Diary / Beauty / Jul 17, 2023
What Does Eye Cream Do: 5 Benefits
Written by: Piper Gray
Photography by: Ben Ritter & Jon Paterson
For many, skincare routines focus on cleansing and moisturizing the skin, but the eye area is overlooked. The skin around your eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face—a very good reason to start paying more attention to it.
Using an eye cream is an effective way to nourish and protect the skin around your eyes. But what exactly does it do?
What Does Eye Cream Do?
Your eye area does not have as many oil glands as the rest of your skin, which can cause the eyes to be dryer than other areas of the face. Collagen is not as abundant, and your eye area does not have much fat under the skin. Subcutaneous fat gives your skin a plump and youthful appearance, and eye cream is designed to improve the appearance of the delicate skin around the eyes.
The ultimate goal of your eye cream is to provide hydration and moisture to the skin that, in turn, helps this area look more youthful and refreshed. While skin moisturizers are effective for your face, you’ll need a more specialized product when addressing concerns in the eye area.
This is because some ingredients in regular moisturizers are just too harsh for the delicate skin around the eyes. Jones Road Beauty’s Eye Cream is equipped with powerful active ingredients that glide onto your skin effortlessly and provide all-day hydration and moisture.
How Do I Apply Eye Cream?
Since the skin around the eyes is delicate and thin, apply eye cream gently to avoid damaging or irritating the often-sensitive area. Always start with clean skin; we suggest The Cleansing Stick for washing away makeup and impurities without leaving the skin dry and stripped. Clean skin means there’s no extra product preventing your eye cream from being fully absorbed.
Deposit a small amount of eye cream on your eye area using your pinky finger; using your smallest finger means you won’t overdo it on the amount of product you’re putting on. Then gently pat it in with your ring finger, starting from the inner corner and moving outward. Use the least amount of pressure to avoid rubbing and pulling. (And of course, be careful not to get the product in the eye.)
Consistent use—apply morning and night—will provide around-the-clock hydration and therefore the best results. Always allow a few minutes for the eye cream to absorb fully into the skin before applying any other products or makeup.
Ingredients To Look For
Dryness is a concern with the under-eye skin area since the skin is so thin—as are premature fine lines and wrinkles as signs of aging often first appear in this area.
Ingredients for eye creams should address those specific concerns while also being gentle. You may see ingredients listed on your eye cream like hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, retinol, ceramides, and niacinamide.
Jones Road Beauty’s Eye Cream contains glycerin, macadamia seed oil, and trehalose. These beneficial ingredients will moisturize and help minimize the signs of aging. Glycerin helps to provide a protective moisture barrier on the skin, which improves hydration and the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Macadamia seed oil is packed with antioxidants, which can help combat the physical signs of aging. Trehalose is a naturally occurring sugar that acts as an antioxidant and is helpful at hydrating, and can even help protect against the sun’s rays.
Now that you have foundational eye cream knowledge, let’s dig into the benefits of incorporating an eye cream into your skincare routine.
1. Hydrates the Delicate Skin Around the Eyes
Since the eye area has fewer oil glands than the rest of your face, dry skin is more likely in this area. Using a moisturizing eye cream helps to prevent dryness and flakiness that can occur.
The appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be exacerbated by dry skin, so using an eye cream to hydrate will benefit you when you want to minimize the physical signs of aging.
2. Provides Support for Aging
As we grow older, the skin around our eyes grows thinner. Thin skin is more susceptible to the formation of fine lines, wrinkles, and crow’s feet.
Using a hydrating eye cream can help minimize and improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, as water can plump up the skin.
3. Reduces the Appearance of Dark Circles
Dark circles and eye bags are common for many people. They can be caused by lack of sleep, stress, genetics, and allergies.
Using an eye cream can help brighten the skin and reduce the appearance of dark circles. Patience is key, though, as you won’t see results overnight. These areas can be stubborn, so it may take a few weeks of consistent eye cream use to see a difference.
4. Soothes Puffiness
If you’ve ever dealt with a lack of sleep, stress, or allergies, then you’ve gotten familiar with eye puffiness. (Even if you’re sleeping plenty and aiming for balance, genetics can play a part in puffy eyes, too.) An eye cream containing antioxidants can help soothe puffiness by supporting healthy circulation and calming irritation.
Quick tip: For extra comfort, pop your eye cream in the fridge for a bit to bring its temperature down. This will soothe and wake up tired eyes, especially in the heat.
5. Supports Smooth Makeup Application
Using an eye cream can help your makeup go on, and stay on, more evenly. Dehydrated skin often makes makeup look cakey, and an eye cream can create a smooth canvas, which prevents creasing or patchiness from appearing once you apply makeup.
We recommend applying a light layer of Eye Cream on before tackling color correction around the eyes. Once the cream fully absorbs into the skin, you’ll notice just how smoothly our Face Pencil glides on and blends in.
The Bottom Line
Adding an eye cream to your skincare routine can provide numerous benefits for the delicate skin around your eyes. It can help to hydrate and moisturize the skin, promoting a youthful appearance by minimizing the appearance of dark circles, puffiness, fine lines, and wrinkles.
In other words, no downside.