The eye area is more prone to wrinkles and lines than the rest of the face and body for several reasons. As dermatologist Dr. Paul Cohen explains, "The skin around your eyes is the thinnest skin on your body. And because we express ourselves with our eyes, that area is the first place that fine lines appear."
The delicate nature of the skin around the eye area and the fact that it is constantly stretching and contracting as we talk, laugh, and express ourselves make it highly susceptible to lines. Losses in moisture levels and elasticity occur as we age, and sun exposure can break down collagen and elastin, causing skin to lose its firmness and helps create those dark under eye circles.
Because of the special needs of the skin around the eyes, a regular facial cream is not enough. Instead, you should look for products that are specially formulated for this challenging area. Not too long ago, women hoping to keep their eye area firm and youthful-looking were told they had to spend a fortune on creams designed to address only one issue. There were creams for puffiness, others to handle lines, and still others designed to minimize the appearance of unsightly dark under eye circles. Now, there are all-in-one products formulated to address all of these issues, which has made using eye creams both easier and more economical.
First, all eye creams should contain powerful moisturizers to keep skin hydrated and nourished. Moisturizers like hyaluronic acid can also reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and make skin look and feel velvety smooth. Dark circles, bags, and puffiness are common eye area problems that can age you just as much as the deepest wrinkles. To address puffiness and bags, look for eye creams with soothing, anti-inflammatory ingredients. If dark circles are an issue, dark circles under eyes cream containing vitamin K is a good choice since this substance has been shown to lighten dark under-eye skin. Some high-end products even contain ingredients that are capable of stimulating the production of new collagen, which can help boost the firmness and elasticity of skin over time.
Retinols (Vitamin A derivatives) are anti-oxidants that have the ability to reduce wrinkles. Peptides (acetyl hexapeptide, palmitoyl oligopeptide, palmitoyl tetrapeptide-7) are clinically proven effective in reducing wrinkle depth and stimulate collagen production. Hyaluronic acid considered nature's most powerful moisturizer naturally plumping skin and diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin K has recently been shown clinically effective in reducing appearance of dark circles.
Finding a quality eye cream may be difficult due to the number of products available today. A quality product needs to contain the correct ingredients that, when combined, provide several aging skin benefits. The right blend of the ingredients outlined above, will provide several anti-aging benefits which will all contribute to a more youthful appearance. Maximum hydration adds the type of 'plumpness' always seen in young skin and the reduction of puffiness allows the user to look more refreshed and vibrant. Your eyes are the window to your soul, don't let your eye cream keep you from having vibrant, younger looking eyes.