The science behind a good eye cream
Generally sold in smaller containers, eye creams are costly. On average, fifteen times more expensive than the same quality face cream, the price of eye cream can vary from 15 to 300 USD per 15 ml. What is so winning about it? What are you paying for, and what ingredients are scientifically proven to deliver the results?
The main reason to take good care of eyelids is that the skin around the eyes is the thinnest in the body, just under a millimeter. Eyelids are exposed to UV. Humans blink thousands of times every day, squint, move, and the surface of the most delicate skin deteriorates quickly. There is minimal to no fat under the skin around the eyes, making it very fragile and in need of extra hydration.
The global beauty industry has been projected to be valued at almost $400 B USD by 2020, with an average woman in the US spending up to $15 000 USD on skin products per lifetime. Eye creams, eye serums, and eye treatments are unquestionably on top of the list.
Is an eye cream worth the price? Rule number one is to choose the eye cream with more moisturizer but not too much of it. Eye creams are formulated for the delicate skin; creams are thicker and contain more oil than a face cream. Too much heavy clogging moisturizer in this area can cause milia — small white bumps under the skin — a purely cosmetic problem. Examples of effective moisturizers are shea butter, shora seed butter, avocado butter, Illipe butter or macadamia ternifolia seed oil.
Two: special kind of aqua. Water sometimes comes in a unique and mysterious form. An eye cream designed to be used around the eye may contain declustered water. Declustering water is reducing its surface tension. It is speculated that magnet treatment that is used to create declustered water renders the water more “bio-available.”
Another important thing is to choose active ingredients that assist with a specific concern. Choose from hundreds of active ingredients addressing problems — wrinkles, dark circles, puffiness, dry skin.
Coffee or tea
Caffeine does sensationally well in the eye area; caffeine-based gel penetrates the skin quickly due to the small size of caffeine molecules. Caffeine gels or black tea extracts are used in luxurious creams to diminish water retention under the eyes. Often eye serums contain plant-based ingredients: green, black tea, and white tea extracts — for the treatment of puffy eyes, caffeine-gel to tighten the skin, vitamin C to decrease the appearance of dark circles, help to build new collagen, and improve elasticity.
Exotic components: kombucha, blackberry leaf, lychee seed, licorice, cucumber, Ivy, shitake extracts, Silymarin (milk thistle), evening primrose, Niacinamide (vitamin B3), vitamin E, vitamin B5 are often added to a potion. Some plants have proven track record for genuinely doing the job of diminishing dark circles, for example. Dozens published studies confirm: some dark circle fighting ingredients are arbutin (bearberry plant), vitamin C, sunscreens, kojic acid (a by-product of fungi).
And finally SPF
There is a difference between sunscreen and SPF moisturizer. According to scientists from the UK, many are aware of the importance of applying sunscreen, but very few actually apply sunscreen on the eyelids. A new study looked at SPF containing eye cream moisturizer and sunscreen. According to the study, even the best of us do not protect the eyelids from UV. The eyelids, the thinnest part of the skin, are frequently missed areas. This public health message must weigh the benefits of UV exposure against the risks of UV damage, and should focus the message on protecting the vulnerable eyelid by sunscreen or sunglasses.
There is no trick — applying the right amount of eye cream twice a day delivers results. As recently reported in Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology when professionals examined the skin of the study participants, overall improvement was apparent as fast as 15 min after the eye cream application; hydration, softness, smoothness, radiance or brightness, and improvement in lines and wrinkles continue to improve after 14 days of using the test product and continued up to 56 days. Overall improvement from baseline was significant after 15 minutes (103.10%), seven days ( 22.04%), 14 days ( 26.67%), 28 days ( 38.24%), and 56 days ( 75.49%) of use.
Three eye cream no-no’s
An ingredient that a good eye cream or serum should not contain is fragrances. Fragrance-free cream is less likely to irritate delicate thin skin around the eyes. Prostaglandin analogs can temporarily cause discoloration around the eyes. Hyperpigmentation occurs due to the increased transfer of melanin to the surface of the skin. Fortunately, dark circles due to prostaglandin disappear when treatment is discontinued. Retinol is used in much lower concentration in an eye potion compared to the face cream. Retinol is a known skin irritant and used to peel old skin slowly.
Other tricks (appeal, conceal and illusion)
Studies from Japan reported phenomena when the appearance of dark circles fluctuate dung the day for an unknown reason. If using makeup, add green pigment to the foundation base to conceal under the eyes area. A cream containing optical diffusers can help with the perception of the pigment under eyes and make you look more refreshed.
Beauty is a perception. In one study, women were asked to evaluate a luxury eye cream after a twice-daily application for one month and a half. Ninety-seven percent of women said they felt more beautiful.
Part of the appeal of eye creams is the physical act of applying something special, expensive, or luxurious. You may call it self delusion.