What Does Eye Cream Do?

What Does Eye Cream Do?

If you thought eye cream was just for older women, think again! Eye cream should be a part of everyone’s skincare routine, regardless of age. If you’re not completely sure what eye cream actually does or how it varies from say, regular moisturizer, no worries--we’re about to explain it to you. If we do our job well, you’ll be a convert by the time you’re finished reading this!


Main Takeaways: Eye cream performs a multitude of functions, from hydrating the skin around the eye area to helping to diminish dark circles.

Good to Know: The skin around our eyes is much thinner than the rest of our face, so we need a product specially designed for this delicate area.

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Why Use Eye Cream?

We know that when you’re younger, the idea of using eye cream makes about as much sense as the idea of collecting Social Security. But in fact, this is exactly when you should be using it, because this is the time in your life when you can prevent fine lines and wrinkles instead of trying to get them to go away.

Not only that, but eye cream isn’t just about wrinkles! The skin around the eye area is very delicate and doesn’t produce a lot of oil, so it needs to be treated in a very specific way no matter how old you are. The eyes are also a place where not-so-great lifestyle habits have a tendency to really show up on your face. (After all, when was the last time you looked in the mirror and said to yourself, “Wow, I didn’t get a lot of sleep last night and my nose sure looks tired this morning?”). Eye cream can help solve a lot of those problems as we’ll see below.

Finally, if you use it for no other reason, eye cream can really help your makeup go on much more smoothly. If you don’t believe us, try a little experiment and apply eye shadow on one eye with eye cream and one without. We bet you’ll see what we mean pretty quickly.

Eye Cream Benefits

Eye cream helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles - While this certainly isn’t the only reason people use eye cream, it’s probably the main reason. Because the skin around the eye is so thin and because it produces so little oil, fine lines and wrinkles have a tendency to be much worse there than anyplace else on the face. Add to that that most of us have some smile lines around the eyes, and you can see why it’s so crucial to stop fine lines and wrinkles before they start in this area! Eye creams are specifically formulated to penetrate deeper into the delicate skin around the eyes, helping to reduce the appearance of these lines and wrinkles, and even helping to prevent them from forming in the first place.

Eye cream helps reduce the appearance of bags under the eyes - It really is astounding how much our lifestyle choices show in our eyes! One bad night of sleep or a little too much to drink, and most of us wake up with big bags under our eyes in the shape of crescent moons. Although it can’t make up for the lack of sleep or help your hangover, the caffeine that’s usually found in eye cream will really help reduce the appearance of those bags!

Eye cream helps reduce puffiness under the eyes - As if big old bags under the eyes weren’t enough, our eyes are also prone to major puffiness, usually caused by anything from allergies to crying. If you want to really reduce the look of puffiness, put a little eye cream on your eyes--we bet you’ll find it subsides!

Eye cream helps eye makeup go on better - Just like regular moisturizer helps makeup go on the face much more smoothly, eye cream helps eye makeup go on much, much better! If you’ve ever struggled with getting that cat eye just right or not messing up that smokey eye, try a little eye cream and see if it helps!

Eye cream helps illuminate the eye area - Like the rest of our skin, the eye area can start to look a little dull, but a good eye cream can help bring back its radiance. It’s not a terrible idea to put a little eye cream around your eyes and not let it absorb all the way--that little extra shine the eye cream will give you will create a glowing effect!

Eye cream helps hydrate the skin - It seems odd, but the area around the eyes can actually get dry and flakey, especially in drier weather. Eye cream helps restore some of that moisture so your eyes look young and vibrant!

Eye cream helps smooth the skin - Yes, even the skin around the eye area can get a bit rough from time to time (you can really see it when you put on eye shadow), but a good eye cream can help smooth it out.

How to Properly Apply Eye Cream to Get the Most Out of It

If you’ve never used eye cream before, using it for the first time can be a little daunting, especially since that’s really the most delicate part of the face. In fact, it’s really pretty simple to incorporate it as part of your regular skin care routine.

All you have to do is go through the normal steps of your routine (cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer) and apply a great, natural eye cream (and make sure you’ve done a really thorough job of getting your eye makeup off, otherwise you’ll just be swishing that around the eye area).

To do so, put a little eye cream on your ring finger for a light touch, and gently dab it on your eyelids and under your eyes. No need to massage it in the way you would with moisturizer. Just let it sink in on its own so you don’t have to tug at the eye area (our eye cream is known for absorbing into the skin very quickly). And of course, be careful not to actually get it in your eyes!

We hope we’ve convinced you to start using eye cream if you haven’t already. They say the eyes are the window to the soul and if that’s true, you want to make sure you’re keeping them looking their best!