I don’t use an eye cream. In fact, I think I have never bought a full size eye cream. When I was younger, I’d tell myself I didn’t really need it and would think about using one when the first fine lines would appear. And when they did, I got hold of a few samples at my local beauty store and well, they never worked that well. Yes, they moisturize my skin but they didn’t help with dark circles, bags and fines lines as they claimed they would. They just performed as a regular face moisturizer so that’s what I started using on my eye area too. This got me thinking: what’s the difference between eye and face moisturizers?
Eye creams don’t contain special ingredients
Turns out there really isn’t that much difference. I know most face moisturizers state on the packaging not to use the products on the eye area which makes us think something horrible will happen if we do but is that really true? Just open your cabinet and compare the ingredients of your face moisturizer with those of your eye cream. As you can see, the ingredients are pretty much the same. And there’s no wonder why. After all, both the skin and eye area need moisture, hydration and antioxidants (SPF too!) and the ingredients that provide these benefits are the same.
There aren’t really any special ingredients for the eyes. No special antioxidants or moisturizing agents that can be used on the face but would cause havoc on the eyes. No special ingredient that would remove dark circles or bags (if there were, no one would have dark circles or bags anymore). What eye creams can do is to reduce their appearance thanks to light-reflective particles and make fine lines and wrinkles appear smaller by filling them in with silicones. But these silicones and light-reflective particles are the same ones used in face moisturizers and foundations.
Eye creams aren’t necessarily more gentle
But isn’t the skin around the eye area thinner and more delicate? Yes, it is but that doesn’t mean that you need a special cream for it. Lots of eye creams, for instance, are scented and fragrance is an ingredient that can often be irritating. So, you see, just because a cream is targeted for the eyes, it doesn’t mean it’s gentler. In addition, not all eye creams have a lightweight texture. Some actually have a heavier consistency than that of facial moisturizers!
The exception to the rule
There is a case when your usual face moisturizer may not be suitable for your eye area too. That’s when the skin of your eye area is different from the skin on the rest of your face. For example, if you have oily skin you would need a lightweight, not too emollient moisturizer but if the skin on your eye area is dry, it won’t work well there as dry skin needs more moisture than what your facial moisturizer for oily skin can provide. Of course this only means that you need a different cream for the eye area, not necessarily an eye cream.
The bottom line
Your eye area needs just what your face needs: a well-formulated moisturizer that moisturizes, helps fight premature aging and provides sun protection. And you don’t need to spend twice as much money to buy a facial moisturizer (yes, that’s what eye creams really are) packaged in a tiny jar or tube to get that. Just apply your usual moisturizer on your face as usual and then use what little is left of it on your fingers on your eye area. You’ll get the same results without spending any additional money!
Do you use an eye cream?