Eye cream is one of those skincare products that a lot of people may view as a “take it or leave it” kind of product. It’s a common thought that simply dabbing some extra moisturizer under the eyes can do the trick and there’s no need for a separate product specifically for the undereye area.
Did you know that picking the right eye cream can matter more than you may think? Not all eye creams are made equally and can be made to target specific skin concerns.
Different people struggling with the appearance of their undereye area can be having completely different, even opposite, concerns. For example, some people may be seeking solutions for undereye puffiness whereas others may be wanting to improve their dark circles. There are even those wanting to target those fine lines forming in the eye area. Believe it or not, different eye creams have different main ingredients that are specialized for different needs.
Today we’ll dive into these different undereye skin concerns and what ingredients to look out for in order to target them. Remember, here at the Nue Truend, ingredients are key!
A Great Beginner Eye Cream
Maybe you read the above list of specific undereye skin concerns and thought to yourself “wait a minute, some days I experience dark circles and other days I have more puffy eyes! How can I narrow it down?” Sometimes, those of us having a hard time deciding which common concerns to address may just need to reach for a jack of all trades eye cream.
A great eye cream to start out with should be packed with moisturizing ingredients to help plump and hydrate the delicate skin. Additionally, since we’re not reaching for a strong active ingredient like retinol, a good beginner eye cream can be used day or night. Yay for round the clock undereye care!
A great choice for a beginner eye cream is something like 100% Pure’s Super Fruit Oil Nourishing Eye Cream. It’s no secret that here at the Nue Trend we love 100% Pure because of their stellar ingredients and formulations! This eye cream is no exception.
Coconut oil and avocado butter bring in the high-level moisture needed for the thin skin under the eyes. These ingredients are super important because without lots of moisture and hydration, any fine lines in the undereye area can be accentuated.
The very first ingredient in the list is pomegranate water. Having an aqueous ingredient like this in the formulation allows for the product to provide light and weightless moisture to the delicate undereye area. Pomegranate also provides the added benefits of reducing the appearance of fine lines, brightening, and preventing moisture loss.
This eye cream also contains goji berry and grape extracts. The goji berry in this formula promotes collagen production and boosts skin elasticity while the grape extract fights signs of aging.
Ingredients don’t lie—and these ingredients show that this eye cream can be a valuable addition to anyone’s skincare routine! The ingredients chosen to power this product were clearly carefully selected to target common undereye skin concerns.
Eye Cream Ingredients for Puffiness
As mentioned briefly above, different undereye skin concerns can call for different ingredients needed to address them. For puffy a undereye area, caffeine is your friend!
Caffeine is a diuretic which means, as you probably have realized while enjoying your favorite cup o’ joe, that it increases water excretion from the body.
How can this be helpful for a puffy undereye area? Many products containing caffeine advertise that it will “awaken” the eyes, but the reality is a bit different. The puffiness we can experience is typically caused by a buildup of fluid. Applying a product that contains caffeine can aid in relieving water retention in order to reduce the puffy appearance.
Not only can caffeine be an MVP for puffy eyes, but it can even aid in certain dark circle circumstances! For example, caffeine can help with blood circulation which is an important function when dealing with dark circles that are caused by blood buildup. When blood builds up beneath the thin and delicate skin of the eye, it can create a shadowing effect. Promoting blood circulation can help with this appearance.
Eye Cream Ingredients for Dark Circles
As discussed above, caffeine can be a helpful ingredient to reach for to combat dark circles. However, that ingredient won’t always be the most effective solution. Depending on the cause of your dark circles, different ingredients provide different solutions.
One important ingredient to look out for when wanting to address darkness under the eyes is vitamin C. This is especially important for those of us experiencing hyperpigmentation under the eyes. This is why it is so important to narrow down what is causing the darkness and shadowing! Different causes have different solutions.
Vitamin C is instrumental in protecting and repairing the skin from free radicals and UV exposure. Vitamin C can also aid greatly in evening out skin tone by brightening hyperpigmentation and dark spots. If your dark spots are caused by pigmentation, even if only partially, an eye cream containing vitamin C can be a great option to try!
If the darkness under your eyes seems to be caused more so by the skin appearing to be “sunken in”, it could be helpful to boost collagen. Some ingredients that can help stimulate collagen production include aloe vera gel, hyaluronic acid, vitamin C (dual purpose—yay!), and retinol.
When the problem seems to be thin and sunken in skin, boosting hydration and collagen production will be your best friend. Additionally, having a parched undereye area can tend to emphasize fine lines. More on that next…
Eye Cream Ingredients for Fine Lines
When inspecting the delicate area around the eyes, you may notice some lines, whether they are very faint or a little more prominent. Either way, these lines are a completely normal and common part and sign of aging.
When the lines around the eye are quite faint and not very deep, sometimes it can be narrowed down to dehydrated skin around the eyes. I, for one, notice that during that small window between washing my face and applying moisturizer, my fine lines are noticeably more prominent. This shows me that when my skin isn’t hydrated, it is much easier to see any signs of aging. So, step one: hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! You want to make that skin as plump as possible to not emphasize fine lines.
That’s only step one, though. How can we prevent these lines from forming? Or, even better, can we reduce them once they already exist?
As far as prevention, SPF is always number one in my book. Protecting our skin from UV damage is always a good idea.
What about further prevention or even reduction? Please welcome what many consider to be gold in a bottle: retinol.’
Retinol is an all-around amazing ingredient that has so many antiaging benefits. This amazing ingredient actually exfoliates the skin, promotes collagen production, and increases skin cell turnover.
Just like collagen can be so helpful for helping dark circles caused by sunken in skin, it can be very important for wrinkle-reduction as well. An increase in collagen is so important for making the skin appear plump which “fills in” our fine lines.
Something you may have noticed throughout discussing different undereye skin concerns and their respective solutions is that there is some overlap. For example, ingredients that stimulate collagen production can help with both dark circles as well as fine lines.
It’s important to note this slight overlap because it shows the dual purpose that ingredients often offer. Additionally, a lot of us may have multiple of these concerns. For example, one may have dark circles as well as fine lines. Understanding the purpose of the different ingredients available in eye creams will help in choosing a well-rounded product that can address any and all relevant concerns.
100% Pure’s Super Fruit Oil Nourishing Eye Cream is a perfect example of a well-rounded eye cream that can address a variety of common concerns. This eye cream contains plenty of oils and butters to help plump the undereye area, as well as ingredients like pomegranate, goji berry, and grape extract to help brighten and combat signs of aging.
So, whether you are an eye cream newbie or you’re a seasoned veteran who knows exactly what you want to target, there’s a product for you! An eye cream like this one is one that can address a spectrum of concerns!
As always, here at Nue Trend we pay extra special attention to each ingredient because ingredients don’t lie.