Updated 2/5/15. I’m often asked, “What is the best eye cream for firming the skin and reducing wrinkles?” I can certainly recommend some great eye creams but there’s a few things you need to know first.
1. Exfoliate the eye area regularly. To help manage dryness and soften fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes, moisturizing with an eye cream alone won’t cut it. You must use a gentle exfoliant around the eye area to stimulate cell renewal so fresher, plumper cells come to the surface of the skin. I recommend using a mild glycolic acid serum a few nights a week under eye cream while you sleep to keep the get the skin looking instantly smooth. AHA Smoothing Serum 10% is a great one.
2. Don’t apply eye cream too close. Eye cream should be applied only to the orbital bone around the eyes, which is the bone just at the top of the cheekbone. Avoid applying it too close to the lash line. Every time you blink, your lashes will lift microscopic amounts of product, which might eventually get deposited into your eyes. Anything that enters the eyes can be an obvious irritant and cause unnecessary puffiness.
3. Start using an eye cream as early as age 20. By starting eye creams at a young age, you can help prevent the formation of wrinkles in the eye area which is the first part of the face that shows signs of aging.
4. Avoid eye creams with irritating ingredients. Not all eye creams are well formulated so be sure to avoid mineral oil and petrolatum. These heavy oils can weigh down the delicate skin tissue of the eye area and, over time, weaken elastin fibers causing premature wrinkles. Also, these can migrate into the eyes while you sleep and cause puffiness when you wake up in the morning. Additionally, avoid ones that use synthetic fragrances. These are added to give the product a scent but can lead to watery, irritated eyes. Avoid eye creams with the ingredients “fragrance”, “perfume”, or “parfum” listed on the bottle or jar…
5. Apply with ring finger. The eye area is delicate and repeatedly pulling on the skin there can lead to wrinkles. The ring finger is the weakest, and therefore the most gentle, finger on your hand. Using this finger you can get a good application of eye cream without out being too aggressive.
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