Eye Creams – The Secret To Beautiful Eyes

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Eyes are the windows to your soul! Or so they say... But the truth is eyes are the first thing you notice on a person's face when you see them for the first time. And in order to have beautiful eyes, it is important you take very good care of them.

The skin around our eyes is extremely thin and fragile. It lacks oil glands that provides natural moisture and this is why it's the first place on the face to show significant signs of aging. Therefore, it is important to supply necessary moisture and nourishing ingredients by topical application of skin care products. And eye creams are the first line of defense against aging signs that appear in the delicate eye contours and addressees common problems like dryness, fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.

Choosing an Eye Cream

There is an extensive variety of eye creams available in the market in hundreds of different types of formulations. And while choosing an eye cream, the range of options can get quite overwhelming. There are some general options that you should consider. An eye cream should provide necessary moisture to the skin without clogging the skin pores around the eye contours. Here are some tips to pick the right one.

The eye cream should provide both hydration and anti-aging benefits. Therefore, look for something that has moisturizing ingredients as well as potent anti-aging ingredients like alpha hydroxy acids, antioxidants and so on.

If you have under-eye puffiness, then look for eye creams that contain tightening or de-puffing ingredients like alpha-hydroxy acids, vitamin C, copper, and retinol. These agents help to tighten the skin tissue and thus reduce the puffiness from around your eyes.

If you need to treat dark circles under your eyes then you should buy an eye cream that has lightening ingredients like vitamin K, kojic acid, and hydroquinone. These are all lightening ingredients that penetrate the skin surface and help to diminish the appearance of dark shadows from under your eyes.

One of the common complaints among women is the appearance of aging signs around the eye contours like fine lines, wrinkles, and crow's feet. To prevent these signs of aging and even to reduce the appearance of existent wrinkles, you should use an eye cream that contains intensive moisturizing agents that hydrate the dry and parched skin around the eyes.

There is also a line of special renewing, rejuvenating and correcting eye creams available in the market that specifically aim to treat stubborn wrinkles and fine lines that appear around the eyes. These formulations contain peptides and potent antioxidants.

Types of Eye Creams

There are generally two types of eye creams - Day Creams and Night Creams

Day creams are generally lighter formulations and contain potent ingredients that aim to diminish the appearance of under eye bags and puffiness. Since they need to be worn throughout the day, they are generally less moisturizing and rather include dehydrating agents to tighten the sagging skin under the eyes. They also have sunscreen in order to protect the skin from the damaging rays of the sun.

Night creams on the other hand, are richer and heavier formulations and contain more emollients. Since they are to be applied at night, they are designed to treat and repair the skin as you sleep.

Apart from these, there are also regular moisturizing eye creams that can be worn on regular basis during the day as well at night. Make sure that you read the instructions on the product cover and use the eye cream appropriately.

Applying Eye Creams

Here are some tips to apply eye creams effectively in order to extract maximum benefits from them.

Always tap on the eye cream and never rub it in.
Use your ring finger to avoid excessive pressure while applying eye creams.
Apply the cream along the orbital or bone around the eye and move from the outer edge to inward side.

Product Suggestions:

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Gel (formerly Day Eye Gel)
It contains a bi-mineral complex that cross-links elastin fibers and boosts collagen production to regain a youthful appearance to your eye contours.

Obagi ELASTIderm Eye Treatment Cream (formerly Night Eye Cream)
This eye cream improves the elasticity of the skin around the eyes and makes it firmer which also adds a glowing youthful look to your skin. It reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and replenishes the lost elastin and collagen fibers on the body.

La Roche-Posay Active C Eyes

It soothes the delicate eye area and removes wrinkles, fine lines and dark circles. It also contains the La Roche-Posay thermal spring water for additional antioxidant benefits.

Dr. Marilynn Syrett is a physician who graduated from Western University of Health Sciences, in 1998. She has an ardent interest in researching about various skin care products and has review many popular products from brand names like Clayton Shagal, Eye Care, Obagi and iS Clinical.

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