Women typically start to develop under eye lines by the age of thirty. If you’re not using an eye cream by then you’re missing out on a really important step in your anti-aging regime. Because the skin around the eyes is thinner and drier and because of expressions we make with our eyes this is an area that tends to age quicker. Today’s eye creams can be specifically designed to reduce dark circles, soften lines, reduce puffiness, moisturize and keep your skin looking younger, longer. Among all the formulas out there make sure you are selecting the proper formula for your unique skin type.
The outdated concept that an eye cream must be much heavier than your regular moisturizer is totally false. Yes, the thin, delicate skin around your eyes is more prone to dryness but heavy, oil laden creams only serve to weigh down the skin which adds to an increase in lines, bags and a loss of tone. A heavy formula can also block the tiny pores under the eyes causing little yellowish bumps called milia. For best results look for one of the newer, lighter formulas available and use it consistently.
Younger skins (from 25 to 35) should be looking for an especially light moisturizing formula that will not clog the pores. When you are younger you don’t need many of the active ingredients out there. They may actually be too stimulating for your already metabolically active skin. Instead, you should focus on prevention. When you decide you’re at that age where you need to start using an eye cream look for one that strengthens your skin’s ability to protect itself from environmental aging (especially from the sun). An effective antioxidant and vitamin based formula is ideal. Some companies offer sunscreens in their eye cream which seems reasonable except for the fact that you want the eye cream to penetrate while your sunscreen should be essentially a surface product. Even though sunscreens are the most important anti-aging product of all, we think you should keep these two products separate.One of my favorite ingredients for younger, oily or sensitive skin is Nayad (a yeast extract). It’s a great preventative measure to protect the integrity of younger adult skins. Nayad is a compound believed to be an immune system stimulant. It has been demonstrated to trigger Langerhans cells which help immune activity in your skin. Increased Langerhans cells minimize sun damage and help repair weakened collagen fibers, helping your skin to stay soft, smooth and line free. Bio-Defense Eye Treatment is a great choice when looking a lighter eye cream.
As time marches on one should introduce a Retinol product to your regime: one of today’s premier anti-aging, anti-wrinkle ingredients (and at the same time reduces your chances of breaking out). Instead of incorporating this into your eye cream consider retinol in the form of a time released serum that can be used over the entire face and neck. Apply it sparingly under your eye cream. Not all skins can tolerate Retinol but if you have thicker, leathery, sun damaged skin you will find an immediate visible softening of lines and over time a nice smoothing of wrinkles.
As the skin ages (35-45) you’ll want to include peptides in your eye cream formula. Peptides have wonderful anti-aging properties and are great at moisturizing and conditioning the skin without causing puffiness or irritation. Older, more traditional formulas use less sophisticated hydrating ingredients than we would consider ideal today. Collagen, is an older ingredient that is a nice hydrator for your face, but when applied to the eye area it increases water retention to the point of causing puffiness. Peptides are a much better choice. Neuropeptides are perfect for supersensitive skin. Similar to retinol, neuropeptides stimulate collagen and elastin production, but are much gentler. Applying neuropeptide preparations directly to the skin stimulates clinical benefits almost immediately upon application. Visible improvements effect skin’s resilience, tone, and texture. At Elizabeth Renee Esthetics our best selling eye cream with peptides is our Intervention Eye Therapy.
Which peptides are best for your eye cream? Try these for great results:
Hesperidin- is wonderful for the eye area because it strengthens capillary walls. This reduces the visible leakage of blood under the skin which often is the cause of dark circles.
Dipeptide-2- is also a favorites because it helps reduce fluid retention under the eyes by stimulating lymph drainage, reducing puffiness. Plus it contains natural moisturizing factors which are great hydrators for the skin.
Matrixyl 3000 (a pentapeptide) has been the most extensively tested peptide of all and has been shown to strengthen the delicate skin around the eyes by boosting collagen production and repairing DNA damage.
For many of us waking up to puffy eyes is a bit depressing. Puffy eyes are the result of stagnate lymph fluid settling in tissue under the eyes. This occurs from lack of sleep, sleeping on your stomach, drinking alcohol, eating salty foods or having food allergies. Puffy eyes from lymph accumulation usually dissipates during the day. You can aid in this process by using a gel containing peptides designated for lymphatic drainage.
Tip: An anti-puffiness gel is best kept in the fridge overnight. In the morning you can gently tap it onto the puffy areas and follow with gently touching the back end of a cold spoon to the area. One you’ve also left in the fridge (not in the freezer) to help penetrate the gel and tighten and drain the swollen tissue in that area. I love Elizabeth Renee Esthetic’s Anti-Puff Gel.
As you hit menopause your need for an eye cream will change. Skin’s metabolism slows down, your skin becomes drier and you may be ready for some heavy hitters. I still recommend to staying away from those really heavy eye creams. As the facia under the skin separates from the bone, fatty tissue pulls away from the skin, creating bags that aren’t fluid. You don’t want to add to this condition by using creams with overly heavy oils. Try a silicone based primer instead (a breathable barrier) that will add protection and give skin a smoother look. Our best selling Eye cream is Intervension Eye Therapy, but also look for EyeLift Brightening Cream coming this spring.)
There are some great new formulas out there that are particularly effective for maturing skin. Along with peptides you may need firming, lifting, lightening ingredients and ingredients that pay special attention to boosting the energy of skin cells.
Here are my suggestions:
Vitamin K – has been parlayed into use as a cosmetic ingredient to help diminish vascular conditions that emerge as skin imperfections such as dark circles under the eyes and redness from rosacea or broken capillaries.
Co-Q10 (Ubiquinone) – is a vitamin like nutrient that resides in the mitochondrial cell membrane. CoEnzyme Q10 is known as a “cellular energy source”. It makes your skin metabolism more active, so it behaves more like younger skin.
Shiitake Mushroom Extract – Is one of the most studied medicinal mushroom extracts in the orient. It derives it’s name from one of its hosts, the Shii Tree, and is a tradition that stretches back approximately 1000 years in China. It is known for it’s immune boosting and anti-bacterial properties. It also helps brighten the skin and has a very calming effect.
At Elizabeth Renee Esthetic we offer an Rx Eye Treatment which incorporates lymphatic drainage massage with delivery of the latest ingredients. This is a perfect treatment for when you want to look your absolute best. Many clients opt to have this an an add-on to their regular monthly facials. If you are having a more advanced issues you might choose a series of weekly eye treatments which are especially good for lines, dark circles and puffiness. Their effectiveness is based on the underlying cause of these conditions. Sometime you might have to resort to medical help.
I hope this post helps you make a decision on which eye creams are the best for your skin type. Look for future posts on the ideal way to apply these products and watch for our new EyeLift Brightening cream to be introduced this spring.