September 25, 2016

Hot! Beauty Q&A: Eye Creams 101 – What Do I Need to Know?

While we’ve reviewed multiple eye creams here on the site and will continue to share our fab finds, a popular question we’ve received from you is “Do they really work? How?” We chatted with experts Annie Mayo and Indie Lee to get the lowdown on the top 5 basics you need to know on picking out the right product for you, along with some easy at-home DIY solutions if you’re feeling adventurous.

TFR: How do I know a product is right for me?
Indie: It’s really important to listen to what your body is telling you and this is another perfect example, as not all eye creams are created equal. What are your “eye area” needs? Are you looking for anti aging help, want to address dark circles, puffiness, dry skin? Then look for a product that addresses that need. In some cases, what you really need is sleep or hydration from the inside. Remember allergies and sinus attacks can lead to puffiness and plain old genetics can play a role in dark areas under the eyes.

TFR: What kinds of key ingredients should I look for in an eye cream?
Indie: Fortunately we live in an age where topical treatments are available to help.  Once you know what you are targeting, you can get cracking on what ingredients to look for in your eye cream.

  • Hyaluronic Acid is a great ingredient. It works as a humectant, binding with moisture in the air and absorbing over 1000 times its own weight, keeping your skin moist.
  • Polypeptides are also beneficial for the war against wrinkles. They are gentler to the skin than retinol but packed with Vitamin C, aiding the body’s own collagen production and antioxidants.
  • Products with Caffeine are used to target puffy eyes. Caffeine is a vasoconstrictor, narrowing the blood vessels reducing swelling.
  • Retinol, a Vitamin A derivative, is commonly used in products that target dark circles.  Retinols encourage skin to exfoliate and treat hyperpigmentation.  However, many people find retinols too strong for their skin – leading to irritation.  Word of caution, retinols create sun sensitive skin, so you want to use these products at night and be sure to cover your eyes when out in the sun with sunscreen – or as I like to use – fantastic sunglasses and a wide brim hat.

Annie: Avocado oil and shea butter also are great for the best hydration. Antioxidants such as resveratrol help with the aging process.

TFR: Do concealers typically provide enough moisture for the skin around the eyes or do I need to add a step into my regimen?
Annie: Creamy consistence concealers work best under the eyes considering most women are dehydrated and have slight wrinkling under the eyes. I recommend using a good eye cream and following immediately by a concealer for a dewy luminescent look.

TFR: How often should I apply eye cream to get maximum results?
Indie: I recommend using an eye cream as part of your beauty regime morning and night. When using an eye cream in the morning, you may want to wait a few minutes before applying makeup to allow the eye cream to absorb into skin. Always be sure to use products as directed. Consistency is also important; while you may change your products to fight different challenges over time, the important thing is to maintain consistency. One application will not create a long-term effect.

TFR: What is your personal favorite eye cream to use?
Annie: Creams that are paraben and fragrance-free, contain hyaluronic acid such as Neocutis.

Click through the gallery for deets on 3 ingredients for easy at-home DIY solutions!

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Cucumbers: These veggies are soothing to the skin and have astringent properties that constrict blood vessels to reduce excess puffiness.

Tea: Caffeinated tea constricts blood vessels and reduces swelling. Steep tea bag in hot water for a few minutes, remove and let cool. Lie down, close your eyes and place tea bags over each eye for 10 minutes.

Potato: Yup, these tubers are fantastic for puffy eyes! The starch acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.

Grate a potato into a clean light cloth to make a poultice. Place poultice on closed eyelids for 15 minutes.

About Annie:
Annie Mayo is a makeup artist for TV & Film, as well as the President/CEO of Advanced Mineral Makeup. She launched AMM in 2009 with a commitment to offering high quality, cutting edge, and 100% natural mineral makeup. As a former salon owner and aesthetician, Annie has spent over 25 years honing her skills in all aspects of hair, skin, and makeup.

About Indie:
Indie Lee is a natural ingredients advocate, who has devoted her life to educating consumers on the dangerous contaminants that consume our lives. Following her recovery from a life-threatening brain tumor, likely caused by environmental toxins in food products and cleaning and skin care products, Indie left her corporate suits and lifestyle behind to re-dedicate her life to educating consumers on the hidden dangers of chemicals in cosmetics and personal care products. She founded Indie Lee & Co., a line of all-natural alternatives that includes six cross-functional skincare collections to treat common skin conditions

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