Guidelines for buying an eye cream that actually works

Discovering fine lines around your eyes is a pretty gut wrenching feeling. It means that the first signs of ageing have begun to kick in and it’s time to switch to an anti-aging skin care regime. But with so many anti aging eye creams on the market it’s hard to find the perfect product. So, I have created these guidelines for buying an eye cream that actually works. So you can pin down exactly what type of eye cream you should be looking for. For a list of my favorite eye creams click here.

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Eye creams generally fall into two categories- correcting fine lines and wrinkles or puffiness and dark circles. This is because the ingredients that fight wrinkles and fine lines are very different from the ingredients that fight dark circles.  Also not all eye creams work for everyone, the skin under the eye is extremely delicate and sensitive, so always get a sample of an eye cream before buying it.

Make sure to pay attention to what skin type you have.  Especially the skin around your eyes, if it is oily then you want to stay away from heavier hydrating creams as they could cause milia (small white bumps around the eye).  Or if you skin is very sensitive and dry you want to stay away from Retinol as that will only irritate it more.

To fight fine lines and wrinkles, look for eye creams with these ingredients:

  • Acetyl-hexapeptide (AHA-3) or Argireline: These peptides have a similar effect to botox. When absorbed through the skin it can decrease wrinkles up to 30%.
  • Vitamin C and berry extracts: These have anti-oxidant fighting powers and Vitamin C helps produce collagen.
  • Hyaluronic acid: Hyaluronic acid provides moisture and keeps the skin hydrated.
  • Retinol: Helps to reduce and prevent wrinkles

To take down puffiness and brighten dark circles, look for eye creams with these ingredients:

  • Caffeine: Helps to minimize puffiness and create a skin tightening effect.
  • Arnica: Has an anti-inflammatory effect, which will help decrease puffiness.
  • Vitamin K: Improves puffy skin around the eyes and lightens dark circles.

Lastly, never put eye cream on your eyelids unless the cream specifically says you can, this is how a lot of eye infections are caused!

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