6 Reasons You Need to Start Using Eye Cream
Eye creams are like Spanx when you're wearing a tight dress — they might seem like an unnecessary luxury, but when you use them you feel firmer and you look tighter. What we're trying to say is, if you don't already have an eye cream in your skincare repertoire, you need one, and you'll be able to tell the difference when you do.
But don't just take our word for it. We chatted to Eileen Higgins, the vice president of global product development at Clinique, about eye creams, what they do and how you should be using them. Eileen says the new generation of eye creams are for busy, on-the-go women who need something that works and is easy to use. "In Sephora in New York the messaging is that it's a 'portable pick me up', it's a new way of talking about an eye cream. It's not like your grandmother's eye cream, this is about lifestyle: it fits in, it's portable, it's lightweight and it's a great experience."
Read on for six reasons you need to invest in an eye cream immediately, then shop some of our new lightweight favourites that are perfect for eye cream first-timers.
1. Your Eyes Need More TLC
"The skin around the eye area is thinner, it doesn't have as many oil glands so it's prone to dehydration, and we know that dehydration causes accelerated ageing."
2. It's Never Too Early to Start
"It's never too early. When my daughter was in her early 20s, I said she should start using eye cream."
3. They Will Fight the Signs of Ageing
"Look for peptides, because they help stimulate collagen production and stop it breaking down. For great hydration look for chlorogenic acid and glycerine as they're going to give you instant hydration. Then also SPF if they're outside and have an active lifestyle, your eye area needs the protection."
4. You Can Apply Them Over Your Makeup
"Because Clinique Pep Start is a cream gel and super-absorbing and lightweight, when I'm applying on naked skin I'll use the ball, but if I touch-up during the day, I'll just take a swipe and dab it on over my makeup and it won't move. I'm throwing it in my bag now and using it more than I ever did."
5. They Are an Instant Refresher
"It's kind of like when you eat a mint to refresh your breath. I feel like when I put it on, I'm giving my eyes a little refresher — it feels cool, light, I feel like it's a wake up."
6. The Formulas Are Better Than Ever
"There are so many new ingredients, and we're always looking for the latest and greatest. Also the textures have changed a little bit, we use different polymers and silicones now, they're silkier and absorb faster. They're not leaving a white residue, they're better suited to applying your makeup after. There are more micronised titaniums, so in formulas with an SPF they're a more comfortable to use. A big change is also in aesthetics — there are new tighteners and film-formers that we use — so you get a tightening sensation without any cracking or dusty residue."