In a word: YES! Why? The skin around our eyes is thinner than the skin on the rest of our face. This makes it more sensitive, fragile, and delicate, which means it’s more prone to showing signs of aging and skin damage. Most people don’t consider how much the skin around our eyes moves every day, increasing the amount of fine lines and wrinkles. To get a better understanding of just how much action the skin around our eyes get, stand in front of a mirror and focus on your eyes as you make your “normal” expressions for just a few minutes. Laughing, concentrating, frowning, smiling, squinting…all of these activities affect the skin around our eyes. Add additional factors such as fatigue (dark circles and puffiness in addition to fine lines and wrinkles), loss of collagen as we age, sun damage, and genetic factors, and you begin to understand why the skin in this area may need some extra TLC!
So what should we do? Incorporate a product designed specifically for this sensitive area. Even if you are faithful in using a moisturizer morning and night, eye creams and facial moisturizers are formulated very differently. And, if you’re like me, sometimes you may miss applying your regular moisturizer, making it even more important to use the correct type of eye cream. I know some of you just took a deep breath and thought “Good grief… ANOTHER step to do?” To be honest, I felt the exact same way. As I shared in my last article, I did not start using a skin care routine until the last few years. The idea of having yet another product to apply was not my idea of simple, but as my eyes began to favor those of the Crypt Keeper more and more, I knew I had to do something! Fortunately, I received some great advice from a friend. She suggested I leave my eye cream on my bedside table. Since I apply it only at night, I leave it by my lamp as a reminder to use it before I turn out the light. It’s simple, it’s quick, and it helps me be consistent, which has led to better results.
While eye creams are designed specifically for the eye area, you should also think about the specific concern(s) you want to address when deciding on a product. Some of the most common concerns are dark circles, sagging eyelids, fine lines, wrinkles, puffiness, and dullness. If you have more than one concern, you may need more than one eye cream. The great news is there are products already designed to provide everything you need in one convenient package! The actual products are separate but in one container, making it simple and quick to complete this part of your skin care routine on a more consistent basis. Remember, consistency = best results!
So the next time you look in the mirror, pay attention to your eyes. They are one of the most expressive features we have, but many times we don’t give them the care they deserve. Instead of layering on more concealer or hiding behind sunglasses, take an extra 2 minutes each day to nourish that sensitive skin so it truly is a reflection of who you are. And don’t forget to smile…it really is the BEST beauty basic!