Written by Sara

You’ve probably heard and read some claims that we need a separate moisturiser specifically for the skin around our eyes since it’s more delicate than the rest of our face. But the skeptic and multitasker in some of you have most likely wondered: can we get away with using our facial moisturiser on our eye area, too?

Straight to the point: you need a separate eye cream.                                       

The skin around our eyes is ten times thinner than the skin on the rest of our face, which makes it more sensitive, delicate, and prone to fine lines and wrinkles.

On top of the difference in skin thickness, our eyes also move significantly more than other parts of our face, which creates more fine lines and wrinkles.

All this movement causes the collagen (which holds our skin together) and elastin (which enables our skin to stretch and bounce back) in the skin around our eyes to break down more quickly than the rest of our facial skin. Meaning, fine lines and wrinkles are more likely to show up around our eyes before other areas.

Different products should be used for different skin.

Since there are meaningful differences between the skin around our eyes and the skin that covers the rest of our faces, eye moisturisers and facial moisturisers are formulated differently.

Turns out, the two main differences are ingredients and consistency.

While both eye creams and facial moisturisers help hydrate our skin, eye creams typically don’t have as many or as much active ingredients like retinol, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or benzoyl peroxide, given that the area is more sensitive than other areas of our face and could react adversely to these ingredients.

Eye creams are also typically thicker than facial moisturisers. Because the skin around our eyes is more sensitive and delicate, it tends to become dry and react to external ingredients or the environment more quickly than the rest of our face. Ever noticed how the area around your eye is the first to get dry or flaky in the winter? Eye moisturisers are thicker to give the skin around our eyes an extra boost to compensate for its delicacy and sensitivity.

The amount you use and the way you apply should be different, too.

Eye creams should be applied in much smaller amounts than moisturisers, given that the area under our eyes is smaller. They should also end up lasting you a lot longer than your facial moisturiser, given that you’re not using as much product.

The way we apply moisturiser to our eye area, in addition to the amount we apply, should be different, too. It’s recommended that eye creams be applied with the ring finger, the weakest finger, in a tapping motion. Eye creams should not be rubbed into the skin but patted in. This helps to eliminate unnecessary pulling on the tender skin around the eyes.

Our take

As much as we love multitasking more bang-for-your-buck products that get us in bed or out of the house faster, using a facial moisturiser with active ingredients as an eye cream may do more damage than good.

So, put your ring finger to good use and lightly pat an eye cream into your eye area tonight.

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