Do I really need an eye cream?

Eye creams. Oftentimes they’re little bottles with big price tags. Have you ever found yourself wondering, is the skin around my eyes that different? Can I skip this step and just use my face moisturizer? Do I really need an eye cream? To get to the bottom of it, let’s start at the surface…

Thin skinned

The skin on our face is thin and delicate, but the area around our eyes is even more fragile. The skin that covers our eye socket is also supported by less fat and muscle, making it more prone to laxity, fine lines, and breakdown. You might also notice that the skin around your eyes is more susceptible to the effects of genetics, UV rays, diet, and lifestyle. There’s a reason why we get dark circles after a sleepless night or signs of premature aging after years of sun exposure.

How to care for your eyes

The thin skin around our eyes lacks protective oil glands, so it’s prone to dryness and sensitivity, making day-and-night moisturizing even more important. The good news is that in a gentle and high quality facial moisturizer can do the trick on this front. Just be sure that you don’t experience any irritation, like stinging, watering, or redness.

It’s also a good idea to look for collagen-stimulating ingredients to strengthen your skin. Collagen is the protein that functions as the main structural component of our skin, and, when it breaks down or is lacking, those fine lines and wrinkles emerge. Products that contain peptides and vitamin C are effective at encouraging collagen production.

What about dark circles?

If your dark circles are the result of rubbing your eyes or true hyperpigmentation, then skin brightening ingredients such as vitamin C and kojic acid can be beneficial. For many of us, however, what we’re seeing are blue and purple veins and capillaries showing through very thin skin. In this case it’s really hard to get rid of those completely. Getting enough sleep and reducing stress can help make those shadows less noticeable.

And puffiness

Diet and lifestyle factors are often to blame. For example, drinking too much alcohol or eating salty foods can lead to fluid retention and puffy eyes. Lack of sleep and chronic stress can also leave eyes dark and puffy. Stressed-out or sleep-deprived eyes do not properly clear fluids and toxins, leading to inflammation. This means that the blood vessels in the surrounding skin dilate in an effort to deliver more oxygen.

While diet and lifestyle changes are the obvious go-to fixes, certain ingredients that increase circulation and constrict blood vessels, such as caffeine and green tea, can help, as can applying your creams cold. Consider refrigerating your facial moisturizer or eye cream to help with puffiness.

The must-haves

You know we can’t say it enough: SPF is our best skin care partner—and no skin needs it more than the thin, sensitive skin around our eyes. A combined moisturizer and broad spectrum SPF may be your best choice, and don’t forget to apply it to those upper eyelids as well. Sunglasses with UV protection are also a great way to provide added all-day protection. As you know, not all sunglasses are created equal, so look for a pair with good coverage and lenses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays, and that screen out 75 to 90 percent of visible light.

Finally, we know that proper hydration is vital for skin health. Drinking plenty of fluids (water is best) is crucial for skin metabolism, nutrient delivery, detoxification, and elasticity. These steps, together with a healthy diet, regular exercise, and good sleep, will go a long way toward keeping the skin around our eyes smooth and radiant.

So, do I really need an eye cream?

Eye creams may not be necessary for everyone. But if you’re seeing fine lines, puffiness or dark circles then adding one can help. That’s because these products are formulated to zero in on these exact concerns.

At Kura, we’re here to take the guesswork out of finding your best clean skincare, and can help you find your best eye cream. Head to kuraskin.com, create your Skin Profile, and we’ll take care of the rest.

Katrina Moreno Lewis

Katrina is the Founder and CEO of Kura Skin