At what age do you need eye cream?
At some point, every woman in her 20s or 30s wonders if it is time to start using eye cream. So, how do you know? Waiting until fine lines appear is not a good idea — the skin around your eyes is incredibly delicate and constantly on the move from blinking and making facial expressions. Because this area lacks lubricating sebaceous glands, which the rest of the face has in abundance, the eye area generally relies on added moisture and nourishment from an eye cream. That said, there are different eye creams that are formulated to target different issues, and the younger you are, the lighter the formulation should be. Save rich creams for mature skin.
In your 20s and 30s, hydration is usually the main concern. Look for a cream that contains hyaluronic acid — an ingredient that can hold 1,000 times its weight in water, keeping the skin flush with moisture. As well as lacking natural sebum to maintain plump skin, the eye area is very vulnerable to sun damage. During the day, always wear an eye cream with SPF. If it’s especially sunny, pop on some shades too.
In your 40s, fine lines will deepen, crow’s feet are common, and hydration is no longer enough. Again, during the day use, an SPF eye cream, but at night look to a treatment cream that works to soften those pesky wrinkles. Retinol is a proven ingredient that is used in eye products in small concentrations to lessen the appearance of lines, and boost collagen production, for long-term results. If you have sensitive skin, look for a retinol eye cream designed for this. Often, the concentration will be lower and the retinol will be released gradually, limiting the dose working on the skin at any one time. Use a retinol eye cream at night — daylight can break down the ingredient — and be diligent with sun protection every day.
After 50, sagging and puffiness might be your bugbear on top of wrinkles. Search for a tightening cream — caffeine tightens and vitamin B3 niacinamide fades discolouration should sun-damage spots start to appear.
Whatever your age, one thing is sure: light around the eye area makes it appear fresher. Tinted eye creams offer luminosity as well as a touch of make-up to cover dark circles and even out skin tone; others contain light-reflective particles that promote radiance under whatever make-up you later apply. Try them!