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whats an eye cream and do i need one

What does eye cream do and do I need one?

Do I need eye cream?

It’s hard to keep up with the non-negotiable rules of skincare – cleanse, tone and moisturise, don’t forget a serum, finish with SPF. If you bought everything you were told to, you wouldn’t be able to fit it in your bathroom. But what about eye cream? Is eye cream necessary like we’re led to believe? Do eye creams work? The short answer is yes. Read on for the long answer…

What does eye cream do?

As the skin around your eyes is extremely delicate and prone to exposure to wind and the sun, it needs a little more TLC than your regular moisturiser offers. The skin under your eyes is also some of the thinnest and most fragile on your body, so it is more susceptible to wrinkles, sagging and dryness and can easily become irritated, even by your usual moisturiser. Do you need eye cream to change that? Incorporating an eye cream into your skincare routine can help to keep the skin around the eyes hydrated and soft and delay signs of skin ageing. It can also soothe puffy eyes after late nights and too-early mornings.

What is eye cream for, and which ingredients should I look out for?

You may notice your eyes appear puffier in the morning, so applying your eye cream with a massaging action as part of your morning skincare routine can help you to awaken tired eyes and look more refreshed. Vichy’s Liftactiv Supreme Eye Cream, enriched with caffeine, Vichy Volcanic Mineralizing Water and rhamnose, noticeably reduces the appearance of dark circles and wrinkles around the eye contour.

Applying iced compresses or cooling applicators to puffy eyes can also help to constrict the capillaries and prevent further fluid build-up. The Neovadiol Substitutive Complex for eyes and lips has its own applicator to help cool and soothe the eye area. Its formula, enriched with Proteic Gf and Proxylane, also draws on 14 years of research into hormonal ageing to help improve the appearance of skin firmness and definition as you get older and when you experience the menopause.

To hydrate and soothe feelings of irritation and dry skin around the eyes, remember to load up on hydrating ingredients including hyaluronic acid. Vichy’s hydrating eye serum, Minéral 89 Eyes Hyaluronic Acid Eye Fortifier, combines a powerful trio of ingredients – Vichy’s Volcanic Mineralizing Water, hyaluronic acid and caffeine – in a formula to hydrate and brighten tired eyes while protecting the skin barrier when applied daily in the morning. Remember to gently tap around your eye contour and let it sink in to apply, so you don’t pull and drag on skin in this delicate area.

1. Survey of 53 female participants aged 40-65 years old.
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