Eye Cream Vs Eye Serum

skin care essentials Eye Cream vs. Eye Serum 一 What’s The Difference?

Find out which one is best for you.

If you’re looking to address under-eye concerns like dark circles or fine lines and wrinkles, perhaps you’ve been on the hunt for the best eye cream or the most full-coverage concealer. But you might be missing out on an effective solution if you’re overlooking eye serums. We spoke with Madison Godesky, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Scientific Affairs at L’Oréal Paris, about all things eye serums, and we’re sharing.  Keep reading to understand how eye serum differs from eye cream, and to find out about our newest eye serum. 

What Is An Eye Serum?

Just like facial serum, an eye serum contains a high concentration of active ingredients to address specific concerns. It’s formulated specifically for the under eye area with a fluid formula and texture. We love the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Derm Intensives with 1.5 Percent Hyaluronic Acid, 1 Percent Caffeine Eye Serum because it contains anti-aging ingredients like niacinamide and caffeine. It also provides hydration to the under-eye area while also addressing dark circles, puffiness and fine lines and wrinkles. Plus, it has a specially designed triple roller applicator which helps to massage the product into the skin as well as address puffiness.

To use, dip the applicator into the serum and smooth it over the eyelid, temple and under the eye. Go over the area three to four times, massaging the contours around your eyes for a self-care moment. If there's excess serum left in the area when you remove the applicator, use your ring finger to gently tap it into the skin. Repeat on the other eye and continue to use each night and day as part of your skin care routine.

Eye Cream vs. Eye Serum

You’re probably wondering how an eye serum differs from a traditional eye cream. “In general serums are more potent treatments. They have fluid textures that are designed to be absorbed more quickly and deliver a high concentration of actives [than other skin care products],” Godesky explains. 

Eye creams often have more dense formulations and lower concentrations of actives like hyaluronic acid, niacinamide, retinol and more. While eye creams like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Triple Power Eye Treatment are great for providing hydration to the area and helping to improve the appearance of dark circles, eye serums are typically more targeted formulas that work to address the root cause of concerns under the eyes. 

When it comes to applying any skin care product under your delicate eye area, Godesky explains that “you want to make sure it’s tolerable in that zone, fragrance-free and appropriate for the delicate area. With that in mind, it’s important to hydrate that area and remember to put SPF there, too.” 

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