The skin around the eyes is fragile, more prone to dryness and quicker to show age and fatigue. The eyes are often the area to show the first signs of ageing. Squinting and constant movement of the eyes hastens the appearance of lines and wrinkles and fluids collect under the eyes causing puffiness and dark circles. Eye creams can address some of these issues.
Applying eye cream should be the final step in your skincare routine every day, both in the morning and at night. The one exception - you should apply sunscreen after eye cream!
Eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker but very light in texture. They contain more oil than regular facial creams, and they have a lot of active ingredients aimed at the problems we see around the eyes. Face cream can be too rich and heavy for the eye area, which eventually may lead to puffiness and bags.
We would strongly recommend everyone starts to use an eye gel or cream from their early 20s - by the time you reach 25, the collagen in your skin starts to deplete year on year. If you start using an eye product early, prevention is far easier than cure and can really help prevent premature ageing and crows feet.
Use your ring finger as this will apply minimal pressure. Use the size of a grain of rice for each eye, apply in a circular motion from the bridge of the nose across, under the brow, circle on the temples and under the eye around the eye socket. Only apply to the eyelid if the cream is suitable for this area.
Using an eye patch once to twice per week will help to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Eye patches are exceptionally hydrating and cooling for the delicate eye area.