns around the eyes. Whether you’re experiencing fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles or puffiness, our eye creams can help. Formulated with ingredients such as antioxidants, peptides, retinol, caffeine, and exclusive ingredients such as MEP Technology and CellPro Technology, these eye creams may be exactly what you need to help support the skin around your eyes looking smooth and youthful.