Since I have seven, count ’em seven signs of aging, I don’t want to buy beauty care products I don’t need. So as I was assembling my beauty tool kit I hesitated before buying eye creams. Do we really need separate products for the eyes? The simple answer is YES– but for reasons that may surprise you. The skin around the eyes is thinner and more vulnerable to just about everything– sunlight, irritation, allergies, infection, aging and discoloration. Problems arise here earlier and tend to be more obvious.
To both prevent and relieve these issues, the eye area needs extra protection but milder formulations. Ingredients such as alcohol, Vitamin C, fruit acids, even Retin A need to be in lower concentration.
The eye area is also more vulnerable to infection from bacteria and mold that can build up in skin care products. This is why eye area products tend to come in very little jars or tubes. The tiny openings actually inhibit contamination.
Finally eye care products for daytime use need to offer especially good sunscreens. Not only does sunlight increase skin wrinkling, it causes the release of melanin that are a major cause of under eye circles. I need an eye cream with of an SPF of t least 15– and 30 would be even better.
So what does all this mean when you are standing in front of a wall of skin care products? For daytime, I want an eye cream that is a gentle moisturizer with a strong sunscreen. Since anti-oxidents like vitamin E or green tea can reduce damage from sun exposure, they could offer potential benefits. At bedtime, my eye cream could benefit from ingredients that encourage collagen growth such as retinols and peptides. I’m going on a field trip to find products that meet my guidelines. I’ll pick up a few good candidates and then blog the results over the next few weeks. Under eye shadow are one of my biggest beauty complaints and I really want to to get a handle on them.
Ceramides, a type of lipid, are the glue that hold cells together in the upper layers of the skin. They help the skin look smooth, soft and fresh. As we get wiser ( as well as older) we produce less and less ceramides. By age 60, the level of ceramides have stopped by 30%. The result? The skin tends to feel dry and look flaky as disconnected skin cells fall apart.
Skin care products with ceramides are intended to replace our missing natural ceramides. Expert are devided ( again) as to whether or not the ceramides in a product can get deep enough in the skin and actually glue cells together. I really like the concept of ceramides and I hope that research will soon prove its value. They are just the type of ingredient that would be gentle enough for the eye area.