Eye creams are a specialized type of beauty product because they typically don’t contain any ingredients that contain skin irritants. If you’ve ever put an alcohol based wrinkle reducer anywhere near your eyes, you’ve experienced the uncomfortable burning sensation that comes along with it. When choosing an eye cream you should be looking for a combination of specific ingredients and these are: Hyaluronic acid, peptides and anti-oxidants.
Hyaluronic acid is a well known ingredient in high-end wrinkle removers and can help eliminate the appearance of those dreaded crows feet while helping to plump up the skin around the eyes. Hyaluronic acid is a very powerful moisturizer that lasts for hours and due to it’s molecular structure can actually help new lines and wrinkles from forming. This ingredient stops the formation of new wrinkles by hydrating the skin more than your average collagen-based ingredients and if your skin is hydrated and plump, wrinkles simply don’t form as easily.
Peptides are really booming as a popular ingredient in eye creams. While there are name brands such as Argireline that work well, there are also very similar peptide based ingredients that share a very similar chemical formula. Peptides help the skin appear taut and firm which can help eliminate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles almost immediately. When used in conjunction with hyaluronic acid, you have a two-front attack against the formation of new wrinkles while helping pre-existing ones fade away for the day.
Anti-oxidants are any ingredients that help fight free radicals, one of the leading suspects that may cause premature aging, wrinkles and even certain skin cancers. Some common anti-oxidants are vitamin C and resveratrol. These ingredients help your skin fight off additional damage from free radicals that are found in pollution, chemical agents and even older make-ups such as cheap foundations and blushes.
The best eye creams will contain all of these ingredients in one convenient package. You don’t have to pay a fortune for high-end name brand products as some of the cheaper ones work just as well or better but a good rule of thumb is to “stick with what you know.” If you’ve always used a certain brand, even if it’s a little more expensive, you know how it reacts to your skin and eye areas already. If you decide to switch brands, take a day to test your new cream on a small area of skin on your arm to make sure you aren’t allergic to any ingredients which could lead to a rash or unwanted redness.