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A guide to eye creams

Written by Chelsea Tromans


Our eyes are one of the first places to show signs of ageing, which makes an eye cream arguably the MVP in our skincare regimen. And yet, many of us choose to skip this step and simply rely on our face cream to do the job. But your moisturiser is unlikely to be properly equipped to tackle fine lines, crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness. Why? Because they’ve got other things to take care of (like dryness, dullness, loss of skin firmness, uneven skin tone and so on).

If you want the job done right, you need a specialist. An eye cream is just that - formulated specifically to tackle your top eye concerns while caring for the delicate skin in the area. Here’s some tips on why you need an eye cream, what to look for, and how to add it into your skincare routine.


Why do you need an eye cream?

As we mentioned before, eye creams have been formulated to cater to concerns that are specific to the eye area, like laugh lines, crepiness, and under-eye circles. The skin around the eye area is also thinner and more delicate than the rest of the skin on your face, so eye creams are tailored to address its fragility.


What to look for in an eye cream

When it comes to choosing the right eye cream for you, two things to take into consideration are what are your top eye concerns and what is your preferred texture. Maybe it’s a combination of dryness and fine lines that are making your eyes look tired and aged; or dark circles and puffiness staring back at you in the mirror every morning. As for texture, your choices include lightweight creams, richer formulas, balms, gels, and eye serums. Most of the time, which one you choose is a matter of personal preference.

If you like the silky feel of a cream texture, try Savar Wonder Lift Eye Cream. It works beautifully under makeup and can help fight the signs of ageing while keeping the skin around your eyes hydrated.

Eye balms have a richer texture so you may find them more your cup of tea if you’re co cerned with dryness and crepiness. Minenssey Rejuvenating Repairing Eye Balm feels ultra nourishing without being too heavy and greasy. It’s also packed with a potent plant active combo of Kakadu Plum and Pomegranate to improve skin health in seven days. 

Tip: If You suffer from puffy eyes, look for an eye cream that has a metalapplicator - they provide a cooling effect upon application.


How to apply an eye cream

Due to the skin around the eye area being so delicate, it’s important to take care when applying eye cream to avoid tugging and pulling. You only need a pea-size amount of eye cream for both eyes. Gently pat the product around your orbital area using your ring finger, starting from the inner corner of the eye and working your way outwards.


When to apply an eye cream

Morning and night, an eye cream can slot into your skincare routine after your serum but before your moisturiser and sunscreen. If you tend to wake up with puffy eyes, try skipping the nighttime application.


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