Eye Cream: Necessary or Not?

There are certain skincare items that mostly everyone can agree is a necessity: a cleanser, a moisturizer, and if you’re really good, sunscreen. But eye cream… is it worth the extra cost? I get asked about this all the time! My answer is, don’t waste your money on an eye cream that promises to do something extra amazing that any other moisturizer can’t do.

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The tissue around the eyes is very thin and delicate. We blink about 10,000 times per day, so it’s a very active area of the face. Every expression we make slowly creeps it’s way into permanent fine lines and wrinkles. If you don’t take care of your skin, it’s going to age faster, that’s a fact. And around your eyes will age even faster being that it’s so fragile. The best way to preserve the skin is through hydration – topically and internally. (Not to mention SPF, but that’s a whole other story). Your favorite moisturizer with all good things like hyaluronic acid, peptides, or antioxidants will do the same job on the rest of your face as they do around the skin of your eyes. If you want something great for low cost, try just plain old Aquaphor, buy it for $3 at CVS and use it at night time. The point is – keep the area moisturized and this will help prevent signs of aging.

Companies love marketing eye creams because we’re told to believe we need them to stay looking young. But, I like to keep skincare simple and effective in the least steps possible. Many big brands will come out with a moisturizer and a matching eye cream. The only difference is the eye cream has one differing ingredient, tiny packaging, and is marked up 20% in cost. There is no difference big enough that makes it worth buying.

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Brennan Kilbane, the assistant editor at Into The Gloss says it best [and he’s funny]:

“They’re just effin little moisturizers—and almost every benefit that’s promised ends up being a marketing gimmick. (Dark circles are hereditary, no matter how much rare plankton sperm you press into them.) Undereye moisturizer is necessary but you can use literally anything else”

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