Friday, March 19, 2010

Eye and Lip Cream Double Duty Duo?

Is an all-in-one eye and lip cream an effective double duty duo? Not in our opinion.The skin around the eyes and lips is completely different and each require ingredients with a specific skill set. Lip products incorporate ingredients to deal with skin that is thicker than the skin of the eye area. The lips are a transitional area between the skin and the mucous membrane of the mouth, which is full of sensory neurons. They need to be hydrated and protected. Lip products will often increase the blood supply to heighten nourishment, keeping the lips plump. This means the lips will swell a little, which is not an effect wanted anywhere near the eye area. Pouty lips are great, swollen looking eyes . . . maybe not so much.

Eye creams are designed to gently hydrate to avoid triggering puffiness, or provoke a reaction in this delicate, thin area. Improving circulation is desirable, but not to increase it through too much stimulation. It is more important to find a product that will decongest the eye area and remove any puffiness. Of course, re-enforcing the dermal proteins (collagen and elastin) is important, but only when taking into consideration the specific target area.

*Note: Ingredients for eye products should be ophthamologically tested.