If I'm already using a facial moisturizer, do I need an eye cream too?
That’s a common question people ask skin care pros, mostly because the sensitive skin around the eyes is the first area to show signs of aging - fine lines, wrinkles, sagging skin, darkened skin, inflamed and puffy skin, and more.
When these changes happen, it is difficult to resist the urge to do something about it.
And so we start our research: Do I need something new? Will that something work? Is that something a special eye cream? How do I distinguish the different eye creams on the market?
Reality is, skin around the eye is much thinner - up to 10 times thinner - and more sensitive than the rest of the skin. So, let’s first start with the question as to whether we need an eye cream.
We asked Board-Certified Dermatologist Michael S. Spicer, also a Dermatopathologist with a degree in Biochemistry, for his perspective as to whether the average person should supplement their facial moisturizing routine with an eye cream.
“Fine lines and wrinkles may start to develop due to the degeneration of collagen and elastic tissue. Sun exposure, sensitive skin and middle age are contributing factors to the skin’s textural changes,” Dr. Spicer said. “Eye creams are a good way to restore moisture to the area. Hydration may help plump up and smoothen the skin. Other necessary components help the skin to remodel and regenerate lost collagen.”
During more than 20 years as a dermatologist, Dr. Spicer found himself recommending what he believed were the best products on the market to help his patients with their skincare problems. But he believed these same products he recommended could be improved significantly if they contained certain ingredients.
As it relates to eye cream, Dr. Spicer found the most important in an effective eye cream are ingredients that: are gentle and non-irritating, stimulate collagen production and tissue growth, preserve skin cells, heal dry and damaged skin, regenerate antioxidants lost through UV exposure and to moisturize and plump the skin.
Focusing on collagen is important because collagen, the most abundant protein in the human body, provides strength and structure for the skin and plays an important role in replacing dead skin cells. When we age, collagen production declines, skin structure weakens, and skin begins to sag.
An excellent ingredient to promote cell regeneration is Swiss Apple Stem Cells, also known as Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract, Dr. Spicer says, adding the plant stem cells promote the life and longevity of human skin stem cells and protect them from environmental stress and damage – all delaying the aging process.
To provide the cellular moisture that gives a more plump, youthful appearance, the ingredient hyaluronic acid is added to the most effective eye creams. Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in our body’s cells, but its highest concentration is in the skin. Because the production of hyaluronic acid decreases with age, it is a natural additive choice.
Another commonly asked question: When is the best age to begin using eye creams?
“The collagen and elastic tissue are still considered immature and new collagen is forming until the age of about 25 years,” Dr. Spicer said. “Then comes maintenance of collagen by repairing damage, but little new collagen is formed. As time goes on the balance of repair and damage takes its toll especially in smokers, sun worshippers and person with poor health. Eye creams can help hydrate as well as create a healthy environment for the skin to repair the damage.”