Well, in the world of skincare, everything seems to be a debate and yet again here’s another one. Do we really need eye wrinkle cream or is it just overpriced moisturiser in a smaller package. Well, the debate on this one is pretty hot and I doubt it will come to an end anytime soon. With answers ranging from “yes, it’s an absolute necessity” to “No, it’s no different to your regular moisturiser”, it can be very hard to know which way to sway.
Although it’s true that the skin around the eye area is more fragile and sensitive, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the eye area requires different ingredients to those used anywhere else on the face. When you consider that the rest of the face can have its own sensitivity issues, both areas should really be treated with the same gentle care.
So What’s The Answer?
Well, from what I’ve discovered, it seems that the only person who can really answer that question is yourself. The reason I say that is because if you are using a well-formulated facial moisturiser or serum that is not irritating the eye area and is giving you good results that you’re happy with then there really is no need to use a separate eye product.
However, if the skin around the eye area is different from the rest of the face and your regular moisturiser or serum isn’t helping it then this is when a good eye cream can be a beneficial addition. This is especially true as we get older and if we suffer from drier skin around the eyes meaning that the eye area may need more emollients.
Things to Consider
There are many facial moisturisers out there that are not suitable for use around the eye area as they can cause irritation if used too close to the eye. This is one of the reasons why many people opt for a separate eye cream, however, it is worth considering that there are products available that can be used all over the face that may give you the desired results without the need for two separate products.
The eye area also contains fewer oil glands so it can need more moisture. This can be problematic to those with oily skin who do not need or want the extra moisture on the rest of their face. This is where two separate products for each area can become a necessity.
The Problem With Many Eye Creams
One of the biggest problems with eye creams is that many do not contain any sun protection. The eye area is one of the first places to show the signs of aging and sun damage is up there as one of the biggest culprits.
If you do feel that you need a separate eye cream and your daytime one does not contain sun protection then it’s extremely important to apply some over the top whether it’s actual sunscreen or a moisturiser with SPF. Failing to do so will just leave the eye area exposed to sun damage making the whole process of applying a separate eye product pretty pointless.
Are There Any Special Ingredients to Look For?
The answer seemed to be, no not really. The ingredient to look for in an eye cream should be the same as those you look for in a good moisturiser. There are however certain ingredients that can be extra helpful to the eye area and these include ingredients that inhibit melanin or offer brightening properties.
Regardless of whether these ingredients are in an eye cream or moisturiser/serum that is suitable for the eye area, these can help improve skin colour which can be beneficial in reducing the appearance of dark circles under the eyes.
Just like all skin care products, not all eye creams are formulated as well as the next so finding the right one can be quite the task. There are a lot of people out there that have tried numerous eye creams and have had results no different to using their regular facial moisturiser. With that in mind, some trial and error will probably be necessary to discover what works best for your skin.
Age Probably Plays A Big Role
I have to be honest here and say that in my younger years, I never felt the need for a separate eye cream and I was more than happy with the results that my regular moisturiser was providing me with. I had tried several different eye creams back then but truly didn’t see any difference that justified the extra expense of another product.
However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that my regular moisturiser just isn’t cutting it in the eye area anymore and a separate eye cream has now become a necessity. I don’t doubt that there are probably some great facial moisturisers out there that are just as effective for my drier eye area as they are for the rest of the face but I just personally haven’t found one yet that ticks all the boxes.
When and if I finally do, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it but until then, I’ll continue to use my separate eye cream which as it stands right now, I couldn’t be without.
What Does The Rest Of The World Think
Well, it really depends on who you ask. There are numerous good eye creams out there that many of us feel are a necessity but there are also good moisturisers/serums that can be used around the eye area too that are said to be just as effective but some of us have yet to find them. Everybody’s skin is different and your skin will tell you what it does and doesn’t need but as I mentioned above, age may well play a role in this debate because what works for you now may not work for you in five or ten years time.
If you’re lucky enough to have found a good product that works well for you on all areas of the face then stick with it. If or when you feel as though your eye area needs something different then this is when a good eye cream can make all the difference. In the end, it’s all about what works best for you. Either way, the debate will probably never end.
How do you feel about the debate? If there’s anything you’d like to add, I’d love to hear your thoughts and opinions so please feel free to leave a comment below.