Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Is An Eye Cream Necessary?

Consider this. The skin around your eyes is 10 times thinner than the skin on the face, and as a result, is 10 times more delicate. We blink approximately 10,000 times per day and have other repetitious facial movements such as smiling, squinting and expressions. Every day, to add insult to injury, there is eye makeup application and removal, insertion and removal of contact lenses, rubbing of the eyes, under eye puffiness from too little/too much sleep, allergy season, dehydration, and just plain life . . . whether in the fast lane, or not. We could go on, but you get the picture.

The skin beneath the eye has very few oil glands and lacks natural moisture, and as a result, is the first area of the face to show age. Facial creams are not formulated to deal with the myriad of special needs of the skin around the eyes. In fact, they may contain active ingredients that are just simply too potent. For instance, essential oils are not used in eye creams because they are too powerful for such a fragile area. Facial creams are designed for a thicker skin and address altogether different needs. But to answer your question, will they do? Yes, if you are young and have no concerns for your eye area or the negative effects your face cream may create. Whereas, a well formulated eye cream will do right by you, and your eyes. It is important to take into consideration the sensitivity of the eye area and its vulnerability to irritations and allergic reactions that provoke puffiness and the dreaded watering, wipe, watering, wipe situation set off by a moisturizer. A good eye cream will target specific problems and deal with the "some you want and some you don't want" fine lines that come with time, and do it properly without the complications. Let's be honest, some of those lines are attractive and some of them, well, they need to be stopped in their tracks before they unpack their 'bags' and move in. Which one do we recommend? Stay tuned.