Wednesday, January 24, 2007

What Is It and Why Do I Need It? Eye Cream

There are a lot of eye creams and gels on the market, each promising to be the remedy for all sorts of problems. Eye creams/gels swear they can lift, lighten, reduce crow's feet, and make you look younger. But do you really need a separate eye product? If so, how do you know what to pick?

Do I Need An Eye Cream or Gel?
Maybe. Some would say absolutely yes, you simply cannot function without an eye cream. Others say it's not so important. I say, if you have concerns about the area around your eyes and you don't mind adding another product into your life, go for it. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of the face, so you really can't use a facial moisturizer on your eyes. Also, your eyelids don't produce the same amount of oil as the rest of your skin, so adding something for hydration may be necessary.

What Type of Product Should I Get?
It all depends on your current situation. Here are some things to consider:

If you have dark circles: Dark circles are often caused by your genes (thanks, Mom!) or are a result of lack of sleep. While concealers help deal with discoloration after the fact, you may want to try adding an eye cream that can help reduce or stop the circles from popping up. You're best off looking for a cream-based product, one with "lighteners" in it. Some products to consider: Bremann Research's Hylexin ($95) or Clinique's All About Eyes Rick Cream ($27.50).

If you're dealing with puffiness: If you're carrying around extra baggage under your eyes, you can thank lack of sleep or water retention. If this is your problem, you'll want to use a gel-based product to help deflate and sooth your lids. Try: Eyecon by Benefit ($28)or Olay Age Defying Revitalizing Eye Gel ($10.50). For extra relief, stash your eye gels in the fridge so they're nice and cool when you apply them.

If you have concerns about sagging: The break down of collagen and elastin fibers may cause skin around your eyes to sag. If "droopy" is a term you don't want applied to your eyes, you'll need a thicker cream-based product or a serum to help hoist things up a bit. Check out: Caudaline Anti-Aging Serum for Eyes and Lips ($68), Vichy LiftActiv Pro Eyes Anti-Wrinkle Eye Lifting Care ($26), or Clinique's Anti-Gravity Firming Eye Lift Cream ($32.50).

If you're trying to combat wrinkles: Because of a lack of oil glands in the eye area, fine lines and wrinkles usually appear here first. Smoking and sun damage are also culprits, so be sure to quit your habit and wear an SPF around your eyes. Keep your lids hydrated with ultra moisturizing creams like: Intensive Eye Cream by Kinerase ($59) or Philosophy's Hope In A Tube Eye and Lip ($30).

Don't let your eyes age you or make you look tired. Take some time to invest in a product that's right for you if the look of your eyes is a concern.

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