Dear Derm: Is Eye Cream A Myth?

How do you find the best eye cream for you? First up, you need to decide what you want it to do. Do you want it to smooth out wrinkles? Depuff bags? Minimise circles? Or all of the above plus colour correcting, brightening and tightening too?

The delicate eye area is invariably one of the first to show visible signs of ageing.

Thin and lacking the support of underlying fat, skin around the eyes has virtually no sebaceous glands and is highly vulnerable to dryness and sagging.

Add to that the frequent muscle movements that pleat and stress the skin here, inevitably we see more lines and wrinkles, plus redness and dark circles from the dense capillary network.

But is a designated eye cream – on top of all of your other skin products – an absolute necessity?

"Yes, 100% no doubt about it, it is!" says Dublin-based skincare specialist Ciara Darcy.

"The skin around your eyes is ten times finer than on the rest of your face. The muscles in this area are the most active muscles in your body, so from your late twenties, it's worth investing in an eye cream.

"A separate product is needed because it will treat the area without causing irritation, puffiness or milia (whiteheads). 

"Pat your cream/serum on with your ring finger. Use the size of a grain of rice for each eye. Apply the product as close to the lash line as you can - avoiding the tear duct and bottom lashes. I also apply mine to under my brow bone. Some eye serums can be used on the lid too but check with the brand you've chosen.

"Using your eye cream before your concealer every morning will also stop it sinking into creases. Choose a cream/serum with niacinamide to lock in moisture and boost hydration. Apply retinol-based products at night to strengthen the skin."

Now, there you have it. Straight from the horse's mouth.

For those looking to take the plunge and purchase one, check out Irish Tatler's favourites right here

Products and treatments are so advanced now that we have a lot of control over our skin health. To book a skin consultation with me please email [email protected].

Main image by @angelcandices

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