Look in the mirror and squint your eyes. You’ll probably notice laugh lines fanning out toward your temples. Now relax. Still see the faint imprint of lines? It’s time to use an eye cream. In fact, if you’re in your 20s or beyond—even if you don’t have crow’s feet yet—you might still want to add an eye cream to your beauty arsenal. Here’s why.
The skin around your eyes
The skin around the eyes is incredibly thin, and it becomes thinner with age, which makes it prone to irritation, dryness, sun damage and premature aging. It’s also an area of the face that doesn’t contain oil glands, so it’s not capable of moisturizing itself. That means fine lines may start to develop in this area before they appear anywhere else.
The difference between eye cream and face moisturizer
Eye cream is specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eyes. It tends to be oil-based and thicker than facial moisturizer and contains gentler ingredients to prevent irritation.
How and when to use an eye cream
Apply an eye cream every single day, morning and night, to soothe, protect and moisturize your most delicate skin. Follow these steps:
- Cleanse your face.
- Layer your skin-care products from thinnest to thickest. That might mean facial mist, serum, moisturizer, eye cream and sunscreen.
- Use your ring finger—the weakest finger of your hand—to gently pat a pea-sized amount of eye cream into the area under your eye and up around to your brow bone.
- Avoid rubbing.
- Wait for the cream to absorb before applying your next product.