You likely already know that eye cream should be part of your daily skin care routine. And maybe you even use one. That’s because, depending on which one you decide to try, an eye cream may be able to help minimize the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, and/or fine lines and wrinkles. But you shouldn’t just slather any ol’ eye cream around your delicate eye area haphazardly. Instead, take a peek at the eye cream hacks below—they can help you get the most out of this essential skin care product for a brighter-looking, smoother-feeling under-eye area.
EYE CREAM HACK #1: PICK THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOUR NEEDS
When it comes to eye cream, choosing one that address your specific issues is definitely key. Not sure where to start? Here are some of our best eye creams to consider.
The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Anti-Wrinkle + Firming Eye Cream can help make skin around the eyes feel firmer and look smoother, plus it can also help reduce the appearance of dark circles, all with continued use over time.
The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Triple Power™ Eye Treatment is a luxurious, lightweight cream formulated with hyaluronic acid, caffeine, and Pro-Xylane™ to help reduce the look of under-eye bags, wrinkles, and puffiness. Plus, it’s got a cooling applicator. (Applying your eye cream cold can have some benefits—but more on that later!)
The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Renewal Eye Cream can help immediately hydrate your skin and diminish the look of dark circles, under-eye bags, and wrinkles with continued use over time. Additionally, it can help make your eye area look more radiant with continued use.
The L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Miracle Blur Eye Treatment has a silky, hydrating formula that glides onto skin for an immediate smoothing effect and cool finish. Formulated with Pro-Retinol A, vitamin C, and a specifically-designed peptide for the eye area, it can also help improve the look of dark circles with continued use over time.
EYE CREAM HACK #2: STORE IT IN THE FRIDGE
Want to give your eyes a cool treat? Put your eye cream in the refrigerator. Dr. Rocio Rivera, head of scientific communications for L’Oréal Paris, says that this can help reduce the look of dark circles and puffiness. That’s because when cold, eye creams can cause short-term vasoconstriction (a.k.a. tightening of blood vessels), which can benefit those with puffy eyes or dark circles. (Read our article, Store These 3 Skin Care Products in the Fridge, to find out what else you can apply to your face cold.)
EYE CREAM HACK #3: APPLY IT GENTLY
There’s no need to be aggressive—gentleness is the way to go when applying eye cream. Use your ring finger (it has a lighter touch compared to your other fingers) to pat—not rub—eye cream into the skin around your eyes.
EYE CREAM HACK #4: REMEMBER THE SAYING ‘LESS IS MORE’
Nope—there’s no reason for you to apply a ton of eye cream around your eyes—this will only leave your face looking greasy. Typically, a tiny dot of product is all that you need to use each time you put on an eye cream. We know—it’s easy to go overboard, but in this case, showing some restraint can make all the difference in the world.
EYE CREAM HACK #5: USE IT BEFORE BED
According to the American Academy of Dermatology, your skin repairs itself why you sleep—so if you only apply eye cream in the morning, you could be doing so much more to improve the look of your eye area. Make sure to use your eye cream of choice as part of your nighttime skin care routine. Most can be used twice a day—morning and night—so be diligent!
Want more eye cream advice? We’ve got you covered. Head on over to our article, 8 Mistakes You Could Be Making with Your Eye Cream, next.