Like most beauty fanatics, we’re guessing you’re sussed when it comes to skincare basics like cleansers, toners and moisturisers. However, a quick flick through our inbox shows that even the most savvy amongst you struggle when talk turns to eye cream. With this in mind, we asked Beauty Editor, Justine Knight to put your most pressing eye cream questions to a panel of skincare experts to help you sort the myths from the musts.
Q:“I’M ABOUT TO TURN 21, BUT SURELY THAT’S TOO YOUNG TO USE EYE CREAM, RIGHT?”
“A hydrating eye product makes a big difference to the texture and tone of the eye area, whatever your age,” says the Dermal Institute’s, Sally Penford (dermalinstitute.com). Your age and lifestyle means you’re likely to suffer from dehydration and darkness- so look for hydrating formulas containing antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and sunscreen to keep your eyes smooth and bright.” Glossybox loves super light Elemis FreshSkin Tired Eyes Soothing Eye Rescue, £15.00 (feelunique.com); moisture quenching Dr.Murad Hydro DynamicTM Ultimate Moisture for Eyes, £44.52 (beautybay.com) and brightening Dermalogica Total Eye Care, £28.48 (lookfantastic.com)
Q: “I’VE JUST BOUGHT A NEW ANTI-AGEING FACE CREAM- CAN’T I JUST USE THE SAME PRODUCT ON MY EYES?”
“Unfortunately not!” warns celebrity facialist, Nuz Shugaa (nuzshhugaa.com) whose clients include Rachel Weisz and Amanda Seyfried. “The skin around your eyes is incredibly sensitive, so using a moisturiser formulated with active ingredients which haven’t been tested for use around the eye area can cause irritation. Instead of risking a reaction, always invest in a product specifically designed for the delicate eye area.”
Q: “WHEN IT COMES TO BUYING EYE CREAM, DOES A HIGHER PRICE TAG MEAN BETTER RESULTS?”
According to skincare expert Wendy Lewis you don’t have to spend a fortune on getting a great complexion, but she does warn against scrimping when it comes to good skincare. “Buying cheaper products can sometimes mean sacrificing the ingredients that your skin craves and missing out on the latest ingredients which research has proven to work. However, if you’re shopping for a less expensive eye cream, try big brands such as Olay, Garnier and RoC which share technology inspired by premium brands.”
Q:“WILL WEARING EYE CREAM RUIN THE FINISH AND STAYING POWER OF MY MAKE-UP?
“Very heavy eye creams tend to have oily formulas which can cause make-up to slide; while some eye gels leave a film on skin which can create a flaky finish,” explains make-up Daniel Sandler (danielsandler.com) whose brushes have graced the faces of Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and Yasmin Le Bon. “I prefer to prep eyes by using my ring finger to apply a light hydrating lotion around the orbital bone area. I then let it absorb completely by leaving for 2-3 minutes before following with make-up.”
Q:“DOES APPLYING MORE EYE CREAM MEAN BETTER RESULTS?”
“Regardless of how gentle your eye cream is, the delicate structure of the skin around the eye means applying too much product can cause puffiness and irritation,”says Nuz Shugaa. Instead of overloading on product, Nuz suggests boosting your skincare with simple lifestyle changes. “Drinking lots of water helps, eating a balanced diet and taking a skincare supplement like Seven Seas Ilumina Skin, Hair and Nails £15.99 (boots.com) can help smooth and brighten the eye area by hydrating and nourishing skin from the inside.”
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