Are Eye Creams Really Necessary? Well, Yeah

Beauty & Style | Melanie Yvette | 10/19/2015 | 04:04 PM EDT

Investing in Eye Creams is Actually Very Important

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The beauty and skincare market is full of anti-aging, exfoliating, skin brightening and other promising products that we’ve been told we need. They’ll stress how we must start using this product in our 20s, then this in our 30s, followed by this in our 40s and 50s.

Women have so many companies telling them how their product will make them more beautiful, look younger and, of course the favorite, age gracefully.

After a while, the information overload can become exhausting.

What women don’t have are the facts about many of these products and what they can and can’t do for us. A prominent product on the market that we’ve been made to believe is a die-hard necessity in our lives is eye cream.

Most of us use a moisturizer on our face and skip the specially formulated eye creams. Because, who seriously wants to buy two sets of moisturizers for our eyes and the rest of our face? It seems like a waste of money.

But not so fast.

The truth is that eye creams can actually be beneficial. They’re not all just some easy way of companies getting our money.

So what’s the real deal? Eye creams do work, but only if they have certain ingredients in them and are used every day, consistently. 

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So what should we look for in eye creams?

First of all, they need to focus on hydrating, retaining that hydration, soothing the skin, encouraging collagen production and promoting new cell growth. That’s a mouthful, but we promise it’s not as scary as it sounds.

Now, what ingredients should our eye creams have?

Ceramides (which help retain hydration), hyaluronic acid (which will help hydrate the skin under the eyes), retinol (which will encourage new cell growth), vitamin C (which will help produce collagen), and vitamin E (which helps to soothe the skin).

You may also want to look for creams that have neuropeptides in them because that will help you increase elasticity in the skin under your eyes.

Now, you’re probably like ‘how the hell am I going to find an eye cream that has all of these amazing ingredients in them?’

Truth be told, you probably won’t. But what you can do is pick out your key issues you may have with your eyes, such as dark circles or puffiness, and from there pick and choose the right cream for your skin. Help from a skincare specialist is always a plus.

If you don’t feel like spending money on an eye cream just yet, start in your kitchen. Cucumbers can help with puffiness as well as Chamomile tea extracts (or warm temperature Chamomile tea bags).  

Now, some recommendations and honesty on what to expect.

Let us say this loud and clear: you will not see results the next day. Seeing results will take about 3 weeks. Maybe longer. Plus, the only way you’ll see results is by using your eye cream every day, consistently with no interruptions. Oh, and your diet always contributes to how your skin looks. So, if you’re not taking care of your insides, don’t expect an eye cream or facial products to cure all of your skincare problems. You need to down ample amounts of water, eat loads of fresh veggies and fruits and stay away from fried and greasy delicacies.

Now, some recommendations:

For puffiness:


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Kiehl’s Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, $28.50

Murad Renewing Eye Cream, $80

Estee Lauder Idealist Cooling Eye Illuminator, $64

For crow’s feet or wrinkles:

Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Resist 24, $55

For dark circles:

Darphin Dark Circle Relief and De-Puffing Serum, $76

For dry skin around the eyes:

Burt’s Bees Intense Hydration Eye Cream, $18

La Mer The Eye Concentrate, $195

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