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Our guide to finding the best eye cream for you

They say the eyes are the windows to your soul, so from dark circles to fine lines to puffiness, it's no wonder that the skin surrounding this little area is often a source of concern and frustration.

Treating the under eye often requires similar ingredients to the rest of your face but in gentler, less irritating formulations. The skin under your eyes is thinner and more sensitive, and you'll often hear to apply your eye cream with your ring fingers in light taps as you're likely to place the least pressure on this delicate area.

If you have lash extensions, it's best to avoid products with oils as these may dissolve the adhesive and reduce their lifespan. For sensitive eye folk, less is best to avoid your eye cream running into your eyes. So let's get to it, here's our guide to finding the right eye cream for you.

Fine lines and wrinkles

Perhaps the most common skin concern that prompts the need for slathering something extra special under the eyes, the trick here is to look for a combination of ingredients that treat as well as reduce their appearance. Retinol, collagen, peptides and antioxidants are the most common treatments for fine lines and wrinkles, while hyaluronic acid and other hydrators will give you an instant plump.

Dark circles & puffiness

While often coupled together, the treatment of dark circles and puffiness are actually very different.

Dark circles
Dark circles refer to the darkening of the skin surrounding the eyes due to lifestyle factors, age, genetics and certain medications that cause either hyperpigmentation or the thinning of the skin and loss of fatty tissue around the eyes making blood vessels appear more prominent. The latter is usually the result of age, so you'll want to refer to the recommended products for fine lines and wrinkles which may rejuvenate some volume and firmness.

If hyperpignmentation is the ailment, usually due the lack of a good night's rest or simply having stubborn dark circles (thanks to genetics), then brightening ingredients, like vitamin c, liquorice root extract and niacinamide will be your best bets.

Puffiness
While the factors that lead to this are often similar to dark circles, puffiness is inherently the result of water retention. As such, products containing ingredients like caffeine and squalane that increase circulation to reduce inflammation are in order. A gentle massage tool may also complement your eye care routine to help move along excess fluid build up.

Dryness

If you're no stranger to dry skin, chances are your under eyes will be screaming for hydration too. Ingredients such as fatty acids, snail muscin, shea butter, beta-glucan and vitamin b5 (panthenol) can help sooth and moisturise the delicate eye area.

Prevention

If you're in your twenties or genetically blessed and are looking for products to keep your under eyes as fab as they already are for longer, using spf daily will be your best protection from the signs of premature aging. If you have sensitive skin, go for a mineral sunscreen which is less likely to cause irritation, particularly around the eyes. A light, hydrating, antioxidant-rich eye cream, worn at night if you prefer, is also a nice way to pamper and keep the skin surrounding your eyes glowy and healthy.

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