Written by Charlotte Wood (last updated September 12, 2022)
The realm of skincare is vast and often incomprehensible. You see ads and commercials for products you didn't even know existed; like you actually know what these products are supposed to do. Do you even need any of these products? And if you do, what should you purchase? How do you use it? These questions are not uncommon. If you find yourself in this boat, you're not alone. So many skincare products are vague, eye cream being one of them. The name itself doesn't give you much of a clue, but eye cream actually is one of those products that can help you retain a youthful look in your complexion.
All the skin on your face is more sensitive and prone to damage; however, the skin around your eyes is the most susceptible to injury and is one of the first places that shows wear and tear and aging. When you start to see this area affected—or even as a preventative measure before you see effects of aging—you could start using an eye cream, a specialized cream designed to treat that area of your face. Before you go to your local store and buy a cream, however, you need to take into account the needs that the skin around your eyes has. Eye cream isn't just one flat cream that does it all—eye creams are suited for various skin needs. Evaluate those needs before you go out and purchase a cream. You want to make sure you have the best product possible.
You can use eye creams for just about any condition affecting the skin around the eyes: dark circles, fine lines, crows' feet, puffiness, or bags. Most cosmetic companies make eyes creams for these specific problems. Regardless of what your specific eye cream is, however, make sure to follow the instructions on the label and apply only as directed.
If puffy eyes are your problem, you also might want to check out your allergies. Allergies to natural elements in the air—dust, pollen, and so forth—can aggravate the area around your eyes, and eye cream won't solve that problem. You can use eye creams as a supplement to allergy medication to reduce the effects of allergies, but make sure that you're addressing the core problem before you rely solely on eye creams. For fine lines and crows' feet, you will want to check out eye creams that are specifically geared toward wrinkle control and prevention. There are whole lines of wrinkle creams that can help you in this area.
If your concerns are more serious, then it wouldn't hurt to go see a dermatologist. He or she could prescribe a more specialized eye cream that is more directly suited to your skin's condition. And as with all skincare products, you might have to undergo a few cream failures to find the one that's best suited to you. Good luck!
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