With an abundance of products available to us these days it's hard to decipher the necessary from the nice to have. But despite so many new types of products launching-essences, sheet masks, and boosters-it's a classic product that we beauty editors still get asked about time and time again: eye cream, with one key question вЂњdo I really need to use one?вЂќ. While team Byrdie avidly (and gently) tap eye cream on every day, we put this question to two skin experts to find out whether we could be using our regular face cream and using that saved money towards a pair of shoes?
We went back to basics and put every eye cream question you could think of to the experts, keep scrolling to find out, once and for all, whether you really need to buy that eye cream.Imaxtree
Do I really need a separateВ eyeВ creamВ to my faceВ cream-or is it just a way for brands to sell another product?
вЂњCreamsВ are designed specifically to suit their purpose. For the face, the consistency and texture will be different than for theВ eye,вЂќ explains Tariq Karim, founder of Santi Medispa. вЂњThe skin tissue around theВ eyeВ is at it's thinnest, you, therefore, cannot have too many active ingredients. In fact, some leadingВ eyeВ creamsВ are tested by ophthalmologists,вЂќ he adds.
Aesthetic doctor, Dr. David JackВ agrees, вЂњsome face products contain ingredients at relatively high concentrations which may irritate the skin around theВ eyesВ more than other areasвЂќ.
So does it matter if I have been using face cream around my eyes?!
вЂњIf it's a face cream with no active ingredients then it may hydrate the skin but it won't do much around the eyes,вЂќ says Dr. Jack. вЂњChances of skin andВ eye irritation are increased,вЂќ adds Karim.
Okay, but if I don't have an eye cream is it better to use nothing or use face cream around my eyes?
вЂњHahaвЂ¦ good question. You will be better off getting anВ eyeВ cream. Or use an inert faceВ creamВ to avoid anyВ eyeВ irritation,вЂќ says Karim.
Do I need to change myВ eyeВ creamВ from teens to twenties, thirties, and forties?В
вЂњNope, a goodВ eyeВ creamВ should suit all ages,вЂќ says Dr. Jack. However, Karim disagrees, вЂњabsolutely. There are two factors at play: restoring moisture and increased active ingredients to keep skin at an optimum. Both product characteristics should increase in the product as we age. Hence a change in product is necessary.вЂќ
I'm noticing a lot ofВ eyeВ serums on the market now! Do I need a serum andВ creamВ for myВ eyesВ or just one product?
вЂњJust one product should suffice, depending on whether you prefer aВ creamВ or a serum,вЂќ says Dr. Jack. This is where both doctors agree, вЂњone good product,вЂќ confirms Karim.
Does it matter how I apply my eye product?
Both doctors recommend gently applying eye cream onto the eyelids and underneath the eyes but not too close to the lashes that any cream gets into the eyes, вЂњeven eyeВ creamsВ can irritate theВ eyeВ if you go too close!вЂќ says Dr. Jack. вЂњThe motion with fingers is not important-dabbing or circling generally won't make any difference!вЂќ he adds.
What ingredients should I be looking for when I'm shopping for an eye product?
вЂњLook out for hyaluronic acid for hydration and Vitamin E,вЂќ suggest Dr. Jack. Karim recommends getting professional advice so you can buy a product suited to your skin's needs, вЂњotherwise something simple that will at least hydrate is always a safe option. My two favorites BioeffectВ EyeВ SerumВ ($90) or Neostrata BionicВ EyeВ CreamВ ($53).вЂќCharlotte Tilbury Magic Eye Rescue Cream $60ShopElemis Pro-Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment Serum $68ShopNeoStrata Bionic Eye Cream $53ShopBioEffect EGF Eye Serum $90Shop
Have you been persuaded to add an eye cream into your routine? Or do you already have a favorite? Let us know in the comment box below.