Using an Eye Cream is a must because he skin around your eyes is very delicate and needs care to maintain. If you're not using an eye cream, you may be missing out on a lot of benefits, from hydration, protection, and circulation. In this article, we will be giving you all the information on what to look for when choosing an eye cream, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to take care of the eye area from a holistic perspective.
1. What is an eye cream?
Eye cream is a skin care product specifically formulated for the delicate skin around the eye area. It is an essential part of any skincare routine. It is important to apply eye cream every day to keep your skin hydrated and protected. Most eye creams also offer additional benefits for reducing puffiness, dark circles, and minimizing fine lines. In general, eye creams should be applied around the eye area and on the eyelids.
2. Types of Eye Creams
There are many different types of eye creams available. There are eye serums, eye creams, and eye, crèmes, and balms. They are available in jars, tubes, roller ball applicators, and most recently as masks. Eye creams are also available in different weights or textures such as liquid, gel, cream, crème or balm. Traditionally, the main difference between these textures is the addition of more or less water. Serums and gels typically have the highest concentration of water, whereas creams have less water, and crèmes and balms often have little or no water. Eye serums and gels are typically referred to as the lightest weights, whereas eye creams are a mid-weight, and crèmes or balms are the heaviest weight. The heavier the weight, typically, the more nourishment and protection.
3. What are the benefits of an eye cream?
There are many benefits of using an eye cream or treatment product for around the eyes. The most popular claim for eye creams is to reduce puffiness and dark circles, as well as build collagen and elastic to minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Eye creams can also be said to make skin appear firmer and brighter.
4. What are some common mistakes to avoid?
One main mistake is to choose an eye cream or other type of eye product that claims to be natural, but actually has chemicals. It is important to scrutinize the ingredients label of any product, whether it is for the eyes, face, or body. It is common for companies to claim their products are natural, when in reality there are only some botanical ingredients in a base of petrochemicals.
Over time, the tissues structures and muscles around the eyes begin to weaken and thin and the skin becomes more elastic and less firm. This is the common cause of conditions such as puffiness, dark circles, eye lid drooping, and fine lines. Using eye creams that have chemicals can exacerbate the aging process because skin has to work over time to process them and remove them as harmful waste.
Another common mistake in using eye creams is to apply them with your ring, or forefinger. The ring, or forefinger is the strongest finger and puts too much pressure on the delicate eye area. The best finger to apply an eye cream is your fourth, or wedding ring finger, because it is the weakest finger with the softest, fattest pad under the fingertip.
5. How to Choose an Eye Cream
Our first suggestion is to avoid the 5 Dirtiest Cosmetic Ingredients when choosing an eye cream.
Second, choose a product with an appropriate weight. A good rule of thumb is based on age. Typically, the lighter weight gels are best for the teens through twenties. Creams are sufficient for the thirties. From the forties on up, reach for the cremes and balms. Serums can be applied under eye creams, cremes, and balms.
Third, choose a product with a plant or flower wax. Plants naturally produce wax to waterproof and protect the outer layers of their delicates leaves and flower petals, which makes it a perfect botanical ingredient for nourishing and protecting the delicate skin around the eye area.
In addition, choose a product that has natural extracts such as Cucumber and Arnica to stimulate circulation of lymphatic fluid and blood vessels to reduce puffiness and dark circles. Also, look for a product that has natural plant oils and butters such as Rosehip Seed Oil and Shea Butter to nourish with essential fatty acids, protect with antioxidants, and regenerate tissues with phytoproteins.
Our Eye Crème is an Anti-Aging Eye Balm that hydrates and protects eye area with botanical butters, rosehip oil, raw bees wax, and mimosa flower wax. It stimulates circulation with cucumber & arnica.
Full Ingredients List:
Kokum butter, Shea butter, Organic Glycerin, Babassu oil, Rosehip Seed oil, local raw Bees wax, Cucumber and Arnica Extracts, and Mimosa Flower Wax.
6. What you need to know about Puffiness and Dark Circles
Puffiness is typically excess Lymphatic fluid that collects around the eye area. Dark Circles are typically blood flowing in the tiny capillaries under the eyes.
Caring for puffiness and dark circles starts with caring for the tissues and muscles around the eyes. The goal is to relieve any excess pressure or aggravation every day. Excess sodium, lack of water, alcohol, inactivity, rubbing or tugging of the eye area, animal hair makeup brushes, makeup removers and makeup wipes, and even just laying flat while sleeping can cause pressure and aggravation that will accelerate the weakening of the skin around the eyes over time.
7. How we can help Puffiness and Dark Circles
Sea Salt, water, water, water, yoga, jumping exercises, daily lymphatic eye massage (see below), a plant-wax-based eye cream with cucumber and arnica (wink, wink 😉), synthetic fiber makeup brushes, Oil Cleanser for makeup removal, and gentle cleansing with a Shea Milk Soap on a Konjac sponge, sleeping slightly propped up (ideally, on a silk pillow case), and resting for 5-10 minutes in the morning with a Silk Eye Pillow on your eyes for gentle compression.
There is only so much an eye cream on it's own can do. So, if anyone ever tells you that a cream alone will solve puffiness and dark circles...
don't believe their hype.
PS: laugh lines are unavoidable...enjoy them!
They are evidence of a happy life!
8. How to: Lymphatic Eye Massage
If you experience puffiness and/or dark circles, adding a gentle daily Lymphatic Eye Area Massage can provide relief over time.
- Place the Eye Crème tube on the inside corner of your eye area.
- Apply gentle pressure and hold the tube there for 10 seconds to let it warm from the heat of your skin.
- Apply the Eye Crème to the skin under your eye, using one slow stroke from the inside corner to the outside corner.
- Repeat on your eye lid.
- Repeat on other eye.
- Press the pads of your 4th fingers (wedding ring finger on both your left and right hand) on the inside corners of both of your eye areas.
- Press gently, and lightly slide your fingertips from the inside corner to the outside corner.
- Repeat this motion 5 to 10 times.
- Repeat steps 7 and 8 on your eye lids.
- NOTE: use gentle pressure and repetitive motion; never tug or pull skin😊!