Eye Creams 101

Eye Creams 101

By Bianca Hazelhurst
19/12/2022 | Read time: 5m

Eyes are the window to the soul! It’s scientific fact that people, from close friends all the way to complete strangers, look at your eyes first before anything else. It’s your introduction to your physical appearance. Therefore, it warrants some care and attention!

You may think that this step is only for mature skin, however your skin can benefit from a k-beauty eye cream no matter your age or skin type, as it can help minimize the look of fine lines and wrinkles and keep your skin looking younger for longer. Goals!

Read on to find answers to commonly asked questions about Korean eye creams!

What is the point in using a k-beauty eye cream?

Eye cream is not just your average moisturiser. It has been specifically formulated to combat the issues which are concentrated around the eyes (there’s more than you’d think). The goal is to lock in some super-targeted hydration whilst also delivering ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid, to the spot where it’s most needed.

K-Beauty eye creams tend to be gentler, less irritating, and more moisturising than regular creams because the delicate skin around the eyes is particularly prone to irritation, fine lines, dark circles, and puffiness.

At the end of the day, your skincare regime should be as unique as you are. You may be one of the fortunate few who can pick a generic moisturiser and run with it. However, most people find that although one moisturiser works well on the majority of their face, it may be a little too irritating around the eyes. Using one product for both your face and eye area doesn’t really address the unique needs of your skin.

In short, if you want to treat puffiness, dark circles or fine lines around the eyes, then an eye cream should be your first line of defence.

Should I use an eye cream at my age?

At any age, the skin around your eyes is ten times thinner than your face. As you can imagine, that means it is that much more delicate, which means it can crease and dry out a lot more quickly. Plus, it’s that much more vulnerable to environmental aggressors (think harsh winds and UV rays).

Since the eye area is so fragile, it’s typically the first part that gives way to signs of ageing. As we get older and all the wiser, skin in general starts weakening in structure. It loses elasticity (the quality that makes youthful skin “bouncy”) and collagen begins to slowly break down, which causes sagging and wrinkles.

Not only does this come naturally with age, but both internal and external factors like hormones, weather/climate, pollution, smoking, poor diet and sun damage expedite these changes. All of these changes show on your eyes first. By looking after your eyes as soon as possible, you’re adding years of healthy, bouncy skin to your skin to come. Basically – It’s never too soon!

How often should I apply a k-beauty eye cream in my routine?

Twice a day for the best results, and you can even use different types to reach your specific skincare targets! For example:

In the morning after cleansing, toning and applying serums, put on an eye serum that targets your problem (for example, if that’s dullness, try one that has brightening properties like this one from Dr. Ceuracle, which also contains vitamins C (protection from free radicals) and E (an antioxidant).

In the evening an hour before you go to bed (this gives the products time to absorb before you lie down on bedding), of course after cleansing, you can feel free to then use an eye cream with retinol. Retinoids can make skin more sensitive to the sun, so any product that contains retinol should be part of your night-time skincare routine only.

If you want a one trick pony which has similar effects to retinol for day and night use, try the innovative HaruHaru Wonder formula which contains Backuchiol.

How do you properly apply an eye cream around your eye area?

We’ve broken it down for you:

  1. Use your ring finger. It’s your weakest finger, so it will naturally have a gentle touch.
  2. Scoop up a pea-sized amount of product.
  3. Gently tap small dots under your eyes, starting in the innermost corner and moving outward. Avoid applying cream too close to your bottom eyelashes.
  4. Pat the product into your skin. Avoid dragging or rubbing.
  5. Wait 2 minutes to let the cream fully absorb.
  6. Apply the rest of your skin care products and makeup.

Try not to use a lot of eye cream. Otherwise, the cream may enter your eyes and cause irritation. It’s also not recommended to apply eye cream on your eyelids unless the directions say it’s safe to do so.

Generally, eye cream should be applied before daytime moisturiser and sunscreen. That’s because eye cream is usually light, and heavier formulas should go on last.

Which ingredients should I use for my specific concerns?

Dark circles? Try using under eye creams or serums that contain one or more of the following ingredients: caffeine, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), peptides, retinol, and hesperidin methyl chalcone. Here’s our favourite.

Eye bags? Try using hyaluronic acid which hydrates and plumps up skin, giving you a youthful and radiant glow. By brightening the skin, it can help mask darkness under the eyes. As well as hyaluronic acid, glycerin helps pull moisture into the epidermis from the environment above and dermis below. Here’s our favourite.

Eye wrinkles? Try using barrier-restoring ceramides and collagen-boosting peptides for restored, plump skin. Centella Asiatica also stimulates cell turnover. Remember to provide lots of hydration to prevent dryness and skin irritation. Here’s our favourite.

Eye puffiness? Try using caffeine-containing formulas because it can help constrict blood vessels and can reduce the amount of accumulating fluid. Puffiness can also happen due to loss of muscle tone and skin laxity, so retinol and different kinds of peptides also help rejuvenate the skin by promoting collagen production in the area to tighten the skin. Here’s our favourite.

Final Note

To sum it up, you wouldn’t catch me without my eye creams, even in my limited liquid bag airport allowance! It does so much for you with so little product and makes a big difference to your appearance. Try incorporating this step into your routine and see the results for yourself!