Do you really need an eye cream?
Your eyes are the most delicate part of your skin, the skin around your eyes is as thick as 5 sheets of paper. I always say to my clients think of the skin on your body like cardboard, skin on your face as like paper and the skin around your eyes like tissue paper – as treat it as such. The skin around your eyes is also a completely different pH to the rest of your skin, so when you go applying your moisturiser which is designed for paper like skin on your face, to the delicate tissue paper around your eyes, no wonder your eyes get puffy.
The molecules in your moisturiser are designed to be metabolised by the skin on your face, the skin around your eyes, because it is a different pH and so much thinner, cannot metabolise these molecules therefore they cannot be absorbed so sit just below the surface and cause puffiness.
Having said this, certain moisturiser e.g. AVST Moisturiser from Environ, do have much smaller molecules and therefore can be metabolised by the skin around your eyes and a top tip for Environ moisturiser, because of the unique step up system from Environ, if you start using level 1 around your eyes and continue to do so until you get to level 5 and above, you are going to have such a strong eye cream that normally your eyes couldn’t even dream of taking, but because you’ve gone through the step system, they don’t even bat an eyelid (sorry for the pun!) Clever that skin of yours.
When I was doing my training, I was fortunate enough to do a couple of days placement in a clinic where they were doing surgical eye lifts, facelift and other cosmetic and surgical procedures. One day I sat in on an eye bag reduction and lift and what I saw that day I will never forget! The lady had quite bag eyebags and her eyelids where definitely dropping. I the eyelift itself was straight forward enough but when it came to the eye bag removal (warning – those of you that are squeamish may not like the next part!) the doctor cut open the eye bag and squeezed out what looked like butter from under the eyes – I asked him what it was and he said it was all old moisturiser and cheap eye creams – all that couldn’t be metabolised by the thin skin around the eyes and therefore would just continue to collect under the eye area. This completed shocked me as I’m sure it does for many of you as well and since then I’ve always said to all of my clients, especially my teen clients, don’t use cheap products around your eyes and never (apart from Environ moisturisers) use your moisturiser as your eye cream – it will only lead to a very expensive eye lift!
What I tend to look for in an eye cream is the following
-strong peptides to help turn back the clock in terms of ageing
-cucumber or seaweed extracts – to help with dark circles and puffiness
And my biggest tip for eye creams is circulation! Massage in your eye cream in circular and upward motions to help with puffiness.
Wishing you happy and healthy skin from Ms. Glow X