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The skin around our eyes can be one of the first areas to show signs of aging. In comparison to other areas of the face, the skin around our eyes is very thin and fragile, making it more susceptible to dryness—no matter what our skin type. That compounded with the fact that your eyes move constantly through blinking and squinting, are all reasons why lines and wrinkles tend to form there faster. The eye area is also unique in that fluid can collect, causing puffiness and dark circles. Both eye creams and eye gels can improve the look of puffiness, dark circles, fine lines, wrinkles, loss of firmness, and crepey texture. Here’s how to choose an eye cream that best addresses your skin concern:
Undereye puffiness comes from fluid buildup around the eyes. The most common causes are sleep deprivation, diet, alcohol and aging, but can also be attributed to allergies and sinus congestion. Look for invigorating ingredients like caffeine, chamomile, green tea and cucumber to target undereye puffiness.
Undereye circles can be the result of heredity, sun exposure, smoking or stress. Ingredients like peptides, algae extracts, lactobionic acid and gluconolactone polyhydroxy acid help decrease the appearance of under eye dark circles and fine lines.
Thinner skin and constant movement are the primary reasons our eyes show our age faster. Look for eye creams or gels with polyhydroxy acids, peptides and vitamins to hydrate and firm, and reduce the appearance of fine lines.