Eye creams explained.
Can you survive without an eye cream?
Is it a good idea? I personally, don’t think so.
But, let’s take it step by step and see what kind of eye cream you need, and when you need it?
Here are a few interesting facts about the skin around the eye area, that can clear the confusion on the question if you need or not a dedicated moisturizing only for this area.
The skin on the lips and around the eye area doesn’t have sebaceous glands. Because the eye area doesn’t have its own natural moisturizing factors, it naturally emulsifies only from the skin around it, so in a way, it is totally depending on us.
Being very thin and delicate the eye area is more prone to laxity, and it develops fine lines and wrinkles, becoming looser and even thinner.
Under the eye area, there’s very little soft tissue like fat or muscle. The lack of those supporting elements increases the likelihood of the skin caving in.
The anatomical fact that the skin itself is literally covering the hollow space of the eye socket is making this matter even worse.
With all this said, we have the perfect combination for this area to be the first in the queue when it comes to dryness and aging.
It should be noted that a moisturizer alone is not an anti-aging treatment, so just applying your daily moisturizer won’t do anything to fix or prevent the signs of aging.
As well as, using strong concentrations of anti-aging ingredients is more likely to have reactions, which can lead to one of our biggest concerns: puffiness. If you are religious about your water intake, your diet, and your hours of sleep, but you still can see the puffiness under your eye area, it could be from the too harsh ingredients that are maintaining an inflammatory state on this delicate area.
The first recommendation is to use an eye cream that addresses the existing sensitivity and has more tolerable concentrations of active ingredients.
What are the best ingredients to look for?
For under-eye bags and inflammation, caffeine, peptides, and hyaluronic acid can be soothing.
For dark circles, brightening ingredients like vitamin C, kojic acid and niacinamide, will work also in anti-aging prevention.
Steer clear of strong retinols (which can sting and create redness), the best option is a moisturizer with a tolerable concentration for this delicate area, to avoid the ultra drying and “crêpes” effect.
If despite all of this advice and remedies, you are still struggling with dark circles and puffy eyes, it’s best you know that the area around our eyes is related to our adrenals glands and kidneys. The upper eyelids represent the adrenals, and the skin just below the eyes reflects the kidneys. Puffiness could be caused by many pain medications and/or alcohol, and dark circles are from poor sleep or heavy metals which both weaken our kidney’s health.
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