The Latest in Eye Creams

Did you know?
  • Because the area around the eyes is so thin, it's not only more vulnerable to damage, it's the first place we begin to notice changes.

  • Most eye creams go through rigorous safety testing because of the potential for the product to enter the eye.

  • There are two types of aging: genetic, which we can't really control, and environmental, which can cause up to 80 percent of signs of aging.

  • Facial moisturizers will NOT work in place of eye creams, because most contain active ingredients that are far too potent for the fragile eye area.

  • No eye product or cream should cause burning or stinging in the eye. If you experience these types of symptoms, discontinue use immediately.

  • Eye creams come in two basic "flavors": anti-wrinkle, and those that fight bags, puffiness and dark circles.

  • According to many experts, an eye cream should be the first step in any anti-aging protocol.

  • Eye creams tend to be more moisturizing (emollient), which makes them better for the area around the eye (due to the lack of natural oil glands and moisture on the skin nearest the eye), and less so for the facial skin.

  • Consumers think the more eye cream they apply, the better the product works. This is not true. Use the directed amount because the active ingredients are taken into account when the directions are given.

  • Eye-tightening creams should be the last product you apply to your face (over foundation), because other creams, lotions and foundations can break down the active ingredients.

  • Creams, serums and gels all have pros and cons: Gels (provided they don't provide alcohol, which dry out the skin) are better for acne-prone skin. Emollient creams (suitable for normal to dry skin) work better under makeup.

The choices in eye creams can be overwhelming, especially in light of the fact that there are only three main problems that these creams work to treat (dark circles, fine lines, and puffiness). What happens if you have crow's feet and dark circles? Do you need two eye creams?

Here is a review of the causes of and treatments for dark circles, fine lines and puffiness, as well as a list of recommended products.

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