In my previous post Healthy Skin Needs Daily Maintenance, I left you with a gut-wrenching skincare cliff-hanger: Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes? In today’s post, I will finally reveal the answer. Whew! Drumroll please…..
Yes, we do need a different moisturizer around our eyes, which is the first area on the face to show signs of aging (lines and wrinkles).
Skin around the eyes differs from other facial skin in several ways:
- It is thinner, which makes it more delicate and vulnerable. As we age, the skin around the eyes becomes thinner and more transparent, resulting in more visible dark circles.
- It is more prone to dryness. It does not contain oil glands that secrete sebum, the skin’s natural moisture barrier. Dry skin is more prone to wrinkle development and makes fine lines appear more prominently. Eye creams contain more emollients (moisturizers), which fill the spaces between skin cells, causing skin to swell enough to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
- It gets a much greater workout. Because our eyes are so expressive, the skin around them is constantly subjected to creasing when we laugh, smile, and squint, in addition to stretching due to puffiness. When the skin around the eyes is void of hydration, the constant creasing of the skin will result in fine lines that can later develop into deeper wrinkles if left untreated. Eye creams are thicker than facial moisturizers, so they will remain on thin, mobile skin better. As we age, our skin produces less collagen, which is a protein that keeps skin strong and helps smooth out wrinkles. Eye creams contain collagen-boosting ingredients (eg: retinol, antioxidants such as Vitamin C, and peptides).
- It is more prone to allergic reactions. Facial moisturizers may contain ingredients (eg: sunscreens) that are too strong for the delicate skin around the eyes and cause stinging and burning. Eye creams tend to be gentler than facial moisturizers.
- It is more prone to environmental damage. Smoking as well as exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun can encourage the formation of wrinkles.
An effective eye cream should have the following properties:
- An effective moisture barrier to prevent loss of hydration
- A moisturizing complex to maintain the skin’s optimal moisture reserves
- Ingredients to boost the production of collagen and elastin, the skin’s natural building blocks
- High concentrations of multiple antioxidants to fight environmental aggressors and oxidation
BeautiControl’s BC Spa Facial Restructuring Eye Creme (16236) contains all of these components, along with an exclusive delivery system that allows each of the ingredients to penetrate into the layers of the skin where they will be most effective. It helps maintain the skin’s hydration, prevent future damage, and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. This cream is paraben-free and contains Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, which are made from hyaluronic acid, a substance that is naturally present in our skin and joints. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles by plumping skin and adding extra moisture.
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Jaracz, Jill. “Do You Really Need a Different Moisturizer For Your Eyes?”, health.discovery.com, accessed September 2, 2013.