Wednesday, September 10, 2008

The Myth About Eye Creams

Paula Begoun writes there is no evidence, research, or documentation validating the claim that the eye area needs ingredients different from those you use on your face or neck area. She also states that, "cosmetic companies put whatever ingredients they want to into their eye products and usually give you half as much but charge you twice as much as the same product for your face." Again, your comments?

Wow. Pretty serious accusations against cosmetic companies. In our opinion this statement points a cynical finger at all cosmetic manufacturers and belittles all of the wonderful research and development going on in a very credible industry. It is no secret that we strongly disagree. Eye creams play a very important role considering the eye area is about 1/5th of the thickness of the skin on the rest of your face. Face creams are designed to care for specific skin types and conditions, for example, they may have a matifying action or oil control for seborrhea (oily skin), a healing action for blemishes, give emolliency relief for dry skin, or even have a high SPF to protect us from sun damage. These ingredients would certainly not be beneficial to the delicate skin of the eye area. Nor would you want to use essential oils in products around the eyes as commonly used in face creams. Using a product that is too heavy on the mobile eye lids will cause puffiness or tearing, and with long time use will contribute to congestion in the small pores of the eye lids, a condition that is frustrating, not to mention hard to get rid of. When professional estheticians, or skin care therapists, see this type of congestion it is a dead give away that a product that is too rich is being applied to the eye area. You can find more information by clicking here to read a previous post we wrote on this very topic.

Thanks for sending these statements our way. There is so much to respond to that we will continue on our next post. Come on back . . .