With so many eye creams on the market today, it can be hard to tell the good from the bad.
The skin around our eyes is 80% thinner than the skin on the rest of our face, so it is only natural that this is where the first signs of dryness and wrinkling will occur. Add to that the modern day burdens of late nights, pollution and time-stress, and it soon becomes apparent on our faces – particularly in the eye area.
So what should we look for when considering an eye cream or eye serum?
Firstly we need to be aware of our particular eye issues.
• Are my eyes puffy?
• Do I have bags under my eyes?
• Are there fine lines?
• Do I have discoloration or age spots?
• Do I have lines caused by habitual frowning or concentration?
Now, besides the obvious lifestyle considerations, what causes these things?
• Loss of collagen and elastin;
• Lower levels of hyaluronic acid; and
• Oxidation through the action of free radicals.
Armed with this knowledge, the next thing we need to understand is what the common ingredients in eye creams are, and how they work. For example, if you’re concerned with tiny lines, you will need a product that focuses on hydrating your skin.
An ingredient you will probably see in many eye creams for this purpose is hyaluronic acid – a carbohydrate which maintains moisture levels within the dermis. However clinical trials have proven that simply rubbing this ingredient into our skin is not overly effective. What we really need is a way to help maintain a higher level of hyaluronic acid naturally.
Phytessence Wakame (an extract from sea kelp) inhibits a harmful enzyme (hyaluronidase) from breaking down hyaluronic acid in our skin. Eye creams containing Phytessence Wakame may gradually increase hyaluronic acid to levels normally found in young skin.
Another ingredient found in almost every anti-aging cream and eye serum on the market is collagen and elastin. Collagen helps our skin grow and repair itself, while elastin keeps skin flexible and supple. But once again, simply rubbing these proteins into our skin is not going to work.
Another protein called keratin has the ability to stimulate collagen and elastin regrowth and furthermore, innovative skincare ingredient formulators have found a way to convert natural keratin into a form (bio-keratin) that is easily absorbed through the skin.
Understanding these active ingredients and how they work is crucial, but keep in mind the best eye creams also contain high-quality supportive ingredients such as Manuka Honey, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil and other emollients.
So at the end of the day, how do you know if you’ve chosen the best eye cream? Well the proof is you should notice a difference within a few weeks of starting. When you look in the mirror, you’ll see those dark circles and wrinkles progressively getting smaller and smaller!
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