The delicate eye area needs special care. When compared to the skin of the face, the skin around the eye is around 1/3 the thickness. This skin is also much drier, because it is lacking oil producing sebaceous glands. In addition, your eyes coordinate hundreds of thousands of movements each day. It is no wonder that this is the area that we first start to notice the signs of aging.
To care for the skin around the eyes, it is recommended to use an eye cream. A good eye cream is specially formulated to treat the drier, thinner, more sensitive eye area. Using a regular facial moisturizer is almost never suitable. Some of the formulations are very emollient and can result in milia (a white hardened lipid that becomes trapped under the skin) around the eyes. Many anti-aging moisturizers contain alpha hydroxy acids and retinol. These are great exfoliating ingredients for the face, but facial formulations are often too strong for the thinner eye area. They can result in redness, irritation, and peeling around the eyes. When these ingredients are found in eye creams, they are formulated in a more gentle way that works specifically with the delicate eye area.
It is also very important to protect the eyes from the sun. Using an SPF around the eyes is always a great idea. It may not be enough, though. Wearing sunglasses is a terrific way to go the extra mile. Find a large pair that protects eyes from the sides and has lenses that contain UV protection. Sunglasses will keep you from squinting and this will also help to prevent crow’s feet.
A very good option available at the drugstore is Loreal Youth Code, which costs about $25. Dermalogica’s Total Eye Care has optical diffusers and SPF 15 making it an excellent option. You can find Dermalogica at your local Ulta for about $41. The ultimate anti-aging eye cream is A.G.E Eye Complex from Skinceuticals. A.G.E. Eye Complex will lift and firm the eye area while smoothing the fine lines and wrinkles from below. This product line is medical grade and can be found at select spas and doctors offices in the DFW area. It costs $85 for 9 months supply.