skin care concerns 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Using Your Eye Cream
Look out for your most delicate skin.
Look out for your most delicate skin.
For a time, eye creams were overlooked when it came to trending skin care products. These days the small but mighty eye creams are finally getting the attention they deserve. If you have dark circles, puffiness, or crow’s feet, using an eye cream as part of your daily beauty regimen may help reduce the appearance of your under-eye concerns. But, whether you’re an eye cream novice or an early adopter, there’s a chance you could be making some common mistakes with how you use this essential skin care product. Below, find out how to correct your eye cream errors so that you can incorporate this important product into your skin care routine the right way.
Like most skin care products, eye creams are formulated to treat different concerns. To get your best results, choose an eye cream that will work for your skin’s specific’s needs. If your biggest concern is dark circles, choose a cream that will help brighten your under-eye area like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment which can reduce the look of wrinkles and under-eye bags with continued use over time. Even if wrinkles and dark circles aren’t your main concern, you should still be using an eye cream regularly to keep your under-eye skin hydrated.
Knowing the right order to apply your skin care will ensure each product can work its best. One easy rule to keep in mind is that you should apply products based on thickness or texture. If your eye cream is richer and heavier than your moisturizer, it should go on top. If it’s lighter then it’s fine to apply it underneath. Of course, always check the instructions on your eye cream’s packaging to see what the cosmetic chemists who formulated the product advise.
Just as you should cleanse and moisturize your skin twice a day, you should also apply your eye cream morning and night. The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5% Hyaluronic Acid, 1% Caffeine Eye Serum is a daily moisturizer created to care for the delicate area around the eyes. It’s formulated with hyaluronic acid to enhance skin's moisture retention, and caffeine to help reduce that “morning puffy look.” Be sure to massage it gently around your eye area until thoroughly absorbed in the AM and PM.
To get the most skin-replenishing benefits from your eye cream, it’s best to use it while your skin is damp. That’s because applying a cream to wet or damp skin can help lock in hydration, keeping it soft and moisturized. So, before applying your eye cream, try dabbing a little water onto the skin under your eyes to let some extra moisture set it.
The skin surrounding your eyes is quite a small area, so a pea-sized amount of eye cream should usually be enough to cover the skin under both eyes. If you’re using an eye cream with a high price tag you’ll really want to get the most bang for your buck, so be sparing. If you’re looking for a product that’s affordable and can multitask, try the L'Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Anti-Aging Eye Cream Treatment. Its formula is infused with antioxidants, and it works to target five signs of aging ranging from dark circles to crepiness.
If you apply eye cream too close to your eyelids or near your lashes, there’s a risk it will get into your eyes, which can burn and lead to irritation. For the safest use, simply dot the product along the orbital bone, right under your eyebrow, and under your eyes in a semi-circle shape about half an inch below your lash line.
The skin surrounding the eyes is the most delicate skin on your face, so there’s no reason to handle it roughly. Instead, blend the eye cream out with your ring finger (which has a more delicate touch) using gentle patting and tapping motions. Another option to ensure a gentle application is by using an eye cream fitted with a metal tip. The L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment has an angled metal tip that fits perfectly around the small contours of your eyes and feels cool upon application.
It’s important to give your eye cream a little time to settle in before moving on to the next step in your routine. This can help ensure the product has time to absorb and keep it from shifting when you layer on other products.
Editor’s Tip: If you're in a hurry and don’t have time to wait for your eye cream to dry before applying makeup every day, try the L'Oréal Paris Eye Cream in a Concealer, 0.5% Hyaluronic Acid. It’s a multitasking product that will save you time in the mornings and leave you with instant dark circle coverage.
Edited by: Lauren Paige Richeson