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Eye Cream Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Eye Cream for You

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Your Guide to Choosing the Perfect Eye Cream for You 

From anti-aging, to dark circles, to puffiness, to creating a smoother surface for your makeup application, there are many reasons to start using an eye cream in your skincare routine.  

You may be wondering why an eye cream is necessary, for starters. Why do you need products designed for the eye area when you could just use a facial moisturizer in your eye area? The reason is that the skin around your eyes is the thinnest on your face—it’s delicate and fragile, making it less receptive to toners and layers of skincare. There are minimal glands in that area, so that skin does not need any products to help clear pores or reduce oil.  

In addition, your eyes themselves are extremely reactive and sensitive—so many ingredients can irritate them. Eye creams are designed to absorb better into the skin, thus reducing the potential to run into your eyes. Also, eye products need to be specially tested for sensitivity and safety.  

In this post, we’ll give you a simple, clear guide on how to find the best eye cream for you that takes into account your individual under-eye concerns. Eliminate the guesswork and learn how to achieve a more youthful, smooth, brighter-looking eye area. 

The first step is to assess your skin in the eye area.  

Types of Eye Creams You May Need Depending on Your Skin Concern: 

Eye Cream for Dry Skin  

Are you one of the many people who are dealing with dry skin around your eyes? This means that you’re seeing flakiness and dry, crepey skin around the eye and in the under eye area. Makeup tends to pill, specifically concealer, when you have dry skin. If this happens, you likely aren’t using the right eye cream for you. Opt for an eye cream containing Caffeine or Hyaluronic Acid, like Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Bright Eye Complex to help hydrate this delicate skin. 

Eye Cream for Lines and Wrinkles 

When it comes to the visible signs of aging, like fine lines, wrinkles and crow’s feet, the right formula is key. When shopping for an eye cream with anti-aging ingredients, look for those containing glycerin, Vitamin C, antioxidants and peptides for best results, like Rodan + Fields REDEFINE Multi-Function Eye Cream. With consistent use, you’ll notice smoother-looking skin.  

Eye Cream for Dark Circles and Puffiness  

For dark circles and puffiness, getting more sleep and sticking to a nutritious diet helps.  Brightening and hydrating the skin around your eyes also makes a big difference. Try an illuminating gel cream like Rodan + Fields Active Hydration Bright Eye to reduce visible dark circles and puffiness over time.  

How Eye Cream Hydrates Under Makeup And Keeps Skin Looking Youthful 

Are you a fan of the “baking” trend in makeup? “Baking” is also known as “cooking.” It’s a tried-and-true makeup technique used by popular makeup artists and celebrities. The technique starts with applying a lot of translucent powder to the under-eye area and the high points of the face, including the T-zone to set your foundation. Because all of this powder can be drying to your delicate eye area, using a proper eye cream is important. Hydrated skin not only looks younger, it acts younger. It’s important to take that extra step of eye cream to boost your skin’s hydration around the clock to ensure you’ll achieve that flawless—creaseless look.  

How To Apply Eye Cream      

How you apply your eye cream is equally important as the formula itself that you choose. First, cleanse the face, tone the skin, then apply your eye cream before putting on the rest of your skincare. To apply your eye cream with best results, simply tap the cream onto your skin with your ring finger. This is the weakest finger so it’ll ensure that you won’t push too hard and that the application will go on gently to the skin.  

How Often To Apply Your Eye Cream  

When it comes to incorporating an eye cream into your skincare routine, you want to apply it morning and night, consistently. This helps you maintain moisture in the eye area.  

Lifestyle Habits to Incorporate Into Your Routine For A Bright Eye Area 

Eyes are the windows to the soul! Skincare is part of your routine, but it’s not your entire routine. Help your eye cream work even better for you by getting enough sleep, drinking water and committing to your skincare ritual every morning and every night.