What to Look for in Your Eye Cream

Made up of very delicate, thin skin, the eye area is a major skin care concern for many people.

Whether it’s fine lines beneath the eyes, crow’s feet at the edges, dark circles, puffy bags, or just dry skin, most of us have something about the area that we’d like to fix.  But with so many eye treatment products on the market, it can be difficult to know which one is right for your issues.

The key when picking out an eye cream is identifying your major concern.  A product designed to fight fine lines and wrinkles under the eyes is not the best option if you’re hoping to reduce the look of puffiness and vice versa. Once you pinpoint your precise issue, you can start to read ingredient lists to look for products that really make a difference for your eyes.

If your main eye issue is fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet, look for a cream that contains retinol.  A derivative of vitamin A, retinol can actually speed up cell turn over so it removes dead surface skin to reveal the smoother, healthier cells below.  As a result, it can smooth the skin and lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) are another ingredient to look for in your eye cream if you want to get rid of fine lines. The acids also help exfoliate dead cells, so your under eye area appears brighter and smoother.

Dermalogica’s Age Reversal Eye Complex is an ideal option if you want a more youthful look for your under eye area.  In addition to retinol, the formula also contains vitamin C and tissue regenerating peptides so it’s packed with anti-aging ingredients. Because retinol is so potent, though, it’s best to start with an every other night application until your skin becomes used to the cream.

The Biolements Eye Area Crème is a good option if you want an anti-wrinkle treatment for your eyes that contains AHAs. It helps sweep away dead flakes so crow’s feet and fine lines are diminished. Your skin texture is also improved, so under eye concealer goes on more smoothly too. For best results, use nightly.

If your main eye concern is puffy bags, you need a cream that contains depuffing ingredients. Caffeine is often used in anti-puffiness treatments, but natural botanicals like rosemary leaf oil can also help reduce the appearance of bags.  They work as anti-inflammatory agents so the area appears smoother and less swollen.

The gloTherapeutics Eye Fix Revitalizing Treatment is an ideal option if you’re fighting under eye bags. With pure essential oils and botanicals like rosemary leaf oil, lavender flower oil, and matricaria flower extract, the treatment helps relieve puffiness caused by water retention. It also comes in a convenient rollerball so it’s quick and easy to apply each morning.

If dark circles are your major eye issue, it can be difficult to find an effective treatment. That’s because dark circles can be caused by so many factors – hereditary, allergies, stress, or skin thinning and collagen loss due to aging, to name a few. Because there are so many causes, there isn’t a single magic ingredient that works on all types of circles.  As a result, you’re better off looking for an eye product that contains a tint or concealing ingredient to help camouflage the discoloration.

The Bioelements Tinted Undereye & Lid Smoother is an excellent option if you’re battling under eye circles.Its lightweight formula contains an exclusive blend of marigold and eyebright botanical extracts to help brighten and smooth the under eye area. However, it also contains natural pigments to neutralize darkness by floating over the skin for a natural finish. Apply each morning by using your ring finger to gently pat the cream over your dark circles to conceal.  The formula also works on discolorations that you may have on the lid.

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