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Concerns: Eye Care

Why care about eye care?

There are differing opinions on whether people require a separate skin care product for the under eye area. If someone were to to ask me whether they should use one my less than helpful response would be...maybe!

In order to understand why you might consider using a separate skin care product for the under eye we first need to understand more about the skin in that area.

How does the skin under the eyes differ from the rest of the face?

The structure of the skin under the eye is very different to that of the rest of the face for the following reasons:​

  1. It has very little fat; making it prone to wrinkling,

  2. It contains no oil glands; making it prone to dryness,

  3. It is generally thinner; often making the reddish blue blood vessels more obvious often resulting in the appearance of dark circles,

  4. Normal fat that helps support the eyes can move into the lower eyelids and this along with the accumulation of excess fluid can lead to puffing of the skin i.e. eye bags.

  5. It is the area of the body most prone to the development of milia which are; small, white bumps that appear on the skin caused by keratin that’s trapped underneath the surface.

Diagram showing the difference between the skin around the eyes compared to the rest of the face

How should you treat the under eye area?

1. Be Gentle

Be careful not to pull and tug at the skin around the eyes as it is very delicate. Try not to rub your eyes generally and take care when removing make-up. An oil cleanse to soften make-up before removal is a great option here.

2. Use Skin Care Products which are Fragrance free

Due to the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes, and given that fragrance in skin care is a known sensitiser, using a fragrance free cream, serum or oil in that area is something we always recommend. 

3. Use Sun Protection

As the eyes are very sensitive it is an area often overlooked when it comes to sun protection.  Anti-oxidants in eye products help a great deal at combating free-radicals but we must also try and bring our sun protection up around the eye area to ensure this delicate area is well protected.

Here at SKIND we have selected some great sunscreens which are very gentle to sensitive skin so whilst not formulated specifically for the eye area we have found them non-irritating to the eyes.

In addition regularly wearing sunglasses and/or a hat can provide great added protection.

4. Exfoliate with care

Due to the delicate nature of the skin around the eyes we need to take care when it comes to any sort of exfoliation.

Items such as a Konjac Sponge can be useful to provide very gentle exfoliation around the delicate eye area particularly for those prone to the development of milia. However, many find just a simple cotton cloth will do the job as long as you go very gently.

Rather than physical exfoliation a Gentle chemical exfoliator such as an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) or enzyme exfoliator can work really well for this area as long as you choose weak concentrations.

5. Keep products light

While most can get away with taking a sensitive, fragrance free skin care product for the face up over the eye area some individuals are prone to the development of Milia which can be exacerbated by the use of moisturisers on the heavier side.  Milia are small, white bumps that appear on the skin, often in the eye area and, are caused by keratin that’s trapped underneath the surface of the skin.

The standard skin care products for treatment of the under eye area are moisturisers, oils and serums.  However, due to the sensitive nature of the skin around the eyes and, due the increased likelihood of developing milia in that area, products in all of these categories when specifically formulated for the eye area tend to be lighter and gentler than a standard skin care product for the face.

If you already use a light cream or gel moisturiser then the texture is probably already suitable for the eye area.

So when should you use an eye specific product?

Many people are likely to be able to take a light moisturiser formulated for sensitive skin right up over the eye area. However, there are two circumstances when using a separate eye product is probably a good idea.

1. When your face moisturiser isn't suitable for around the eyes

If a skin care product contains alcohol, fragrance, or any irritating ingredients, it may be best not to use it on the eye area. We have eliminated fragrance from our entire collection so this wouldn't necessarily be a problem with our products.

However, if you are using a moisturiser with strong ingredients such as Vitamin A (Retinoic Acid or its derivatives) or Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid or its derivatives) then these may not be suitable for the eye area. Should you want to use these types of ingredients in the area you would likely need to search for a separate specifically formulated eye care product.

2. If your eye area has different concerns to your face

If your skin under the eyes is drier than the rest of your face, for example, then using two separate products makes sense. However, they don’t necessarily need to be a face cream and an eye cream. It could be two face creams.

Overall look at the products you are using and whether they are suitable both in general and for the specific concerns of the skin around your eyes. If they are suitable then you should be fine to use your face products all over. If not then you are someone who could benefit from a specific eye product.

Here at SKIND we have a number of products which we believe are suitable for use around the eye area. As with all of our products these are part of our curated cruelty free and fragrance free skin care collection. You can view these here.

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