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Your 20s are the perfect time to step up your self-care habits and begin to develop a really solid skincare routine. Cleanser, toner, moisturiser — if you’re a newbie, the multitude of products we’re all expected to use can get a little overwhelming. That’s just the basics, too — when people start to talk about specialty treatments and serums, heads can spin to say the least. One non-negotiable you should add to your routine no matter your age, though, is an eye cream.
Eye creams come in a variety of formulas, and target different concerns. Just because you aren’t yet forming wrinkles, that doesn’t mean you can skimp on eye care! Eye cream is ideal for fixing puffiness, addressing discolouration and much more. Keep on reading to discover exactly why you should be using eye cream in your 20s, and our all-time favourite formulas.
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The skin under our eyes is paper-thin and particularly sensitive, meaning that it can deteriorate quicker than the skin on the rest of the face. It’s also usually the first area to show signs of stress or exhaustion — after all, what’s the most common physical symptom of being tired? Yep, you guessed it — dark circles.
Another reason the skin around our eyes is more prone to imperfections is due to a lack of oil glands. Where the rest of our skin has ample sources of oil production, the under eyes have far fewer, which explains why we don’t have to deal with pimples under the eyes or makeup dripping off in this area (usually). Hydration is key to preventing against ageing signs like fine lines and wrinkles, so often, we have to resort to skincare to ensure this area gets as much moisture as possible.
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When you’re in your 20s, there’s a chance you might not yet be too devoted to fighting off wrinkles — and that’s okay! As long as you’re using a daily protective SPF on your face to prevent against premature physical ageing signs, you can opt for an eye cream that’s tailored to different issues. We’ve broken down what you should be looking for in an eye cream formula based on your most prevalent skin concern.
Under eye circles: When we don’t get our 8 hours, cracks can start to show — in our under eye area! This is something coffee can’t fix… it’s going to need a little more TLC than just your usual morning ritual. Aside from cosmetic solutions like concealer, one of the best ways to fend off dark circles is by using a vitamin-enriched eye cream. Vitamins A, C and K are all superstars at brightening up that bluish under eye tinge we all struggle to make budge.
Dry, papery skin: The lack of oil glands around our eyes, as we’ve mentioned, means they can get a little bone-dry. For those with traditionally dry skin, the under eye area can get incredibly parched and start to feel papery or flaky, which is uncomfortable to say the least! Ensure you stay hydrated by picking up an eye product that’s enriched with Hyaluronic Acid. This miracle ingredient helps bind water molecules to the skin, holding thousands of times its weight in water. The result is optimal hydration, ideal for dehydrated under eye skin.
Puffiness: Sick of waking up to swollen, puffy eyes? There are a whole host of reasons that could explain puffiness, but the common culprits are sinus issues, dehydration, lack of sleep and a few too many drinks the night before… If these sound like common factors you experience regularly, picking up a new eye cream is bound to improve your under eye area, tenfold. Caffeine is a great de-puffing ingredient, as are many other natural, botanical extracts. Bonus tip: opt for something with a cooling metal applicator to help the formula slide on with ease and increase the de-puffing action.
Fine lines and wrinkles: Simply put, crow’s feet suck. If you want to stop your ageing journey in its tracks before it truly begins, devote your under eye routine to a product that’ll ensure this area stays youthful and line-free. Collagen-boosting products are an essential, so look for something enriched with retinol (Vitamin A), Vitamin B3, hyaluronic acid or glycolic acid. If you want to be super gung-ho about it all, add a collagen supplement like the ones from Vida Glow into your diet for improved elasticity and smoothness.
Don’t be afraid to alternate different eye creams for morning and night, depending on your relevant concerns. If you experience puffiness and dark circles, for instance, you have the option of using one in the morning and the other pre-bed time. Just be careful not to use any retinol products of a morning, as these heighten sun sensitivity and can cause flaking, peeling or discomfort.
Just to make sure you’re getting the absolute most of your eye creams, here are a few tips that are sure to help.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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