Woman applying serum on her face in front of the mirror
This image shows a woman applying serum to her face in front of the mirror. The serum is a clear liquid that is being applied to the woman's forehead, cheeks, and under her eyes. The woman is looking at herself in the mirror.

Do You Really Need Eye Cream?

In this article, we will discuss the key ingredients to look for in an eye cream, as well as how to choose the right product for your skin type. We will also debunk some of the myths about eye cream, and give you some tips on how to use it effectively.

Dermatological and/or hypoallergenic tested meaning

The eye area is the thinnest part of our skin, about 0.5mm thick. As a result, it is more prone to dryness, wrinkles, and dark circles.

Based on this information, companies have developed a range of products for the ‘sensitive eye area’. Some companies may carry out dermatological or hypoallergenic tests on their products and ingredients, although they are not legally required to do so.

There is no institution that verifies the phrases “hypoallergenic”, “dermatologically tested” or the understanding that these phrases are 100% non-allergenic or non-irritating. However, these phrases can be informative for people with hypersensitive skin who suffer from conjunctivitis and allergies. 

We can generalise that the ingredients and formulations of almost every company’s eye area products and face products are similar. For example, I have brought the ingredients of two products in the same range from La Roche-Posay, a brand whose products I love, one for the eyes and one for the face, and as you can see the ingredients are almost exactly the same: 

15ml eye cream for $49.99 and 30ml face cream for $59.99

At this point, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want to buy a more expensive product with the exact same ingredients. Before you buy an eye cream, compare the ingredients of the eye cream and the face cream from the same product line. First, look at the active ingredients. Then, compare the inactive ingredients. Finally, consider the price. If you like the eye cream and think it works, you can use it, but I would still recommend comparing the ingredients.

The most effective ingredients for the eye area

  • Retinoids are the most effective ingredient that helps to thicken the epidermis. By thickening the epidermis, it helps to reduce dark circles under the eye area. Most importantly, it reduces and prevents wrinkles around the eyes.
  • Vitamin C, Kojic Acid, Niacinamide, AHA’s, Caffeine, etc. are the best for antioxidant benefits and to help maintain a radiant appearance.
  • Ceramides, fatty acids, etc. are the best ingredients for the support of facial fat pads, especially in mature skin.
  • Hyaluronic acid, glycerine, aloe vera, etc. are great for retaining moisture. 
  • Occlusive and emollient ingredients such as silicones, fatty acids, ceramides and petrolatum are excellent at sealing in moisture and supporting the health of the skin barrier.
  • Most importantly, UV filters are a must for the prevention of photo-aging and hyperpigmentation.

In conclusion, there are a number of factors to consider when choosing an eye cream. In short, you should look for a cream that contains effective ingredients, is non-irritating, and fits your budget. For example, I use serums, essences, lotions, creams, etc. containing these ingredients on my eye area if I do not experience any burning, irritation or allergic reactions. 

However, if your skin is very sensitive and prone to allergic reactions, please check that the tests I mentioned at the beginning of the article are indicated and read the instructions for use of the product. 

Thank you for reading,