Top Tips Eye Creams, Apply Correctly
Thankfully, at an early age I was drawn to skin care and only dabbled some in make up. Although I've taken a circutus route, my passion is in skin care, health and beauty. So, I have learned early on to be preventative and not just reactive when it comes to proper skin care. Of course that's not to say I've been perfect, by any stretch of the imagination. Thankfully with cutting-edge technology, and many clinical studies, skin care comes full circle, back to nature.
For both men and women. This post is about eye cream; how to apply it, when and some myths debunked. A simple, effective remedy for wrinkles, puffiness, dark circles and more, when the right product is applied, correctly. Whether you're a beginner or veteran, you may be making some common mistakes. (Be sure to read all the way down, golden nuggets).
Tip #1: An ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure - Start Early, Regular Routine
For most, the frequent misconception is that you should start using eye cream when you start to see signs of aging, fine lines, wrinkles, maybe some dark circles or puffiness. (This could also be true depending on your diet and lifestyle). You should begin using eye cream regularly, probably in your 20's, when our skin begins losing elasticity and collagen production begins to slow. Good Eye creams hydrate, nourish and plump the skin and cells. Apply eye cream both in the morning and at night.
Tip #2 Choose an Eye Cream for its Benefits - Not Price
Be sure to look for a good eye cream with mostly natural ingredients and the benefits you need. Not all products are created equal, nor just because something costs more, means its works better (big brands with large advertising budgets). I like to look for products with hyaluronic acid (HA) because the body can usually naturally produce it, however, this does slow down as we age. If you can find a product with HA or by going to the spa for a facial you should be able to get HA applied topically to enhance your skin by reducing the look of puffiness, fines lines, wrinkles and dark circles.
Tip #3 Paying Attention to Your Specific Concerns
As mentioned above, not all eye creams are created equal. If your concern is dark circles, then look for a product that addresses this need. If you're more concerned about fine lines and wrinkles, you will want a different product. And of course, if you need one to address all these concerns, choose wisely, do your research. Look for reviews too!
Tip #4 Skipping it in the Morning
Just as you (should) cleanse your skin and moisturize twice per day (minimum), you should also apply your eye cream. Massage it gently around the eye area. At night your body is resting, resetting and nourishing itself. During the day, you need your armor on to protect and defend against the assault of aging.
Tip #5 Using Too Much - More is not always better!
The same can be said for most products. Mostly because today's skin care is or can be concentrated, the ingredients themselves do the work and too much would be a waste. Generally a pea-size amount should be enough to cover the skin under both eyes. A little goes a long way, especially when it comes to eye treatment.
Tip #6 When to Apply During the Skin Care Regimen
Yes, it does matter- the order in which you apply all of your skin care products. A good rule of thumb is to apply products based on thickness. If your eye cream is richer and heavier than your moisturizer, than it should go on top. If its lighter than your serum, moisturizer, apply it on first. I consider this a "target treatment". Here is a broad overview: Cleanse, Exfoliate*, Tone, Target, Moisturize, Sunblock. Your exfoliant may be a scrub you use twice per week (masks I usually reserve for the evenings since they take longer). Target treatments can include: brightening gel, eye cream, any other specialized skin care product. Tip #7 Using it on Dry Skin
A common mistake people have and probably don't realize, and were probably never taught, is applying your eye cream on your skin when it's dry. To get the most of your moisturizer and eye cream is; you should apply it on damp skin. this helps lock in hydration.
Tip #8 Proximity Matters
If you're applying product to your lids or near your lashes, that's too close. Simply dot the product along the orbital bone, right under your brow and under your eyes in a semi-circle shape about half an inch below your lash line. If you apply it any closer you risk it migrating and getting into your eyes, which can lead to irritation (or worse).
Tip #9 Getting Zealous with Rubbing
The skin around the eyes is the most delicate on your face, so it is imperative to be gentle. Blend your eye cream with gentle patting and tapping motions, using jus the pad of your ring finger, which has a more delicate touch compared to your other digits. There are some products with gentle applicators or rollerballs to apply more evenly and gently.
Final Tip #10 Moving Too Fast
Give your eye cream a little time to rest before moving on to makeup and applying concealer and/or foundation on top. Wait a minute or two, minimum, for the product to absorb and keep it from shifting.