Tuesday, August 18, 2020

EYE CREAM: WHY you want to use it & HOW TO apply this all-important skin care product

Why use eye cream?

You have no functioning oil glands directly under your eyes, so you want to keep that skin moisturized at all times. Why? So that when you express and the lines crease around your eyes, they are creasing on soft tissue.

Lines are formed after years of facial expressions and sun exposure that cause a breakdown of collagen (the supporting structure of the skin), which then creates a wrinkle. A topical cream is merely keeping the tissue soft and, therefore, the lines less noticeable—less hard looking. 

Creams (even the most expensive eye cream) cannot completely repair damage incurred by sun exposure, nor can a cream stop the natural aging process. At best, with eye creams specifically, they can help to soften the blow caused by facial expressions. As consumers, we have been lulled into believing a mere man-made cream can overturn what nature, genetics, and sun exposure have caused. Don’t be fooled. Being clear about what is and what is not possible will save you a lot of time and money. However, using eye creams is vitally important in keeping the tissue around the eye area soft and supple, reducing the look of the lines.

How to use eye cream

I have many clients who ask me how exactly to use an eye cream. They are not quite sure where they should apply it, how much to use, and if they really need one at all.

First, you only want to use a small amount of cream—just enough to smooth on the lines. The more you use, the greater the chances the cream will find its way into your eyes. Sometimes if you apply too much or apply a cream that is heavy, it can cause puffiness when the thin under-eye skin tries to absorb the excess.

When applying eye cream you want to be very careful not to stretch or pull this delicate tissue. I always use my ring fingers (like the photo above). Place a small amount of eye cream on one finger and warm it by patting your ring fingers together. Then gently apply to the lines around your eyes. Remember to pat, not rub, the under-eye skin.

You want to apply your cream on the lines near your eyes—your crow’s feet. The oil glands stop functioning where the bone is just under the eyes. The reason you need eye cream in the first place is because there are no functioning oil glands directly under and around the eyes. Thus lines form there very easily due to the true-dry (oil-dry) nature of that delicate, thin skin. 

Another question I’m frequently asked is should eye cream be applied on the eyelids? It’s not really necessary. You want eye cream specifically on the lines around the eyes. Too much cream on the lids can cause it to migrate (through warming because the lids are open throughout the day) into the eyes themselves. If you have scaly or excessively dry lids, you can put a small amount of cream there but I’d only do that at night when your eyes will be closed. If you suffer from eczema or some other form of dermatitis, you’ll want to seek a dermatologist’s care.

Eye cream is an important part of your daily Basics program. Hydrating the skin under and around the eyes does help to keep that skin soft and therefore the lines less noticeable. But alas, an eye cream (no matter how much you paid or the promises it makes) will not keep the lines from forming.

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