Eye Cream: Is It Really Necessary?

Eye Cream: Is It Really Necessary?

I’ve been an esthetician for almost 10 years now and one of the questions that I get frequently from clients under 35 is this: “Do I really need an eye cream?” I’m always a little taken aback by this question! These same women understand the other parts of their skin routine like using cleanser, moisture cream, masks, and toner, but when it comes to their eyes, they assume that only “old” people need eye cream! Here’s the deal: eye cream is for anyone at ANY age. Not just “old” people who are already starting to see wrinkles. Okay, maybe not ANY age (kids and preteens are definitely exempt), but I would say that once you hit your mid-20’s, eye cream is not something to skimp on. But why? Twenty-somethings usually don’t have wrinkles and shouldn’t expect them for another ten years at least. Is eye cream just preventative maintenance to stop wrinkles from forming later when we’re actually “old”, or does it protect from damage that is occurring to your skin now that could cause wrinkles prematurely? Well, it’s a bit of both.   How Our Skin “Ages”   While your skin might not be degenerating as quickly as when you are young (and the effects of gravity haven’t yet manifested in skin sagging), your skin can still be hit with stressors from the environment as well as re-occuring facial gestures. Think of “smile lines” and those little lines you get on your forehead and between your eyebrows when you frown. Facial expressions can pinch and squish your skin, and that stuff definitely adds up over time. However, those...