How to Find a Great Eye Cream

Types of Eye Creams

There are two basic types of eye creams or gels. One works during the day with your makeup to conceal and protect the area around your eyes. It's typically lightweight and easily absorbed into the skin. It's much less likely to leave an oily residue, too. The other is used at night to repair and moisturize the eye area. It's often more viscous than a day cream or even a generalized night cream. Together they offer 24-hour support for your peepers -- and surrounding environs. This is intensive therapy that works in addition to any generalized moisturizer you may be using on your face.

The skin under and around the eyes is thin and lacks natural lubrication. That makes it dry out quickly and wrinkle faster than other area on your face. With all that smiling and blinking going on, it's also a prime candidate for creases and lines -- the first signs of premature aging. If you neglect your complexion, fail to use sunscreen, smoke, indulge in alcohol regularly or tend to party hard and survive on less sleep than you should, your eye area will be one of the first places to show stress and damage. That's why the eye area presents unique challenges that eye creams are specifically designed to address, like:

  • moisturizing
  • reducing puffiness
  • reversing the signs of aging
  • reducing the appearance of dark circles
  • reducing exposure to damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays
  • firming or filling fine lines and wrinkles

Although this grocery list of benefits looks very appealing, the eye cream formulations on the market are designed to do some chores better than others depending on their target markets. This isn't necessarily a bad thing. As your face ages, you'll be more concerned about one set of problems than another. The trick here is to find the right eye cream or creams to repair and conceal the symptoms you're experiencing at this point in your life.