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Are you doing your skin a favour when buying those small eye cream containers, or you're just paying double price for half of the regular face product? There's a bit difference of opinion going on. The truth is out there.

The skin around the eyes is very sensitive and thin; everybody knows it. We blink around 10.000 times per day, we smile, frown, and squint. Whatever facial expression we make, it can't go without moving the under eye area. Some dermatologists and researchers claim that eye creams are just more expensive versions of regular face moisturizers, but others claim they are much milder, have different purposes, and are necessary to keep that sensitive skin around eyes young and healthy.

Marketing has done a lot to convince us that we need a separate product for the periorbital region. We want to believe that if we apply expensive cream, it will do miracles, and erase all bad habits from our faces. If there's a cream like that, why wouldn't we use it on the entire face and neck, or even entire bodies so we would never look old? It makes no sense.

Who May Need Eye Cream

It is very simple. If your under eye skin is not too dry and too demanding (your regular face cream contains all the ingredients your skin needs) and your eyes don't show any negative reactions, then you can use one product for the entire face.

From personal experience, I have to say that even though I have oily skin, no wrinkles or any puffiness, I do like my periorbital area hydrated. For years, I'd skip this part in my beauty routine just because my eyes would always tear up and sting when I came near them with the regular moisturizer. Over time I realized it was happening because my eyes are sensitive, and face creams can contain some strong ingredients, often harsh fragrances or alcohol. As I've started using mild under eye gels, I don't have tearing or burning problems, just because they are gentler than my usual face lotions. When I purchase a mild face cream, I have no problems using it under my eyes too.

Women with dry skin, wrinkles, fine lines, puffiness or dark circles may need some extra moisture. Some women smoke, drink or lead unhealthy lives in general, and try to compensate for those bad habits by buying expensive products to help the skin they've been hurting. I always say it is better to stack up on the healthy foods because those are the real beauty products, but if you for some reason can't lead a healthy lifestyle and want eye cream to target your problem, there are ingredients that address specific skin conditions.

Ingredients To Look For When Buying Face Products

I avoided saying eye creams in the title on purpose. Under eye skin products can be of the same ingredients and constitution as face lotions, but they are also made in milder versions than regular creams, with gentler active ingredients and are often free of perfume and other allergens.

To combat puffiness and dark circles, choose a cream or gel with caffeine, chamomile or green tea because these ingredients are known in helping combat excess water. Same as it goes with your morning cup of coffee, caffeine in face products helps the skin to look rested and more awake.

If you are battling wrinkles, try creams with retinol (a form of vitamin A), peptide (an amino acid), and vitamin C.

Retinol has been proven to increase production of cells in the top layer of skin. With ageing, skin loses collagen. Retinol is able to boost collagen production which makes the skin look plumper and younger. It also helps with pigmentation which comes with ageing or sun damage. Some amount of population is sensitive to retinol since it can cause skin to peel off or appear red and dried out.

These same ingredients come in almost every anti-ageing product. If you already have retinol in your face lotion, then you don't need the same ingredient in a different bottle for under eye region.

To sum up, eye creams do have one positive side — they are often gentler than regular face creams. But they are often much more expensive and contain same weak anti-ageing properties that can be found in regular face creams. Plus, in most cases they don't have sun protection factor, and you'd think that the gentle under eye skin really needs an SPF.

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