Do You *Really* Need Eye Cream?

The great beauty debate


We went straight to the pros for answers

The great beauty debate

Is eye cream an important step or a complete hoax? (Photo: iStock)in a recent Instagram post. “My personal opinion is that any moisturizer is all you need in that area.”“A moisturizer is intended to maintain and/or increase hydration of the skin surface,” says

An eye cream, on the other hand, is specifically formulated to be used underneath the eyes, an area where skin is notoriously delicate and prone to showing signs of aging. As such, it tends to be lighter in texture and feature active ingredients—such as hyaluronic acid or vitamin C—that target specific concerns. “Depending on the ingredients [it contains], an eye cream can have moisturizing, anti-inflammatory or antioxidant effects [which helps protect the skin against environmental stressors that can cause premature aging, like UV rays and pollution]. It can also reduce puffiness, brighten the skin or reduce the appearance of fine lines in the area.”

Despite its name, eye cream should not be applied too close to the eyes, such as on the eyelids or directly under your bottom lashes. “Apply a pea-sized amount around both eyes, gently tap around the orbital bone with your ring finger and then smooth it out to the temple,” explains Shehadeh.

“This will depend on [your] skincare goals,” explains Dr. Li. “Some key ingredients to look for include hyaluronic acid and ceramides [to hydrate], retinol [to target wrinkles], vitamin C [to treat dark circles] and caffeine [to reduce puffiness].”While they’re formulated specifically for the eye contour, retinol eye creams are potent and should be used with caution. “Over-the-counter retinol eye creams are relatively safe, as they contain lower levels of retinol,” says Shehadeh. “But I wouldn’t recommend using one for an extended period of time. If you are using a retinol-based eye cream, my suggestion would be to only apply it at night and use a light, hydrating eye cream for daytime use.”

To treat dull under-eye skin, look for an eye cream that contains hyaluronic acid.

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