If you’ve been using your regular moisturizer as an eye cream, this is the wake-up call you’ve been waiting for! Your ideal moisturizer may be perfect for your face but the delicate skin around the eyes requires special care.
Eye creams are designed for this fragile area, which is more apt to be dry and display, signs of fatigue and aging. A good eye cream is thicker and generally contains more oil than facial moisturizers, plus a plethora of ingredients that target the issues that plague the under-eye zone. Fine lines and wrinkles thanks to age, sun damage and squinting, become the norm. When fluids collect under the eyes, dark circles and puffiness form. Using an eye cream specifically for this region, it is possible to use potent ingredients to address these concerns. Ingredients like Vitamin C, retinol and peptides boost collagen production, which adds to skin’s elasticity. Hyaluronic acid and ceramide help skin retain water for maximum moisture delivery.
Some luxuriously rich eye creams that should be on your radar because their powerful ingredients include:
Neocutis Micro Eyes Riche by LUMIÈRE: Neocutis has created an eye cream that is both extra moisturizing and tightening. Free of color additives and fragrances, this non-comedogenic cream uses proprietary peptides to revitalize your eye area, producing a vibrant appearance. These peptides are responsible for minimizing the look of crow’s feet, crepiness and hollowness with regular use by fostering the production of the body’s own elastin and collagens. This balm formula is made up of a trio of emollients to help skin retain moisture and lock it in. Caffeine is used to target puffiness under the eyes.
Neocutis LUMIÈRE Illuminating Eye Cream: This restorative eye cream tackles under-eye darkness, fine lines and crow’s feet. Never tested on animals, this powerful eye cream is formulated with sodium hyaluronate to add penetrating moisture and glycrrhetinic acid to lighten under-eye pigmentation. Bisabolol, found in chamomile extract, helps to soothe the area and wipe out signs of fatigue. To gain the most impact from eye creams like this one, apply it in a dabbing motion underneath the eyes using your ring finger.
SkinMedica’s Instant Bright Eye Cream: Ideal for all skin types, this eye cream produces instant results, including diminished dark circles, sagging, lines and puffiness and keeps working to reduce the long term signs of aging. Apply adjacent to and underneath the eye area and eyelids after morning and evening cleansing routines. Phenylethyl resorcinol aids in supporting melanin balance to help with the look of hyperpigmentation. Vitis flower stem cell extract is key in fighting the effects of free radicals.
SkinMedica’s TNS Eye Repair: To help improve the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles around the eyes, this cream is a gem. Small enough to travel with under TSA guidelines, this is an eye cream you should never be without. TNS is human fibroblast conditioned media that is a naturally secreted and stabilized mix of multiple natural messenger proteins, making this cream a powerhouse in improving the look of fine lines and helping tone and texture of the skin. Peptides plus vitamins A, C and E deliver potent support around the eyes.
Dr. Jennifer Levine is a double-board certified plastic surgeon who is always on top of the trends in procedures as well as skincare products that can make a difference. Call 646.362.5245 to make an appointment.