How does an eye cream actually differ from a normal facial care? In other words, do you really need a special product to prevent lines and wrinkles around the eyes – and how useful is this “patting in”? Tikbow talked to experts about this.
The skin around the eyes is particularly susceptible to signs of aging, explains Munich dermatologist Dr. Timm Goluuml;ke. On the one hand, because it is particularly thin – i.e. it does not have subcutaneous fatty tissue like the cheeks, for example – and on the other hand, because this part of the face is constantly moved. The consequence: "Wrinkles appear most quickly around the eyes." Appropriate skin care is therefore correspondingly important.
What is the difference between normal face cream and eye cream?
"Eye creams are tailored to the sensitive skin at the site", says Dr. Golüke. This is why they differ from normal face cream in their composition and concentration of ingredients. If, for example, the latter is designed for skin prone to impurities, the sensitive area would become irritated as a result. Therefore, the normal face cream should better not land under the eye.
According to Dr. Golüke, a decisive difference is also the consistency: "Eye cream does not creep into the eye" is the common term. This can certainly happen with face creams due to their consistency.
What ingredients should I look for in eye creams?
Eye cream is not just eye cream and should therefore be tailored to the individual needs of the user. For dry skin, dermatologists recommend a product with hyaluronic acid, a gel-like acid that is also produced by the body as a component of connective tissue – so it is gentle on the skin – and functions as a moisture reservoir in anti-aging beauty products. For women prone to shadows under the eyes, a cream containing vitamin C is suitable, according to Dr. Golüke. And morning puffiness – "so-called Puffy Eyes", as he calls it – can be counteracted with products containing chamomile.
Do eye creams have to be expensive?
In his opinion, women should tend to invest in a high-quality eye cream rather than in new serums all the time and thereby over-care for the skin. In any case, it makes sense to seek expert advice from a pharmacy, medical cosmetics or dermatologist. Theoretically, however, you can also find a suitable and affordable product in the drugstore, if it is compatible with your own skin type and contains the right ingredients.
How is eye cream applied?
Once the right care product has been found, it should ideally be used in the morning and in the evening. But with one application a day, you are already doing something right,” says the expert. The correct application is more decisive: The care product should not simply be smeared under the eye, but patted in with the index and middle finger around the eyes. Why? "Because this helps to work in the active ingredients all the better", Dr. Golüke tells us. "And it has the positive side effect of lymphatic drainage, which reduces swelling more quickly."
When should I start using eye cream?
It is actually too late to start skincare at an age when wrinkles begin to appear or when the first lines around the eyes are already visible. Dr. Golüke therefore recommends starting regular use of eye cream in the early/mid-20s. This is the best way to prevent wrinkles.
According to cosmetician Sandra Weigel from Frankfurt am Main, a woman could start even earlier, "as early as 16", she tells us – depending on how much and frequently she uses makeup. Because: "Removing makeup stresses sensitive skin." At such a young age, a light product with a focus on moisture is recommended, rather than the "lifting"variant, which would benefit more mature skin. Furthermore, she advises: "Please apply the eye care before the face cream so that it does not run and prevent the absorption of the eye cream."