A life is not worth living if laughter, happiness, and adventure are not present. All these positive emotions that we experience everyday form into happy memories that we can always look back on. The proof of a happy life lies within our eyes, and all of our experiences help to form how we see the world. Our story is told through the laugh lines we form from enjoyment and the crow’s feet we develop from smiling all day. These lines should be looked at as evidence of a fulfilled life, but sometimes there appearance can be a bit of an annoyance. Although aging is a process that should not be seen in a negative light, there are a few tips and tricks we can do to preserve our youthful appearance, while growing judicious with age! Read a little more to find out the importance of eye creams, and what I do to radiate my youth.
Although the process of aging is inevitable and we should not run away from it as if it’s something to be afraid of, under eye care should still be a fundamental element of the skin care routine! Here are some of the things that I find most important in eye cream and why I include it in my skin care routine both day and night.
1.The under eye area is the most delicate and sensitive area of our entire face. The skin surrounding our eyes is extremely delicate as it is much thinner than skin anywhere else on our bodies. In fact, it is about 5-10X thinner than other parts of your face! This to me is quite surprising seeing as the under eye area is one of the most manipulated areas of our face, so you would think it would have evolved to be of higher thickness over time. Between rubbing our eyes because of allergies, applying/taking off makeup, or even just resting our hands on our face, our eyes endure a lot of stress throughout the day! The properties and effects of under eye cream help us to care for this sensitive area that can be easily neglected! I’ll get more into how it uses its properties to restore our eyes in a bit!
2. The under eye area is the first indicator of aging. Once again, I strongly believe that the process of aging is a beautiful thing and should be embraced and something to look forward to. That being said, since the area around our eyes is so thin and delicate, it tends to alter our appearance very early on in our lives. Something as simple as laughter, which is so important to our everyday lives, can significantly take part in the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. The movement of these muscles can allow for us to appear even older than we are. As much as wisdom comes with age, we don’t want the innocence of our youth to escape us that quickly!
3. The under eye area loses its elasticity faster than any other part of our body. Going off about what I explained before, the formation of fine lines and wrinkles appear when the elasticity in our skin begins to fade. The less elastic something is, the more it begins to sag and lose its structure. Under eye care can help to preserve and strengthen elasticity helping to sustain a youthful glow!
4. Eye cream can help to reduce the appearance of dark circles. Dark circles appear when the area of skin below your eyes begins to get thinner and thinner. This creates a transparency effect. The thinner the skin is, the easier it is to see blood vessels underneath. The more blood vessels you can see, the darker this area looks, therefore resulting in “under eye bags” as many like to refer to! These dark circles give off the impression of stress, tiredness, and defeat. Under eye cream helps to hydrate this area, therefor minimizing the transparency of the skin.
Putting in the effort to care for our appearance and health of our skin is important but I want to stress, once again, that aging is not a bad thing! Aging is an irreversible process, and no one gets younger with time. Having the ability to say you have lived a complete and full life is something I want to be able to do, and therefore I will embrace every year of age I accomplish, and be proud of it. The effects of aging (fine lines and wrinkles) are a part of life, but we can slightly preserve our appearance of youth to hang out to the characteristics of innocence, freshness, and spirit.
HOW IT WORKS!
The formulation of under eye creams has come quite a long way. It can be found in almost any skin care line and the amount of nutrients, vitamins, and mineral combinations available are endless. That means there will always be a product that’s right for you and your specific needs!
Eye cream works by targeting fine lines and wrinkles. As explained above, these begin to appear when elasticity is lost in the skin. This creates skin to droop for there is not enough strength to hold it in place. Eye cream attacks these fine lines by adding moisture to them. The added hydration creates a plumping effect, which flattens out these fine lines. It’s almost like ironing a wrinkly shirt. The plumping effect allows for elasticity to be restored and strengthens the area around the eye.
Although this process sounds like some sort of magic, it must be noted that the benefits that under eye cream brings will not work in a day. Reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles is a preventative process that needs strict and repetitive care. Hydrating and caring for our eyes everyday will help to slow down the formation process, but it will not remove the appearance of these lines overnight. Nonetheless, hydration is important for a clear and glowing complexion, so even if wrinkles don’t instantly disappear, your skin will become more radiant with each day.
My Top 3 Favourite Under Eye Creams
1. Kiels Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($35)
This has been my go to under eye product for the past 6 months or so. I find the texture and formulation is exactly what I look for in under eye care. The main focus of this product is hydration and preventing fine lines from forming. Its consistency is quite sticky and tacky like, so it stays in place once applied and doesn’t migrate to other areas of the face. This is crucial in an eye care product for me because since the under eye area is so thin, I want to ensure that the product is taking full effect in this area and not targeting other areas of my face that don’t need the nutrients as much.
The main ingredients found in this eye cream are of course avocado, which is a fatty vitamin that helps with plumping. It is also very high in an array of other vitamins, which ensure that I am receiving as much nutrients as possible for maximum hydration. Some of the vitamins that are present are Beta Carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant, and also Shea butter, which is a natural hydrating nut that is known to restore dry skin.
I would highly recommend this product for anyone who is looking for an all around under eye cream, for it doesn’t discriminate on skin concerns! The price is fair in my opinion because one tub of this eye cream can last me the entire year, seeing as I’ve had it for 6 months and not even half way through the tub!
2. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream ($38 @ Sephora - $30 Online Origins Store)
This is my go to eye cream when travelling, after a long night, or an exhausting week of school and work. Although this eye cream does has many hydrating properties, the main focus of this product is to de-puff and reduce the appearance of dark circles. I like to take this one with me while I travel because I find this is usually a time where I am using up a lot more energy than I usually would. Nights tend to be later and days tend to be longer, therefor the look of fatigue is more prominent!
The brightening properties of GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream include caffeine, which is an antioxidant that helps with blood circulation. Ginseng is obviously also present, which is strong in vitality, promoting strength, growth, and overall wellbeing. The mix of Ginseng and Magnolia Extract targets inflammation, therefor soothing any puffiness around the eyes. I would definitely recommend this eye cream to anyone who struggles with under eye bags, and wants to give a more awake appearance to their complexion.
3.The Face Shop Mango Seed Silk Moisturizing Eye Cream ($30)
For those who want an eye cream that is very light on the skin, The Face Shop Mango Seed Silk Moisturizing Eye Cream is a good choice because its quick absorption ability allows for a weightless result to be achieved. This is great for those of you who are always on the go and want their skin care process to be as fast and efficient as possible for their busy schedules.
Even though this eye cream is very light on this skin, mango seed is known for its significant hydrating properties, so it still allows for a protective layer over the skin to shields against irritation and environment toxins. The mango seeds long lasting hydration properties creates a smoothing effect on the skin, especially over fine lines and wrinkles, which in turn boosts elasticity and reduces the effects that come with aging. I’ve been through countless amounts of this product, along with many members of my family, and the strong citrus scent keeps us coming back for more!
How To Apply
Now that I wrote a short novel on the importance of under eye care, your eyes are probably strained from staring at your phone or computer screen for so long! I think its time to go wash your face, apply some eye cream, and spend the rest of your day with content and enjoyment. Remember to laugh a little more and smile a little bigger, because the best look for anyone is happiness, and delight will brighten your appearance more than any eye cream can!