Could Your Eye Cream Actually Be Causing You Wrinkles?

This may come as a surprise…but your eye cream could be causing you more wrinkles and under eye puffiness. Why? Read on.

Most companies formulate eye creams with rich oils to compensate for the lack of oil glands around the eyes. Although this moisture is needed, the heavy oils can migrate into the eyes while you sleep and cause you puffiness when you wake up in the morning. The solution? Avoid the ingredients mineral oil and petroleum in your eye creams and don’t apply too close to the lower lash line.

Another problem with heavy eye creams containing these ingredients is that the oils can weigh down the delicate skin tissue and over the course of time, can weaken elastin fibers causing premature wrinkles.

The bottom line: Avoid eye creams that are extremely rich and greasy, especially those containing the ingredients mineral oil and petroleum. A better choice? Renée Rouleau eye creams, of course! Also, avoid applying petroleum jelly and pure oils to the eye area. A cream is much better than an actual oil.

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  1. I applied the ordinary vitamic c suspension 23% +Ha on my eyelids (it wasnt an eye cream :() it started to burn and my eyes watered but i didnt rinse it with water and went to sleep. The next day i got an extra crease on my eyelids and my eyes even burn a little. Will this go? Or will the extra crease stay forever. Please help.

    Posted By: Shazmeen  | 

    • So sorry to hear that! We don’t recommend using such strong actives near the eyes, but this should subside in time. If you’d like to speed up the healing process, try our Total Eye Repair Cream 🙂

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  2. Thank you so much for this!

    I recently bought the eye cream from Youth to the people. Which seemed good at first, however, after several weeks I started to notice that the skin under my eyes was itchy. On my top lit, I have a dry patch. And this morning I realised that under my right eye I have more fine wrinkles than I used to have! Really annoying.

    Now, I just need to find out which ingredients caused this.

    Posted By: Michaela  | 

  3. i used the eye cream for 3 days. at first it was very good but then i noticed the it caused more deep wrinkles in bottom line of lower eyelash.i stopped using it immediately. please some one tell me what should i do?? can i remove those new wrinkles?

    Posted By: mojdeh  | 

    • Maybe the eye cream you used had an ingredient in it that irritated your skin and caused dryness. Eye creams should never cause more wrinkles so look for a new formula. Be sure your eye cream doesn’t use synthetic fragrance as that can be an irritant.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  4. Hi Renee,

    Would rosehip oil be considered a heavy oil? I was considering using it around my eye area underneath my eye cream. Would this be too heavy for the eye area?

    Posted By: Sehrish  | 

    • Are you using in it’s pure form? Does it feel really greasy? Do you get puffiness in the morning? If yes to all, it may be too heavy.

      Posted By: Renée Rouleau  | 

  5. I use baby oil on a qtip to remove left over eye makeup that my makeup remover couldn’t get rid of. I wipe with a tissue after and blot with oil blotting sheets. Is this bad @ possibly causing wrinkles?

    Posted By: Et  | 

  6. Thanks for sharing your experience! Yes, lightweight eye creams are the best choice.

    Posted By: Lydia Noel  | 

  7. I totally agree with the “too heavy” eye cream. Once I tried something that was extremely rich because I had dry skin and I woke up with puffy eyes!! I returned it immediately. Definitely pick something that is lightweight.

    Posted By: Corinna  | 


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