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Eye Cream – Fact or Gimmick?

Do we really need a different moisturizer for the delicate skin around our eyes?

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

D-I-Y BB Cream

What is BB cream?  It is an all-in-one beauty product.  BB stands for beauty balm or blemish balm.  This multi-tasking hybrid of skin care and makeup reportedly does the job of 6 other products: skin treatment, moisturizer, sunscreen, primer, concealer, and foundation.

Many BB creams contain broad-spectrum SPF 30 or higher, which is the daily use recommended by the American Academy of Dermatology.  BB creams tend to contain zinc oxide or titanium oxide, which provide water-resistant sunblock.

Regarding skin treatment, BB creams can contain:

  • Anti-aging components (eg: peptides & antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, & E)
  • Moisturizing components (eg: hyaluronic acid & glycerin)
  • Ingredients to help even out skin tone (eg: licorice & arbutin)
  • Light-reflecting particles to give skin a luminous finish (eg: mica)
  • Silicone-based ingredients to help smooth the skin, like a foundation primer (eg: dimethicone)

DIY do-it-yourself beauty blemish balm moisturizer foundation skin

Where Has BB Cream Been All My Life?

German dermatologist Dr. Christine Schrammek developed the first BB cream in the 1960s in order to help protect her patients’ skin after undergoing surgical procedures.  It was further developed by Korean cosmetic companies in the 1980’s.  In 1985, BB cream was introduced to South Korea and Japan, where porcelain skin is highly valued.  In Asian markets, skin-whitening properties are an important element in the popularity of BB cream.  In 2011, Western cosmetic companies such as Garnier launched BB creams tailored for Western markets.  For example, Estée Lauder’s formulation for North America does not include whitening properties.

Pros of BB Creams:

  • Save time and money in beauty routine
  • Contain SPF
  • Conceal blemishes better than tinted moisturizers
  • Can be used under a lightweight foundation to help conceal acne scars
  • Help achieve fuller coverage without having to use a heavier foundation

Cons of BB Creams:

  • Not as effective at moisturizing
  • Thicker texture than tinted moisturizers
  • Do not contain acne-fighting ingredients (acne ingredients and SPF cannot be combined into a single product due to FDA regulations)
  • Limited range of shades
  • Target fairer skin tones (original formulations are high in white pigments)

Who Should Use BB Cream?

  • People with normal to oily skin
  • People who don’t need heavy moisturizers or anti-acne products
  • People with light to medium skin tone
  • People who don’t like wearing makeup, but want to protect their skin and cover up imperfections
  • Men can use BB cream too!

What About People With Darker Skin Tones?

Fortunately, there are some BB creams that cater to relatively dark skin tones:

  • Sleek’s Be Beautiful Blemish Balm
  • Gosh’s BB Cream
  • Maybelline’s Dream Fresh BB cream
  • Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream SPF 35
  • Illamasqua’s Skin Base Foundation

Which BB Cream Is Right For Me?

Before buying any BB cream, do some research.  Since BB creams come in fewer skin tones than conventional foundation, expect to test several creams before finding the right one for you.  When testing BB cream, wait for at least 15 minutes to see if it matches your skin tone, as formulas often change hues and take time to settle.

To apply BB cream, use your fingertips to lightly warm up a coin-sized amount of the cream.  Apply it all over your face, lightly dabbing your eyelids.

Do-It-Yourself BB Cream

DIY do-it-yourself beauty blemish balm moisturizer foundation skin


Bhagwandas, Anita. “Beauty for Dark Skin: the BB Cream Debate”The Guardian, March 15, 2013.

Leung, Hannah. “Learn Your BB CCs”Global Times, March 24, 2013.

Levitt, Shelley. What Are BB Creams?, WebMD, October 5, 2012.

Niven, Lisa. “10 Best BB Creams”Vogue, January 17, 2013.