The skin around the eyes is more fragile and quicker to show age and tiredness.
Squinting and constant movement of the eyes tend to increase the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Fluids collect under the eyes and cause puffiness. Poor circulation, tiredness, stress or genetics may also cause dark circles.
While some of the ingredients of face moisturiser and eye cream are the same they are formulated to address different issues. Face moisturisers, especially those targeting antiaging have active ingredients that may irritate the delicate eye area. If your face moisturiser has no active ingredients then it may help to hydrate your eye area, but won’t address the key concerns of dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.
“Creams are designed specifically to suit their purpose. For the face, the consistency and texture will be different than for the eye,” explains Tariq Karim, founder of Santi Medispa.
Eye creams are formulated to address the special concerns of the eye area. The skin around the eyes is more fragile and prone to dryness. Dark circles, puffiness and “crows feet” are common concerns, especially as we age.
Eye creams help to nourish this delicate skin, keeping it hydrated to prevent dryness and fine lines. Targeted active ingredients can stimulate sluggish circulation and strengthen capillary walls to address puffiness and lighten dark circles. They also soften fine lines and make the skin under your eyes look youthful.
After cleansing in the morning and evening, apply eye cream using the fourth finger on each hand (it exerts the least amount of pressure), and lightly pat on to the delicate under-eye area and around eye sockets until the cream is absorbed.
A targeted eye cream will help to reduce dark circles, puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles. But there’s more you can do to look after this delicate area.
Always wear protective eyewear: Sunglasses keep the skin around your eyes protected from harmful UV rays, fine lines, crows feet, and skin cancer.
Use black or green tea bags to further brighten dark circles: Apply cool, steeped tea bags over closed eyes and relax for 5 minutes. Black and green teas contain antioxidants called flavonoids and tannins that have an anti-inflammatory effect, and caffeine further constricts the blood vessels to further reduce swelling and discolouration.
Use cucumbers or potatoes to de-puff eye bags: The astringent properties in these vegetables help reduce inflammation and help tighten the skin. Place slices over your eyes and relax for 5 minutes.
A targeted intensive eye cream provides long term anti-aging benefits – deeply nourishing, softening and preventing fine lines and wrinkles around the delicate eye area.Look for natural, active elements to boost collagen production, tone delicate skin and minimise dark circles and puffiness.
The active ingredients in Restore Intensive Eye Cream are Native Lemon Aspen, Cucumber Oil and Resveratrol.
Skin Type: All Skin Types
A soothing ‘facial’ for your eyes to help reduce dark circles and puffiness – reviving your eyes. Mild cleansing is followed by a gentle exfoliation. A massage relaxes tension and encourages lymphatic drainage. Finish with a hydrating mask with collagen and hyaluronic acid.
Also available as an add-on to any Facial or Brow Treatment for just $30.