Your eye cream is doing more than you think: why it’s just as important as moisturiser
Eye cream should never be an afterthought– it has a big impact on healthy, glowing skin.
Certain skincare items are non-negotiable: Cleanser, sunscreen and moisturizer have permanent sports in our personal arsenal. But eye cream straddles a gray area between an extra or an essential. Or does it? The verdict seems you should make space in your routine for the tiny jars. Read on for the eye-opening answers about the importance of eye creams.
Why should you use eye cream?
The eyelid is the thinnest skin on the body and since it's constantly active (we blink 10,000 times a day), the skin around the eye area is the first to show age. To that end, Eye creams are typically designed to be lighter in texture than facial moisturizers. Heavy creams can increase fluid retention and exacerbate eye puffiness. Plus, regular moisturizers don't have specific ingredients that address dark circles by targeting weakened blood vessels to counteract the leakage that causes them," she says.
What ingredients should you look for?
Think of your eye cream as you do your morning coffee: An instant pick-me-up. The perfect eye cream will contain caffeine to constrict the vessels under the eyes to decrease puffiness. It would also ideally include peptides to stimulate collagen production, antioxidants to prevent free radical damage to the skin and niacinamide to reduce discoloration.
Who should have one in their beauty routine?
While it's easy to explain why eye creams are effective, the question of who should be using them is a bit more complicated to answer. There isn't a specific age where you need to be incorporating an eye cream into your routine, but people with excessively dry skin, very noticeable dark circles or developing crow's feet are the best candidates. Prevention, however, is a much more effective tactic and easier than repair. Taking care of the skin around your eyes while you in your 20's will slow down the clock.
How much do you have to spend for an effective one?
Good news: You don't need to break the bank for a really effective eye cream. Thalion – leading expert in marine cosmetics – carefully selects the richest seaweeds. This unique know-how as a harvester enables us to preserve the original qualities of these precious plants and integrate them in new formulas.
3D Firming Eye Rescue - €45 (THALION has created an all-new eye treatment that truly acts like a lift*. Latest-generation marine-based active ingredients, paired with hyaluronic acid, provide an all-encompassing solution to improve skin's natural bounce and lift eyelids).
Eye Lifting Cream -€40 (This specific anti-ageing eye care helps reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. At the heart of its formula, a combination of 8 marine extracts, micro-peptides and hyaluronic acid smoothes the fragile skin of the eye contour).
Eye Reviver - Dark Circles & Puffiness - €40 (Essential product for a sublime look, this serum is an intensive concentrate for the eye contour area. At the heart of its formula, 8 marine extracts, seaside plant and reflector pigments reduce the appearance of dark circles and bags).
How should you apply it?
The experts say you should go easy on your eyes. All you need is a pea-sized amount in the morning and evening after washing your face. A delicate touch is the most important aspect of eye cream application. The skin around the eye area should be treated with gentle, upward strokes using your pinky, which naturally has a lighter touch than using your pointer finger. Ideally follow the THALION recommendation.
How often should you replace yours?
This is an important one—remember what we said about the delicateness of the skin around your eyes, after all. Although eye cream products last up to 18 months after they're first opened, it's recommended that you use them within the first six months when the ingredients are most potent. Also keep in mind the expiration date on the bottom of the package refers to sealed shelf life.