Your definitive guide to anti aging eye creams and gels
The skin around your eyes is more delicate and susceptible to aging than the rest of your face. The eye area can be one of the first areas on our face to show signs of aging, so it demands extra attention from you in order to maintain youthfulness and elasticity. The skin around your eyes is extremely thin and fragile. It also has a tendency to be drier than other areas of your face. Regardless of age, you should be using a different eye product for your undereyes. But when the time comes, there are anti-aging eye creams that fight dryness and dark circles as well as fine lines. The fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting is why lines and potential wrinkles form faster there than in areas of your face with less motion, such as your cheeks or forehead.
If you’ve ever had a bad night of sleep you also know that your eye area can retain fluid in the form of bags under your eyes. Eye creams and gels can help fight puffiness and the appearance of dark circles — you should always have them on hand. If you want to know how you can best take care of this area in order to prevent dark circles, fine lines or the onset of crows’ feet, we’re here to make anti-aging skincare recommendations.
Eye Cream or Eye Gel?
Eye creams tend to be slightly thicker and have more emollient qualities than eye gels which are usually water-based. Consider your skin concerns when choosing an undereye product.
If you have dry skin, the area around your eyes may be dry too. Use an eye cream that’s thicker than your regular moisturizer to hydrate and replenish the area around your eyes.
Dark Circles and Puffiness
The right eye cream or gel will reduce the appearance of eye puffiness. Use a product formulated with retinol which can help restore your skin to its natural state. We recommend Garnier Miracle Anti-Fatigue Gel Eye Cream, which is formulated with hyaluronic acid to plump dark circles. The cooling gel will also soothe swollen undereyes. You can also use a product like Garnier SkinActive’s Clearly Brighter Anti-Puff Eye Roller. It stimulates micro-circulation around the skin’s delicate area and decongests excess fluid thereby diminishing the appearance of dark circles and puffiness.
Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Antioxidants can help cell turnover in your eye area. Use a Retinol, Vitamin C or peptides eye cream or gel formula to boost your skin. Garnier Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Eye Cream is formulated to boost skin elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines around the undereye area.
UVA and UVB rays are the greatest source of skin damage, and your delicate eye area is especially susceptible to harsh rays. You should be wearing SPF every single day, at the very least an SPF 15 like Garnier Clearly Brighter Brightening & Smoothing Daily Moisturizer with SPF.
How to Protect Your Eye Area
Sleep is extremely important when it comes to your eyes looking healthy and maintaining a youthful appearance. However, sleeping in the wrong position can encourage damage to your eye area. If you sleep on your side or stomach you may be accumulating fluid in your delicate eye area. The only way to avoid this by sleeping on your back and getting 7-8 hours a night to look rested.
Smoking deprives your skin of Vitamin C which helps in the fight against skin aging. Smoking also affects blood vessels under the eyes by slowing down circulation. This results in them having a blueish tint which registers as dark circles around the eye. Avoid this bad habit to keep your eyes looking younger longer.
Salt can retain water in your body, which can then lead to under eye puffiness. Avoid overly salty foods and snacks. Replace with fresh vegetables and fruits. Water is crucial — make sure to hydrate your body throughout the day.
Sunglasses are more than just a cool accessory. Sunglasses with UV protection are your best friend when it comes to preventing your eye area from getting damaged. Skip the shades without protection though — they attract sunlight to your eyes which can cause even more damage.
A quick way to hide dark circles or fine lines is to strategically apply BB Cream with SPF. Initially apply in the inner corners of the eyes then glide across the entire area to cover dark areas or redness. Look for a product like Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream formulated with SPF to protect your eyes from sun damage while helping to conceal imperfections.
If you make the right decisions in your skin care and diet you can keep your eyes looking young and bright for a long time. Take heed with this delicate area as it’s a dead giveaway for premature skin aging.