LAURA BER­MING­HAM

At what age do you need eye cream?

The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - NEWS -

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!

laura.ber­ming­ham@mailon­sun­day.ie

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