The eyes are one of the areas of the face where the most prominent signs of aging and skin damage show, for a variety of reasons. The skin surrounding the eyes is naturally already thinner than the skin on other parts of the face and body. It’s also more sensitive, and it doesn’t have much fat beneath it, so it’s more prone to wrinkles. This skin is continually impacted by the heavy muscle movement around the eyes that makes our skin wrinkle, along with the formation of free radicals that damage the skin due to exposure to sunlight and pollution. Our skin also produces less of its natural oils as we age, and the lack of moisture makes any fine lines more visible. Since this skin is so vulnerable, its fragility makes it even more important to give special care to the area. Laser therapy from our Los Angeles-based practice is commonly used to enhance this area of the face, as the treatment reduces the appearance of wrinkles and dark circles. However, aside from in-office cosmetic procedures, having a good eye cream is also indispensable—and yes, it should be different from the moisturizers that you use on other parts of the face.
Here’s what you should know about choosing an eye cream.
Choose a Cream That’s Meant for the Eye Area
Since the skin around the eyes is more delicate, using a standard facial moisturizer could cause it to be irritated because those creams may be too thick or contain harsher chemicals. Use a gentle, fragrance-free product.
Look for Skin-Healing Ingredients
Choose a product that contains nourishing ingredients that enhance circulation, promote new cell growth, keep cells healthy, protect the skin barrier, increase collagen, and fade discoloration. Retinol, peptides, antioxidants, and hyaluronic acids are all beneficial options.
Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Skin in this area tends to be drier, and the lack of moisture makes wrinkles appear more pronounced. With this in mind, you need to moisturize frequently. If you have very dry skin, use an emollient formula containing omega fatty acids or creams containing hyaluronic acid to pull in moisture.
If you’re curious about choosing an ideal product for your own eye area, or about how laser therapy works, contact us at Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills for more information. Submit a contact form or call us at 310-246-0495 to schedule a consultation with an experienced and board-certified dermatologist.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.