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Why You Should Never Skip Eye Cream, According To Dermatologists

 

One might wonder why you need a separate cream for your eye area when you already have a moisturizer for the face. Besides, your bathroom cabinet is probably already too crowded without having to add any more products, right?

 

In an attempt to resolve this skincare dilemma, three dermatologists weigh in on whether eye creams are actually a necessary skincare component or merely a nice-to-have:

 

Why you should invest in an eye cream?

 

"The skin around the eyes is thinner and shows signs of aging more quickly than other areas of the face do. This thinness makes it more delicate, vulnerable and prone to allergic reactions than other facial skin," says Dr. Craig Kraffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care.  

 

This is why the delicate skin around your eyes needs an extra dose of TLC, which a regular face moisturizer might not be able to deliver.

 

Moreover, the skin around your eyes also gets a much greater workout. "Every time you move your eyes, whether you squint, smile or widen them in surprise, you're using muscles around your eyes," notes Dr. Kraffert. Over time, factors like dryness and loss of collagen and elasticity lead to the formation of small wrinkles near your eyes, commonly known as 'crow's feet'. "Smoking and exposure to the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can also contribute to wrinkle formation," adds the dermatologist.

 

Incorporating an eye cream into your daily skincare routine can help minimize the appearance of these wrinkles as well as tackle other skin concerns like dryness, puffiness, dark circles and pigmentation, tells Dr. Amy Ross, board-certified dermatologist and advisor for MONAT’s scientific advisory board.

 

And the sooner you start using one, the better. "The best time to start using an eye cream is before you think you need one," tells Dr. Ross. "It’s easier to prevent signs of aging than correct them, so I recommend investing in an eye cream starting in your 20’s," she says. Dr. Kraffert recommends applying an eye cream twice every day for optimal results.

 

What ingredients should you look for in an eye cream?

 

"Some key ingredients to look for are caffeine, hyaluronic acid and peptides," says Dr. Ross. Caffeine helps shrink under-eye bags by constricting the blood vessels and reducing inflammation. While peptides boost collagen production, making your skin plumper and more youthful.

 

Since the skin around your eyes has very few active oil glands, hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid, squalane and ceramides are essential for drawing in and sealing in the moisture.

 

For anti-aging benefits, "choose an eye cream contains retinol or a retinol derivative in a moisturizing base—look for ceramides, dimethicone, glycerin and oils in the ingredient list," says Dr. Estee Williams, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant clinical professor in dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

 

Formulated with ultra-moisturizing hyaluronic acid, Neutrogena’s Hydro Boost Gel-Cream penetrates quickly into the skin, plumping the skin cells with long-lasting moisture, making the delicate eye area visibly smooth and supple. It's lightweight, fragrance-free formula makes it suitable for all skin types, including oily and sensitive skin.In addition, you should also consider factors like your skin type, what skin concern you wish to target, whether you'll be layering makeup on top, etc. when picking an eye cream, suggests Dr. Williams.