The skin around our eyes is thinner than our face, which means it can dry out more quickly and is more vulnerable to environmental aggressors like UV rays. Constant movement from blinking and facial expressions contribute to the development of crow’s feet, lines and wrinkles. The eye area also has less sebum (oil) which is a natural moisturizer. Under eye creams are formulated specifically for the delicate skin around the eye, so they tend to be thicker and contain more emollients and conditioning agents than facial lotions.
How do they work?
Moisturizing eye creams contain either emollients or humectants or a combination both. Emollients, like glycerin, fill in cracks and roughness, helping to smooth the skin. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid and bionic acid, pull in water from deeper skin layers.
What are the benefits?
Like moisturizers you use on your face, eye creams include skin-restoring and replenishing benefit ingredients to help hydrate, reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles and defend against UV rays and other environmental aggressors. Many also contain anti-aging ingredients to diminish crow’s feet, fine lines and wrinkles. Most products are formulated with a combination of ingredients—so it’s best to choose an eye-cream based on your specific skin concern. Look for eye creams that have been ophthalmologist tested.
Below is a list of other common skincare product types.