The most important question to ask about any eye cream is “What exactly is in it and what will it do?”. Most of us are seduced by wonderful packaging or a glamorous advertising campaign fronted by some impossibly beautiful and wrinkle free supermodel. We may claim to be hardened consumers immune to the heavy sales pitch but if we are interested in an anti aging product to get rid of eye wrinkles then we are – to a degree – chasing a dream.
Having said that, anti aging products are increasingly effective at doing what they say. Eye creams in particular are much more effective nowadays in dealing with specific common problems associated with aging around the eyes. You can buy an eye cream to address under eye wrinkles or to get rid of puffiness and dark circles or you can go for a product that takes a general approach and targets all three. The choice is all yours.
Coming back to the original question – you need to know just what is in any eye cream you buy since you are going to apply it once or twice a day to the sensitive area around your eyes. Eye creams can cause reactions for many women especially those with more sensitive skin. If you wear contact lenses then the ingredients and formulation of the product will matter even more. Above all you want your new cream to work and its effectiveness will largely depend on what its key active ingredients are. So – here are three common active ingredients in eye creams to watch out for.
1. Vitamin K: If you go for an eye cream to target dark circles this antioxidant will probably be in there somewhere. Vitamin K is one of the few ingredients found to actually work to improve problems with capilliaries that create a darkened look under the skin around your eyes. To work properly vitamin K has to penetrate the top layer of the skin and needs protection from deterioration in the cream or gel. Look for a product that carries microencapsulated vitamin K for maximum effectiveness. Vitamin C is another antioxidant ingredient that is used in place of vitamin K and is also best used in microencapsulated form. Some sensitivity can occur in either of these ingredients so make sure you can return the product if it causes problems.
2. Kojic acid: a safe natural skin lightening ingredient which is commonly used in many eye creams of all types. Kojic acid lifts the appearance of dark skin which contributes to the tired look around the eyes that plagues us as we get older. It is also a safe ingredient for use in the sensitive eye area.
3. Sunscreen: a UV blocker probably containing titanium dioxide is a common ingredient in eye creams since sun exposure is responsible for quite a bit of the skin damage you see in the under eye area. Incorporating a sunscreen into your eye cream is a very good idea to limit future damage. If your eye cream has no sunblock – use one on top and wear large framed sun specs.
Quite apart from these key actives your eye cream or gel will have a whole range of ingredients making up the base formulation and these will include moisture boosting agents to plump out your wrinkles and protect the under eye area from further harm.
The important thing is to be an intelligent consumer and choose with care after doing your research. If it fails to work or causes a problem take it back and try again. There are many excellent products out there and there is one waiting with your name on it to help you look younger and more beautiful as you age!